Gillian Hanna

Gillian Hanna (20 June 1944 – 18 August 2019)[1] was an Irish stage, film, TV and voice actor. She founded the feminist Monstrous Regiment Theatre Company about which she wrote a book that was published in 1991.

Gillian Hanna
Born(1944-06-20)20 June 1944
Died18 August 2019(2019-08-18) (aged 75)
OccupationActress

Early lifeEdit

Hanna graduated with a First Class degree in Modern Languages from Trinity College, Dublin. She went on to work as an actor as well as a translator.[2][3]

CareerEdit

In 1975, Hanna founded the feminist Monstrous Regiment Theatre Company. Hanna worked with the company for fifteen years.[4][5] She later published a book about the company, Monstrous Regiment: A Collective Celebration.[6][7][8][9] An essay of hers, "An Age Of Innocence", was published in the collection Trinity Tales: Trinity College In The Sixties.[10] She has extensive credits on stage as well as on TV and film.[11]
Hanna also had a bit part playing the very fragile and somewhat 'delicate' typist teacher Mrs Gossage in the sixth series of Grange Hill (1983) and played the sister of the evil Trevor Jordache in Brookside during the infamous Body under the patio story line in the 90's.

BooksEdit

  • Monstrous Regiment: A Collective Celebration, London: Nick Hern Books, (1991)
  • Feminism and Theatre: Gillian Hanna, Department of Theatre, Dartington College of Arts, 1978

Partial filmographyEdit

  • Full House (1973, TV Series) - Actress in Plugged Into History
  • Grange Hill (1983, TV Series) - Mrs. Gossage
  • Brookside (1983-1995, TV Series) - Brenna Jordache / Mrs. Brown
  • The Fear (1988, TV Series) - Mrs. Broderick
  • Creatures Great and Small (1988, TV Series) - Betty Sanders
  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1989) - Mrs. Shubunkin
  • Making News (1990, TV Series) - Mrs. Gurney
  • EastEnders (1991, TV Series) - Mrs. Desmond
  • All Good Things (1991, TV Series) - Mrs. Grant
  • The House of Bernarda Alba (1991, TV Movie) - Maid
  • Poirot (1993, TV Series) - Margaret Baker
  • The Marshal (1993) - Maria Pia
  • 15: The Life and Death of Philip Knight (1995, TV Movie) - Margareth Knight
  • Desmond's (1993, TV Series) - Pamela
  • Screenplay (1993, TV Series) - Eileen
  • Drop the Dead Donkey (1994, TV Series) - Mrs. Babcock
  • Casualty (1995-2007, TV Series) - Sal Rhodes / Mrs. Mohan
  • The Heart Surgeon (1997, TV Movie) - Margot
  • Dangerfield (1997, TV Series) - Julie Hanson
  • Les Misérables (1998, directed by Bille August) - Mme. Thénardier
  • All the Queen's Men (2001, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky) - Nettie
  • Weirdsister College (2001, TV Series) - Josie Foster
  • The Heart of Me (2002, directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan) - Betty / Maid
  • Oliver Twist (2005, directed by Roman Polanski) - Mrs. Sowerberry
  • Doctors (2006, TV Series) - Pat Bishop
  • The Kindness of Strangers (2006, TV Movie, directed by Tony Smith) - Hannah
  • Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy (2006, TV Movie) - Swift
  • Mist: Sheepdog Tales (2007-2009, TV Series) - Swift / Queenie Creamer / MacPhereson Sister
  • Inspector George Gently (2008, TV Movie) - Mabs Hardyment
  • Mr. Nice (2010, directed by Bernard Rose) - Irish Phone Operator
  • Married Single Other (2010, TV Series) - Mrs. Kelly
  • Strike Back (2011, TV Series) - Joanna Heath
  • National Theatre Live: Treasure Island (2015, directed by Polly Findlay) - Grandma
  • Genius (2016, directed by Michael Grandage) - Julia Wolfe
  • Ethel & Ernest (2016, directed by Roger Mainwood) - Midwife / Aunty Flo (voice)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lavery, Bryony (29 August 2019). "Gillian Hanna obituary". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  2. ^ Gaetana Marrone; Paolo Puppa (26 December 2006), Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies, Taylor & Francis, pp. 741–, ISBN 978-1-135-45529-3
  3. ^ Tony Mitchell (8 January 2014), Dario Fo: People's Court Jester, A&C Black, pp. 494–, ISBN 978-1-4081-4863-1
  4. ^ Herta Schmid; Aloysius Van Kesteren (1 January 1985), Semiotics of Drama and Theatre: New Perspectives in the Theory of Drama and Theatre, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 463–, ISBN 978-90-272-7967-5
  5. ^ Sandra Richards (18 June 1993), Rise of the English Actress, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 254–, ISBN 978-1-349-09930-6
  6. ^ Elaine Aston; Elin Diamond (10 December 2009), The Cambridge Companion to Caryl Churchill, Cambridge University Press, pp. 16–, ISBN 978-0-521-49322-2
  7. ^ Lizbeth Goodman (2 September 2003), Contemporary Feminist Theatres: To Each Her Own, Routledge, pp. 267–, ISBN 978-1-134-90696-3
  8. ^ Marianne Novy (1993), Cross-cultural Performances: Differences in Women's Re-visions of Shakespeare, University of Illinois Press, pp. 225–, ISBN 978-0-252-06323-7
  9. ^ Awam Amkpa (1 June 2004), Theatre and Postcolonial Desires, Routledge, pp. 198–, ISBN 978-1-134-38133-3
  10. ^ "Biography of Gillian Hanna". The Playwrights Database.
  11. ^ Lynda Hart; Peggy Phelan (1993), Acting Out: Feminist Performances, University of Michigan Press, pp. 174–, ISBN 0-472-06479-7

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