Abigail Thaw

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Abigail J Thaw
Born (1965-10-01) 1 October 1965 (age 53)
ResidenceMuswell Hill, North London, England, UK
Spouse(s)Nigel Whitmey (1986-present)
ChildrenEvelyn Molly-Mae Whitmey (born 1997)
Talia Edi Whitmey (born 2003)
Parent(s)Sally Alexander (Mother)
Sheila Hancock (Stepmother)
John Thaw (Father)

Abigail J Thaw (born 1 October 1965[1]) is an English actress.

Early life[edit]

Abigail Thaw was born in London to actor John Thaw and his first wife, Sally Alexander, an academic/feminist activist who taught modern history at Goldsmiths College. Her parents divorced in 1968. On her mother's side she has a half-brother (Daniel), and on her father's side she has an elder stepsister (Melanie Jane) and a half-sister (Joanna). Her stepmother is actress Sheila Hancock.

After her parents' divorce in 1968, Abigail was brought up in Pimlico by her mother and her mother's boyfriend, Gareth Stedman Jones. Her father also kept in regular contact. Abigail attended Pimlico Comprehensive, sporadically because of her often marching with her mother[clarification needed]; Sally Alexander was involved in the flour-bombing of the 1970 Miss World contest.[2]

After school she spent a year in Italy, where she was in a car accident. Returning to England, she decided to attend RADA, where she met her future husband, actor Nigel Whitmey.


Abigail Thaw began her career working in rep at Cheltenham, York, and Salisbury, then performed with the RSC and the Royal Exchange Theatre and Library in Manchester, Chichester, The Tricycle, The Gate, Theatre 503, The Orange Tree, Battersea Arts Centre, New End, The Finborough, Birmingham, Theatr Clwyd, Watford and extensive touring in Whipping It Up, Ladies in Lavender and Entertaining Angels. The actress performed as Ms. Capulet in Tom Morris's Juliet and her Romeo at the Bristol Old Vic and Cymbeline with Mark Rylance at The Globe Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music. She also spent a year working with Mike Alfred's company, "Method and Madness", performing Private Lives, Jude the Obscure and Flesh and Blood. She was nominated for the Best Actress Off West End award in 2011 for The Firewatchers at the Old Red Lion. In early 2015, she participated in the world premiere of Michael Hastings' "The Cutting of the Cloth".

Thaw has also worked in television since 1990, in The Bill, Casualty, Pie in the Sky, Peak Practice, Spywatch, Big Bad World, Vanity Fair, Love Soup, Trust, Midsomer Murders and Poirot. She also performs in the comedy series "I Want My Wife Back" for the BBC.

She played a newspaper editor in the ITV1 2011 Christmas special edition of Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour, a role she continued in Series 1,[3] 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

In 2014, Thaw appeared in The Inbetweeners 2 as a shaman.

Personal life[edit]

Thaw met Nigel Whitmey at RADA in the mid-1980s, and they married in 1986. In 1997 she gave birth to a daughter, Molly-Mae Whitmey, and in 2003 to her second daughter, Talia. The family live in Muswell Hill, North London.[3]


  1. ^ "Abigail Thaw". btvguide.net. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  2. ^ Cochrane, Kira (1 March 2003). "Children of the revolution". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b Murfitt, Nikki (10 December 2011). "'The idea of appearing in Morse without Dad brought tears to my eyes': John Thaw's daughter gives emotional interview". Daily Mail. London.

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