Fenella Woolgar

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Fenella Woolgar
Born (1969-08-04) 4 August 1969 (age 45)
London, England
Alma mater Mayfield Convent
Durham University
RADA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999-present
Spouse(s) Dr. Robert Harland
(m. 2006)
Children 3
Parent(s) Michael Woolgar
Maureen McCann
Relatives Dermot Woolgar (brother)
Claudia Woolgar (sister)

Fenella Woolgar (born 4 August 1969) is an English actress.

Life and career[edit]

Woolgar is the youngest daughter of Maureen (née McCann) and Michael Woolgar. Her brother Dermot is a barrister and her sister Claudia works in the arts in Ireland. Her early years were spent in New Canaan, Connecticut, before the family returned to the United Kingdom in 1976. Her father worked as an economist for many years and the family travelled to Kuwait and Sharjah. Her mother is of Irish heritage. She was educated at Mayfield Convent, Durham University, and then Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). At university she directed Murder in the Cathedral in Durham Cathedral, acted and was a member of the Durham Revue.

She graduated from RADA in 1999 and on leaving did mostly theatre, particularly at the Royal Exchange, Manchester until she got her break in 2002 playing Agatha in Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things. She has subsequently gone on to work with Mike Leigh, Conor McPherson and Woody Allen. She played Agatha Christie in Doctor Who in 2008. She has recently worked in theatre at the National Theatre and The Old Vic. She won the Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actress in the West End in 2013 and the Sunday Times Culture Award for Stage Performance of the Year 2014. She is regularly heard on the radio and was nominated for Best Actress on the radio in 2013 for An American Rose in which she played Rosemary Kennedy. She played the title role in Mrs Dalloway for BBC Radio 4 and Edith Wharton in both The Jinx Element and Ethan Frome. She has narrated several audiobooks and was nominated for Audio Book of the Year 2013.[2]

She married Dr Robert Harland in 2006. The couple have three children: Kit, born 2007, and Tristan and Gabriel, born 2009. She paints and speaks Italian.

Awards and Award Nominations[edit]

Stage Performance of the Year - The Sunday Times Culture Awards 2014.[3]

Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actress in the West End 2013.[4]


She has been nominated for several awards including:

  • Best Supporting Actress - What’s On Stage Awards 2013
  • Best Actress - BBC Radio Drama Awards 2013
  • Best Audio Book of the Year (for Life After Life) 2013
  • Best Supporting Actress - British Independent Film Awards 2003
  • Best Supporting Actress - Empire Film Awards 2003
  • Best Supporting Actress - London Critics Circle 2003
  • Best Newcomer - Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2003
  • Best Supporting Actress - Manchester Evening News Awards 2000 and 2001

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Character Format Notes
2000 Agatha Christie's Poirot Ellis TV series Episode: "Lord Edgware Dies"
2001 The Way We Live Now Lady Julia Monogram TV serial Episodes: 1 and 2
2002 AKA Sarah Feature film
2003 Bright Young Things Stephen Fry Hon. Agatha Runcible Feature film Nominated - British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated - Empire Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated - London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Eroica Princess Lobkowitz TV film
2004 He Knew He Was Right Arabella French TV mini-series
Stage Beauty Richard Eyre Lady Meresvale Feature film
Vera Drake Mike Leigh Susan's Confidante Feature film
2005 Wah-Wah Richard E Grant June Broughton Feature film
2006 Scoop Woody Allen Jane Cook Feature film
2007 Jekyll Min TV series
St. Trinian's Miss Cleaver Feature film
2008 Doctor Who Agatha Christie TV series Episode: "The Unicorn and the Wasp"
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Bob Weide Post Modern Review Staff #3 Feature film
2009 St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Miss Cleaver Feature film
2010 BioShock 2[5] Sofia Lamb Video game Voice only
2010 Agatha Christie's Poirot Elizabeth Whittaker TV series Episode: "Hallowe'en Party
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Woody Allen Jane Feature film
2011 Case Histories Amelia Land TV series Episode: 1.1
2011 Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Donald Rice Nancy Dakin Feature film
2013 Spies of Warsaw Coky Giedroyc Lady Angela Hope TV Mini-series[6]
2014 Mr.Turner Mike Leigh Lady Elizabeth Eastlake Feature film
2015 Home Fires Alison Scotlock TV Series

Theatre[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "press releases and press packs". BBC. 19 May 2003. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fenella Woolgar". Audible.co.uk. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Culture". The Sunday Times. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fenella Woolgar and Paul Chahidi win Clarence Derwent awards". Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.2kgames.com/cultofrapture/podcasts
  6. ^ "David Tennet's Blog". 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  7. ^ 'Handbagged' programme. Vaudeville Theatre. 

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