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Anna Francolini is an English actress of the stage and screen. She was born in Chertsey, Surrey and studied theatre at the University of Warwick. She also trained as a member of the National Youth Theatre.
In the early part of her career, Francolini appeared in two acclaimed musical productions at the Donmar Warehouse - Company (1995) and Merrily We Roll Along (2000), both by Stephen Sondheim. She also played the Baker's Wife in the Royal Opera House production of Sondheim's Into the Woods in 2007. She won the 2009 TMA Award for Best Performance in a Play with her portrayal of Jean Brodie in Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which was staged at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton. In 2010, she played the role of Maria Callas in Martin Sherman's play Onassis, running at the Novello Theatre.