|Born||Anne Tara G.F. Callaby
18 September 1967
Cuckfield, Sussex, England, UK
|Years active||1991– present|
Tara Fitzgerald (born 18 September 1967) is an English actress who has appeared in feature films, television, radio and the stage.
She won the New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play in 1995 as Ophelia opposite Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet. She won the Best Actress Award at The Reims International Television Festival in 1999 for her role of Lady Dona St Columb in Frenchman's Creek. Fitzgerald's most recent role has been in the West End production of The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre with Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley, and in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse. Since 2007, Fitzgerald has appeared in more than 30 episodes of the BBC television series Waking the Dead.
Anne Tara G.F. Callaby was born in Cuckfield, Sussex to Irish portrait photographer Sarah Geraldine Fitzgerald and English artist Michael Callaby. She has one sister, Arabella, and one half-sister, Bianca, both younger. The sisters are great-nieces of the late Irish-American stage and film actress Geraldine Fitzgerald. When she was still a child her family moved to Freeport, Bahamas, where her maternal grandfather, David Fitzgerald, practised law. Returning to England, her parents divorced when Tara was three years old. Three years later, her mother married English-born Irish-based actor Norman Rodway and the family began several years of journeying across Britain and Ireland.
Education and acting
Because of her stepfather's acting career, Fitzgerald attended primary schools in London, Glasgow, Dublin and Stratford-upon-Avon. When she was in her teens she and her family returned to South London. She was a pupil at Walsingham Girls' School in Clapham (now Thomas's Preparatory School, Clapham), but left at age 16 after passing her "O" level examinations to pursue acting. At 17 she left a course at Richmond College, Middlesex to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, but she was not accepted. She spent two years as a waitress before entering drama school. She graduated from Drama Centre London in July 1990.
Only months after graduation from drama school Fitzgerald appeared as the daughter of a beauty queen in the comedy Hear My Song. She came to international attention in 1993 when she starred with Hugh Grant in the Australian comedy Sirens. The film landed Fitzgerald an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Actress in a Lead Role. Two years later she again appeared with Grant in the comedy The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. Fitzgerald appeared in a steady stream of independent feature films through the 1990s and 2000s, among them the all-star cast in A Man of No Importance (1994), Brassed Off (1996), the Czech World War II fighter pilot drama Dark Blue World (2001), and a 2004 drama set during the Spanish Inquisition, Secret Passage (UK title The Lion's Mouth).
Fitzgerald's first major stage role came in 1992 when she appeared opposite Peter O'Toole in Our Song at the Apollo Theatre. She has alternated between stage and screen for almost two decades, with frequent theatre roles. In 1995, she starred as Ophelia opposite Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet at London's Almeida Theatre, which led to her American stage debut. The award-winning production transferred across the Atlantic and played more than 90 performances on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. Since then she has played Antigone in a national UK tour, the Blanche Du Bois in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire at the Bristol Old Vic and with Gillian Anderson in A Doll's House at Donmar Warehouse.
A veteran of more than twenty television programmes and mini-series, Fitzgerald has portrayed Victorian heroines and modern police detectives. Her first TV role was in the 1991 BBC production The Black Candle, set in Yorkshire in the 1880s. The following year she was featured in The Camomile Lawn. After her feature film success, she landed her first starring role in a television film, The Vacillations of Poppy Carew. She won Best Actress at the 1999 Reims International Television Festival for the costumes-and-pirates love story Frenchman's Creek.
In 2006 she was featured in The Virgin Queen, before taking on her biggest role to date: Dr. Eve Lockhart, on the police procedural Waking The Dead. She joined the cast in 2007. Following the BBC's decision to end the show after one more series in 2011, it was announced that the character of Eve will star in spin-off series The Body Farm.
In 2001 Fitzgerald married American actor-director John Sharian, who directed her in The Snatching of Bookie Bob. The couple separated in May 2003 and were later divorced. Her present partner is British actor Richard Clothier.
List of credits
|1992||Our Song||Angela Caxton||Keith Waterhouse||Apollo Theatre London and UK Tour|
|1995||Hamlet||Ophelia||Jonathan Kent||William Shakespeare||Almeida Theatre (London) Belasco Theatre (New York)|
|1999||Antigone||Antigone||Sophocles||Old Vic, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Oxford Playhouse|
|2000||A Streetcar Named Desire||Blanche Du Bois||Tennessee Williams||Bristol Old Vic|
|2004||A Doll's House||Nora Helmer||Ibsen & Zinnie Harris||UK Tour|
|Clouds||Mara Hill||Jennie Darnell||Michael Frayn||National UK tour|
|2005||And Then There Were None||Vera Claythorne||Steven Pimlott||Agatha Christie||Gielgud Theatre|
|2009||A Doll's House||Christine Lyle||Kfir Yefet||Ibsen & Zinnie Harris||Donmar Warehouse|
|The Misanthrope||Marcia||Thea Sharrock||Molière & Martin Crimp||Comedy Theatre|
|2011||Broken Glass||Sylvia Gellburg||Iqbal Khan||Arthur Miller||Vaudeville Theatre|
|1991||Hear My Song||Nancy Doyle||Film won Best Comedy from the British Comedy Awards|
|1993||Sirens||Estella Campion||Australian Film Institute nomination Best Actress in a Lead Role|
|Galleria||Marie||First sci-fi role|
|1994||A Man of No Importance||Adele Rice|
|1995||The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain||Elizabeth aka Betty from Cardiff|
|1996||Brassed Off||Gloria Mullins|
|1998||Conquest||Daisy MacDonald||Shot on location in Saskatchewan, Ontario|
|The Snatching of Bookie Bob||Silk||19-minute short directed by John Sharian, whom Fitzgerald married in 2001|
|1999||New World Disorder||Kris Paddock||Filmed in Luxembourg|
|Childhood||Ange||Shot on location in Moscow|
|2000||Rancid Aluminium||Masha||plays opposite Sadie Frost|
|2001||Dark Blue World||Susan Whitmore||Tmavomodrý svet (Czech title)|
|2003||I Capture the Castle||Topaz Mortmain||Film won the Audience Award at the Film by the Sea International Film Festival|
|2004||Five Children and It||Mother||Film won Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival|
|The Lion's Mouth||Clara||Secret Passage (US Title)|
|2006||In a Dark Place||Mrs. Grose||Based on the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw; Sapphic scene with Leelee Sobieski|
|1991||The Black Candle||Victoria Mordaunt||based on a novel by Catherine Cookson|
|1992||Six Characters in Search of an Author||Emily||BBC adaptation directed by Bill Bryden|
|The Camomile Lawn||Young Polly||based on a novel by Mary Wesley|
|Anglo-Saxon Attitudes||Young Dollie Stokesay||BAFTA TV Award Best Drama Serial|
|1994||Fall from Grace||Catherine Pradier||World War II drama based on the book by Larry Collins|
|Cadfael: The Leper of St. Giles||Iveta de Massard||Episode 103, Book 5 of Cadfael|
|1995||The Vacillations of Poppy Carew||Poppy Carew||Based on the novel The Vacillations of Poppy Carew by Mary Wesley|
|1996||The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||Helen Graham||Based on the novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë|
|1997||The Woman in White||Marian Fairlie||Nominated for BAFTA TV Award Best Drama Serial|
|The Student Prince||Grace||The Prince of Hearts (US title)|
|1998||Frenchman's Creek||Dona, Lady St. Columb||Won Best Actress at the 1999 Reims International Television Festival|
|Little White Lies||Beth Marsh||Produced by the BBC; has early Gerard Butler role|
|1999||In the Name of Love||Zoe Walters||Thriller directed by Ferdinand Fairfax|
|2003||Love Again||Monica Jones||directed by Susanna White|
|Murder in Mind||Liz Morton||Season 3, Episode 1, Echoes|
|2004||Agatha Christie's Marple: The Body in the Library||Adelaide Jefferson|
|2005||Rose and Maloney||Annie Sorensen-Johnson||Season 2, Episode 2 (No.2.2)|
|Like Father Like Son||D.I. Harkness|
|2006||Jane Eyre||Mrs. Reed||Distributed by BBC One|
|The Virgin Queen||Kat Ashley||Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen (US Title)|
|2007||Waking the Dead||Dr. Eve Lockhart||32 episodes, 2007–2011|
|2009||U Be Dead||Debra Pemberton||ITV drama based on Maria Marchese stalker case|
|2011||The Body Farm||Eve Lockhart||BBC drama|
|2013||Game of Thrones||Selyse Baratheon||based on a novel by George R. R. Martin|
- Birth name per registry at findmypast.co.uk (cannot capture URL but free search by name)
- "Tara Fitzgerald Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Keira_Knightley, Damian_Lewis and Tara Fitzgerald to star in West End production of The Misanthrope
- Logan, Brian (25 September 2000). "Tara Fitzgerald, the fantastic flirt, A Streetcar Named Desire". The Guardian (London).
- Bassett, Kate (24 May 2009). "The Donmar's new Ibsen isn't so much a clever interpretation as a bit of questionable rewriting". The Independent (London).
- Roger, Sylvia (10 July 2009). "My Perfect Weekend: Tara Fitzgerald". The Telegraph (London).
- Antony Sher and Tara Fitzgerald lead Broken Glass