Lara Cazalet

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Lara Cazalet
Born Lara Imogen Leonora Cazalet[1]
(1971-01-15) 15 January 1971 (age 46)
Bryanston, Dorset, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Lara Imogen Leonora Cazalet (born 15 January 1971)[2] 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,[3] and his wife, Camilla, Lady Cazalet, formerly, the Honourable Camilla Jane Gage, the daughter of a Viscount and a descendant of King William I.[4] 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.[3][5]

She has two older brothers, David Benedict Cazalet and Henry Pelham Cazalet.[4] Henry, known as Hal, is a composer and opera singer.[6] In addition, Lara and Hal also sing together, professionally, in a jazz trio.[7]

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.[3] 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 Show Role Notes
1998 Kavanagh QC Nurse
- Bearing Witness (1998)
Legal drama
The Bill Sammy Adams
- Soft in the Head (1998)
Police drama
1999 The Alchemists Flight attendant Television film
The Bill Mandy Sharpe
- Sweet Sixteen (1999)
Police drama
Bad Girls Zandra Plackett
- (1999–2000)
TV series
2000 Harbour Lights Nikki
- A Quiet Storm (2000)
TV series
2002 Where the Heart Is Hildegaard Gruber
- Hold My Hand (2002)
TV series
As Time Goes By Dave
- What Now? (2002)
Holby City Angela Farrell
- Sinners and Saints (2002)
Medical drama
2003 Waking the Dead Fiona Mackenzie
- Multistorey (Part One) (2003)
- Multistorey (Part Two) (2003)
TV series
Judge John Deed Diana Hulsey
- Health Hazard (2003)
- Economic Imperative (2004)
TV series
2004 Rosemary & Thyme Rosie Fitzcarron
- The Gongoozlers (2004)
TV series
2005 Down to Earth Louise Mottram
- Cowboys (2005)
- Sisterly Feelings (2005)
TV series
The Bill DS Liz Garrett
- Episode 302 (2005)
- Episode 303 (2005)
Police drama
2006 Hustle Emily Shaw
- The Hustler's News of the Day (2006)
TV series
The Only Boy for Me Kate Television film
New Street Law Annie Quick
- (2006–2007)
Legal drama
2007 Half Broken Things Sally Television film
2009 The Bill Liv Till
- Smash and Grab (Part One) (2009)
- Smash and Grab (Part Two) (2009)
Police drama
Blue Murder Yvonne Clarke
- Tooth and Claw (2009)
Police drama


Year Film Role Notes
2004 EMR Dr McLean Feature film
2008 Lady Godiva Esclairmonde Feature film


  1. ^ Geneall Listing for Lara Cazalet Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  2. ^ Lara Cazalet at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b c Wylie, Ian (7 March 2007). "Why Lisa's in love with city". City Life. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  4. ^ a b Descendants of William I See listing F3, Hon. Camilla Jane Gage. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  5. ^ a b BBC - New Street Law - Lara Cazalet
  6. ^ Milner, Catherine (17 June 2001). "Unknown P G Wodehouse songs found in family attic". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  7. ^ Bad Girls - Series 2 Cast Interviews - Lara Cazalet

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