Sharon Maughan

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Sharon Patricia Maughan (born 22 June 1950) is a British actress.

Sharon Maughan
Born Sharon Patricia Mughan
(1950-06-22) 22 June 1950 (age 64)
West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Trevor Eve (m. 1980)
Children

Alice Eve

Jack Eve

George Eve

Early life[edit]

Maughan was born in West Derby, Liverpool, Lancashire, at Alder Hey Hospital – the only girl of five children. Her father, Frank Mughan, was a seaman who proudly became a white collar worker, despite having very little education. Thanks to their mother Norah (née McClay) the entire family maximised the opportunities state education offered them, and are now all in the world of academics.

Maughan was part of the massive pilgrimage from the inner city to the newly created and undeveloped Kirkby,[1] where she went to St Gregory’s, the first all-girl Catholic comprehensive school in the country. Despite the nuns’ hatred of drama, the magnificent Beryl D'Arcy-Grey helped Maughan to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress and was accepted by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Despite keeping her Liverpool accent while at RADA, she was awarded the diction prize. It was not until 2003 that she managed to incorporate her native accent in her professional career, playing nurse Tricia Williams in Holby City.

Career[edit]

Upon graduating from RADA, Maughan gained her Equity Card playing Ophelia in an Open University Tour of Hamlet. She then did rep at the Liverpool Playhouse and Chester, and won her first television opportunity in Philip Mackie's The Organisation, starring Peter Egan. This led to episodes of The Last of the Baskets with Patricia Hayes, then Justice with Margaret Lockwood. In 1973, Maughan was chosen for the coveted role of Rachel Rosing in a Granada Television serialisation of Howard Spring's novel, Shabby Tiger, which prompted Clive James to review her as having, "a screen presence that was sonnet inspiring".

Maughan immediately went on to work with Elaine Stritch, playing the title role in If You Knew Susie, which was part of the TV series Dial M For Murder. This led to Alan Bennett asking her to appear alongside him at the Lyric Theatre in his original production of Habeas Corpus, playing Felicity Rumpers. She next had the good fortune of working with John Stride in the final series of Yorkshire Television's The Main Chance, playing the Nordic Inge Lindstrom. David Mercer's controversial Huggy Bear with the infamous 'chocasms' scene was her next television venture.

In 1977, Maughan joined the cast of Franco Zeffirelli's Filumena, starring Joan Plowright and Colin Blakely in London's West End, where she met her future husband, actor Trevor Eve.[1] Maughan then went on to star in such series as The Enigma Files,[1] The Flame Trees of Thika,[1] Dombey and Son, and By the Sword Divided. As a result of the success of The Flame Trees of Thika in America, Maughan was invited to do an episode of MacGyver, which was the beginning of her bi-coastal professional relationship.

From 1987 to 1998, whilst running the internationally successful 'Gold Blend Couple' television advertisements for Nescafé (Taster's Choice in the United States) alongside actor Anthony Head,[1] Maughan starred in episodes of Inspector Morse, Hannay, and Murder She Wrote. In theatre, she played Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday, Anne Daviot in Adam Was a Gardener, Nora in A Doll's House at Chichester Festival Theatre,[1] and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Dr Anna Howard Shaw in Paula Wagner's production of Out of Our Fathers House in Hollywood's Fountainhead Theatre.

In 1993, Maughan received excellent reviews for her debut directorial production of Widowers' Houses in London. In 1997 she and Trevor Eve founded Projector Productions with Charles Haswell. With Trevor as producer, she went on to Executive Produce and star in Cinderella alongside Kathleen Turner,[2] and Executive Produce Twelfth Night, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. In that same year, Maughan co starred in Another Stakeout with Richard Dreyfuss.

Upon finishing the 'Gold Blend couple' television campaign in 1998, she went back to the theatre to do And All the Children Cried, playing Myra Hindley,[1] which was immediately followed by Maughan joining the cast of the BBC One medical drama television series Holby City, which she left in late 2006 in order to appear in Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job. This was quickly followed by guest leads in the BBC's Waking the Dead, starring her husband Trevor Eve, Inspector George Gently, and Kidnap and Ransom, also starring Trevor Eve.

After premiering the new play Cradle Me, co-starring Luke Treadaway, Maughan went on to appear in the 2010 U.S. film She's Out of My League, in the role of Molly's mother - the lead female character played by her real life daughter Alice. Trevor Eve played Molly's father. With Lysette Anthony, Maughan was also part of the cast for the 15-minute short film A Study After Cruel Intentions.

In the 2011 series of Celebrity MasterChef, an ill-prepared Maughan was shocked and delighted to make it to the semi final. This was followed by a film made each year from 2012 to 2014: The Babymakers, directed by Jay Chandrasekhar; Flying Home directed by Dominique Derudiere and Time Lapse, directed by Bradley King, and finally The Atticus Institute, directed by Chris Sparling - all of which were shot in the USA.

On 19 February 2014, Maughan was part of the invited audience at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art. She and Trevor were then given the honour of being asked to perform in front of the Queen in the Investiture Room, along with Hugh Laurie, Sir Tom Courtenay and Dame Helen Mirren.

Maughan is very proud to appear in her son Jack Eve's debut feature film as writer/director, Death of a Farmer, which having had a screening at the Dinard Film Festival, had its UK Premiere at the Borderlines Film Festival on 5 March 2014.

Personal life[edit]

In 1977, she met actor Trevor Eve, and they were married on 1980. In 1982, Maughan gave birth to their first child, Alice Eve, who is now an actress.[1][3] Soon after this, the family emigrated to America, where their second child, Jack Eve, now a filmmaker, was born in 1985. On their return to Britain, Maughan was asked to launch the new Gold Blend campaign, the success of which in America, as Tasters Choice, took Maughan back to Los Angeles, where she gave birth to their third child, George Eve, in 1994, who is now a front man for the band Two Bottle Jump.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Wintle, Angela (2010) "Interview with Sharon Maughan", Sussex Life, 5 January 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2014
  2. ^ Collinson, Dawn (2011) "Sharon Maughan: The Kirkby childhood which inspired my 40-year career and why I fancy a little Sex And The City", Liverpool Echo, 19 January 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2014
  3. ^ "Sharon Maughan", Woman & Home. Retrieved 20 August 2014

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