Belinda Stewart-Wilson

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Belinda Stewart-Wilson
Born (1971-04-16) 16 April 1971 (age 45)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995 –present
Spouse(s) Ben Miller (m. 2004–11) (divorced)
Children Sonny Miller (b. 2006)

Belinda Stewart-Wilson (born 16 April 1971) is an English actress, best known for her role as Polly McKenzie in The Inbetweeners.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson, a British Army officer, Stewart-Wilson grew up on military postings in the UK, Germany, and Austria before her family settled in London, her father becoming an Equerry to Queen Elizabeth II. She was educated at St Mary's Calne in Calne, Wiltshire, before completing a three year degree in classical acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, in London.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Stewart-Wilson and her husband, actor and comedian Ben Miller, were divorced in 2011. They have a son, Sonny (b. 2006).[2]

Career[edit]

Stewart-Wilson's first television role was in the series Shine on Harvey Moon, a show based on 1950s London. Her next two roles were one-time appearances in the popular British sitcom Goodnight Sweetheart and playing a secretary in a TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's Poirot story The Murder on the Links.

From there Stewart-Wilson went on to play roles in British sitcoms Days Like These and Starting Out as well as Kiss Kiss, a feature film starring Chris Penn and Stellan Skarsgård. She also played Dina in La Passione, a feature film based on the life of Chris Rea, which opened the London Film Festival in 1997.

In 2004 she made an appearance in the long-running British medical drama Holby City, before moving on to two satirical programs: making an appearance in Look Around You, which won the Rose d'Or award for best comedy, as well as in three episodes of the 24-hour news-mocking Broken News.

Throughout 2007 and 2008, Stewart-Wilson worked on a number of television shows. Her most notable credits during this time period were the roles of Victoria Reynholm, the wife of Douglas Reynholm in The IT Crowd, and Nikki in the TV series Jekyll alongside James Nesbitt and Gina Bellman. She also made an appearance in the commercially successful mockumentary feature film Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance. Belinda also played a cameo role in Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace in a scene with Michael Gambon.

In 2007 Belinda played various roles in The Peter Serafinowicz Show, going on to appear in The Peter Serafinowicz Show Christmas Special in 2008 which was nominated for a Bafta for Best Comedy in 2009. A "best of" compilation was also aired in 2008.

Between 2008 and 2010, she played Will McKenzie's mother Polly in The Inbetweeners, the multi-award winning sit-com which was nominated for a BAFTA Award for "Best Sitcom" in 2009 and won the BAFTA audience award in 2010. It also won most popular comedy programme at the National Television Awards in 2011. Stewart-Wilson also appears in both Feature films of the Inbetweeners which were both huge commercial box office successes. She also plays the recurring role of Christine Johnson in the third series of the cult science-fiction show Primeval.

In 2010 she once again appeared in The IT Crowd, this time playing Victoria Reynholm, the wife of Douglas (Denholm Reynholm's son, played by Matt Berry, making her the daughter-in-law of her previous character), who mysteriously vanished two weeks into their marriage whilst washing the car.

In August 2010, Irish band Pugwash announced that they would be including a song called "Dear Belinda" on their album The Olympus Sound, the track being written as a tribute to Stewart-Wilson for her 40th birthday. Pugwash frontman Thomas Walsh (also of The Duckworth Lewis Method) added that Stewart-Wilson had requested that she appear on the final version of the song.[3]

Between 2011 and 2014, Stewart-Wilson appeared in the critically acclaimed TV film about Monty Python, Holy Flying Circus, as well as the successful period drama Ripper Street. She also played Nancy in Robert B Weide's Mr Sloane, alongside Nick Frost.

In 2015, Stewart-Wilson played Alison, wife of Mike, (played by Max Beesley) in 5 episodes of BBC drama, Ordinary Lies.

Stewart-Wilson can be seen starring as American Fiona Crossley in 25 episodes of Disney's production of The Evermoor Chronicles on The Disney Channel. (2014-2016)

In 2015, Stewart-Wilson starred alongside award winning actor Toby Jones, playing his wife, Alice, in a Radio Play for BBC Radio 4 called "The Len Continuum" by Peter Strickland.

Filmography[edit]

"The Brother (2014)

Television movies[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belinda Stewart-Wilson at tv.com
  2. ^ Rees, Caroline (11 September 2010). "Ben Miller: My family values". The Guardian. London. 
  3. ^ "Pugwash Plead The 5th", 19 August 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010.

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