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Belinda Carroll (born 22 July 1945, in Oxfordshire) is an English stage and television actress.[1]

Belinda Carroll
Born (1945-07-22) 22 July 1945 (age 74)
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)Simon Williams (divorced) (2 children)
Michael Cochrane
ChildrenTam Williams
Amy Williams
Tomas Cochrane
Parent(s)John F. Carroll
Hazel Bainbridge
RelativesKate O'Mara (sister)

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Background and early careerEdit

Carroll's parents were John F. Carroll, a flying instructor with the Royal Air Force, and actress Hazel Bainbridge (born as Edith Marion Bainbridge 25 January 1910 – 7 January 1998). Her maternal grandfather was manager of the Oxford Playhouse theatre and she herself recalled that she was "fifth generation of an acting family ... mostly actor managers".[2] Carroll's elder sister was actress Kate O'Mara, the two attending a convent boarding school in Chertsey which, according to Carroll, they both found miserable.[3] Subsequently, she trained in provincial repertory, joining the Wimbledon Repertory Company after leaving school,[4] and made her debut in London's West End at age 20,[4] when she took over the role of Marion from Barbara Ferris in Terence Frisby's long-running comedy There's a Girl in My Soup, opposite Donald Sinden and Clive Francis.[5]

Stage and televisionEdit

Other stage roles from the late 1960s to early 1980s included parts in His, Hers and Theirs with Gladys Cooper; The Pleasure of His Company with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; Peter Pan (as Wendy) with Dorothy Tutin; with Jean Kent and David Jason as the often skimpily clad Frances Hunter in No Sex, Please – We’re British; Charley’s Aunt with John Inman;[6] and as Anne Meredith in Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table (1981).[4]

Carroll appeared subsequently in many productions around Britain and on television in Callan, The Duchess of Duke Street (1976), Lovejoy (1991) and Casualty (2001). She starred with James Fox and Simon Williams in the psychological drama No Longer Alone (1978).[7][8]

Carroll and Kate O'Mara performed together only twice, once on television as prostitutes with Ronnie Barker, and, when Carroll was in her sixties, touring for Bill Kenwright in Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Oscar Wilde.[9]

FamilyEdit

Carroll was married first to actor Simon Williams, who also appeared in No Sex Please, We're British.[10] They had two children, Tam and Amy Williams, also actors, before divorcing in the late 1970s.[11] She subsequently married actor Michael Cochrane.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Staff, Hollywood.com (2014-05-23). "Belinda Carroll | Biography and Filmography | 1945". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  2. ^ Speaking at memorial service for Kate O'Mara at St Paul's, Covent Garden: James Hughes-Onslow in The Oldie, January 2015
  3. ^ The Oldie, January 2015, loc.cit.
  4. ^ a b c Programme for Cards on the Table (Vaudeville Theatre, 1981): Theatreprint No 80, May 1982
  5. ^ Profile Archived August 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, actorclivefrancis.com; accessed 11 May 2014.
  6. ^ Programme for No Sex, Please - We're British (Strand Theatre): Theatreprint Vol. 3 No. 7 (c. 1973) Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, millatsonning.com.
  7. ^ Profile Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, millatsonning.com; accessed 11 May 2014.
  8. ^ IMDb profile; accessed 11 May 2014.
  9. ^ The Oldie, January 2015, loc.cit.
  10. ^ Daily Mail, Weekend, 15 January 2011.
  11. ^ Profile, updown.org.uk; accessed 11 May 2014.
  12. ^ Profile, ThePeerage.com; accessed 11 May 2014.

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