Carol Cleveland

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Carol Cleveland
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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)
Website
http://www.carolcleveland.com/

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.

Career[edit]

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 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. Sometimes referred to as the "other Python" or "the seventh Python" or even "The Female Python", though she thinks this is too much (the Pythons themselves performed and wrote their own material). She played an archetypal blonde bombshell. Stage directions for her first sketch described her as "a blonde buxom wench in the full bloom of womanhood". Privately called "Carol Cleavage" by the other Pythons, she called herself the "glamour stooge". Cleveland starred in all four of the Monty Python films, including the dual roles of Zoot and Dingo, twin leaders of the maidens in the Castle Anthrax, in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Her mother, Pat Cleveland, appeared in Monty Python on several occasions, once as a mental patient with an axe embedded in her head.

Other work[edit]

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

In 1986, Cleveland played an American television journalist in the Only Fools and Horses episode "The Miracle of Peckham".

In 1995, Cleveland had a small cameo in a Fist of Fun sketch, a BBC comedy show featuring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. During a radio interview in Birmingham to promote a British tour of Tom Stoppard's play Dirty Linen in the early 1980s, 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.

Personal life[edit]

Cleveland was married to Peter Brett from 1971 to 1983.

Selected filmography[edit]

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