Natasha Parry

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Natasha Parry
Born (1930-12-02)2 December 1930
Died 22 July 2015(2015-07-22) (aged 84)
La Baule, Brittany, France
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Peter Brook (m. 1951–2015; her death); 2 children
Children Irina
Parent(s) Gordon Parry

Natasha Parry (2 December 1930 – 22 July 2015) was an English actress.

Early life[edit]

Born in London,[1] Parry was the daughter of the Anglo-Greek film director Gordon Parry and his Russian wife.[2] (Some sources say Gordon Parry was her stepfather.[3])


Parry made her stage debut at age 12[4] in The Wingless Victory. At 14, she was in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and later she played in Big Ben and Bless the Bride.[5] On Broadway she appeared in The Fighting Cock (1959-1960).[6] Toward the end of her career, she was in The Tragedy of Hamlet at the Young Vic in London.[1]


Parry made her screen debut in Dance Hall (1950).[7] She appeared in many of her husband's productions including a live American television version of King Lear (1953) opposite Orson Welles,[8] in Anouilh's The Fighting Cock with Rex Harrison,[9] Meetings with Remarkable Men, The Cherry Orchard, and Happy Days.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Parry was out of performing for a year after contracting tuberculosis in 1952.[3]


In 1951, she married director Peter Brook;[11] the couple had two children, Irina and Simon.[12][13]


Parry died on 22 July 2015 (Some sources say 23 July 2015[1]) while on holiday in La Baule, Brittany, France, at the age of 84 after a stroke.[2] She was survived by her husband and their children, Irina and Simon.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

Selected theatre[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Natasha Parry obituary". The Guardian. July 26, 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Chazan, David (24 July 2015). "Actress Natasha Parry dies aged 84". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Natasha Parry: Actress hailed for her grace and control who forged a solo career while also working with husband Peter Brook". Independent. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Shulman (5 June 1953). "The Beauties of 1953". Evening Standard. 
  5. ^ "English Girl Has Enviable Stage Credits". The Odessa American. September 28, 1968. p. 24. Retrieved October 15, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Natasha Parry". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Charles Barr (1998). Ealing Studios. University of California Press. pp. 201–. ISBN 978-0-520-21554-2. 
  8. ^ King Lear,; accessed 24 July 2015.
  9. ^ R. Helfer; G. Loney (12 November 2012). Peter Brook: Oxford to Orghast. Routledge. pp. 103–. ISBN 978-1-136-65040-6. 
  10. ^ Happy Dats with Natasha Parry: review,; accessed 24 July 2015.
  11. ^ Kustow, Michael (2006). Peter Brook: a biography. London: Bloomsbury. p. 62. ISBN 0-7475-7913-X. 
  12. ^ Profile,; accessed 24 July 2015.
  13. ^ Profile,; accessed 24 July 2015.

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