Siobhan Hewlett

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Siobhán Hewlett
Siobhán Kathleen Mary McMurray Hewlett

London, England, United Kingdom
Years active2002–present

Siobhán Hewlett (born 15 April 1988) is an Irish film, television, radio and theatre actress. She is also a producer, poet and artist. Siobhán and her film director brother, Patrick, started the production company Rabbit in the Moon productions in early 2015.

Hewlett is to start shooting the leading role of journalist Faith Harrington in The Show, a feature film created by comic book writer Alan Moore. Hewlett is also producing and starring in a feature length adaptation of short story, The Thing About Cassandra by Neil Gaiman.

Hewlett, alongside family friend Benedict Cumberbatch was chosen to represent The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as one of their ambassadors in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Hewlett was born in London and grew up between the west coast of Ireland and Whitstable in Kent. Her father was the comedy sitcom actor Donald Hewlett, known for his roles in It Ain't Half Hot Mum and You Rang, M'Lord?. Her mother is the actress Therese McMurray. Hewlett attended Wellesley House School, Downe House School and The King's School, Canterbury on art scholarships. Whilst at The King's School, Canterbury, she was spotted in a production by the theatrical agent Lorraine Hamilton and subsequently studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, graduating in 2003.

Hewlett's grandmother was the last Captain of The Bluebells, a high-kicking dance troupe who performed around Europe and South America in the 1920s and '30s, working with Mistinguett, Josephine Baker and Jacques Tati. Siobhan's grandfather was a renowned vaudeville knockabout comic. Her maternal grandparents were variety artists represented by Lew Grade who met whilst performing for the judges and diplomats at the Nuremberg War Trials. Her great-grandmother was the world-famous contortionist Cochranes "Eve".


Whilst still at drama school at 19, Hewlett was chosen by French film director Antoine de Caunes to play the leading role in Monsieur N, a role that required she learnt French.

She starred at the Donmar Warehouse opposite Simon Russell Beale in Christopher Hampton's play The Philanthropist to critical acclaim. "The luscious and accomplished Araminta was played by the luscious and accomplished Siobhan Hewlett, whose electrifying stage presence would have stolen any other show." -The independent "And can there have been a funnier seduction scene when Siobhan Hewlett, who gives the vamp the perfect amount of boisterous blankness, ruffles Simon Russell Beale's hair."- The Times

Hewlett starred in the British comedy series Fortysomething opposite Hugh Laurie and Benedict Cumberbatch for ITV.

Hewlett played the leading role in Irina Palm, the indie hit at the Berlin international Film Festival, opposite Marianne Faithfull and Kevin Bishop.

In 2012, Hewlett started working with comic book writer Alan Moore and photographer/director Mitch Jenkins on a series of films "Showpieces". The first starred her solely in the role of "Faith," a journalist from Northampton. "Showpieces" is part of a vast new occult noir fiction called The Show. The first part of the story is told through three episodic short films - 'Show Pieces'. Show Pieces' are the first films by Alan Moore written specifically for the screen. The development of the short films led to the creation of a book featuring the full colour storyboards, the original screenplays and additional background material written by Alan Moore about the universe of 'The Show'. Set in the town of Northampton, UK, Show Pieces is an occult noir thriller starring Hewlett, Darrell D'Silva and Andrew Buckley. Alan Moore also appears playing a small but important part in the story. Hewlett worked as executive producer on "Showpieces".

Additional works[edit]

Hewlett is a singer, published artist and poet. Her first exhibition was at The Osborne Studio Gallery, Belgravia, London in 2008.


Hewlett's theatre credits include Kitty in Etta Jenks and the Finborough Theatre with Chris O'Dowd, Daniela Nardini and Clarke Peters, directed by Che Walker; Ginny in Relatively Speaking with Peter Bowles; The Waltz of the Toreadors at Chichester Festival Theatre directed by Angus Jackson; and Donny's Brain by Rona Munro at Hampstead Theatre opposite Ryan Early.



Year Title Role Director Notes
2002 The Gathering Janie Brian Gilbert
2003 Monsieur N Betsy Balcombe Antoine de Caunes Nominated for six César Awards
2004 Piccadilly Jim Drunk Party Girl John McKay
2007 Irina Palm Sarah Sam Garbaski Winner of the Jury prize at Berlin Film Festival 2007
2009 Dread Quaid's Mother Anthony DiBlasi
2011 Is This a Joke? Amazing Blonde Tom Edmunds
2011 Act of Faith Faith Harrington Mitch Jenkins
2011 Bonded by Blood Julia Sacha Bennett
2012 Jimmy's End Faith Harrington Mitch Jenkins
2013 Little Favour Voice and special thanks Patrick Victor Munro
2014 Paddy Mum Laurence Spellman and Immanuel von Bennigsen
2015 Lotus
2016 Brakes Kate Mercedes Grower
2016 Nipplejesus Sarah Jake Lushington
2017 Country of Hotels Brenda Julio Mario Martino
2017 The Show Faith Harrington Mitch Jenkins


Year Title Role Production Notes
2003 Fortysomething Lucy Proek ITV
2003 The Canterbury Tales Karen BBC
2004 Midsomer Murders Amanda ITV
2005 The Virgin Queen Cecily BBC
2007 M.I. High Sonya Frost BBC
2007 Lilies Harriet BBC
2007 New Tricks Imogen Glover BBC
2008 Torchwood Harriet BBC
2009 Hotel Babylon Isabel BBC
2009 Trinity Claudette Rough Cut
2010 Sherlock Helen BBC
2011 Pete versus Life Mel Channel 4
2012 The Syndicate Hotel receptionist ITV
2012 Parade's End Michaelangelo woman HBO
2013 The Syndicate 2 Olivia Goldsmith BBC


Year Title Theatre Role Notes
2004 Etta Jenks Finborough Theatre Kitty and Shelley With Chris O'Dowd, Clarke Peters and Daniela Nardini
2005 The Philanthropist Donmar Warehouse Araminta With Simon Russell Beale, Danny Webb and Anna Madeley
2006 The Taming of the Shrew Wilton's Music Hall Bianca With Oliver Chris and Rachael Stirling
2008 Waltz of the Toreadors Chichester Festival Theatre Sidonie With Peter Bowles, Maggie Steed and Al Weaver
2009 Relatively Speaking Theatre Royal Bath Ginny With Peter Bowles
2011 Drowning on Dry Land Jermyn Street Theatre Gail Gilchrist
2012 Donny's Brain Hampstead Theatre Trish Gail With Emily Joyce, Ryan Early, Nikesh Patel, Skye Lourie

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Mass Effect 3 - Citadel DLC Maya Brooks
2013 Ryse: Son of Rome Septima
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Additional voices
2015 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn[1] Shiva/Iceheart Heavensward expansion only
2016 Song of the Deep Narrator


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