Antonia Campbell-Hughes

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Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Born7 September 1982 (1982-09-07) (age 37)
OccupationActress; former fashion designer
WebsiteOfficial website

Antonia Campbell-Hughes (born 7 September 1982)[citation needed] is a Northern Irish actress and former fashion designer, best known for appearing in Jack Dee's sitcom Lead Balloon and for portraying Natascha Kampusch in 3096 Days.

After the success of series one of Lead Balloon, Campbell-Hughes went on to be cast in a variety of comedy shows on British television, alongside Jennifer Saunders and Alex Macqueen, and went on to create her own one-woman show Bluebell Welch for MTV.[1]


Campbell-Hughes was born in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, living there until the age of 2. This was followed by time in the United States, Switzerland, Germany and London.


Campbell-Hughes has appeared in popular UK TV series such as Silent Witness, Casualty, Blackbeard: Terror at Sea and Spooks; in Channel 4's Scapegoat; in Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto; and on stage in productions such as Roberto Zucco. Her performances in Lead Balloon and Jennifer Saunders vehicle The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle have been praised by critic Sam Wollaston of The Guardian.[2][3]

She wrote and starred in a series of mini comedy sketches for MTV entitled Bluebell Welch.[4] In April 2011 she appeared in series 5 of ITV's Lewis.

Fashion career[edit]

Campbell-Hughes had her own fashion label, started in her teens.[5] She ran a clothing line that sold internationally under her own name and a diffusion line for high street store Topshop.[6] She was featured on the cover of the Sunday Times' Style supplement in December 2007, and models regularly for French fashion label Devastee. She left fashion full-time in 2005 to focus fully on "her greater love" acting.[citation needed]

Film career[edit]

Campbell-Hughes' film work to date has been varied, including the BBC period drama Blackbeard, the Jane Campion feature film Bright Star,[7] the psychological thriller The Other Side of Sleep which premiered at Cannes 2011 Director's Fortnight,[8]

Lotus Eaters premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2011, and the BBC film When Harvey Met Bob, chronicling the lead-up to Live Aid as the charity concert celebrated its 25th anniversary.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Tonight Is Cancelled Nesmir
2009 Bright Star Abigail O'Donaghue Brown
2009 Once Upon a Time in Dublin Marina
2010 Five Day Shelter Paula
2011 The Task Angel
2011 Lotus Eaters Alice
2011 The Other Side of Sleep Arlene Kelly
2011 Albert Nobbs Emmy
2012 Storage 24 Shelley
2012 Kelly + Victor Kelly
2013 3096 Natascha Kampusch
2014 The Canal Claire
2015 Les Cowboys Emma
2015 Swansong Jamie
2015 MindGamers Agnes
2015 Andron Valerie
2015 Fading Away Leila
2015 The Chameleon Margaret
2016 Split Shelley
2018 Black '47 Brigid Ni Dhomhnaill
2018 Paul, Apostle of Christ Irenica
2018 Zoo Emily
2019 She's Missing Marina
2019 Never Grow Old Maria Pike
2019 Rare Beasts Cathy
2019 Cordelia Cordelia / Caroline Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Casualty Avril Skinner "Enough's Enough"
2006 Blackbeard Louis Arrot TV miniseries
2006 Silent Witness Fenella Lee "Schism: Parts 1 & 2"
2006–2011 Lead Balloon Sam Spleen Regular role
2007 Damage Lauren Ward TV film
2007 The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle Abigail Wilson Regular role
2007 Coming Up Carly "Scapegoat"
2008 Delta Forever Miranda "Pilot"
2009 Free Agents Lucy "1.2"
2009 Not Safe for Work Claire Campbell TV film
2009 Bluebell Welch Bluebell Welch TV series
2009 Spooks Nina Gevitsky "8.3"
2010 Material Girl Plum "1.4"
2010 When Harvey Met Bob Marsha Hunt TV film
2011 Lewis Chloe Brooks "Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things"
2013 Doll & Em Miranda "Six"
2013 The Vatican Violetta TV film
2014 Butterfly Teri TV short
2015 London Spy Magician "I Know"
2016 My Mother and Other Strangers Kettie Brady Regular role



  1. ^ "Antonia Campbell-Hughes: I dare to be different". Belfast Telegraph. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  2. ^ Wollaston, Sam (5 October 2007). "Last night's TV: The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Wollaston, Sam (4 January 2008). "Last night's TV: The Man Who Lives With Bears". The Guardian.
  4. ^ MTV
  5. ^ Biodata
  6. ^ "Antonia Campbell-Hughes of Les Cowboys talks exclusively to French Cinema Review". French Cinema Review. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  7. ^ The View from Riverside Park Archived 29 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Fastnet Explore 'The Other Side of Sleep'
  9. ^ European Film Promotion unveils 2012 Shooting Stars longlist

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