Ciaran Madden

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Ciaran Anne Magdalene Madden[1] (born 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, including Gawain and the Green Knight (1973), the cult horror film The Beast Must Die (1974), Spy Story (1976) and Swing Kids (1993).[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]



Year Title Role Notes
1969 Wolfshead: The Legend of Robin Hood Lady Marian Fitzwalter
1973 Gawain and the Green Knight Linet
1974 The Beast Must Die Davina
1976 Spy Story Marjorie
1993 Swing Kids Frau Berger


Year Title Role Notes
1969 W. Somerset Maugham Isabel Longstaffe "The Fall of Edward Barnard"
1969 Play of the Month Adrienne "The Marquise"
1970 The Hero of My Life Mary Hogarth TV film
1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Ophelia "Hamlet"
1971 Sense and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood TV miniseries
1974 Bedtime Stories Clare Rawley "Sleeping Beauty"
1974 Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill Gwendoline Churchill "His Borrowed Plumes", "A Past and a Future"
1976 Star Maidens Fidelia "The End of Time"
1976 BBC Play of the Month Alison Porter "Look Back in Anger"
1977 BBC Play of the Month Alithea "The Country Wife"
1977 Jubilee Karen Seyric "An Hour in the Life..."
1978 Do You Remember? Ellen "Park People"
1978 Return of the Saint Janie Lennox "Signal Stop"
1978 Much Ado About Nothing Hero TV film
1979 My Son, My Son Livia Vaynol TV miniseries
1979 ITV Playhouse Tina Styles "Print Out"
1981 A Spy at Evening Jazz TV miniseries
1982 The Agatha Christie Hour Theo Darrell "Magnolia Blossom"
1983 On the Razzle Madame Knorr TV film
1983 A Married Man Claire Strickland TV miniseries
1984 Oxbridge Blues Rachel / Laura "Similar Triangles", "Cheap Day"
1984 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Body in the Library Adelaide Jefferson "Part 1"
1985–1987 Drummonds Mary Drummond Main role
1987 Fortunes of War Angela Hooper TV miniseries
1989 The Dog It Was That Died Pamela TV film
1989 Agatha Christie's Poirot Lady Mayfield "The Incredible Theft"
1989 The Play on One Catherine "These Foolish Things"
1990 TECX Angela Kortenbach "Rock a Buy Baby"
1990 Boon Margery Keeverton "Thicker Than Water"
1991 Van der Valk Melanie van Hoorn "A Sudden Silence"
1991 Casualty Zoe Turner "Humpty Dumpty", "Judgement Day"
1992 Maigret Mme. Maigret Regular role (season 1)
1992 Between the Lines Sandra Urquhart "Nobody's Fireproof", "The Chill Factor"
1997 Ivanhoe Urfried TV miniseries


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