6 May 1961
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
|Years active||1986 - Present|
Best known for playing the much put-upon Helen Brittas in the BBC One comedy series The Brittas Empire (1991-1997), Haywood has an extensive television career which includes portraying Julie Chadwick in the 2007 BBC Two comedy Fear, Stress & Anger and the hot-tempered, sex-mad human resources director Joanna Clore in Green Wing (2004-2006), for which she won the "best comedy female performance" award at the 2005 Rose d'Or television festival in Lucerne, Switzerland).
Though Haywood is credited as "Phillipa Haywood" in her earliest acting appearances, since the second episode of series 2 of The Brittas Empire in 1992 she has always been credited onscreen as "Pippa Haywood". She has also done many dramatic roles, including Jenny Thorne in the 1988 ITV drama serial The One Game, and Mrs. Upjohn in the 2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot episode "Cat Among the Pigeons". Haywood appeared in a guest role in a 2009 episode of Kingdom, and portrayed the disgraced Miss Bunting in several episodes of the first series of Mr Selfridge (2013). Since 2012 she has played one of the lead roles, Harriet, on the BBC One drama Prisoners' Wives, and costarred as Detective Superintendent Julie Dodson on the ITV drama series Scott & Bailey. In 2015 she appeared in the BBC TV adaptation of E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia, as Susan Wyse.
Haywood has also worked in film and theatre. Recent stage credits include: House & Garden, Private Lives, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Requiem and Landscape with Weapon at the National Theatre. She is currently playing the lead role in Wanderlust at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.
- Olding Curiosity Shop biography of Haywood. Retrieved on 2008-09-15
- Last, Mike (2008-09-12). "Kingdom comes to South Lynn". Lynn News. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
- "Mr Selfridge production notes" (PDF). itv.com. (ITV plc). Retrieved 18 June 2013.[dead link]
- "Cast announced for BBC One’s adaptation of EF Benson’s Mapp And Lucia". BBC. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
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