Morag Siller

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Morag Siller
Born(1969-11-01)1 November 1969
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died15 April 2016(2016-04-15) (aged 46)[1]
Manchester, England
EducationSylvia Young Theatre School
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Actress
  • writer
  • voice artist
  • presenter
Years active1990–2016
Spouse(s)Tim Nicholson

Morag Siller (1 November 1969 – 15 April 2016) was a Scottish actress, voice artist, and radio personality.

Siller died of breast cancer aged 46.


Early life and education[edit]

Siller was born in Edinburgh, Scotland,[2] and was adopted at the age of three with her twin brother.[3] While in school, she initially wanted to be a pianist but realised she would probably never be able to do it as a profession. Her attention then turned to becoming a policewoman but discovered she couldn’t apply as she was an inch shy of the department's height requirement of 5'4".[4]

During her school years, she had appeared in plays, but only as an excuse to get out of classes. She attended the Edinburgh Acting School part-time, until she moved to London at the age of 18. She attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School[4] followed by a postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. While still in school, she landed a small part in the David Puttnam film Memphis Belle.[2][5]

Acting career[edit]

Since 1992 Siller has performed in films, West End theatre, television, and radio. She has also appeared in numerous television commercials and pop videos, including Morrissey,[6] Holly Johnson, Thompson Twins and Comic Relief.[citation needed] In 2000 she fulfilled an ambition by writing and co-directing a comedy sketch show, The Brushed Forward Arrangement.[7]

She created semi-regular roles on television, such as Flora Kilwillie in Monarch of the Glen,[5] Marilyn Dingle in Emmerdale[4] and Leona in Casualty,[2] (for which she won AOL's award for Best Dramatic Performance in a Television Series in 2000). She performed in two musicals, Les Misérables and Mamma Mia!.[8] She also played Karen alongside Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid in the ITV comedy drama, Ladies of Letters.

Personal life[edit]

In May 2005 Morag married her long term partner,[9] classical musician Tim Nicholson. The couple lived in Cheshire, England.[3] She had no children.



Role Production Director Venue
Voltemand[10] Hamlet Lyndsey Turner Barbican Centre
Puttana 'Tis Pity She's A Whore Michael Longhurst Shakespeare's Globe
Mrs Plumb Pastoral Steve Marmion Soho Theatre
Unknown After Black Roses Chris Wright Royal Exchange
Woman / Nurse Porter Orpheus Descending Sarah Frankcom Royal Exchange
Rosie Mamma Mia! Phyllida Lloyd No.1 / International Tour
Pope Joan/Janine/Mrs Kidd Top Girls Library, Manchester
Various The Brushed Forward Arrangement Morag Siller Hen & Chickens Theatre / London
Luce/Courtesan A Comedy of Errors Ian Brown West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Simpson Tons of Money Bristol Old Vic, Bristol
Ensemble & Madame Thenadiere Les Misérables No 1 Tour & West End, London
Barge Woman & Narrator The Wind in the Willows Sheffield Crucible, Sheffield
Audrey Blue Remembered Hills Sheffield Crucible, Sheffield
Elvira Swainscott Elvis Is Alive & She's Beautiful Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh
Jude Kelly Mail Order Bride West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Princess Zizi Chatsky Jonathan Kent Almeida Theatre and UK Tour
Kylie Taking Liberties Jack Shepherd/Sara Sugarman Hackney Empire, London
Doreen A Talk in the Park Kings Head, London
Anita West Side Story Edinburgh Theatre, Edinburgh
Jan Grease Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
Glinda The Good Witch The Wizard of Oz Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh
Mrs Lovett Sweeney Todd Churchill Theatre, London
Eve Fear of Water Orange Tree, London


Role Production Production Company
Dr Ferguson Marchlands ITV Studios
Karen Ladies of letters Tiger Aspect
Mrs Kilbraith Jinx BBC TV
Margery Bloom Doctors BBC TV
Tanya Bryant Ghost Squad Company Pictures
Prostitute Robert Louis Stevenson BBC Scotland
Marilyn Dingle Emmerdale Yorkshire TV
Mrs. Rust Swiss Toni II Tiger Aspect
Wendy Grease Monkeys BBC TV
Brenda Doctors BBC TV
Barbara Night and Day Granada TV
Leona Casualty BBC TV
Nurse Penny Lambirth Fields of Gold BBC TV
Sister Dolores Peak Practice Carlton TV
DIY Saleswoman Los Dos Bros Talkback
Flora Kilwillie Monarch of the Glen BBC Scotland
Leila Masie Raine Fair Game Films
Driving Instructor The Man BBC TV/Crucial Films
Karen Kennedy The Bill Thames
Maggie Education Film BBC TV
Flossy Candy Floss BBC Scotland
Nancy Trial and Retribution LWT
Susan Makepeace Hetty Wainthrop Investigates BBC TV
Sharon Life and Death LWT
Homeless Mum O Mary This London BBC TV
Waitress A View to a Thrill BBC Scotland


Role Production Director
Jessie Summer Solstice Giles Foster
Whore Stanley/The Libertine Lawrence Dunmore
Lisa Gibbons Dreams Michael Hilyn
Sarah Secret Society Imogen Kimmel
Mary Lee House of Mirth Terence Davies
Baitdigger & Claudia The Hurting Kaprice Kea
Gloria Exploding into Life Simon Gascoigne
Farm Girl/Jitterbugger Memphis Belle Michael Caton-Jones / David Puttnam


  1. ^ Helen Johnson (19 April 2016). "Coronation Street star leads tributes to much loved actress after her death from breast cancer". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  2. ^ a b c "Morag Siller". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 March 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c "Edinburgh Seasons : Famous Actors from Edinburgh". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  5. ^ a b Genzlinger, Neil. "Movies - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  6. ^ "Morrissey - You're The One For Me, Fatty". YouTube. 2015-08-17. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  7. ^ "Actors pay tribute to Morag Siller, Emmerdale actress who died aged 46".
  8. ^ "Theatre, dance, opera and cabaret reviews". The Stage. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  9. ^ "Ten Questions: Morag Siller". Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  10. ^ "Review of Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre". Retrieved 2016-04-27.

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