Cheryl Campbell (born 22 May 1949) is an English actor of stage, film and television. She starred opposite Bob Hoskins in the 1978 BBC drama Pennies From Heaven, before going on to win the 1980 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Testament of Youth and Malice Aforethought, and the 1982 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival for A Doll's House. Her film appearances include Chariots of Fire (1981), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and The Shooting Party (1985).
Born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, Campbell is the daughter of an airline pilot. She was educated at Francis Bacon Grammar School, St Albans, and at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Her repertory theatre experience includes the Palace Theatre, Watford, Birmingham Rep and the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow.
Campbell is known for her starring role as Vera Brittain in the BBC's television dramatisation of Testament of Youth (1979), for which she received Best Actress awards from the British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award.
Campbell had earned her first BAFTA nomination the previous year for her portrayal of Eileen Everson, a very different character, opposite Bob Hoskins in Dennis Potter's television serial Pennies from Heaven (1978). Campbell's one other role in a work by Potter was as Janet in Rain on the Roof (1980).
Campbell is a stage performer of considerable note and great range. She has been twice a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. At the RSC in 1982, she played Nora Helmer in Adrian Noble's memorable production of Ibsen's A Doll's House (for which she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival). In that same season, she also appeared as Diana in All's Well That Ends Well.
She returned to the RSC in the 1992–94 season, playing Lady Macbeth to Sir Derek Jacobi's lead in Noble's controversial production of Macbeth; Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling; Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Natasha in Misha's Party. She worked at the Royal National Theatre: playing as a junior member of the company in 1975, as Freda in Sir Peter Hall's Old Vic production of John Gabriel Borkman (starring Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Dame Wendy Hiller) and as Maggie in W. S. Gilbert's Engaged; in 1995, as Lady Politic Would-Be in Matthew Warchus's Volpone; and in 2003 as Dotty Otley in the NT's touring (and London) revival of Noises Off.
Campbell's other stage performances in London have encompassed the classics as well as new plays; they include You Never Can Tell (Lyric, 1979); Miss Julie (1983) in the title role; Little Eyolf (1985) as Asta; The Daughter-in-Law (1985) as Minnie; The Sneeze (a Chekhov selection) (1988) in various roles; Betrayal (1991) as Emma; The Strip (1995) as Loretta; Some Sunny Day (1996) as Emily; The Seagull (1997) as Arkadina; Passion (2000) as Nell; and Life After George (2002) as Beatrix.
In provincial theatre, she has appeared in: The Country Wife (Manchester Royal Exchange) as Margery Pinchwife; The Constant Wife (Theatr Clwyd) as Constance; A Streetcar Named Desire (Leicester Haymarket) as Blanche (for which she received a Regional Theatre Best Actress award); and So Long Life (touring production) as Wendy.
|1980||Hawk the Slayer||Sister Monica|
|1981||Chariots of Fire||Jennie Liddell|
|1984||Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes||Lady Alice Clayton|
|1985||The Shooting Party||Lady Aline Hartlip|
|1974||Affairs of the Heart||Emma Gosselin|
|1975||Edward the King||Princess Beatrice|
|1975||Within These Walls||Susan Carpenter||Episode: Long Shadows|
|1976||Killers||Miss Duncan||Episode: "The Crumbles Murder"|
|1978||Pennies From Heaven||Eileen|
|1978||The Sweeney||Erica Taylor|
|1979||Malice Aforethought||Madeleine Cranmere|
|1979||Testament of Youth||Vera Brittain|
|1980||Rain on the Roof||Janet|
|1981||The Seven Dials Mystery||Lady Eileen 'Bundle' Brent|
|1984||A Winter Harvest||Caroline Ashurst|
|1985||Absurd Person Singular||Eva Jackson|
|1986||Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage||Griselda Clement|
|1987||A Sort of Innocence||Elizabeth Fellowes|
|1990||Inspector Morse||Sylvie Maxton||Episode: The Infernal Serpent|
|1990||The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes||Lady Frances Carfax||Episode: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax|
|1992||The Secret Agent||Winnie Verloc|
|1995||Ghosts||Mrs. Maradick||Episode: "Shadowy Third|
|1997||The Mill on the Floss||Bessy Tulliver|
|1999||Wing and a Prayer||Louise McAllister|
|1999||A Touch of Frost||Diana Grey|
|2000||Monsignor Renard||Madeleine Claveau|
|2001||The Way We Live Now||Lady Carbury|
|2002||Foyle's War||Emily Gascoigne||Episode: "A Lesson in Murder"|
|2003||William and Mary||Molly Gilcrest|
|2005||To the Ends of the Earth||Lady Somerset|
|2005||Waking the Dead||Maureen Hunt||Episode: "Undertow"|
|2006||Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!||Louie Williams|
|2006||Dalziel and Pascoe||Jean Swainbank||Episode: Fallen Angel|
|2006||Spooks||Deputy Prime Minister|
|2007||Peep Show||Penny Chapman|
|2008||Lewis||Valli Helm||Episode: "Music to Die For"|
|2008||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Lady Boynton||Episode: "Appointment with Death"|
|2010||The Sarah Jane Adventures||Ocean Waters||Episode: "The Vault of Secrets"|
|2012||Call the Midwife||Lady Browne|
|2013||Midsomer Murders||Vivian Stannington / Sandra MacKillop||Episodes: "The Sicilian Defense" (2013) and "Beyond the Grave" (2000)|
|2015||Doctor Foster||Helen Foster|
- Slide, Anthony (1996). Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-313-29550-8.
- "Looks Worth Yards of Dialog", Independent.co.uk, 18 October 1992.
- Will Scott (20 January 2003). "Cheryl Campbell: interviewed January 2003". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- "For mirth and mayhem this is matchless", Telegraphy.co.uk, 15 Aug 2003.