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5 December 1981 |
|Alma mater||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
|Awards||2015 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the role of Anne Boleyn in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies."|
Life and career
She was born in Paris to an Irish mother, a teacher, and Anglo-French father, a financial accountant; she lived in France until the age of five. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Leonard was nominated for a 2015 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the role of Anne Boleyn in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies on Broadway.  (She previously played the role in the RSC's London production.)
On television she had an ongoing role in 1950s-set detective series Jericho starring Robert Lindsay, and appeared in True True Lie (2006) and The Long Walk to Finchley (2008), along with a cameo in Rome (2006, "The Stolen Eagle"), and as a nurse in the BBC's Casualty 1909.
Leonard appeared on stage as Polyxena in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hecuba starring Vanessa Redgrave, the production played in London's West End and then at B.A.M in New York. She played Hazel Conway alongside Francesca Annis in the National Theatre's production of Time and the Conways. In 2005 Leonard appeared as Caroline Cushing in the original Donmar Theatre and West End productions of Frost/Nixon. In 2010 Leonard played the role of Jackie Onassis in Martin Sherman's play Onassis at the Novello Theatre in London.
In 2008 Leonard played a major role in the BBC re-make of The 39 Steps. Part of the Christmas scheduling, its first showing was the most watched programme on BBC One on that day. Leonard starred as Cynthia in Joanna Hogg's 2010 feature film Archipelago. In 2012, Leonard starred in two episodes of ITV drama series Whitechapel, as psychiatrist Morgan Lamb, for which she was nominated for Most Outstanding Actress at the Monte Carlo television awards. In 2013 Leonard played a leading role in the action adventure film Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon alongside Dolph Lundgen and Scott Adkins. In 2013 Leonard plays Alex Lang in DreamWorks The Fifth Estate alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.
|2004||The Heat of the Story||short|
|Foyle's War||Marion Greenwood||TV series (Series 3 Episode 1: "The French Drop")|
|Midsomer Murders||Phoebe Frears||TV series (1 episode: "Ghosts of Christmas Past")|
|2005||Rome||Julia||TV series (1 episode: "The Stolen Eagle")|
|Jericho||Angela||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2006||The Line of Beauty||Penny Kent||TV series (3 episodes)|
|True True Lie||Dana|
|2008||Ashes to Ashes||Sarah Templeton||TV series (Series 1, Episode 4: "The Missing Link")|
|Casualty 1907||Laura Goodley||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley||Joyce||TV movie|
|The 39 Steps||Victoria Sinclair||TV movie|
|2009||Casualty 1909||Laura Goodley||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2011||Spooks||Martha Ford||TV series (Series 10, Episode 2)|
|Star Wars: The Old Republic||Lana Beniko||Video game|
|2012||Law & Order UK||Lucy Kennard||TV series (Series 6, Episode 7: "Fault Lines")|
|Whitechapel||Morgan Lamb||TV series (Series 3, Episodes 5 & 6)|
|2013||Divinity: Dragon Commander||Princess Camilla, Prospera||Video Game (Voice)|
|Ambassadors||Fergana||TV series (Series 1, Episode 3, "The Tazbek Spring")|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play||Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies||Nominated|
- Dalglish, Darren (13 October 2010). "Questions and Answers with...". londontheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
- Pandora Sykes (21 October 2010). "Lydia Leonard on being Jackie O". London Evening Standard.