Anna-Louise Plowman

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Anna-Louise Plowman
Anna Louise Plowman 2005.jpg
Plowman in 2005
Born (1972-05-09) 9 May 1972 (age 45)
New Zealand
Other names Anna-Louise Stephens
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Toby Stephens (m. 2001)
Children 3

Anna-Louise Plowman (born 9 May 1972, sometimes known as Anna-Louise Stephens) is an actress. She played consultant anaesthetist Annalese Carson in Holby City and Dr. Sarah Gardner/Osiris in Stargate SG-1. In 2003 she played Melinda MacLean, wife of British communist spy Donald Maclean, and mistress of spy Kim Philby (played by her husband Toby Stephens), in the TV mini-series Cambridge Spies. She played Diana Goddard in the Doctor Who story "Dalek" in 2005. Plowman also played the role of "C" in a revival of Edward Albee's play, Three Tall Women, in 2006, at the Oxford Playhouse. Since 2014 she has played chamber maid Mrs. Hudson in the hit Starz series Black Sails, which also stars Toby Stephens.


Plowman attended the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, New Zealand between 1982 and 1989, where she graduated from Form 7. She later attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Lecoq School in Paris.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Plowman married actor Toby Stephens, who is the son of actress Dame Maggie Smith and actor Sir Robert Stephens, in London, in 2001. In May 2007, Plowman and Stephens had their first child, a son named Eli Alistair.[2] Simon Gray, the renowned British playwright (who penned Japes, a stage play, and Missing Dates, a radio drama, both of which starred Stephens), was reportedly Eli's godfather.[3] The couple became parents of a second child, a girl named Tallulah, in May 2009.[4] Their third child, a daughter named Kura was born in September 2010. Plowman and Stephens performed together as Sibyl and Elyot in Jonathan Kent's revival of Private Lives for the 2012 Chichester Festival,[5] reprised at the Gielgud Theatre in 2013.[6][7][8]



  1. ^ Anna-Louise Plowman on Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Mark Lawson, "Prodigal Son", The Guardian, 31 May 2007, Online edition.
  3. ^ Janice Turner, "Simon Gray Has Lung Cancer But Won't Stop Smoking", The Times, 24 April 2008, Online edition.
  4. ^ Tim Walker, "Toby Stephens: Being born into the theatre was a mixed blessing," The Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2009, Online edition.
  5. ^ Michael Billington (30 September 2012). "Private Lives – Minerva, Chichester". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ Quentin Letts (5 July 2013). "Don't quibble, Sibyl, this is first-class fun". The Daily Mail. 
  7. ^ Louise Jury and Josh Pettitt (4 July 2013). "It’s odd kissing Toby Stephens with his wife in the cast, says Private Lives actress Anna Chancellor". Evening Standard. 
  8. ^ Paul Taylor (4 July 2013). "Theatre review: Private Lives". The Independent. 
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