Lyndsey Marshal

Lyndsey Marshal (born 16 June 1978) is an English actress best known for her performance in The Hours, and as the recurring character Cleopatra on HBO's Rome, and as Lady Sarah Hill in BBC period drama Garrow's Law.

Lyndsey Marshal
Born (1978-06-16) 16 June 1978 (age 42)[1]
Manchester, England
Years active2000–present
AwardsNominated: Best Supporting Actress
2002 The Boston Marriage


Marshal was born in Manchester, England. After studying the classics at college for a career in archaeology, she applied to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.[2]

Her first major part was in the play Fireface at the Royal Court Theatre, which she took just before graduation.[3] In 2001 she won the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Newcomer in 2001 for her performances in Redundant at the Royal Court Theatre and Boston Marriage at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2003, she won the TMA Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Since then she has performed leading roles in fourteen theatre productions, most recently alongside James McAvoy in the 2009 West End production Three Days of Rain.[4] In 2011 she appeared in Greenland at the National Theatre.

Marshal has appeared in the films The Hours alongside Nicole Kidman, and Hereafter, directed by Clint Eastwood.[4]

Marshal starred as Cleopatra in HBO's Rome.[4] Since 2009 she has played Lady Sarah Hill in the three series of the BBC One drama Garrow's Law and, with Julie Walters, in the BBC One Drama A Short Stay in Switzerland. She starred also in ITV's new series of Agatha Christie's Marple.

In January 2013 Marshal played Eileen Blair, wife of Eric Blair, in the BBC Radio 4 drama The Real George Orwell – Homage to Catalonia.


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Peak Practice Natalie Pearce TV series (1 episode: "Masquerade")
2002 The Gathering Storm Peggy TV film
Midsomer Murders Emma Tysoe TV series (1 episode: "Ring Out Your Dead")
The Hours Lottie Hope
2003 Sons & Lovers Miriam Leivers TV film
The Young Visiters Ethel Monticue TV film
2004 The Calcium Kid Mags Livingston
2005 Stories of Lost Souls Simon's Girlfriend (segment: "Standing Room Only")
Frozen Tracey
Born and Bred Mary Pilling TV series (1 episode: "Never Seek to Tell")
Festival Faith Myers
Snuff-Movie X
Agatha Christie's Poirot Anne Meredith TV series (1 episode: "Cards on the Table]")
Rome Cleopatra TV series (5 episodes: 2005–2007)
2007 Green Izzie TV film
The Shadow in the North Isabel Meredith TV film
2008 Kiss of Death George Austen TV film
1234 Emily
Marple: Murder is Easy Amy Gibbs TV film in Agatha Christie's Marple series
2009 A Short Stay in Switzerland Jessica TV film
10 Minute Tales Gemma TV series short (1 episode: "Ding Dong")
Garrow's Law Lady Sarah Hill TV series (8 episodes 2009–2011)
2010 Being Human Lucy TV series (8 episodes)
Hereafter Jackie
No Pressure Schoolteacher Short produced by climate change mitigation campaign 10:10
2012 Titanic Mabel Watson TV series (4 episodes)
The Cricklewood Greats Florrie Fontaine TV film
The Forgotten Sarah Post-production
Blackout Lucy TV series
In the Dark Half Kathy
Inside No. 9 Laura Episode "The Understudy"
2014 That Day We Sang Sal
2016 Trespass Against Us Kelly Cutler
2016 Silent Witness Sasha Blackburn TV series (2 episodes: "Life Licence")
2017 The League of Gentlemen Ellie TV series (3 episodes)
2019 Hanna Rachel TV Series
2019 Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar Agatha Christie TV Movie


Year Title Role Company Director Notes
2000 Fireface Olga Royal Court Theatre Dominic Cooke
2001–02 Boston Marriage Catherine Donmar Warehouse / West End Phyllida Lloyd
Top Girls Shona / Kit / Waitress New Vic Theatre Roxanna Silbert
2001–02 Redundant Lucy Royal Court Theatre Dominic Cooke
2003 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia Bristol Old Vic David Farr
Bright Polly Soho Theatre Paul Jepson
2004 The Crucible Mary Warren Sheffield Crucible Anna Mackmin
2004–05 Sleeping Beauty Beauty Young Vic / New Victory Theater NYC Rufus Norris lead role
2005 Blood Wedding Wife Almeida Theatre Co Rufus Norris lead role
2005–06 The Hypochondriac Toinette Almeida Theatre Lindsay Posner
2007 A Matter of Life and Death June Olivier Theatre Emma Rice[5]
2007 Absurdia Lucienne/ Uncle Ted Donmar Warehouse Douglas Hodge
2008 The Pride Sylvia Royal Court Theatre Jamie Lloyd
2009 Three Days of Rain Nan/Lida Apollo Theatre Lindsay Posner
2013 Othello Emilia Olivier Theatre Nicholas Hytner[6]
2015 Oresteia Clytemnestra HOME, Manchester Blanche McIntyre[7]
2018 The Wild Duck (by Robert Icke, after Ibsen) Gina Almeida Theatre Robert Icke [8]



  1. ^ Kennedy, Hannah (13 December 2004), "20 Questions with ... Lyndsey Marshal", What's on Stage, archived from the original on 27 September 2007, retrieved 26 March 2007
  2. ^ "20 Questions With... Lyndsey Marshal – Sleeping Beauty at Barbican Centre – London – Interviews –". Archived from the original on 24 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  3. ^ Lyndsey Marshal | Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  4. ^ a b c Barnett, Laura (26 January 2011). "Lyndsey Marshal: 'Clint? Such a sweet man'". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  5. ^ Hytner, Nicholas (15 February 2007), National Theatre Plans for 2007, archived from the original on 7 October 2007, retrieved 25 March 2007
  6. ^ Coveney, Michael (24 April 2013). "Othello". The Stage. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  7. ^ Alfred Hickling (29 October 2015). "The Oresteia review – gripping Aeschylus in a hellish beach resort". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  8. ^ Tripney, Natasha (24 October 2018). "The Wild Duck review at Almeida Theatre, London". The Stage. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  9. ^ Daniel Beitler (14 December 2016). "IFFAM – Jury Announces Winners, Festival Closes". Macau Daily Times. Retrieved 24 December 2016.

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