Lucy Briers

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Lucy Briers
Lucy Jane Briers

(1967-08-19) 19 August 1967 (age 54)
Alma materLancaster University
Years active1992–present
Simon Cox
(m. 1995; div. 2004)
Parent(s)Richard Briers
Ann Davies

Lucy Jane Briers (born 19 August 1967) is an English actress. Her film, stage and television roles have included appearances in Pride & Prejudice (1995) and sitcom Game On.

Early life[edit]

Briers was born on 19 August 1967 in Hammersmith, London. She is the daughter of the actor Richard Briers and actress Ann Davies. She wanted to be an actress from an early age.[citation needed]

Briers attended St Paul's Girls' School, London (1978–85); Lancaster University (where she studied theatre and sculpture); and then a three-year acting course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and National Youth Theatre.[1] As well as acting, Briers plays both the piano and flute.


Briers played Mary Bennet in the BBC's television adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (1995). She has narrated the documentary The Riddle of Pompeii, the 2001 series Nurses and Ladette to Lady.

In 2007, Briers appeared in Some Kind of Bliss, a one-woman play by Samuel Adamson at the Trafalgar Studios, a role she reprised in the 2008 Brits off Broadway season. She appeared in the BBC drama Einstein and Eddington (2008) and a West End revival of Chekhov's Ivanov. In 2011 she appeared in BBC Four's Twenty Twelve first as Anna Mitchell, one of the three candidates for the post of curator of the Cultural Olympiad, then with her face blurred as Laura, Ian Fletcher's wife. In 2017 she appeared in Father Brown “The tree of Truth” as Prudence Bovary and in 2020 in Jane Austen's Emma as Mrs Reynolds.



Year Film Role Notes
1992 A Masculine Ending Student TV film
1993 Unnatural Causes Liz Marley TV film
2002 Prince William Tiggy Legge-Bourke TV film
2003 Perks Sarah Tidewell Short
2006 Long Hot Summer Rachel
2008 Einstein and Eddington Librarian TV film
2011 The Night Watch Binkie TV film
2013 Our Girl Major O'Brien TV film
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Tonia Scott
2016 Genius Miss Wyckoff
2018 Oil Mum Short
2020 Emma. Mrs. Reynolds
2021 Zack Snyder's Justice League Dog Day Care Owner


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Red Dwarf Harrison Episode: "Holoship"
Screaming Jennifer
Spatz Hayley Episode: "The Curse of Karen"
Boon Maggie Episode: "MacGuffin's Transputer"
The Blackheath Poisonings Maid 2 episodes
1993 The Brittas Empire Wendy Episode: "Two Little Boys"
1994 The 10%ers Sarah Episode: "Feud"
1995 Pride and Prejudice Mary Bennet Series regular
1996 Casualty Joanna Porter Episode: "Still Waters"
1998 Game On Lulu Episode: "Crabs"
Unfinished Business Policewoman 1 episode
Imogen's Face Janet Mini-series
Dangerfield Adele Griffiths Episode: "The Lost Boy"
The Bill Clarinda Beecham Episode: "Love's Labour Lost"
1999 Wives and Daughters Lady Alice 1 episode
2000 Beast Briony's Friends Episode: "Frightening Shorts"
2001 The Bill Helen Thompkins Episodes: "Long Shadows: Part 1"
Nurses Narrator Voice role
2002 Helen West Clerk 1 Episode: "Shadow Play"
2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot Beryl Collins Episode: "The Hollow"
Bodies Nicola Quinn 1 episode
2005 Broken News Sam Henman 2 episodes
2006 Great News Marion
2007 Doctors Emma Fleet Episode: "Flying Solo"
Tchaikovsky Nadezdha von Meck Mini-series
Bonkers Polly Cope 1 episode
Silent Witness Patricia Darlow Episode: "Apocalypse"
Genie in the House Miss Spinelli Episode: "Genie Swap"
The Green Green Grass Doctor Episode: "The Final Curtain"
2008 Ashes to Ashes Patty 1 episode
2010 Doctors Rosie Clifton Episode: "Something Evil"
2011 Midsomer Murders Jessica Wingate Episode: "Death in the Slow Lane"
Twenty Twelve Anna Mitchell Episode: "Cultural Curator"
Laura Fletcher Episode: "Equestrian Controversy"
2012 Parade's End Mrs. Ferguson 2 episodes
The Thick of It Cathy Hastings 1 episode
DCI Banks Dr. Janet Lucas Episode: "Strange Affair"
Dark Matters: Twisted But True Orphanage Matron Episode: "Pavlov's Children, Alien Rain, Glow Girls"
Mary Mallon Episode: "Magical Jet Propulsion, Missing Link Mystery, Typhoid Mary"
2013–2015 Count Arthur Strong Sheila Series regular
2017 Father Brown Prudence Bovary Episode: "The Tree of Truth"
2018 Casualty Gill Ransom 1 episode
Press Linda Parks Episode: "Pure"
Mrs Wilson Record Office Lady 1 episode
2019 Victoria Mrs. Arbuthnot Episode: "Foreign Bodies"
Gentleman Jack Mrs Stansfield Rawson 2 episodes
Four Weddings and a Funeral Jody 2 episodes
2020 Endeavour Mrs. Blish Episode: "Oracle"
Home Margaret 1 episode
Strike DCI Judy McMurran Episode: "Lethal White"


Year Title Role Venue Notes
1992 Fooling About Miranda/Princess Oxford Playhouse, Oxford with Oxford Stage Company
1993 Syme Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
The Tempest Miranda Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury
The Venetian Twins Rosaura Oxford Playhouse, Oxford with Oxford Stage Company
1996 The Entertainer Jean Rice Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
1997 Henry IV, Part 1 & Part 2 Lady Percy/Doll Tearsheet The Old Vic, The Cut, London with English Touring Theatre
1998 Emma Jane Fairfax Calder's Gilded Balloon Theatre, Edinburgh part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Othello Desdemona New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
1999 All That Trouble We Had Margo Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
2000 As You Like It Phebe Crucible Theatre, Sheffield & Lyric Theatre, London
The Winter's Tale Paulina Southwark Playhouse, London
Keepers Maggie Hampstead Theatre, London
2001 Spike Verity King Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Don Juan Charlotte Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
2002 Teeth 'n' Smiles Laura Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
2003 Electra Electra Gate Theatre, London
2004 Cloud Nine Edward/Betty Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
The Solid Gold Cadillac Miss Amelia Shotgraven Garrick Theatre, London
2005 Rose Bernd Frau Grolisch Arcola Theatre, London
Musik Else Arcola Theatre, London
The Shadow Box Beverley Southwark Playhouse, London
2006 The Voysey Inheritance Honor Voysey Royal National Theatre, London
Catch Andrea/Carol Royal Court Theatre, London
2007 Ship of Fools Rachel/Monsieur Schultze/Holly Trinity/Margery Clermont Theatre503, London
Some Kind of Bliss Rachel Trafalgar Studios, London One-woman show
2008 Sexual Perversity in Chicago Joan Webber Theatre Royal, Norwich
Ivanov Martha Babakina Donmar at the Wyndham's Theatre, London
2009 Just Between Ourselves Pam Royal Theatre, Northampton
Private Fears in Public Places Charlotte Royal Theatre, Northampton
Miss Julie Christine Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames
Bedroom Farce Jan Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames
2010 Behud (Beyond Belief) Joanne Stevenson Soho Theatre, London
2011 Top Girls Pope Joan/Louise Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
2014 Bring Up the Bodies Jane Rochford Aldwych Theatre, London & Winter Garden Theatre, New York City with Royal Shakespeare Company
Wolf Hall Katherine of Aragon Aldwych Theatre, London & Winter Garden Theatre, New York City with Royal Shakespeare Company
2015 Ivanov Zinaida Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
The Seagull Polina Andryevna Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
2016 Show Boat Parthenia Ann Crucible Theatre, Sheffield & New London Theatre, London
2017 Forty Years On Miss Nisbitt Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester
2019 Wild East Dr. Pitt Young Vic, London
Rosmersholm Mrs. Helseth Duke of York's Theatre, London
2020 All of Us Rita/Doctor Anderson/Angela Royal National Theatre, London

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2004 TMA Awards Best Supporting Actress Cloud Nine Nominated
2008 WhatsOnStage Awards Best Solo Performer Ship of Fools Nominated
2019 Clarence Derwent Awards Best Female in a Supporting Role Rosmersholm Won


  1. ^ Maureen Paton "Lucy Briers: 'Emphysema robbed my father of his laughter’" Archived 25 May 2019 at the Wayback Machine,, 2 November 2013

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