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Tara Fitzgerald
Tara Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald in June 2012
Anne Tara Cassandra Fitzgerald Callaby

(1967-09-18) 18 September 1967 (age 54)
Cuckfield, Sussex, England
Years active1991–present
(m. 2001; div. 2003)

Tara Anne Cassandra Fitzgerald (born 18 September 1967)[1][2] is an English actress who has appeared in feature films, television, radio and the stage. She won the New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play in 1995 as Ophelia in Hamlet. She won the Best Actress Award at The Reims International Television Festival in 1999 for her role of Lady Dona St Columb in Frenchman's Creek. Fitzgerald has appeared in the West End production of The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre, and in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse. Since 2007, Fitzgerald has appeared in more than 30 episodes of the BBC television series Waking the Dead and played the role of Selyse Baratheon in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Fitzgerald is the daughter of artist Michael Callaby[3][4] and Irish portrait photographer Sarah Geraldine Fitzgerald.[3][5][6] She spent part of her childhood in the Bahamas, where her maternal grandfather ran a law firm. Her sister, Arabella, was born there. Following the family's return to England when she was three, Fitzgerald's parents separated, and her mother then married actor Norman Rodway. She has a half-sister from this marriage, Bianca Rodway.[7][8] Her father, Callaby, died when she was 11.[3] Her great-aunt was actress Geraldine Fitzgerald;[9][10] other cousins through the Fitzgerald family are the Irish novelist Jennifer Johnston[6] and Irish actress Susan Fitzgerald.[11]



Following her graduation from Drama Centre London, Fitzgerald appeared as the daughter of a beauty queen in the comedy Hear My Song (1991). She came to international attention in 1993 when she starred with Hugh Grant in the Australian comedy Sirens. The film landed Fitzgerald an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Actress in a Lead Role. Two years later she again appeared with Grant in the comedy The Englishman who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain. Fitzgerald appeared in a steady stream of independent feature films through the 1990s and 2000s, among them A Man of No Importance (1994), Brassed Off (1996), the Czech World War II fighter pilot drama Dark Blue World (2001), and the 2004 drama, Secret Passage (UK title: The Lion's Mouth), set during the Spanish Inquisition. In 2006, she appeared in In a Dark Place, and, in 2014, she played Miriam in Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Fitzgerald decided to expand her career into directing after becoming frustrated with what she saw as a lack of interesting roles for older actresses. She was one of 12 filmmakers selected for Film London's 2015 Microwave scheme, which provides training and mentoring to filmmakers who then pitch their ideas to a panel that selects the two best ideas for production, with budgets of £150,000 each.[12]


Fitzgerald's first major stage role came in 1992 when she appeared opposite Peter O'Toole in Our Song at the Apollo Theatre. She has alternated between stage and screen for almost two decades, with frequent theatre roles. In 1995, she starred as Ophelia in Hamlet at London's Almeida Theatre, which led to her American stage debut. The production transferred across the Atlantic and played more than 90 performances on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre.

Since then, she has played Antigone[13][14] in a national UK tour and Blanche Du Bois in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire at the Bristol Old Vic[15] and appeared in A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse. Fitzgerald has also appeared in Molière's The Misanthrope in 2009 at the Comedy Theatre (now the Pinter).[16] She appeared in The Winters Tale at the RSC in 2013, performed as Lady Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe theatre and appeared in Gaslight at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in 2015.[17]


A veteran of more than twenty television programmes and mini-series, Fitzgerald has portrayed Victorian heroines and modern police detectives. Her first TV role was in the 1991 BBC production The Black Candle, set in Yorkshire in the 1880s. In 1992, she was featured in The Camomile Lawn. After her feature film success, she landed her first starring role in a television film, The Vacillations of Poppy Carew. She won Best Actress at the 1999 Reims International Television Festival for the costumes-and-pirates love story Frenchman's Creek. In 2006, she was featured in The Virgin Queen, before taking on the role of Eve Lockhart on Waking The Dead, joining that cast in 2007. She also had a recurring role on Game of Thrones, playing Selyse Baratheon.[18] In 2020 Tara Fitzgerald played a role as Lady Templemore in the ITV-series Belgravia, a historical drama based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Julian Fellowes.

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Fitzgerald married the American actor-director John Sharian, who directed her in the short film The Snatching of Bookie Bob. They separated in May 2003 and later divorced.[19]

Fitzgerald lives in London.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Hear My Song Nancy Doyle Film won Best Comedy from the British Comedy Awards
1993 Sirens Estella Campion Australian Film Institute nomination Best Actress in a Lead Role
Galleria Marie First sci-fi role
1994 A Man of No Importance Adele Rice
1995 The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain Elizabeth aka Betty from Cardiff
1996 Brassed Off Gloria Mullins
1998 Conquest Daisy MacDonald Shot on location in Saskatchewan
The Snatching of Bookie Bob Silk 19-minute short directed by John Sharian, whom Fitzgerald married in 2001
1999 New World Disorder Kris Paddock Filmed in Luxembourg
Childhood Ange Shot on location in Moscow
2000 Rancid Aluminium Masha
2001 Dark Blue World Susan Whitmore Czech title: Tmavomodrý svět
2003 I Capture the Castle Topaz Mortmain Film won the Audience Award at the Film by the Sea International Film Festival
2004 Five Children and It Mother Film won Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival
The Lion's Mouth Clara US title: Secret Passage
2006 In a Dark Place Mrs. Grose Based on the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings Miriam
2015 Child 44 Inessa Nesterov
Legend Mrs Shea
We Are Happy Rachel 17-minute short film written by Matt Winn & James Handel
Directed by Matt Winn
In memory of Sylvia Brown
2016 Una Andrea
2019 The Runaways Maggie
The King Hooper


Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Black Candle Victoria Mordaunt Based on a novel by Catherine Cookson
1992 Six Characters in Search of an Author Emily BBC adaptation directed by Bill Bryden
The Camomile Lawn Young Polly Based on a novel by Mary Wesley
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes Young Dollie Stokesay BAFTA TV Award Best Drama Serial
1994 Fall from Grace Catherine Pradier Second World War drama based on the book by Larry Collins
Cadfael: The Leper of St. Giles Iveta de Massard Episode 103, Book 5 of Cadfael
1995 The Vacillations of Poppy Carew Poppy Carew Based on the novel The Vacillations of Poppy Carew by Mary Wesley
1996 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Helen Graham Based on the novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
1997 The Woman in White Marian Fairlie Nominated for BAFTA TV Award Best Drama Serial
The Student Prince Grace US title: The Prince of Hearts
1998 Frenchman's Creek Dona, Lady St. Columb Won Best Actress at the 1999 Reims International Television Festival
Little White Lies Beth Marsh Produced by the BBC; has early Gerard Butler role
1999 In the Name of Love Zoe Walters Thriller directed by Ferdinand Fairfax
2003 Love Again Monica Jones Directed by Susanna White
Murder in Mind Liz Morton Season 3, Episode 1, Echoes
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple: The Body in the Library Adelaide Jefferson
2005 Rose and Maloney Annie Sorensen-Johnson Season 2, Episode 2 (No.2.2)
Like Father Like Son D.I. Harkness
2006 Jane Eyre Mrs Reed Distributed by BBC One
The Virgin Queen Kat Ashley US title: Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen
2007 Waking the Dead Eve Lockhart 32 episodes, series 6 to 9, 2007–2011
2009 U Be Dead Debra Pemberton ITV drama based on Maria Marchese stalker case
2011 The Body Farm Eve Lockhart BBC drama
2013–2015 Game of Thrones Selyse Baratheon Based on A Song of Ice and Fire novel series by George R. R. Martin
2014 In the Club Susie BBC drama
The Musketeers Marie de Medici Episode: "The Exiles"
2016 Death in Paradise Anouk Laban Episode 5,6
2017 Strike Tansy Bestigui 3 episodes
2018 Requiem Sylvia Walsh 6 episodes
Origin Xavia Grey Episode: "The Road Not Taken"
The ABC Murders Lady Hermione Clarke TV Series
2020 Tangled The Series Zhan Tiri (voice) Episode: "Plus est en Vous"
Belgravia (TV series) Lady Templemore TV Series


Year Title Role Theatre
1992 Our Song Angela Caxton Apollo Theatre (London) and UK tour
1995 Hamlet Ophelia Almeida Theatre (London) Belasco Theatre (New York)
1999 Antigone Antigone Old Vic, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Oxford Playhouse
2000 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche Du Bois Bristol Old Vic
2004 A Doll's House Nora Helmer UK tour
Clouds Mara Hill National UK tour
2005 And Then There Were None Vera Claythorne Gielgud Theatre[21]
2009 A Doll's House Christine Lyle Donmar Warehouse
The Misanthrope Marcia Comedy Theatre
2011 Broken Glass Sylvia Gellburg Vaudeville Theatre[22]
2013 The Winter's Tale Hermione Globe Theatre London and UK tour
2019 Shipwreck Almeida Theatre, London
Prism Nicola/Katie UK tour
2020 Women Beware women Livia Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
2021 Hamlet Gertrude Young Vic, London

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Queen Mia Greymane (voice)
2019 Anthem Additional Voices (voice)


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  16. ^ "Keira_Knightley, Damian_Lewis and Tara Fitzgerald to star in West End production of The Misanthrope" Archived 16 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine, playbill.com; accessed 22 October 2014.
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  20. ^ Roger, Sylvia (10 July 2009). "My Perfect Weekend: Tara Fitzgerald". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
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