|Born||Josette Patricia Simon
|Spouse(s)||Mark Padmore 1996–2004|
She is best known for her portrayal of Dayna Mellanby in the third and fourth seasons of the television sci-fi series Blake's 7. Her recent television work includes roles in Lewis, Casualty, Skins, Midsomer Murders, The Last Detective, Death in Paradise and the Poirot episode "The Mystery of the Blue Train".
Simon's film appearances include Cry Freedom and Milk and Honey, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress award.
Simon is also a notable stage actress who has performed frequently with the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, being cast as one of the three 'weird sisters' in Macbeth alongside Kathy Behean, Lesley Sharp and Bob Peck who played the lead.
As a black actress, she has been at the forefront of 'colour-blind casting', frequently taking roles traditionally considered white. One example is Maggie in Arthur Miller's After the Fall, which has been said to have been based on Marilyn Monroe, former wife of Miller, a performance which won Simon the Evening Standard's Best Actress award in 1990, as well as several Best Actress nominations.
She was also nominated for a Best Actress award for her performance in Golden Girls at the RSC.
In 2009 she appeared in the inaugural episode of the resurrected TV series Minder.
Awards and honours
Josette married Mark Padmore in 1996, but the couple divorced in 2004. They have one child.
|1987||Cry Freedom||Dr. Ramphele|
|1988||Milk and Honey||Joanna Bell|
|1980||Blake's 7||Dayna Mellanby||13 Episodes|
|1981||Blake's 7||Dayna Mellanby||13 Episodes|
|1984||Play for Today||Linda King||"King"|
|1986||Harem (TV Miniseries)||Geisla|
|1988||Thompson||Various Roles||2 Episodes|
|1989||Capital City||Beatrice||"Take Over"|
|1997||Kavanagh QC||Dr. Hilary Jameson||"Blood Money"|
|1998||Dalziel and Pascoe||Eileen Anstiss||"Bones and Silence"|
|2003||The Last Detective||Jemma Duvall||"Lofty"|
|2006||Casualty||Sarah Keith||"The Sunny Side of the Street, Part 1 & 2"|
|2009||Casualty||Frances Liveley||6 Episodes|
|2010||Casualty||Frances Liveley||"Loves Me, Loves Me Not"|
|2011||Silent Witness||Mrs Ferris||2 Episodes – "First Casualty: Part 1 & 2"|
|2012||New Tricks||Vera||1 Episode – "Queen and Country"|
|2012||Merlin||The Euchdag||2 Episodes – "Arthur's Bane: Parts One & Two"|
|2014||Death in Paradise||Judge Anne Stone||1 Episode - "An Artistic Murder"|
|2014||Suspects||Dr. Melanie Standish||1 Episode|
- CSSD Alumni[dead link]
- "'Colour-blind casting finds new stars for Billy Elliott', Louise Jury, ''The Independent''". London: Arts.independent.co.uk. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- Hugh Quarshie (25 February 2002). "'Black kings are old hat', Hugh Quarshie, ''The". London: Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "''Evening Standard'' Theatre Awards, 1990". Albemarle-london.com. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Birthday Honours 2000". BBC News. 16 June 2000. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- Josette Simon at the Internet Movie Database
- British Theatre Guide
- Interview in the Leicester Mercury
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