Elizabeth Seal

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Elizabeth Seal
Born (1933-08-28) 28 August 1933 (age 80)
Genoa, Italy
Occupation Actress
Years active 1954–2003
Spouse(s) Michael Ward (1976-present)

Elizabeth Seal (born 28 August 1933, Genoa, Italy) is a British actress. In 1961, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance in the title role of Irma La Douce.


Seal shot to fame as Gladys in the West End transfer of The Pajama Game by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross at the London Coliseum. She then took over the role of Lola in Damn Yankees from Belita at the same theatre. This was then followed by the title role in Irma La Douce; Seal was in the lead in both the West End and Broadway productions. She won the 1961 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She later took the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville (known today as Chicago The Musical) in the original London production, alongside Jenny Logan (who played Velma Kelly) in 1979.

Other West End shows include roles in Tennessee Williams' Camino Real as well as Julian Slade's long-running Salad Days. She appeared in such films as Radio Cab Murder (1954), Town on Trial (1957), Cone of Silence (1960), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).

She has spent her later career teaching and choreographing at the Guildford School of Acting, among other schools.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to photographer/former actor Michael Ward (aka Theo Ward) since 1976 and is stepmother to his two daughters Sam Ward and Tasha Ward. She has three children from her former marriage to Zack Matalon. They are Adam Matalon, a film-maker based in Los Angeles, Sarah Matalon, and Noah Matalon.

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