Nancy Carroll (British actress)

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Nancy Carroll
Born (1974-11-28) 28 November 1974 (age 43)
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Jo Stone-Fewings
Children Nellie

Nancy Carroll (born 28 November 1974 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) is an English actress. She has worked extensively in theatre productions, particularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She also has numerous film and television credits, including a long-running feature role in the BBC series Father Brown.

Early life and education[edit]

Nancy Carroll grew up in Herne Hill in south London, and attended Alleyn's School where she was an enthusiastic participant in student theatre.[1] She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art,[1] from which she graduated in June 1998.

Acting career[edit]

Right after graduation, she landed a small part in the film An Ideal Husband, and then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).[1] Her first professional stage role was as Ophelia in Hamlet at the Bristol Old Vic in 1999.[2] She has appeared onstage in productions of George Etherege's The Man of Mode (2007), Harley Granville-Barker's The Voysey Inheritance (2006), as Emma Jung in The Talking Cure, and Pierre de Marivaux's The False Servant (1 June – 15 September 2004) at the Royal National Theatre. She has also appeared at the Almeida Theatre in Jonathan Kent's King Lear (also at The Old Vic) and in another Granville-Barker play, Waste (2008).

Her "Lady Croom" in the 2009 London revival of Stoppard's Arcadia received favourable reviews,[3] as did her successful run as the psychologist Dr Ford in David Mamet's House of Games at the Almeida Theatre.[4]

She has appeared onstage with her husband Jo Stone-Fewings several times, in See How They Run (2006), and in the Noël Coward double bill at the Liverpool Playhouse in March 2004 (The Astonished Heart and Still Life). In 2009, she appeared as Viola opposite her husband's Orsino in an RSC production of Twelfth Night directed by Gregory Doran.

Carroll appeared alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Adrian Scarborough in Thea Sharrock's revival of Terence Rattigan's play, After the Dance, at the Royal National Theatre in 2010. Her "heartbreaking performance"[5] won her the Best Actress award in the Evening Standard drama awards and Olivier awards for 2010.[6]

Carroll appeared alongside John Lithgow, Joshua McGuire and Nicholas Burns in Arthur Wing Pinero's Victorian farce The Magistrate at the Royal National Theatre in 2012. In 2013 she played the lead role of Felicity Houston in The Duck House by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash,[7] starring alongside Ben Miller and Diana Vickers.[8] The show was a political satire based on the UK parliamentary expenses scandal and toured for 5 weeks before transferring to London's Vaudeville Theatre.[7]

On television, she played the part of aristocratic Nazi sympathiser Frances Doble in the BBC2 miniseries Cambridge Spies (2003).[9] Other credits include guest appearances on The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Silent Witness, and episodes of Midsomer Murders. From 2013, she was a regular cast member on the BBC detective series Father Brown, playing wealthy socialite Lady Felicia Montague.[10] In 2017 she was in 4 episodes of Prime Suspect 1973 playing Mary Collins.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to actor Jo Stone-Fewings; the couple have two children.[2] They met as part of an RSC company that went on tour for a week and a half, providing material for Michael Wood's documentary series In Search of Shakespeare (broadcast 2003), and became engaged nine days after first meeting.[2]



Appearances include:



  • Iris (2001) BBC PA
  • An Ideal Husband (1999) .... Cecily in stage production of The Importance of Being Earnest


  1. ^ a b c Jones, Alice (9 December 2013). "Nancy Carroll: She's on the money". The Independent. London. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Coveney, Michael (3 March 2015). "Leading Ladies: Nancy Carroll interview". WhatsOnStage. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  3. ^ Coveney, Michael (5 June 2009). "First Night: Arcadia, Duke of York Theatre, London". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 November 2010. Carroll is brilliant
  4. ^ Austin, Jeremy (17 September 2010). "Reviews: House of Games". The Stage. Retrieved 29 November 2010. Nancy Carroll... masterful
  5. ^ "Carroll wins Best Actress". The Official London Theatre Guide. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. ^ Brown, Mark (29 November 2010). "Kinnear and Carroll land top theatre awards". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ a b "The Duck House: MPs' expenses satire heads for West End". BBC News. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Political Comedy The Duck House Will Play London's Vaudeville; Cast Announced". Playbill. 16 September 2013. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  9. ^ Mills, Simon (15 May 2003). "Spies, nudity and real love". The Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Meet the cast of Father Brown". RadioTimes. 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.

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