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Fidelis Morgan (born 8 August 1952) is an English actress and writer. She has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, in repertory in various British cities and in the West End transfer of Noël Coward's The Vortex.
She has written stage plays based on the novels Pamela and Hangover Square. Her non-fiction writing includes The Female Wits, the first study of female playwrights of the Restoration stage and biographies of women from the 17th and 18th centuries including Charlotte Charke. Her novels include the Countess Ashby dela Zouche series of historical crime mysteries including The Rival Queens.
Life and career
Morgan was born in a gypsy caravan that stood in a corner of the grounds of the ancient Abbey of Amesbury, halfway between Stonehenge and Woodhenge. Her parents were displaced Liverpudlians, and her father found work as a dentist in Amesbury; her mother was a painter. Morgan's family moved several times when she was a child, but she was brought up mostly in Liverpool. She studied at the Birmingham University, receiving a degree there in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts.[when?]
As an actress, Morgan appeared on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company,[when?] the National Theatre,[when?] repertory in Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds[when?] as well as spending many years as a regular company member of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre including playing the role of Clara Hibbert at Citizens Theatre, and in the West End transfer, of Noël Coward's The Vortex.
On television, she has been seen in As Time Goes By, Jeeves and Wooster, Dead Gorgeous and Mr Majeika. She has also directed a number of theatre productions including at some of the UK's most prestigious drama schools.
She returned to Glasgow's Citizens' Theatre in October 2011 for "An Audience with Celia Imrie" as the host.
Novels and non-fiction
Morgan's novels include the Countess Ashby dela Zouche series of historical crime mysteries: Unnatural Fire (2000), The Rival Queens (2001), The Ambitious Stepmother (2002) and Fortune's Slave (2004). The Rival Queens was nominated for a Lefty Award for "the most humorous mystery novels published in the U.S. in 2002" by Left Coast Crime, California, in 2003. Her non-fiction work includes The Female Wits, the first study of female playwrights of the Restoration stage and biographies of charismatic female figures from the 17th and 18th centuries including Charlotte Charke.
Plays and teleplays
Morgan's stage plays include adaptations of famous novels, Samuel Richardson's Pamela and Patrick Hamilton's Hangover Square (Lyric Hammersmith, 1990, and the Finborough Theatre, London, in 2008). For her work on Pamela for Shared Experience, Morgan was nominated Most Promising Playwright in Plays and Players (1985). She collaborated with Lynda La Plante on Channel 4's Killer Net.
- Morgan, Fidelis. Fidelis Morgan official website, 2008, accessed 20 January 2012
- Liverpool Echo; Waterloo & Great Crosby Herald birth announcement August 1952, ref 168J217
- "Fidelis Morgan", Debrett's People of Today, accessed 20 January 2012
- "Mystery Awards ", Blackraven Press, accessed 20 January 2012
- Hangover Square, Finborough Theatre website, 2008, accessed 20 January 2012