Celia Bannerman

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Celia Bannerman (born 3 June 1944) is an English actress and director.


Bannerman was born at Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and trained at the London Drama Centre. She started her professional career with Ralph Richardson as Dolly in Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell and Lucy in Sheridan's The Rivals at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London. Ms. Bannerman also appeared with Tom Courtenay, David Horovitch and Joanna McCallum in Charley's Aunt at the Apollo Theatre in 1971. She played a number of major television roles early on in her acting career notably Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice[1] (1967), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Diana Newbury in Upstairs, Downstairs. She starred in the films The Tamarind Seed (1974), Biddy (1983) for which she received an award from Moscow Film Festival, Little Dorrit (1988) and The Land Girls (1998).

Bannerman was Associate Director at the Bristol Old Vic directing The Price, Translations, Quartermaine's Terms, The White Devil, Good Fun and La Ronde. At Stratford East she directed, Sleeping Beauty and The Proposal. She was the Staff Director at the Royal National Theatre on The Passion, Larkrise, Fruits of Enlightenment and Strife. She also devised and directed a programme of erotic poetry called Making Love, and was the first woman to direct a play at the National Theatre, Lies in Plastic Smiles devised by the company and written by Gawn Grainger. In the West End she directed September Tide at the Comedy Theatre, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Jack and the Beanstalk at the Shaw Theatre and three world premieres Beached, Sinners and Saints and Bet Noir at the New Vic and Warehouse Theatre.

She has been a Dialect Coach and a Children's Acting Coach on several movies including Seven Years in Tibet, Two Brothers, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Nanny McPhee.


She is married to Edward Klein.


Year Film Role Notes
1965 Object Z Diana Winters TV series (6 episodes)
1967 Blandings Castle Jane TV series (1 episode: "Lord Emsworth and the Crime Wave at Blandings")
Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet TV series (6 episodes)
1968 Thirty-Minute Theatre The Actress TV series (1 episode: "The Bishop and The Actress")
1969 W. Somerset Maugham Iris Maitland TV series (1 episode: "Louise")
Albert! Lucy TV series (1 episode: "The Good Samaritan")
1970 Vile Bodies Nina Blount TV movie
1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Sue Quarry TV series (1 episode: "Tales of Piccadilly: The Way Out")
Crime of Passion Agathe Bernois TV series (1 episode: "Justine")
1972 Armchair Theatre Miss Arrowroot TV series (1 episode: "The Folk Singer")
1973 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Milly Revell TV series (1 episode: "The Missing Q.C.s")
Upstairs, Downstairs Diana Newbury/Lady Diana Russell TV series (4 episodes: 1973–1975)
1974 BBC Play of the Month Cecily Cardew TV series (1 episode: "The Importance of Being Earnest")
The Tamarind Seed Rachel Paterson
Affairs of the Heart Cora Prodmore TV series (1 episode: "Grace")
1975 Ten From the Twenties Grace Peddley TV series (1 episode: "Two or Three Graces")
Shades of Greene The Girl TV series (1 episode: "The Invisible Japanese Gentleman")
1976 Wings Kate TV movie
1977 Wings Kate Gaylion TV series (3 episodes)
1982 For the Love of Egypt Kate Bradbury TV movie
Chronicle Kate Bradbury TV series documentary (1 episode: "For the Love of Egypt")
1983 Biddy Biddy
1985 Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV Pippa TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.4")
1987 Little Dorrit The Milliner
1988 Screenplay Mrs. Ansell TV series (1 episode: "No Further Cause for Concern")-
1992 As You Like It Celia
Performance Miss Potter TV series (1 episode: "After the Dance")
1998 The Land Girls District Commissioner
2006 Bad Girls Mrs. Fisk TV series (1 episode: "Episode #8.8")
2007 Hindenburg Margaret Mather TV movie documentary
2014 14 Tagebücher des Ersten Weltkriegs Sarah Macnaughtan TV mini-series (2 episodes)


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