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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 added screenwriting and film directing to her skills and experience . On British TV she has appeared in several episodes of Doctors and guest starred in New Tricks Holby City. She's been a guest on Loose Women and plays the Head of the Delegation in the 2010 John Travolta/Luc Besson action film From Paris with Love. Other film 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. In 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. The company also produced English plays for Italy. In the 1993 Italian 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 seventeen years. While living and working in Los Angeles she appeared in films such as Mr. Holland’s Opus and James Cameron's Titanic.
On American TV Alexandra made appearances on Party Of Five, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and The Bernie Mac Show. She's 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 British 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.
Alexandra plays the Chief of Delegation in the Luc Beeson (Europacorp) film From Paris with Love, with John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The film was directed by Pierre Morel and written and produced by Luc Besson.
Writer and director
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 THE WILDERNESS The script is based on two boys and best friends who were members of the Eton Manor Boys' Club co-founded by an Old Etonian (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 (Antwerp) and 1924 (Paris).
Alexandra is producing The Wilderness with her production company New Thirty Pictures. She recently wrote and directed a short film that was funded by 161 people through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Boxer on the Wilderness is a visual tone-poem that explores some of the themes of The Wilderness and serves as a dramatic teaser/trailer which is raising awareness for the feature and securely underscores Alexandra's skills as a director. The film premiered at the Princess Ann Theatre at BAFTA in London in February 2014 for the film's Indiegogo backers, cast and crew and industry professionals.
In May 2014 Boxer on the Wilderness screened in the British Independent Film Festival at the Empire Leicester Square and was nominated for Best Short Film and Best Cinematography. The film will next screen at the East End Film Festival at Stratford East Playhouse on June 22nd 2014.
Alexandra is currently writing a low budget ghost story (Widow's Walk) set in her native Suffolk, a romantic comedy about a woman living on a converted Dutch barge on the Thames and is co-writing/producing a film (working title: Two Wives, Two Lives) set in Kurdistan and London with Kurdish filmmaker Awat Osman Ali.
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.