Antonia Bernath

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Antonia Bernath
Antonia Bernath CUCKOO.jpg
Bernath in the film Cuckoo
Born1984 (age 34–35)
NationalityEnglish/American
Other namesAntonia Cockerham
OccupationActress, singer and voiceover artist

Antonia Bernath (born 1981) is an English/American actress, voiceover artist and singer. She starred as Priscilla Presley in the Emmy nominated CBS show Elvis, alongside Jonathan Rhys Myers’. She played the role of Chloe in film St Trinians and Susan Borman in the ABC show, The Astronaut Wives Club. She starred as Katherine Beckett in the 2005 Bollywood film Kisna: The Warrior Poet and had a leading role in the television series Trinity. She also played Laura Edmunds in the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey. She attended The Godolphin School in Salisbury an all girls boarding school.

According to an article in the Daily Mail, her role in ''Kisna'' made her "the first white British actress to star in an Indian blockbuster".[1]

She is also known for her voiceover work, notably in video games Star Wars: Battlefront and The Witcher.

She is married to production manager Oliver Cockerham.

Career[edit]

Prior to studying at the Bristol Old Vic, Bernath studied English Literature at Cambridge University. At this time she was part of the National Youth Music Theatre and played parts including Guinevere in their production of Pendragon. She was also the face of Johnson and Johnson Clean and Clear facewash for an International Campaign. She debuted on British Television in the Hogmanay special episode of Monarch of the Glen as Becky Body.

Her feature film debut was starring in Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005), playing Katherine Beckett,[2] as one of the first leading British actresses in a Bollywood film. A review in the Hindustan Times declared her performance "good" and "cutely pleasing".[3] Since her debut, she gained television experience portraying Priscilla Presley in the CBS television film, Elvis (2005), alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Randy Quaid and Robert Patrick. Her further television roles include portraying Lucy Bellham in Heartbeat, and Nikki Brown, a semi-regular, in Holby City.

She went on to appear in the film St Trinian's in 2007, as posh totty Chloe, and can also be seen playing the Weather Girl for Radio Sunshine, in the Richard Curtis film The Boat That Rocked. She played a leading role, Charlotte Arc, in the 2009 ITV2 drama Trinity.[4] alongside Charles Dance, Claire Skinner, and Reggie Yates. A review in The Morton Report described her performance in Trinity as "consistently strong".[5]

Bernath was cast as jealous sister Jimi in British thriller Cuckoo, co-starring Richard E. Grant and Laura Fraser.

In 2012, Bernath is appeared in Chariots of Fire, the West End stage adaptation of the film of the same title. She played Florence Mackenzie, the fiancée of Eric Liddell who was played by Jack Lowden.

Bernath plays the female lead in the British horror comedy Stalled directed by Christian James and starring Dan Palmer.

In 2013, she played Kim in British hit comedy film, Powder Room starring Sheridan Smith.

She plays Susan Borman, wife of astronaut, Frank Borman, in the American period drama television series, The Astronaut Wives Club, developed by Stephanie Savage for ABC.

She plays magazine editor Laura Edmunds in the final season of Downton Abbey.[6][7]

Bernath is the voice of Syanna in the video game, Witcher: Blood and Wine.

She voices a main Imperial Commander in video game Star Wars: Battlefront.

Bernath co-starred as Dr.Susan Gibbs in the Fox medical drama pilot, Zoobiquity with Kim Raver and Peter Facinelli.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benjamin, Laura (2004-05-12). "From Monarch of the Glen to First Lady of Bollywood". Daily Mail: 33. Archived from the original on 2018-04-28.
  2. ^ Landesman, Cosmo (2005-01-30). "An English rose in Bollywood". The Sunday Times. p. 7.
  3. ^ "Love triumphs in inimitable Ghai style". Hindustan Times. 2005-01-22.
  4. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (2008-07-15). "ITV2 plans 'sex, drugs and murder' drama to follow Billie Piper hit series". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  5. ^ Lipp, Chaz (2014-03-25). "British Cult Fave Trinity: The Complete First Season Now on DVD". The Merton Report. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  6. ^ "Antonia Bernath". BFI. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (2016-03-06). "Opinion | Who cares if 'Downton Abbey' got repetitive? The finale was swoon-worthy". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-02-25). "'Zoobiquity': Marsha Thomason Set as Female Lead, Antonia Bernath Co-Stars". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-04-25.