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Barbara Marten (born 3 January 1947) is a British actress. She is most known for playing 'Eve Montgomery' in Casualty. She has appeared in various soaps, including Eastenders and Brookside, as well as many other drama serials such as Harry, The Bill and Band of Gold.
3 January 1947
|Other names||Barbara Kenny|
Marten was born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, and grew up in County Durham. She went to an all-girls school ('William Newton School') in Norton, then Stockton and Billingham Technical College (which has since been demolished). She went to drama school at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as a teenager for 3 years, and says that it actually put her off becoming an actress. She trained as a teacher in Birmingham and taught for two years before being drawn back to the stage. After becoming involved with a theatre group in Coventry, Marten joined a newly formed theatre group in Doncaster. They toured Yorkshire, performing plays about various subjects, including the St Leger, and another about battered wives.
In 1996, Marten appeared at the National Theatre in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. She has also appeared in various other plays such as 'Hamlet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (at Manchester Royal Exchange), The Winter's Tale (at the Royal Exchange), Get Up & Tie Your Fingers (Customs House), The Awkward Squad (West End), Heldenplatz (Arcola), The Enemies Within, Some Kind of Hero (at the Young Vic), The Glass Menagerie (Lyceum, Edinburgh), Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes (York Theatre Royal) and a touring production of An Inspector Calls.
From 1997 to 1999 she played the part of nurse 'Eve Montgomery' in Casualty. Since then she has appeared in many TV dramas, receiving much acclaim for her work in dramas such as Bob & Rose and Fat Friends. She played the lead role of Ellen in the British movie Between Two Women (2000), and then in "A Passionate Woman" (2010) as Moira. She appeared in the 2012 series Public Enemies.
Barbara and her husband, Mike Kenny, (writer including 'The Railway Children' play) have three sons, Theo, Josh and Billy. She met him in the 1980s, while acting in a student pantomime in Birmingham, when they were studying to become a teachers. They have lived in York for 12 years since 2004, before moving to Leeds. The children have studied at the Steiner School at Fulford.
|1985||The Practice||Barbara Quinn||4 episodes|
|Screen Two||Marlene||1 episode|
|The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Katharine Freeman||1 episode|
|1985-1989||Brookside||Margaret Jefferson||4 episodes|
|1989||Screen One||Bill's wife||1 episode|
|1992||The Life and Times of Henry Pratt||Ada Pratt||(TV Mini-Series), 1 episode|
|In Suspicious Circumstances||Mrs. Browning||(TV Series), 1 episode|
|1993||Love and Reason||Mel Lynch||(TV Mini-Series), 3 episodes|
|1993-1995||Harry||Rita Salter (Harry's ex-wife)||15 episodes|
|1997-1999||Casualty||Eve Montgomery / Tamara Redpath (1 episode in 1999)||39 episodes|
|1995-2006||The Bill||Laura Meadows / Joan Barnwood / Barbara Dean||12 episodes (10 episodes as Laura Meadows)|
|1995||Band of Gold||Mrs. Richards||3 episodes|
|Medics||Barbara Lawson||1 episode|
|1997||The Sherman Plays||Gwen John||(TV Series),1 episode|
|Where the Heart Is||Frances Barrow||1 episode|
|2000-2002||Fat Friends||Liz Ashburn||3 episodes|
|2001||Bob & Rose||Carol Cooper||1 episode|
|The Royal||Assistant Matron Thelma Parker||1 episode|
|EastEnders||D.S. Haydon or DS Haydon||7 episodes|
|2006||Goldplated||Beth White||8 episodes|
|Silent Witness||Mary Duncan||3 episodes|
|2007||Dalziel and Pascoe||Louise Roach||2 episode|
|2008||Heartbeat||Margaret Watson||1 episode|
|2009||Waking the Dead||Penny Cain||2 episodes|
|Doctors||Liz Frobisher||1 episode|
|The Street||Nessa||1 episode|
|Law & Order: UK||Phillipa Keegan||1 episode|
|2010||A Passionate Woman||Moira||1 episode|
|Five Days||Ellie Gooding||1 episode|
|2011||Walk Like a Panther||Margaret Bolton||1 episode|
|In with the Flynns||Mrs. Cooper||1 episode|
|2012||Vera||Diane Barton||1 episode|
|Kidnap and Ransom||Janet Taylor||3 episodes|
|Whitechapel||Adelina Grace||1 episode|
|Public Enemies||Kathy Whiteley||3 episodes|
|2013||Frankie||Jean Winters||1 episode|
|2013-2014||The Mill||Hannah Greg||10 episodes|
|2018||Mrs Wilson||Mrs. McKelvie||2 episodes|
|1987||A Month in the Country||Mrs. Sykes||Irish drama film|
|1989||Home Run||Bill's wife|
|The Fifteen Streets||Hannah Kelly||(TV Movie)|
|1990||Shoot to Kill||Stella Stalker||(TV Movie)|
|1996||Goodbye My Love||Jean Humphry||(TV Movie)|
|2002||Flesh and Blood||Barbara||(TV Movie)|
|A Is for Acid||Emily Haigh||(TV Movie)|
|2003||The Debt||Gwen Dresner||(TV Movie)|
|In Search of the Brontës||Tabitha Aykroyd||(TV Movie)|
|2004||Between Two Women||Ellen Hardy|
|2008||Florence Nightingale||Fanny, Florence's mother||(TV Movie)|
|2010||Capture Anthologies: Fables & Fairytales||Margaret Travis||(Video)|
|Oranges and Sunshine||Mary|
|2020||The Turning||Mrs. Grose|
In 2018, she was nominated in for Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role in People, Places and Things at National Theatre/St. Ann’s Warehouse.
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