Cheryl Campbell

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Cheryl Campbell
Born (1949-05-22) 22 May 1949 (age 67)
St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present

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).

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Career[edit]

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.[2]

Her first BAFTA nomination, Campbell earned the previous year for 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 is as Janet in Rain on the Roof (1980).[1]

Stage[edit]

Campbell is 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).[2] 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[1] 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.[citation needed]

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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 McVicar Sheila McVicar
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
2010 Tamara Drewe Lucetta

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Sweeny Erica Taylor
1978 Lillie Sarah Bernhardt
1979 Malice Aforethought Madeleine Cranmere
1979 Testament of Youth Vera Brittain
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 Centrepoint Maria Wearing
1990 Boon Pamela Drake
1990 Inspector Morse Sylvie Maxton Episode: The Infernal Serpent
1991 Sherlock Holmes Lady Frances Carfax Episode: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
1992 The Secret Agent Winnie Verloc
1992 Maigret Aline Bauche
1996 Bramwell Emily Coxon
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"
2005 Funland Valerie Hinchcliffe
2006 Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! Louie Williams
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Jean Swainbank Episode: Fallen Angel
2006 MI5 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"
2011 Casualty Miriam Turner
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Looks Worth Yards of Dialog", Independent.co.uk, 18 October 1992.
  2. ^ a b Will Scott (20 January 2003). "Cheryl Campbell: interviewed January 2003". Dorset Echo. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 

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