4 August 1969 |
|Alma mater||Mayfield Convent
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Robert Harland
|Relatives||Dermot Woolgar (brother)
Claudia Woolgar (sister)
Fenella Woolgar (born 4 August 1969) is an English actress.
Life and career
Woolgar is the youngest daughter of Maureen (née McCann) and Michael Woolgar. Her brother Dermot is a barrister and her sister Claudia works in the arts in the Netherlands. Her early years were spent in New Canaan, Connecticut, before the family returned to the United Kingdom in 1976. Her father worked as an economist for many years and the family travelled to Kuwait and Sharjah. Her mother is of Irish heritage. She was educated at Mayfield Convent, Durham University, and then Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). At university she directed Murder in the Cathedral in Durham Cathedral, acted and was a member of the Durham Revue.
She graduated from RADA in 1999 and on leaving did mostly theatre, particularly at the Royal Exchange, Manchester until she got her break in 2002 playing Agatha in Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things. She has subsequently gone on to work with Mike Leigh, Conor McPherson and Woody Allen. She played Agatha Christie in Doctor Who in 2008. She has recently worked in theatre at the National Theatre and The Old Vic. She won the Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actress in the West End in 2013 and the Sunday Times Culture Award for Stage Performance of the Year 2014. She is regularly heard on the radio and was nominated for Best Actress on the radio in 2013 for An American Rose in which she played Rosemary Kennedy. She played the title role in Mrs Dalloway for BBC Radio 4 and Edith Wharton in both The Jinx Element and Ethan Frome. She has narrated several audiobooks and was nominated for Audio Book of the Year 2013.
She married Dr Robert Harland in 2006. The couple have three children: Kit, born 2007, and Tristan and Gabriel, born 2009. She paints and speaks Italian.
Awards and award nominations
Stage Performance of the Year - The Sunday Times Culture Awards 2014.
Woolgar has been nominated for several awards, including:
- Best Supporting Actress - What’s On Stage Awards 2013
- Best Actress - BBC Radio Drama Awards 2013
- Best Audio Book of the Year (for Life After Life) 2013
- Best Supporting Actress - British Independent Film Awards 2003
- Best Supporting Actress - Empire Film Awards 2003
- Best Supporting Actress - London Critics Circle 2003
- Best Newcomer - Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2003
- Best Supporting Actress - Manchester Evening News Awards 2000 and 2001
|2000||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Ellis||TV series||Episode: "Lord Edgware Dies"|
|2001||The Way We Live Now||Lady Julia Monogram||TV serial||Episodes: 1 and 2|
|2003||Bright Young Things||Stephen Fry||Hon. Agatha Runcible||Feature film||Nominated - British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated - Empire Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated - London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
|Eroica||Princess Lobkowitz||TV film|
|2004||He Knew He Was Right||Arabella French||TV mini-series|
|Stage Beauty||Richard Eyre||Lady Meresvale||Feature film|
|Vera Drake||Mike Leigh||Susan's Confidante||Feature film|
|2005||Wah-Wah||Richard E Grant||June Broughton||Feature film|
|2006||Scoop||Woody Allen||Jane Cook||Feature film|
|St. Trinian's||Miss Cleaver||Feature film|
|2008||Doctor Who||Agatha Christie||TV series||Episode: "The Unicorn and the Wasp"|
|How to Lose Friends & Alienate People||Bob Weide||Post Modern Review Staff #3||Feature film|
|2009||St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold||Miss Cleaver||Feature film|
|2010||BioShock 2||Sofia Lamb||Video game||Voice only|
|2010||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Elizabeth Whittaker||TV series||Episode: "Hallowe'en Party|
|2010||You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||Woody Allen||Jane||Feature film|
|2011||Case Histories||Amelia Land||TV series||Episode: 1.1|
|2011||Cheerful Weather for the Wedding||Donald Rice||Nancy Dakin||Feature film|
|2013||Spies of Warsaw||Coky Giedroyc||Lady Angela Hope||TV Mini-series|
|2014||Mr.Turner||Mike Leigh||Lady Elizabeth Eastlake||Feature film|
|2015||Home Fires||Alison Scotlock||TV Series|
- 2014: Margaret Thatcher (Mags) in "Handbagged", Vaudeville Theatre, London
- 2013: Margaret Thatcher (Mags) in Handbagged by Moira Buffini, Tricycle Theatre, London
- 2013: Theresa in Circle Mirror Transformation, Royal Court Local Theatre, Rose Lipman Building, Haggerston, London
- 2012: Thea Elvsted in Brian Friel's adaptation of Hedda Gabler, Old Vic, London
- 2011: Madeleine, The Veil by Conor McPherson, National Theatre, London, directed by Conor McPherson
- 2010: Charlotte, The Real Thing at the Old Vic, London
- 2009: Madge, Time and the Conways, National Theatre, London directed by Rupert Goold
- 2006: Helen, Motortown, Royal Court, London
- 2005: Charlotte Brontë, Brontë, Shared Experience Theatre Company
- 2004: Adela, Passage to India, Shared Experience Theatre Company
- 2002: Helena, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Exchange Manchester
- 2002: Emma, Way Upstream, Derby Playhouse
- 2001: Teresa, How the Other Half Loves, Watford Palace Theatre
- 2001: Eleanor, The Miser, Salisbury Playhouse
- 2000: Celia, As You Like It, Royal Exchange Manchester
- 2000: Kitty Verdun, Charley's Aunt, Sheffield Crucible
- 2000: Lucy, Bring Me Sunshine, Royal Exchange Manchester
- 1999: Varya, The Cherry Orchard, York Theatre Royal
- 1994: Nelly, Playboy of the Western World, Bristol Old Vic
- "Fenella Woolgar". Audible.co.uk. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Culture". The Sunday Times. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- "Fenella Woolgar and Paul Chahidi win Clarence Derwent awards". Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- "press releases and press packs". BBC. 19 May 2003. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- "David Tennet's Blog". 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- 'Handbagged' programme. Vaudeville Theatre.