Natasha Parry

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Natasha Parry
Natalie Wills

(1930-12-02)2 December 1930
London, England
Died22 July 2015(2015-07-22) (aged 84)
La Baule, France
Resting placeJouars-Pontchartrain Churchyard, Île-de-France
Years active1949–2014
(m. 1951)
ChildrenIrina Brook
Simon Brook
Parent(s)Gordon Parry

Natasha Parry (2 December 1930 – 22 July 2015) was an English actress of Russian descent. The daughter of film director Gordon Parry, she was married to theatre director Peter Brook from 1951 until her death, and is the mother of filmmakers Irina Brook and Simon Brook.

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 at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and All Saints, Ennismore Gardens, Knightsbridge, London.[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]


Year Title Role Notes
1949 Golden Arrow Betty Felton
1950 Dance Hall Eve
1950 Midnight Episode Jill Harris
1951 The Dark Man Molly Lester
1952 Crow Hollow Ann Amour
1953 King Lear Cordelia
1954 Knave of Hearts Patricia
1957 Windom's Way Anna Vidal
1959 The Rough and the Smooth Margaret Goreham
1960 Midnight Lace Peggy Thompson
1961 The Fourth Square Sandra Martin
1963 Girl in the Headlines Perlita Barker
1968 Romeo and Juliet Lady Capulet
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War Sir William Robertson's Lady
1979 Meetings with Remarkable Men Vitvitskaia
1981 La fille prodigue La mère
1982 Le Lit Eva
2014 Le goût des myrtilles Jeanne

Selected television[edit]

Selected theatre[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Natasha Parry obituary". The Guardian. 26 July 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Chazan, David (24 July 2015). "Actress Natasha Parry dies aged 84". The 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". The Independent. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ Shulman (5 June 1953). "The Beauties of 1953". London Evening Standard.
  5. ^ "English Girl Has Enviable Stage Credits". The Odessa American. 28 September 1968. p. 24. Retrieved 15 October 2015 – via open access
  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, Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 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, The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  11. ^ Kustow, Michael (2006). Peter Brook: a biography. London: Bloomsbury. p. 62. ISBN 0-7475-7913-X.
  12. ^ Profile, Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  13. ^ Profile, Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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