Lara Cazalet

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Lara Cazalet
Lara Imogen Leonora Cazalet[1]

(1973-05-25) 25 May 1973 (age 46)[2][3]
Westminster, Greater London
Years active1998–present

Lara Imogen Leonora Cazalet (born 25 May 1973) is an English actress, known for portraying Zandra Plackett in Bad Girls and Annie Quick in New Street Law.

Early life[edit]

Cazalet is the daughter of Sir Edward Cazalet, a retired High Court judge,[4] and his wife, the Honourable Camilla Jane Gage, Lady Cazalet, daughter of Henry Gage, 6th Viscount Gage. Cazalet's paternal grandfather was Major Peter Cazalet, the well-known racehorse-trainer, and her step great-grandfather was the leading English writer, Sir P.G. Wodehouse.[4][5]

She has two older brothers, David Benedict Cazalet and Henry Pelham Cazalet.[6] Henry, known as Hal, is a composer and opera singer.[7] In addition, Lara and Hal also sing together, professionally, in a jazz trio.[8]

Cazalet attended Bryanston School in Bryanston, Dorset.


Cazalet's first major television role was that of Zandra Plackett in Bad Girls, a part she played for two years until the character died of a brain tumour. The episode where Zandra died was the highest ever rated episode of Bad Girls with 9,490,000 viewers.[4] She later played the lead role of barrister Annie Quick in New Street Law.[5] Cazalet has also made guest appearances in Hustle, Judge John Deed, Waking the Dead and Holby City. She has played four different characters in episodes of The Bill, including a corrupt NCS officer attempting to frame DI Manson for murder and corruption, and the wife of a toy shop manager who robs her husband's store.

Cazalet's film credits include EMR and Lady Godiva.



Year Film Role Notes
2004 EMR Dr. McLean
2007 Scarred Celia Short
2008 Lady Godiva Esclairmonde
2008 Framed Hilary Glendinning
2015 Legend Mrs. Payne


Year Film Role Notes
1998 Kavanagh QC Nurse "Bearing Witness"
1998 The Bill Sammy Adams "Soft in the Head"
1999 The Bill Mandy Sharpe "Sweet Sixteen"
1999 The Alchemists Flight Attendant TV film
1999–2000 Bad Girls Zandra Plackett Main role (series 1–2)
2000 Harbour Lights Nikki "A Quiet Storm"
2001 Always and Everyone Lisa "3.1"
2002 Where the Heart Is Hildegaard Gruber "Hold My Hand"
2002 As Time Goes By Dave "What Now?"
2002 Holby City Angela Farrell "Sinners and Saints"
2003 Waking the Dead Fiona Mackenzie "Multistorey: Parts 1 & 2"
2003 Judge John Deed Diana Hulsey "Health Hazard", "Economic Imperative"
2004 Rosemary & Thyme Rosie Fitzcarron "The Gongoozlers"
2005 Down to Earth Louise Mottram "Sisterly Feelings", "Cowboys"
2005 The Bill DS Liz Garrett "302: The Decoy - Parts 1 & 2"
2006 Hustle Emily Shaw "The Hustlers News of the Day"
2006 The Only Boy for Me Kate TV film
2006–07 New Street Law Annie Quick Main role
2007 Half-Broken Things Sally TV film
2009 Blue Murder Yvonne Clarke "Tooth and Claw"
2009 The Bill Liv Till "Smash and Grab: Parts 1 & 2"
2017 Fearless Janice Long "1.2"


  1. ^ Geneall Listing for Lara Cazalet. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  2. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  3. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
  4. ^ a b c Wylie, Ian (7 March 2007). "Why Lisa's in love with city". City Life. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  5. ^ a b BBC – New Street Law – Lara Cazalet
  6. ^ Descendants of William I See listing F3, Hon. Camilla Jane Gage. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  7. ^ Milner, Catherine (17 June 2001). "Unknown P G Wodehouse songs found in family attic". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  8. ^ Bad Girls – Series 2 Cast Interviews – Lara Cazalet Archived 29 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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