Cathryn Mary Lee Harrison
25th May 1959
Paul Laing (m. 1996)
|Parent(s)||Noel Harrison |
Sara Lee Eberts
|Relatives||Rex Harrison (paternal grandfather)|
Carey Harrison (paternal uncle)
Cathryn Mary Lee Harrison (25 May 1959 – ) is an English actress. She is the daughter of the actor and singer Noel Harrison and Sara Lee Eberts and the granddaughter of actor Sir Rex Harrison. Her siblings, Simon and Harriet Harrison, are also actors. Cathryn Harrison had half-siblings from her father's second marriage, Will and Chloe, and an older half-sister, Zoe, from her mother's first marriage to Carleton John Richard Tufnell. In May 1996 she married Paul Laing. Her uncle was playwright and activist Carey Harrison.
Harrison began her career with Robert Altman's film Images in 1972. Her later performances included the role of Lily in Black Moon (1975), Louis Malle's first film in English, as well as many television programmes including Portrait of a Marriage (1990) in which she played Violet Trefusis, Vita Sackville West's lesbian lover.
She worked in British television and radio dramas, appearing in Love on a Branch Line; a 1989 episode of Hannay, opposite Robert Powell; and a 1977 Australian film called Blue Fire Lady. She also appeared as Major Tom Cadman's wife in the ITV series Soldier Soldier, and played assistant stage manager Irene in the film version of Ronald Harwood's The Dresser.
Films and television
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