Michelle Terry

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Michelle Terry is an Olivier award winning English actress and writer, known for extensive work for Shakespeare’s Globe, RSC, National Theatre and television work, notably writing and starring in Sky's The Café. Terry will take up the role of artistic director at Shakespeare's Globe in April 2018 [1].


Terry was born in Weston-super-Mare.[2] She was raised in Kewstoke, and attended Priory Community School and Broadoak Sixth Form Centre.[3]

Terry aspired to be an actress from an early age.[4] She attended an amateur dramatic society and took LAMDA exams at school in poetry, prose and spoken verse. At the age of fourteen she joined the National Youth Theatre.[2][5] She read English literature at Cardiff University before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2004.[5]

Personal Life[edit]

Terry is married to the actor Paul Ready. They have one daughter.



Terry made her professional debut in the touring and subsequent West End production of Blithe Spirit, playing the Maid and understudying Elvira.[2] Her other theatre credits include The War on Terror, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, The Man Who Had All the Luck, Tribes and As You Like It. Her work at the National Theatre includes London Assurance, All's Well That Ends Well and England People Very Nice.[4][6] She also appeared in broadcast versions of London Assurance and All's Well That Ends Well as part of National Theatre Live. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, Terry has appeared in productions of Days of Significance, Pericles, The Winter's Tale, The Crucible and Love's Labour's Lost, playing Rosaline.[6] She was among the writers of Sudden Loss of Dignity, staged at the Bush Theatre in 2009.[7]

Terry won critical acclaim for her work at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, for her performance of Rosalind in As You Like It. London's Financial Times wrote "I'm not sure it's possible to see Michelle Terry on a stage without falling a little in love with her. She has the intelligence, inventiveness and vivacity to play the character and the show simultaneously, not setting herself above the material but relishing her immersion in the role and inviting us to share it with her." [8] She also appeared in productions of Love's Labour's Lost and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at that venue, both of which were released on DVD. On 24 July 2017 she was announced as its fourth Artistic Director, to succeed Emma Rice in April 2018.[9]


Her television credits include episodes of Extras, Law & Order: UK and the Mike Bullen pilot Reunited, playing "Sara".[10] She was co-writer, with Ralf Little, of the comedy drama TV series, The Cafe, which aired on Sky1 from 2011–13, in which she played "Sarah Porter". The series was set and filmed in her own hometown, Weston-super-Mare.[3][11]

Theatre credits[edit]


Terry won Best Actress in a Visiting Production at the 2008 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, for the Donmar Warehouse production of The Man Who Had All the Luck.[12]

She won Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2011 Olivier Awards, for her portrayal of Sylvia in the Royal Court Theatre production of Tribes.[13]


List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Extras Female Extra 1 episode: "Patrick Stewart"
2009 Law & Order: UK Debbie Grove 1 episode: "Unloved"
2010 Reunited Sara Television pilot
2011 The Café Sarah Porter Co-writer


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