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Alexandra Boyd is a British actress best known in the UK for playing Clarissa Mason in Coronation Street. In recent years she has also turned to screenwriting and directing. On British TV she has appeared in several episodes of Doctors, guest starred in New Tricks and appeared in Holby City. She's been a guest on Loose Women and is the Head of the Delegation in the 2010 John Travolta/Luc Besson action movie From Paris with Love. Other movie roles include Sarah Olmstead in Mr. Holland's Opus and First Class Woman in James Cameron's Titanic. She has written and directed her second film Boxer on the Wilderness and has written, is producing and directing her first feature film (The Wilderness).
Alexandra was born to a Scottish father and English mother in Bangor, Wales. She grew up in Norwich, Norfolk and was educated at Norwich High School for Girls. She left school at 16 to study full-time at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, Surrey. 1986 she enrolled in the post graduate acting course at Drama Studio, London. She co-founded a theatre company that performed Shakespeare and adapted classics for the London and Edinburgh fringe. They also produced English plays for several tours of Italy. In the 1993 tour Alexandra played Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.
Alexandra currently lives in London. She moved back to the UK in 2006 after living in the USA for many years. While living and working in Los Angeles she appeared in films such as Mr Holland’s Opus and Titanic.
On American TV Alexandra made appearances on Party Of Five, Sabrina The Teenage Witch and The Bernie Mac Show. She performed voices for radio commercials & animated features such as The Wild Thornberries. She is the voice of Elaine Marley in The Curse of Monkey Island, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Tales of Monkey Island, and Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge.
On UK TV, she was Clarissa Mason on Coronation Street (Granada TV) and played Dennis Waterman's American love interest in an episode of New Tricks (BBC). She has guest starred in several episodes of BBC1's Doctors and Holby City.
Her theatre credits range from Shakespeare to panto; many Alan Ayckbourn plays; Rita in Educating Rita and Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. In 2007 she produced and performed in a one woman show at [The Hackney Empire].
In November 2009 she co-starred with Danny Webb in VISITING HOURS, a short film written for her and directed by Steve Hughes. The film played at the Milan International Film Festival 2010 and The Los Angeles Short Film Festival 2010 and ENCOUNTERS 2010 in Bristol.
She is the Chief of Delegation in the Luc Beeson (Europacorp) movie From Paris With Love, with John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The movie was directed by Pierre Morel and written and produced by Luc Besson.
In 2011 Alexandra directed a film called You Don't Have To Fight To Win based on the true story of Henry Mallin and Major Arthur Villiers. The six minute short became the springboard for her screenplay called THE WILDERNESS The script is based on two boys and best friends who were members of the Eton Manor Boys Club founded by Villiers in the East End of London in the early part of the 20th century. Harry Mallin trained there as a boxer and went on to win two Olympic Gold medals in 1920 and 1924.
Alexandra is producing the film with her production company New Thirty Pictures. She recently wrote and directed a short film that was funded in part by the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Boxer on the Wilderness is a visual tone-poem that underscores some of the themes of The Wilderness and serves as a teaser/trailer to raise awareness for the feature, underscore Alexandra's skills as a director and, in addition, is designed to attract interest from investors. The film premiered at the Princess Ann Theatre at BAFTA in February 2014 for the Indiegogo backers, cast and crew and industry professionals.
Alexandra is co-writing and co-producing a film (working title: Two Wives, Two Lives) set in Kurdistan and London with Kurdish filmmaker Awat Osman Ali.
Alexandra has written a 15 minute short film (Happy Now) The film is set in 1961 in Wales and is about her mother who gave birth to still born twins. She is currently writing a romantic comedy about a woman who lives on a converted barge on the Thames and a low budget ghost story set in Suffolk.
Eco Interior Design
While living in Los Angeles Alexandra trained as an interior designer at UCLA. She studied with some of the foremost green architects in the United States. She writes a blog about living a green and sustainable lifestyle called How Green Is Your Life.