Jennifer Caron Hall

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Jennifer Caron Hall
Born (1958-09-21) 21 September 1958 (age 64)
Occupation(s)actress, singer-songwriter, artist, journalist
Alex Clive
(m. 1984; div. 1989)

(m. 1996)

Jennifer Caron Hall (born 21 September 1958; also known as Jenny Wilhide)[1] is an English actress, singer-songwriter, artist and journalist.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hall was born in London, the daughter of English director Sir Peter Hall and French actress and dancer Leslie Caron. She has a brother, television producer Christopher Hall, and four half-siblings, including actress Rebecca Hall and director Edward Hall.

Hall was educated at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, Bedales School and Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read English.[3]


At the National Theatre in London, Hall played Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Bill Bryden in 1982–1983, starring Paul Scofield and Susan Fleetwood as Oberon and Titania.[4] The production was the first production of Shakespeare in the Cottesloe[5] and transferred to the Lyttelton in 1983. While Hall continued to play Helena, Scofield was replaced by Sir Robert Stephens and Brenda Blethyn joined the cast as Hermia[6]

In 1988, Hall played Miranda in The Tempest at the National Theatre directed by her father. This was one of a trio of productions, including The Winter's Tale and Cymbeline, known as "The Late Plays", which Peter Hall directed as his farewell as artistic director of that theatre. After opening in London, they toured the Soviet Union (The Art's Theatre, Moscow, and Tbilisi) and the Globe Theatre in Tokyo, and Epidaurus in Greece before returning to London and transferring to the Olivier at the National Theatre.

In the BBC's 1996 television adaptation of Rumer Godden's The Peacock Spring,[7] Hall played Alix Lamont, a character of half-Indian, half-European descent and narrated the Macmillan Audio Book of it.[8] The production was directed by Christopher Morahan and produced by Glenn Wilhide of ZED and was screened on PBS Masterpiece Theatre in the US in 1997. Also in 1997, she co-starred with Rolf Saxon voicing the leads, George and Nico, in the video game Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror. The voiceover actors were directed by her half-brother Edward Hall. She played Princess Betsy in the 1997 film adaptation of Anna Karenina, directed by Bernard Rose.


Hall was signed to Warner Bros. Records and as Jennifer Hall released the album Fortune and Men's Eyes in 1987.[9] Her song "Ice Cream Days" appears on the Bright Lights, Big City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[10]


Self-portrait created by Jennifer Caron Hall.

In late 2009, Hall began painting on her iPhone and started a blog, The Blue Biro Gallery, where she exhibits some of her work.[11] Her digitally enhanced self-portrait was featured in the Vogue blog.[12]

Hall sketched actors in rehearsal for a touring production of A Winter's Tale, and her sketches of her father's rehearsals for Henry IV part I & II were printed in the 2011 season programmes at Theatre Royal, Bath.[citation needed]

In March 2012, the Theatre Royal in Bath commissioned her to paint a portrait of her father in oils. It was a surprise portrait, for which he did not sit, and about which he knew nothing until the moment he unveiled it at a gala on 25 May 2012 to celebrate the 48 productions he had directed there.[citation needed]

In June 2013, Hall had her first solo show at the Serena Moreton Gallery in Ladbroke Grove.[13]

Journalist and PR[edit]

As a freelance journalist writing under the name Jenny Wilhide, she has been published in titles such as the Evening Standard,[14] The Spectator,[15] the Robb Report and the Telegraph Magazine. Under the editorship of Sarah Sands she wrote a joint column with Tamasin Day-Lewis in the Reader's Digest.

Personal life[edit]

Hall has one daughter from her first marriage. She met her second husband, TV producer and screenwriter Glenn Wilhide, while filming The Peacock Spring in India, and they were married in November 1996.


  1. ^ "Jenny Wilhide | Newnham Associates". Archived from the original on 24 December 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  2. ^ Caron, Leslie (2009). Thank Heaven. JR Books. pp. 142. ISBN 978-1-906779-24-5. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Newnham Associates: Jenny Wilhide". Newnham College, Cambridge. Archived from the original on 24 December 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  4. ^ "BBC World Service – Meridian, A Midsummer Night's Dream – Bill Bryden". BBC.
  5. ^ "A Midsummer Night's Dream Custom Print | National Theatre Bookshop".
  6. ^ "King's College London Arts and Humanities Data Service".
  7. ^ "The Peacock Spring Part 1 (1996)". British Film Institute.
  8. ^ Peacock Spring Audio Cassette. ASIN 0333669533.
  9. ^ "Overview: Fortune and Men's Eyes". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Review: Bright Lights, Big City Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  11. ^ "The Blue Biro Gallery: Digital paintings by Jennifer Caron Hall". Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  12. ^ "The Vogue Blog: Hall of Fame". Vogue. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Serena Morton Gallery". Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Evening Standard Article Index: Jenny Wilhide". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  15. ^ "The Spectator Article Index: Jenny Wilhide". The Spectator. Press Holdings. Retrieved 15 November 2012.


  • WGBH (1997). Peacock Spring: Program Description. Masterpiece Theatre, 1997. Retrieved from [1].
  • Mulryne, J.R.; Shewring, Margaret; Barnes, Jason; Mulryne, Ronnie (1999). "The Cottesloe at the National: Infinite Riches in a Little Room" (book). Mulryne & Shewring Ltd, 1999.

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