Lydia Leonard

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Lydia Leonard
Born (1981-12-05) 5 December 1981 (age 33)
Paris, France
Nationality British
Education Bedales School
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
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."

Lydia Leonard (born 5 December 1981)[1] is an English stage, film and television actress.

Life and career[edit]

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. [2] (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.[3]

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.


Year Film Role Notes
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)
2010 Archipelago Cynthia
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[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2015 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies Nominated


  1. ^ Dalglish, Darren (13 October 2010). "Questions and Answers with...". Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
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  3. ^ Pandora Sykes (21 October 2010). "Lydia Leonard on being Jackie O". London Evening Standard. 

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