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Louise Plowright (born 1956 in Cheshire) is a British actress, who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she studied alongside Mark Strong and Cathryn Bradshaw, and first came to prominence playing abrasive hairdresser Julie Cooper in the television soap opera EastEnders from 1989 to 1990.
As a stage singer-actress she has appeared in a number of regional and touring productions of musicals, where her roles have included: April in Hot Shoe Shuffle, Julie Johnston in Bad Girls - The Musical, and, Phyllis Rogers Stone in Follies, and most recently Chitty Chitty Bang Bang amongst others. Numerous West End Concert Performances including 'Living On An Island' at The Talk Of London. She has also appeared in various regional theatre pantomimes. In the summer of 2009 she appeared in Oklahoma! at the Chichester Festival Theatre as Aunt Eller, and the following autumn in Manchester in White Christmas. In 2010 she returned to the Chichester Festival Theatre to star in the revival of 42nd Street.
She made her West End theatre debut in 1999, originating the role of Tanya in the hit musical Mamma Mia!, the following year she was promoted to the leading role of Donna, which she played for four years.
In 2013 she was due to replace Julie Legrand as Madame Morrible in the West End hit musical Wicked but as of April 22, 2013, Plowright withdrew from the role due to ill health, and has been replaced by Harriet Thorpe.
She met her Hungarian husband during the filming of Mack the Knife in Hungary in 1987. During the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics he was the national coach for the British Modern Pentathlon team.
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