Belinda Lang

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Belinda Lang
Born Belinda L. Lange
(1953-12-23) 23 December 1953 (age 62)
Marylebone, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Hugh Fraser (15 October 1988–present)
Children Lily Fraser

Belinda Lang (born 23 December 1953)[1] is an English actress, best known in the United Kingdom for her role as Bill Porter in the long running BBC sitcom 2point4 Children (1991–1999).[2]

Early life[edit]

Lang was born in Marylebone, London, the daughter of actors Jeremy Hawk (1918–2002) and Joan Heal (1922–1998).

In 1988 she married actor Hugh Fraser, with whom she has one daughter, Lily.[3]


Career[edit]

Television[edit]

Lang is perhaps best known for her starring roles in two 1990s sitcoms – as Bill Porter, alongside Gary Olsen as husband Ben, in the BBC TV comedy 2point4 Children and as Liza Ferrari in Second Thoughts.[2]

After a small part as 'Girl in Bath' in Play for Today in 1980 she appeared in the 1980 miniseries To Serve Them All My Days, following this she had several one off appearances and small parts until she took the role of 'Kate' in both series of the sitcom Dear John (1986–1987).

Following Dear John she played Martha in The Bretts (1987–88) during which she acted alongside her future husband, Hugh Fraser and during the same period also appeared as Sheila Walsh in Bust.

Lang also had a lead part in the television series Inspector Alleyn Mysteries in which she played the artist Agatha Troy between 1990–1994.

In 1991, she took a lead role in 2point4 Children alongside Gary Olsen.[2] The sitcom would run for 8 series until it ended in 1999 due to the illness of Olsen leading to his death in 2000.

In 2000, she appeared as Christine Hamilton in the television film Justice In Wonderland.[4]

Following 2point4 Children, Lang has rarely appeared on television, instead taking on more theatre work. She has, however, made guest appearances in several programmes including; playing the ill-fated business woman, Elspeth Inkpen-Thomas in Midsomer Murders, alongside John Nettles and television presenter Quinnie Dorrell in "The Gongoozlers", a 2004 episode of the murder mystery series Rosemary and Thyme, and a couple of episodes of the BBC daytime soap opera Doctors.

In 2009, she made a brief return to sitcom, playing Margot in an episode of BBC sitcom My Family, and then in 2014 playing Marina Fairchild in Citizen Khan, another BBC series.

Radio[edit]

In 1988, Lang appeared in the BBC Radio 4 play Hard of Hearing opposite Graham Blockey.[5] She also took part in Stilgoe's Around, also broadcast on Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2.[6] Second Thoughts was based on a radio programme originally broadcast on Radio 4.[7]

Television credits[edit]

Theatre[edit]

During recent years Lang has taken on many stage roles. She is part of the cast of the touring play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners and more recently Ladies in Lavender starring alongside Hayley Mills

Lang appeared with Nicholas Farrell and David Robb in Alan Bennett's "Single Spies" play during 2016.[8]

She is now a Vice-President of the theatre charity – The Theatrical Guild, having been involved with them for many years. Belinda was Chairman from 2009–11 and continues to help promote them amongst the theatrical profession.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belinda Lang". BFI. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Two Point Four Children - BBC One London - 3 September 1991 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  3. ^ Feinstein, Sharon (1999-05-02). "The Interview: Belinda Lang – Our marriage is perfect even though I'm so bossy". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Justice in Wonderland - BBC Two England - 5 March 2000 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Hard of Hearing - BBC Radio 4 FM - 2 August 1988 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  6. ^ "Stilgoe's Around - BBC Radio 4 FM - 12 August 1989 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Second Thoughts - BBC Radio 4 FM - 14 November 1989 - BBC Genome". genome.ch.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  8. ^ "Theatre Royal Bath – What's On". Theatre Royal Bath. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  9. ^ "The Theatrical Guild – Who We Are". Ttg.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 

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