Fritha Goodey

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Fritha Goodey
BornFritha Jane Goodey
(1972-10-23)23 October 1972
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, UK
Died7 September 2004(2004-09-07) (aged 31)
Notting Hill, London, England, UK

Fritha Jane Goodey (23 October 1972 – 7 September 2004) was a British stage, radio and film actress probably best known stateside for her performance in the film About a Boy (2002), in which she played one of Hugh Grant's character's former girlfriends.


Goodey was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Goodey's stage work, most notably with Max Stafford-Clark's Out of Joint touring company, included Nadia in Some Explicit Polaroids (1999), Odette in Remembrance of Things Past (2000), Constance Neville in She Stoops to Conquer (2002) and Mrs. Garrick in A Laughing Matter. She had recently won a coveted role in a revival staging of Terence Rattigan's Man and Boy.[1]

Her radio works include The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episode The Determined Client and Helena Justina in the serialisation of the Falco novel "The Silver Pigs".

Having struggled with anorexia for years, Goodey committed suicide by stabbing herself in the chest on 7 September 2004.[2]


  • Bookcruncher (2002)
  • About a Boy (2002)
  • She Stoops to Conquer (2003)



  1. ^ Coveney, Michael (2004-09-10). "Fritha Goodey: Classically Beautiful Actor on the Edge of Stardom". The Guardian .
  2. ^ [Deathwatch] Fritha Goodey, actress, 31 Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine.

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