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Cheryl Campbell (born 22 May 1949, St. Albansmarker, Hertfordshiremarker, England) in is an Englishmarker actor of stage, film and television.

Early years

Cheryl Campbell was educated at Francis Bacon Grammar Schoolmarker, St Albans; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art marker. Her repertory theatre experience includes the Watford Palace Theatre, Birmingham Repmarker and Glasgow Citizens' Theatremarker.


Cheryl Campbell is perhaps best known for her starring role as Vera Brittain in the BBC's television dramatization of Testament of Youth (1979), for which she received Best Actress awards from the British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award.

Campbell earned her first BAFTA nomination just the previous year, for a very different character in a very different drama. To connoisseurs of Dennis Potter, Campbell is forever identified with the role of Eileen Everson, the female lead opposite Bob Hoskins in Potter's 1978 television serial Pennies from Heaven.

Cheryl Campbell is also a stage performer of considerable note and great range. She has been twice a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. At the RSC in 1982, she played Nora in Adrian Noble's memorable production of Ibsen's A Doll's House (for which she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival). In that same season, she also appeared as Diana in All's Well That Ends Well. She returned to the RSC in the 1992-94 season, playing Lady Macbeth to Derek Jacobi's lead in Noble's controversial production of Macbeth; Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling; Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor; & Natasha in Misha's Party. She has also worked at the Royal National Theatermarker: playing as a junior member of the company in 1975, as Freda in Peter Hall's Old Vic production of John Gabriel Borkman (starring Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft & Wendy Hiller) & as Maggie in W.S. Gilbert's Engaged; in 1995, as Lady Politic Would-Be in Matthew Warchus's Volpone; & in 2003 as Dotty Otley in the NT's touring (& London) revival of Noises Off.

Campbell's other stage performances in London have encompassed the classics as well as new plays; they include You Never Can Tell (Lyric, 1979); Miss Julie (1983) in the title role; Little Eyolf (1985) as Asta; The Daughter-in-Law (1985) as Minnie; The Sneeze (a Chekhov selection) (1988) in various roles; Betrayal (1991) as Emma; The Strip (1995) as Loretta; Some Sunny Day (1996) as Emily; The Seagull (1997) as Arkadina; Passion (2000) as Nell; & Life After George (2002) as Beatrix. In provincial theatre (aside from the touring productions of The Seagull & Noises Off), Campbell has appeared in: The Country Wife (Manchester Royal Exchange) as Margery Pinchwife; The Constant Wife (Theatr Clwyd) as Constance; A Streetcar Named Desire (Leicester Haymarket) as Blanche (for which she received a Regional Theatre Best Actress award); and So Long Life (touring production) as Wendy.

She has also appeared regularly on British TV:

In period pieces: Sarah Bernhardt in Lillie, Winnie Verloc in The Secret Agent, Bessy Tulliver in The Mill on the Floss, Lady Carbury in The Way We Live Now, Lady Somerset in To the Ends of the Earth.'

In dramas: Madeleine Cranmere in Malice Aforethought, Janet in Rain on the Roof, Lady Eileen 'Bundle' Brent in The Seven Dials Mystery, Eva Jackson in Absurd Person Singular, Caroline Ashurst in A Winter Harvest, Elizabeth Fellowes in A Sort of Innocence, Maria Wearing in Centrepoint, Louie Williams in Fantabulosa.

In episodic TV: Erica Taylor in The Sweeney, Griselda Clement in Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage, Pamela Drake in Boon, Sylvie Maxton in Inspector Morse, Lady Frances Carfax in the The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, Aline Bauche in Maigret, Emily Coxon in Bramwell, Louise McAllister in A Wing and a Prayer, Diana Grey in A Touch of Frost, Sandra MacKillop in Midsomer Murders, Emily Gascoigne in Foyle's War (in the episode entitled A Lesson in Murder), Maureen Hunt in Waking the Dead, Deputy PM in Spooks, Jean Swainbank in Dalziel and Pascoe, Valli Helm in Lewis.

In regular series: Madeleine Claveau in Monsignor Renard, Molly Gilcrest in William and Mary, Lola's mum in Funland , Sophie's mum in Peep Show.

On film, her roles have included: Sheila McVicar (to Roger Daltrey's John McVicar) in 1980's McVicar; Jennie Liddell in 1981's Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire; Lady Aline Hartlip in 1984's The Shooting Party (with Dorothy Tutin, James Mason & John Gielgud); & Lady Alice Clayton (Tarzan's mother) in 1984's Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.

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