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 46)
Years active1995–present
Toby Stephens (m. 2001)

Anna-Louise Plowman (born 9 May 1972) is a New Zealand actress.

Early life[edit]

Plowman was born in New Zealand.


She played consultant anaesthetist Annalese Carson in Holby City and 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.

From 2016-2017 she played chamber maid Mrs. Hudson in the hit series Black Sails, which starred Toby Stephens.


Plowman attended the Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington, 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 actors Dame Maggie Smith and the late 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 Eli's godfather.[3][4] Their daughters, Tallulah and Kura, were born in May 2009[5] and in September 2010, respectively.

Plowman and Stephens performed together as Sibyl and Elyot in Jonathan Kent's revival of Private Lives for the 2012 Chichester Festival,[6] reprised at the Gielgud Theatre in 2013.[7][8][9]



  1. ^ Anna-Louise Plowman on IMDb
  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. ^ Simon Gray describes the christening himself in his final book Coda
  5. ^ Tim Walker, "Toby Stephens: Being born into the theatre was a mixed blessing," The Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2009, Online edition.
  6. ^ Michael Billington (30 September 2012). "Private Lives – Minerva, Chichester". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Quentin Letts (5 July 2013). "Don't quibble, Sibyl, this is first-class fun". The Daily Mail.
  8. ^ Louise Jury & 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.
  9. ^ Paul Taylor (4 July 2013). "Theatre review: Private Lives". The Independent.
  10. ^ "Fairy Tale: A True Story". Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  11. ^ "Half a Person, Series 14, Holby City - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  12. ^ "Father Brown - S3 - Episode 10: The Judgment of Man". Radio Times. Retrieved 2017-12-30.

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