Francesca Gonshaw

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Francesca Gonshaw
Francesca Rebecca Gonshaw

(1959-11-25) 25 November 1959 (age 59)
Marylebone, London, England[1]
OccupationFormer actress
Years active1982–1990

Francesca Gonshaw (born 25 November 1959)[2] is an English former actress who appeared in a number of television, theatre and cinema productions in the 1980s.

Early life[edit]

Gonshaw was born in Marylebone, London,[3] and received her formal education at St Paul's Girls' School.[4] She studied acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, and painting at the Byam Shaw School of Art.[5]

Acting career[edit]

Gonshaw began her television acting career in the early 1980s. In 1982 she appeared in a BBC television play entitled 'Shades'.[6]

She appeared as the character Arsinoe in the 1983 BBC television classical roman history drama series The Cleopatras.[7] From 1984-85 she played the character Lisa Walters in the Central soap-opera Crossroads. From 1984 to 1986 she played the role of Maria Recamier in the BBC's 'Allo 'Allo! television situation comedy series set in occupied France during World War II.[8] She left the cast of 'Allo 'Allo after its third series to take up the role of Amanda Parker in the third series of the BBC television drama series Howards' Way in 1987.[9]

In 1986 she appeared in the historical/science fiction cinema film Biggles: Adventures in Time,[10] and played the character of Senorita Rodriguez in the television film dramatization of the Barbara Cartland novel 'A Ghost in Monte Carlo' (1990).[11]

In 1990 Gonshaw appeared as a supporting actor in the first series of the Anglo-American television drama She-Wolf of London.[12]


In theatre in London and on tour Gonshaw played roles such as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Ophelia in Hamlet.[13]

Performances in other media[edit]

In 1992 she appeared in the pop music video for the Peter Gabriel single release "Digging in the Dirt".

Post-acting career[edit]

Gonshaw retired from acting in the early 1990s, and took up the post of Senior Vice-President of Creative Affairs with Miramax Books & Films. In 2001 she was a casting agent for the film The Goose Creek Story.[14] From 2009 she has been an artist, and was the curator of the 'She has a Space' gallery in London.[15]

Gonshaw resides in West London, and since 2011 has occasionally appeared at memorabilia collectors conventions with the former cast of the 1980s comedy series Allo Allo!.[16]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  2. ^ Francesca Gonshaw in the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ IMDb entry for Gonshaw.
  4. ^ Entry for Francesca Gonshaw in Linkedin database.
  5. ^ IMDb entry
  6. ^ IMDb entry for 'Shades'
  7. ^ IMDb entry for 'The Cleopatras'
  8. ^ Cornell, Paul; Day, Martin & Topping, Keith (1996) The Guinness Book of Classic British TV, 2nd edition, Guinness World Records Limited, ISBN 978-0851126289, p. 122
  9. ^ IMDb entry
  10. ^ British Film Institute catalogue entry for the career of Francesca Gonshaw.
  11. ^ IMDb entry for 'A Ghost in Monte Carlo' (1990).
  12. ^ Entry for 'She-Wolf of London' in IMDb.
  13. ^ Wells, Stanley (2002) Shakespeare Survey: Volume 45, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0521523844, p. 146
  14. ^ British Film Institute catalogue entry for 'Goose Creek Story' (2001).
  15. ^ Entry for Gonshaw in Linkedin.
  16. ^ Memorabilia convention, Birmingham 2016.

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