Tara Anne Cassandra Fitzgerald (born 18 September 1967) is an English actress who has appeared in feature films, television, radio and the stage. She won the New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play in 1995 as Ophelia opposite Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet. She won the Best Actress Award at The Reims International Television Festival in 1999 for her role of Lady Dona St Columb in Frenchman's Creek. Fitzgerald's appeared in the West End production of The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre with Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley, and in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse. Since 2007, Fitzgerald has appeared in more than 30 episodes of the BBC television series Waking the Dead and played the role of Selyse Baratheon in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Fitzgerald in June 2012
|Born||Anne Tara Cassandra Fitzgerald Callaby
18 September 1967
Cuckfield, Sussex, England
(m. 2001; div. 2003)
Years before her graduation from Drama Centre London, in 1974 Fitzgerald appeared as Susan Walker in the film "Swallows and Amazons" based on Arthur Ransome's classic book of the same title and following her graduation as the daughter of a beauty queen in the comedy Hear My Song. She came to international attention in 1993 when she starred with Hugh Grant in the Australian comedy Sirens. The film landed Fitzgerald an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Actress in a Lead Role. Two years later she again appeared with Grant in the comedy The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. Fitzgerald appeared in a steady stream of independent feature films through the 1990s and 2000s, among them the all-star cast in A Man of No Importance (1994), Brassed Off (1996), the Czech World War II fighter pilot drama Dark Blue World (2001), and the 2004 drama, Secret Passage, set during the Spanish Inquisition, (UK title: The Lion's Mouth). In 2006 she appeared in In a Dark Place, and in 2014 she played Miriam in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Fitzgerald has been exploring directing opportunities.
Fitzgerald's first major stage role came in 1992 when she appeared opposite Peter O'Toole in Our Song at the Apollo Theatre. She has alternated between stage and screen for almost two decades, with frequent theatre roles. In 1995, she starred as Ophelia opposite Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet at London's Almeida Theatre, which led to her American stage debut. The production transferred across the Atlantic and played more than 90 performances on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre.
Since then she has played Antigone in a national UK tour and Blanche Du Bois in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire at the Bristol Old Vic and appeared with Gillian Anderson in A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse. Fitzgerald has also appeared in Molière's The Misanthrope in 2009 with Keira Knightly and Damian Lewis at the Comedy Theatre (now the Pinter). She appeared alongside Jo Stone-Fewings in The Winters Tale at the RSC in 2013 and appeared in Gaslight at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in 2015. Fitzgerald is currently performing as Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Globe theatre.
A veteran of more than twenty television programmes and mini-series, Fitzgerald has portrayed Victorian heroines and modern police detectives. Her first TV role was in the 1991 BBC production The Black Candle, set in Yorkshire in the 1880s. In 1992, she was featured in The Camomile Lawn. After her feature film success, she landed her first starring role in a television film, The Vacillations of Poppy Carew. She won Best Actress at the 1999 Reims International Television Festival for the costumes-and-pirates love story Frenchman's Creek. In 2006 she was featured in The Virgin Queen, before taking on the role of Dr. Eve Lockhart on Waking The Dead; she joined the cast in 2007. She also had a recurring role on Game of Thrones, playing Selyse Florent.
Fitzgerald is the daughter of artist Michael Callaby (who died in 1978, when she was 11). and Irish portrait photographer Sarah Geraldine Fitzgerald. She spent part of her childhood in the Bahamas, where her maternal grandfather ran a law firm. Her sister, Arabella, was born there. Following the family's return to England when she was three, Fitzgerald's parents separated; her stepfather was actor Norman Rodway. She has a half-sister from this marriage, Bianca Rodway. Her mother's aunt was actress Geraldine Fitzgerald; other cousins through the Fitzgerald family are the Irish novelist Jennifer Johnston and Irish actress Susan Fitzgerald.
|1991||Hear My Song||Nancy Doyle||Film won Best Comedy from the British Comedy Awards|
|1993||Sirens||Estella Campion||Australian Film Institute nomination Best Actress in a Lead Role|
|Galleria||Marie||First sci-fi role|
|1994||A Man of No Importance||Adele Rice|
|1995||The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain||Elizabeth aka Betty from Cardiff|
|1996||Brassed Off||Gloria Mullins|
|1998||Conquest||Daisy MacDonald||Shot on location in Saskatchewan|
|The Snatching of Bookie Bob||Silk||19-minute short directed by John Sharian, whom Fitzgerald married in 2001|
|1999||New World Disorder||Kris Paddock||Filmed in Luxembourg|
|Childhood||Ange||Shot on location in Moscow|
|2000||Rancid Aluminium||Masha||Plays opposite Sadie Frost|
|2001||Dark Blue World||Susan Whitmore||Czech title: Tmavomodrý svět|
|2003||I Capture the Castle||Topaz Mortmain||Film won the Audience Award at the Film by the Sea International Film Festival|
|2004||Five Children and It||Mother||Film won Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival|
|The Lion's Mouth||Clara||US title: Secret Passage|
|2006||In a Dark Place||Mrs. Grose||Based on the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw|
|2014||Exodus: Gods and Kings||Miriam|
|2015||Child 44||Inessa Nesterov|
|1991||The Black Candle||Victoria Mordaunt||Based on a novel by Catherine Cookson|
|1992||Six Characters in Search of an Author||Emily||BBC adaptation directed by Bill Bryden|
|The Camomile Lawn||Young Polly||Based on a novel by Mary Wesley|
|Anglo-Saxon Attitudes||Young Dollie Stokesay||BAFTA TV Award Best Drama Serial|
|1994||Fall from Grace||Catherine Pradier||Second World War drama based on the book by Larry Collins|
|Cadfael: The Leper of St. Giles||Iveta de Massard||Episode 103, Book 5 of Cadfael|
|1995||The Vacillations of Poppy Carew||Poppy Carew||Based on the novel The Vacillations of Poppy Carew by Mary Wesley|
|1996||The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||Helen Graham||Based on the novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë|
|1997||The Woman in White||Marian Fairlie||Nominated for BAFTA TV Award Best Drama Serial|
|The Student Prince||Grace||US title: The Prince of Hearts|
|1998||Frenchman's Creek||Dona, Lady St. Columb||Won Best Actress at the 1999 Reims International Television Festival|
|Little White Lies||Beth Marsh||Produced by the BBC; has early Gerard Butler role|
|1999||In the Name of Love||Zoe Walters||Thriller directed by Ferdinand Fairfax|
|2003||Love Again||Monica Jones||Directed by Susanna White|
|Murder in Mind||Liz Morton||Season 3, Episode 1, Echoes|
|2004||Agatha Christie's Marple: The Body in the Library||Adelaide Jefferson|
|2005||Rose and Maloney||Annie Sorensen-Johnson||Season 2, Episode 2 (No.2.2)|
|Like Father Like Son||D.I. Harkness|
|2006||Jane Eyre||Mrs. Reed||Distributed by BBC One|
|The Virgin Queen||Kat Ashley||US title: Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen|
|2007||Waking the Dead||Dr. Eve Lockhart||32 episodes, seasons 6 to 9, 2007–2011|
|2009||U Be Dead||Debra Pemberton||ITV drama based on Maria Marchese stalker case|
|2011||The Body Farm||Eve Lockhart||BBC drama|
|2013–2015||Game of Thrones||Selyse Florent||Based on A Song of Ice and Fire novel series by George R. R. Martin|
|2014||In the Club||Susie||BBC drama|
|The Musketeers||Marie de Medici||Episode: "The Exiles"|
|2016||Death in Paradise||Anouk Laban||Episode 5,6|
|2017||Strike||Tansy Bestigui||3 episodes|
|2018||Requiem||Sylvia Walsh||6 episodes|
|1992||Our Song||Angela Caxton||Keith Waterhouse||Apollo Theatre (London) and UK tour|
|1995||Hamlet||Ophelia||Jonathan Kent||William Shakespeare||Almeida Theatre (London) Belasco Theatre (New York)|
|1999||Antigone||Antigone||Sophocles||Old Vic, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Oxford Playhouse|
|2000||A Streetcar Named Desire||Blanche Du Bois||Tennessee Williams||Bristol Old Vic|
|2004||A Doll's House||Nora Helmer||Ibsen & Zinnie Harris||UK tour|
|Clouds||Mara Hill||Jennie Darnell||Michael Frayn||National UK tour|
|2005||And Then There Were None||Vera Claythorne||Steven Pimlott||Agatha Christie||Gielgud Theatre|
|2009||A Doll's House||Christine Lyle||Kfir Yefet||Ibsen & Zinnie Harris||Donmar Warehouse|
|The Misanthrope||Marcia||Thea Sharrock||Molière & Martin Crimp||Comedy Theatre|
|2011||Broken Glass||Sylvia Gellburg||Iqbal Khan||Arthur Miller||Vaudeville Theatre|
|2013||The Winter's Tale||Hermione||Lucy Bailey||William Shakespeare||Globe Theatre London and UK tour|
- Roger, Sylvia (10 July 2009). "My Perfect Weekend: Tara Fitzgerald". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "Tara Fitzgerald Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "Keira_Knightley, Damian_Lewis and Tara Fitzgerald to star in West End production of The Misanthrope" Archived 16 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine., playbill.com; accessed 22 October 2014.
- Razaq, Rashid (30 November 2015). "Game of Thrones star Tara Fitzgerald 'driven to direct by lack of roles for older women'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Logan, Brian (25 September 2000). "Tara Fitzgerald, the fantastic flirt, A Streetcar Named Desire". The Guardian. London.
- Bassett, Kate (24 May 2009). "The Donmar's new Ibsen isn't so much a clever interpretation as a bit of questionable rewriting". The Independent. London. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- "'Game of Thrones': Meet New Arrivals for Season 3". ew.com. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- The International Who's Who 2004, Europa Publications, 2003, pg 542
- Roger, Sylvia (10 July 2009). "My Perfect Weekend: Tara Fitzgerald". The Telegraph. London.
- And Then There Were None (2005 production); accessed 20 October 2014.
- Antony Sher and Tara Fitzgerald lead Broken Glass, westend.broadwayworld.com; accessed 20 October 2014.