Sharon Morgan

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Sharon Morgan
Born Sharon Haf Morgan
(1949-08-29) 29 August 1949 (age 64)
Nationality Welsh
Alma mater Cardiff University
Occupation Film / Television/Stage actress
Years active 1977–present
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Children Two children

Sharon Morgan (born 29 August 1949 in Llandyfaelog, Carmarthenshire) is a Welsh actress of stage and screen, currently based in Cardiff. She was brought up in the village of Llandyfaelog.[1] She is best known for her work within the Welsh film and television industries and has been the recipient of three BAFTA Cymru awards.

Personal life[edit]

Morgan grew up in Glanamman, Carmarthenshire, the daughter of a headmaster and a drama teacher. In her youth she didn't believe she could succeed as an actress, but states that her parents always supported her career choice. As a back up to her desired acting career, Morgan studied an undergraduate history course at Cardiff University in the 1960s, before training to be a stage actress. Morgan has two children, Stephan (born 1979/1980) and Saran (born 1995/1996) and spent the largest part of her acting career juggling her work and life as a single parent. Speaking of her difficult home/work balance Morgan elaborates that "You manage with the help of friends. You find a way". A Welsh language campaigner, Morgan was arrested in 1988 for daubing paint on the Welsh Office. The actress was afraid that this criminal conviction may have precluded her from gaining a US Visa to film Torchwood in Los Angeles.[2]

Morgan is trilingual, speaking Welsh — her mother tongue — English and French.[3] Morgan is an advocate for remaining active in old age, and cites fellow actress Helen Mirren as an inspiration to older women.[1]

Career[edit]

Since beginning her acting career in the 1970s, Morgan has appeared in a variety of TV series, films and stage productions in both the English and Welsh languages. Welsh Newspaper the Western Mail referred to her as "one of the most respected actors of her generation."[2] Notable roles include her portrayal of Professor Margaret Edwards in A Mind to Kill between 1994 and 2002, and portraying Stella Craven in Mine All Mine, (2004) written by Russell T Davies.

Amongst Morgan’s other screen credits are a regular lead role in the BBC drama series Belonging, as well as a semi-regular role in Doctors and appearances in other UK television shows such as Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Coronation Street, Caerdydd, Pobol y Cwm and Alys. In 2002 Morgan appeared as Kath, a frustrated middle-aged houswewife in the Cardiff-shot comedy short Pleasure Pill. She played the lead role of Martha in the 2008 S4C drama Martha, Jac a Santo which she describes as a "culturally important film" that serves as "a strong and sensitive portrayal of agricultural life in Wales".[4] Morgan's portrayal of Martha won her her second BAFTA Cymru award for best actress[5] (having previously won one for her performance in Tair Chwaer [1998]).[6]

Morgan has also achieved prominence through her role in Torchwood as Mary Cooper, the mother of principal character Gwen Cooper. Morgan first appeared in the episode "Something Borrowed" in the second series (2008), and returned for six episodes of the show's fourth series, Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011).[2] Later in 2011, Morgan starred as Maggie Jones in Resistance, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Owen Sheers.[2] Morgan's work on Resistance earned her a further best actress nomination at the 21st BAFTA Cymru awards;[7] she went on to win the award in a ceremony held on 30 September 2012.[8][9] In September 2012 Morgan joined the cast of the fifth series of Hollyoaks Later, playing Nana Flo.[10] She will also star in the upcoming U.S drama series Da Vinci's Demons as Sister Albina.[3]

In addition to her screen career, Morgan is also an established stage actress and dramatist who has also translated plays, including the Vagina Monologues, into the Welsh language.[2] Her stage acting roles include the National Theatre Wales production A Good night out in the Valleys which was first performed in 2010. Of her performance, the Daily Mail wrote that "Sharon Morgan is a riot as a dotty old bird who listens to ear-splitting rock music on her earphones".[11]

Selected Filmography[edit]

Year(s) Title Role More information
2012 Da Vinci's Demons Sister Albina
Hollyoaks Later Nana Flo Series five
2011 Resistance Maggie Jones Won - Bafta Cymru award for Best Actress
Alys Lisabeth Three episodes: Pennod Five; Pennod Six; Pennod Seven
2008,2011 Torchwood Mary Cooper Seven episodes: "Something Borrowed"; "The New World"; "The Categories of Life";
"Immortal Sins"; "End of the Road" ; "The Gathering" ; "The Blood Line"
2008 Martha, Jac a Sianco Martha Won Bafta Cymru award for Best Actress
After You've Gone Beryl TV episode: "Going Solo"
2007 Midsomer Murders Delyth Mostyn TV episode: "Death and Dust"
2006 Caerdydd Anne Davies Two episodes
High Hopes Professor Blunt Two episodes
Calon Gaeth Aunt Hetty Welsh TV film
2005–2007 Doctors Gwyneth Powis Recurring character
2005 Mabel Janice Film short
Down to Earth Rita Powell TV episode: "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"
2004 Mine All Mine Stella Craven Lead Role
Pobol y Cwm Sylvia Bevan One-off appearance
2002 Pleasure Pill Kath Comedy Short; Lead Role
1994 Gadael Lenin Eileen feature Film
1994–2002 A Mind to Kill Professor Margaret Edwards, pathologist Series regular
1992 Casualty Jean Collins TV episode: "Cascade"
1986 No Place Like Home Daphne Davies TV episode: "Trevor's Last Stand"
1984 The Magnificent Evans Rachel Harris Leading role (six episodes)
1983 The Gentle Touch Carrie Harrison TV episode: "Private Views"
1982 Giro City Social Worker Feature film
1979 Coronation Street Mrs Ellis One off appearance
Thomas & Sarah Alice Williams TV episode: "Made in Heaven"
1978 Grand Slam Odette Television film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sharon Morgan takes inspiration from Helen Mirren". Daily Post North Wales. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Wightwick, Abbie (15 July 2011). "Torchwood actress Sharon Morgan on life in Hollywood". Western Mail. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Spotlight profile of Sharon Morgan". Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Martha, Jac a Santo
  5. ^ "BBC Wales' 11 Bafta Cymru winners". BBC Wales. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Price, Karen (18 May 2002). "Winning a Bafta was a shock - but not as much as what followed". The Western Mail. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bafta Cymru: Rhod Gilbert and Code Breakers among nominations". BBC. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Four Bafta Cymru awards for Patagonia". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "British Academy Cymru Awards Winners in 2012". Bafta Cymru. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hollyoaks - Characters: New Faces". E4. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Letts, Quentin (19 March 2010). "Miner's tale has struck gold in the Valleys". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 

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