Carol Cleveland

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Carol Cleveland
Cleveland at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, October 18, 2009.
Born (1942-01-13) 13 January 1942 (age 72)
East Sheen, London, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation actress; comedian
Spouse(s) Peter Brett (1971–1983, div)

Carol Cleveland (born 13 January 1942, London) is a British actress and comedian, most notable for her appearances as the only significant female performer on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Early life[edit]

Born in East Sheen, London, she moved to the United States with her mother and U.S. Air Force stepfather at an early age. She was brought up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lubbock, Texas; and later Pasadena, California where she attended John Marshall Junior High School and Pasadena High School. She is a former Miss California Navy and appeared as Miss Teen Queen in MAD Magazine at age 15.

Cleveland returned with her family to London in 1960,[1] and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


A stage actress and model who had appeared as an extra in The Persuaders!, a secretary in The Saint, and other TV shows and films, she started to appear as an extra in BBC comedy productions, including The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise and various vehicles for Spike Milligan.

Monty Python[edit]

This brought her to the attention of the production team of Monty Python's Flying Circus. She appeared in 30 of the 45 episodes in the series, plus all four Monty Python movies, and was reunited with the other extant Pythons in 2014 for their British stage show Monty Python Live (mostly).[2][3]

Other work[edit]

Cleveland was voted number three in Splendor magazine's "100 Most Beautiful Entertainers" list in 1972.

During a radio interview in Birmingham in the early 1980s, to promote a British tour of the Tom Stoppard Dirty Linen, Cleveland confided an embarrassing incident in dress rehearsal; one scene called for her to climb onto a table and pull off her skirt. It was only when her fellow cast members went suddenly silent that Cleveland realised she'd forgotten to put on any underwear that morning.[citation needed]

In 1986, Cleveland played an American television journalist in Only Fools and Horses, in the episode "The Miracle of Peckham"; then in 1995, Cleveland had a small cameo in a sketch within Fist of Fun, a BBC comedy show featuring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.

Personal life[edit]

Cleveland was married to Peter Brett from 1971 to 1983.

Selected filmography[edit]


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