13 January 1942 |
East Sheen, London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Peter Brett (1971–1983, div)|
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.
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.
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 (including the dual roles of Zoot and Dingo, twin leaders of the maidens of Castle Anthrax in Monty Python and the Holy Grail), and was reunited with the other extant Pythons in 2014 for their British stage show Monty Python Live (mostly).
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.
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.
Cleveland was married to Peter Brett from 1971 to 1983.
- Strictly for the Birds (1963)
- The Pleasure Girls (1965)
- A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)
- Mister Ten Per Cent (1967)
- The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)
- The Adding Machine (1969)
- And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
- Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
- Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)
- Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) (2009)
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- Carol Cleveland's personal website
- Carol Cleveland at the Internet Movie Database
- 2012 interview, centered on Monty Python and the Holy Grail