Siobhan Redmond

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Siobhan Redmond
Born (1959-08-27) 27 August 1959 (age 55)
Tollcross, Glasgow, Scotland
Education University of St Andrews
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present

Siobhan Redmond MBE (/ʃəˈvɔːn/ shə-VAWN; born 27 August 1959) is a Scottish actress.

Early life[edit]

Originally from Tollcross, Glasgow, Redmond attended Park School for Girls in Glasgow's West End. She studied English at St Andrews University and was said to have been 'discovered' by playwright Liz Lochhead while performing in a student Mermaids society production written by Marcella Evaristi.[1][2]

She undertook a one-year postgraduate year at the Bristol Old Vic.[3] Her first television appearances were in the early 1980s, the first of these being in 1982 in the sketch show There's Nothing To Worry About! which later became Alfresco (in which Robbie Coltrane replaced the ex-Footlights actor Paul Shearer).

Career[edit]

After appearing in the two series of Alfresco in 1983 and 1984, her first major television success was as George Bulman's assistant Lucy McGinty in Bulman (1985–87).[4] She played, among other roles, Maureen Connell in Between the Lines (1992–1994); Shona Spurtle in The High Life (1994–95); Madame Sin in In The Red BBC TV (1998) adaptation of the novel; Janice Taylor in Holby City (2000–02), Sharon in The Smoking Room (2004–05); Maeve Brown in EastEnders; clinical psychiatrist Pru Plunkett in Midsomer Murders; and Ailsa in Shoebox Zoo. She also appeared on radio including in the 2002 BBC Radio 4 series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and as Jean Brash in BBC Radio 4's ongoing McLevy series.[4]

Redmond is also a stage actress, having starred in such theatre productions as The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 2003, and is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom she appeared as Maria in Twelfth Night in 2007. She played Titania/Hippolyta for Shakespeare's Globe in A Midsummer Night's Dream, in its summer 2008 season.

Redmond appeared in the "Gingers for Justice" sketch on The Catherine Tate Show in 2005 and then again in 2006. In 2007 she joined The Bill as Crime Scene Examiner Lorna Hart and in 2010 played one of the leads in David Greig's play Dunsinane, reprising her role for the BBC Radio 3 adaptation on January 30, 2011.[5]

On June 26, 2014, Redmond was announced as playing a new incarnation of the Rani, a villainous character in the long-running series Doctor Who, originally portrayed on television by Kate O'Mara. In the narrative of the series, characters who belong to race called Time Lords (of which the Rani is one) have the ability to change their appearance and personality in order to extend their life. Redmond's version of the Rani is to be featured in BBC-licensed audio dramas by Big Finish Productions beginning with The Rani Elite, scheduled for release in December 2014.[6]

Honours[edit]

Redmond was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by her alma mater, the University of St Andrews, in 2000.[7] She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to drama.[8]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Liz Lochhead to be awarded honorary degree". University of St Andrews news. St Andrews University. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Davies, Gill. "St Andrews University alumni remember their student days". BBC Scotland. BBC Scotland. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "20 Questions With...Siobhan Redmond". What's On Stage. What's On Stage. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Siobhan Redmond at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Profile, bbc.co.uk; accessed 22 August 2014.
  6. ^ "The New Rani". Big Finish Productions. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Honorary degrees 2000". University of St Andrews news. St Andrews University. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 21. 29 December 2012.

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