Katrin Juliet Cartlidge
15 May 1961
|Died||7 September 2002 (aged 41)|
Hampstead, London, England
Katrin Juliet Cartlidge (15 May 1961 – 7 September 2002) was an English actress. She first appeared on screen as Lucy Collins in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside (1982–1983), before going on to win the 1997 Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress for the Mike Leigh film Career Girls. Her other film appearances included Leigh's Naked (1993), Before the Rain (1994), Breaking the Waves (1996) and From Hell (2001).
Her work on Manchevski's Before the Rain and on No Man's Land made her well known in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans. Sophie, in Mike Leigh's Naked, was her first leading role. Cartlidge worked in two more Leigh films: in Career Girls she played one of the lead roles, Hannah, at the ages of both 20 and 30, and in Topsy Turvy she was a madam in a Paris brothel. She was due to play the lead role in Polish director Lech Majewski's 2004 film The Garden of Earthly Delights—that of an art historian dying of cancer—but she left shortly before production began. Cartlidge won a role in 21 Grams but was replaced by Charlotte Gainsbourg due to her death.
The impact of Cartlidge's sudden death saw the creation of the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation by the trustees Mike Leigh, Peter Gevisser, Simon McBurney, Chris Simon, and Cat Villiers. The patrons include Lars von Trier and Cartlidge's sister Michelle. Established at the Sarajevo Film Festival, an annual bursary is awarded by "an elected curator, chosen by the (Foundation) Trustees from a wide and eclectic number of Katrin Cartlidge’s friends and colleagues...(to) a new creative voice... While the new talent nominated each year will be a filmmaker, it is anticipated that the choices will be as varied and extraordinary as Katrin’s own choice of filmmakers and friends from across the arts."
Mike Leigh: "She took to the improvisation and character work instantly, easily and with extraordinary commitment and imagination. Other than in the Royal Court Young Peoples Theatre, she had had no formal training, but you would never have guessed it. (Drama Centre London turned her down, and that put her off). She often talked to me about [a] move into directing. I am in no doubt that we have lost not only one of our greatest actors but also one of the most interesting new directors of the future."
Following her death, British singer Morrissey dedicated a performance of his song "Late Night, Maudlin Street" at the Royal Albert Hall to Cartlidge, describing her as a "brilliant person and fantastic actor".
|1982–83, 1990||Brookside||Lucy Collins||Soap opera • 51 episodes|
|1986||The Collectors||Beattie Haycock||Season 1, Episode 7: "The Dog It Was..."|
|1987||Bulman||Rose||Season 2, Episode 7: "Ministry of Accidents"|
|1988||The Comic Strip Presents...||Maria||Season 3, Episode 6: "Funseekers"|
|1993||The Chief||Liz Williams||Season 3, Episode 3: "A Long Cold Lonely Winter"|
|1994||Capital Lives||Carole||Season 1, Episode 6: "Repossessed"|
|1996||Screen Two||Lover in Cafe||Episode: "Look Me in the Eye"|
Television film and short works
|1993||Kolinsky||Unknown role(s)||Short film|
|1994||Normandy: The Great Crusade||Clara Milburn (voice)||Television short|
|1994||Nobody's Children||Viorica||Television film|
|1995||3 Steps to Heaven||Suzanne / Candy / Billie||Television film|
|1996||Saint-Ex||Gabrielle de Saint-Exupéry||Television film|
|2001||Sword of Honour||Julia Stitch||Television film|
|2002||Crime and Punishment||Katerina Ivanovna||Television film|
|2002||Surrealissimo: The Scandalous Success of Salvador Dali||Gala Dali||Television special|
|2002||Eddie Loves Mary||Unknown role||Short film • posthumous release|
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- "Cartlidge, Barbara (Oral history) (21621)". Iwm.org.uk. 10 April 2001. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- Guardian obituary.
- Lech Majewski, DVD commentary, The Garden of Earthly Delights, Kino International, New York, 2008. Cartlidge was replaced by actress Claudine Spiteri.
- "21 Grams". Entertainment Weekly. 15 August 2003. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
- "Award". Katrin Cartlidge Foundation. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- Mike Leigh. "Film: Mike Leigh remembers Katrin Cartlidge | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- Dorian Lynskey. "Morrissey, Royal Albert Hall, London | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
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