Ciaran Madden

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Ciaran Madden (born Ciaran Anne Magdalene Madden,[1] 27 December 1942) is a retired British stage, film, and television actress, who was professionally active from the late 1960s through the late 1990s.

She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), and is an Associate Member of the academy.[2]

Madden is best known internationally for her multiple leading Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, and Tom Stoppard roles filmed for television, and for her performance as Marianne Dashwood in the 1971 BBC miniseries adaption of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. She appeared in more than 30 television series, teleplays, made-for-television movies, and television miniseries, including a starring performance in the miniseries A Married Man (1984) opposite Anthony Hopkins.[3] She also had major roles in five feature films.[3]

She had originally trained at the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford prior to enrolling at RADA.[4] In the late 1990s she gave up acting and returned to painting, focusing on portraits, and received a diploma from the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London.[4] In 2001 she moved to Dorset with her second husband, John Tyler, whom she had married in 1987.[4][5] Her previous husband, whom she had married in 1972, was John Scrivenor;[6] they had a son born in late 1972.[7]


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