Sarah Woodward

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Sarah Woodward
Born (1963-04-03) 3 April 1963 (age 54)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Patrick Toomey (2000–present)
Children 2
Parent(s) Edward Woodward
Venetia Barrett
Relatives Tim Woodward (brother)
Peter Woodward (brother)

Sarah Woodward (born 3 April 1963) is a British actress. She won the Olivier Award for best performance in a supporting role in 1998 for her role in Tom & Clem by Stephen Churchett.,[1] directed by Richard Wilson, and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2000 for her role in the Donmar Warehouse production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing.[2] opposite Jennifer Ehle and Stephen Dillane, directed by David Levaux. She is the daughter of actor Edward Woodward and his first wife, actress Venetia Barrett, and the sister of actor Tim Woodward, actor and screenwriter Peter Woodward, and actress Emily Woodward, whose mother is actress Michele Dotrice.[3] She is married to actor Patrick Toomey. They have two daughters and live in London.


Woodward trained as an actress at RADA, where she won the Bancroft Gold Medal, before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she appeared in Shakespeare's Richard III with Antony Sher, and Henry V with Kenneth Branagh. She returned to the RSC in 1993, playing Miranda in The Tempest, directed by Sam Mendes, with whom she has also worked on London Assurance, with Paul Eddington; Kean, with Derek Jacobi; and Habeas Corpus with Imelda Staunton, Brenda Blethyn, and Jim Broadbent. She won the Olivier Award for best performance in a supporting role in 1998 for her role in Tom & Clem by Stephen Churchett.,[1] and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2000 for her role in the Donmar Warehouse production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing.[2]


Year Format Title Role Director Notes
2017 Theatre This House by James Graham Rochester & Chatham; Welwyn & Hatfield; Coventry South West; Ilford North; Lady Batley Jeremy Herrin Chichester Festival Theatre;

Garrick Theatre

2016 Theatre Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale Ma Gwynn/Queen Catherine Christopher Luscombe Shakespeare's Globe
2016 Theatre Richard II Duchess of York Simon Godwin Shakespeare's Globe
2015 Theatre Bracken Moor by Alexi Kaye Campbell Vanessa Avery Polly Teale Tricycle Theatre
2015 Theatre The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time Siobhan Marianne Elliott Gielgud Theatre
2014 Theatre In The Next Room by Sarah Ruhl Annie Laurence Boswell St. James Theatre, London
2013 TV The Politician's Husband Undercover Reporter/Undercover Reporter 1 Simon Cellan Jones BBC
2012 TV Outnumbered Mary Guy Jenkin Hat Trick
Theatre Love and Information by Caryl Churchill Various James McDonald Royal Court Theatre
TV Loving Miss Hatto Birdy Aisling Walsh BBC
2011 Theatre Jumpy by April De Angelis Bea Nina Raine Royal Court Theatre
The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov Charlotta Howard Davies National Theatre
Snake In The Grass Miriam Lucy Bailey The Print Room
2010 The Merry Wives of Windsor Mistress Ford Chris Luscombe Shakespeare's Globe; Los Angeles; New York
TV DCI Banks - Aftermath Jessica Ford James Hawes ITV
Law & Order: UK DS Jemma Fraser Mark Everest ITV
2009 Doctors Marion Sarah Punshon BBC
Theatre Judgment Day by Ödön von Horváth Frau Leimgruber James McDonald Almeida Theatre
Rookery Nook Gertrude Terry Johnson Menier Chocolate Factory
2008 TV Kingdom Charlotte Ed Hall ITV
Theatre Present Laughter Monica Howard Davies National Theatre
2007 A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania Chris Luscombe Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Macbeth Lady Macbeth
2006 The Comedy of Errors Adriana Chris Luscombe Shakespeare's Globe
2005 TV New Tricks Forensic Scientist Roberto Bangura BBC
The Bill Pat Lawrence Moody ThamesTalkback
Theatre Woman In Mind Susan Raz Shaw Salisbury Playhouse
2004 Much Ado About Nothing Dogberry Tamara Harvey Shakespeare's Globe
2003 TV Film Final Demand DS Brown Tom Vaughan BBC
Hear The Silence Headmistress Tim Fywell Zenith
2002 Feature Film I Capture the Castle Leda Fox-Cotton Tim Fywell BBC Films
Bright Young Things Stephen Fry The Film Consortium
2001 Theatre Presence Marian James Kerr Royal Court Theatre
Feature Film Close Your Eyes Hilary Ash Nick Willing Kismet Films
1999 - 2000 Theatre The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard Charlotte David Leveaux Donmar Warehouse and Broadway

Nominated for a Tony Award

1998 TV Movie The Cater Street Hangman Sarah Corde Sarah Hellings Ardent Productions
1997 TV Film The House Of Angelo Elizabeth Angelo Jim Goddard BBC/Tripal
Theatre Tom and Clem Kitty Richard Wilson Aldwych Theatre

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role

1996 Habeas Corpus Connie Wicksteed Sam Mendes Donmar Warehouse
1994 The Tempest Miranda Sam Mendes Royal Shakespeare Company
1992 TV Poirot (Death in the Clouds) Jane Gray Stephen Whittaker ITV
1991 TV The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (The Creeping Man) Edith Presbury Michael Cox Granada Television
1987 TV The Two of Us Nicola ITV


  1. ^ a b Lister, David (17 February 1998). "Crowning glory for `Lear' at Olivier theatre awards". The Independent. Retrieved 26 December 2009. Other awards included: ... Best performance in a supporting role - Sarah Woodward in Tom & Clem; ... 
  2. ^ a b "'Kate,' Then 'Music Man': The 2000 Tony Nominees". The New York Times. 9 May 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2009. FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY Blair Brown, Copenhagen Frances Conroy, The Ride Down Mount Morgan Amy Ryan, Uncle Vanya Helen Stenborg, Waiting in the Wings Sarah Woodward, The Real Thing 
  3. ^ Reuters (16 November 2009). "Edward Woodward, The Wicker man, dies". Reuters India. Retrieved 26 December 2009. [Edward Woodward] married actress Venetia Barrett in 1952 and had three children, all of whom went into acting -- Tim Woodward, Peter Woodward and Sarah Woodward. ...

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