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Years active
  
1948–present

Name
  
Claire Bloom


Role
  
Film actress

Children
  
Anna Steiger

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Full Name
  
Patricia Claire Blume

Born
  
15 February 1931 (age 92) (
1931-02-15
)
Finchley, London, England

Occupation
  
Actress (stage and film)

Spouse
  
Philip Roth (m. 1990–1995), Hillard Elkins (m. 1969–1972), Rod Steiger (m. 1959–1969)

Books
  
Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir, Limelight and After

Movies
  
Limelight, The Haunting, The King's Speech, The Spy Who Came in from th, Clash of the Titans

Similar People
  

Tribute to actress Claire Bloom in her 87 years


Patricia Claire Blume CBE (born 15 February 1931) is an English film and stage actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She is famous for leading roles in plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll’s House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, and has starred in nearly sixty films.

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After an uprooted and unstable childhood in war-torn England, Bloom studied drama, which became her passion. She had her debut on the London stage when she was sixteen, and soon took roles in various Shakespeare plays. They included Hamlet, in which she played Ophelia alongside Richard Burton, with whom she would have a "long and stormy" first love affair. For her Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, critic Kenneth Tynan stated it was “the best Juliet I've ever seen.” And after she starred as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, its playwright, Tennessee Williams, was "exultant," stating, "I declare myself absolutely wild about Claire Bloom."

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In 1952, Bloom was discovered by Hollywood film star Charlie Chaplin, who had been searching for months for an actress with "beauty, talent, and a great emotional range," to co-star alongside him in Limelight. It became Bloom's major film debut and made her into an international film star. During her lengthy film career, she starred alongside numerous major actors, including Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Paul Scofield, Ralph Richardson, Yul Brynner, George C. Scott, James Mason, Paul Newman and Rod Steiger, whom she would marry.

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In 2010, Bloom played the role of Queen Mary in the British film, The King's Speech, and she currently acts in British films. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama.

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Early life

Bloom was born as Patricia Claire Blume in the North London suburb of Finchley, the daughter of Elizabeth (née Grew) and Edward Max Blume, who worked in sales. Her paternal grandparents, originally named Blumenthal, as well as her maternal grandparents, originally named Gravitzky, were Jewish emigrants from Byten, in the Grodno region of Russia, now in Belarus, Eastern Europe.

Bloom attended secondary school at the independent Badminton School in Bristol. She studied stage acting as an adolescent at the Guildhall School, London, under Eileen Thorndike, and continued her studies under Elsie Fogerty at the Central School of Speech and Drama, then based in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

After the Germans began bombing London during the Blitz in 1940, her family had a number of narrow escapes as bombs dropped close to their home. She and her brother John were sent to safety in the country, and then to the United States, where she spent a year living with an uncle. She recalls, "It was 1941; I was ten, John was nearly six. We were to sail from Glasgow in a convoy, on a ship that was evacuating children." During her year stay in Florida, she was asked by the British War Relief Society to help raise money by entertaining at various benefits, which she then did for a number of weeks. "Thus I broke into show business singing", she writes.

Bloom, along with her mother and brother, next lived in New York for another eighteen months before returning to England. It was there that she decided to become an actress, after her mother took her to see the Broadway play, Three Sisters, for her twelfth birthday:

From then on I thought only of going into the theatre and playing in Chekhov. . . . Chekhov was moving. That's what I was looking for—something more moving even than my own plight as a little English girl driven from my home by the Gods of War.

Bloom's brother is film editor John Bloom.

Stage

After training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Bloom made her debut on BBC radio programmes. She made her stage debut in 1946, when she was 15, with the Oxford Repertory Theatre.

She debuted at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as Ophelia to Paul Scofield's Hamlet. Bloom has written that during the production she had a crush on Scofield. As Scofield was happily married and the father of a son, Bloom hoped only, "to be flirted with and taken some notice of". She later recalled, "I could never make up my mind which of my two Hamlets I found the more devastating: the openly homosexual, charismatic Helpmann, or the charming, shy young man from Sussex."

When asked about Claire Bloom years later, Scofield recalled, "Sixteen years old I think—so very young and necessarily inexperienced, she looked lovely, she acted with a daunting assurance which belied entirely her inexperience of almost timid reticence. She was a very good Ophelia."

Her London stage debut was in 1947, when she was 16 years of age, in the hit Christopher Fry play The Lady's Not For Burning, which starred John Gielgud and Pamela Brown and featured a young Richard Burton. It also played on Broadway in New York. It was during the rehearsals for the play that Burton and Bloom fell in love and began a long love affair, initially non-sexual. The following year, she received great acclaim for her portrayal of Ophelia in Hamlet, starring Richard Burton, the first of many works by William Shakespeare in which Bloom would appear. Although Burton was at that time married to Sybil Christopher, fellow actor and friend of Burton, Stanley Baker, seeing how attracted he was to Bloom, would comment that he "thought that this might be the time when Rich actually left Sybil." In his later years, Burton told his biographer, Michael Munn, "'I only ever loved two women before Elizabeth,' Sybil was one, Claire Bloom the other."

In a 2002 interview with Michael Shelden, Bloom said of Burton, "He had it all: intelligence, physical beauty, an incredible voice. There was no one else like him. When we were at the Old Vic, he proved that a working-class actor could make it, and I was proud of him. I thought he set a great example in a society that was, and still is, so preoccupied with class and accent."

Bloom has appeared in a number of plays and theatrical works in both London and New York. Those works include Look Back in Anger, Rashomon, and Bloom's favourite role, that of Blanche DuBois, in a revival of the Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which played in London in 1974. Critic Clive Barnes described the play as a "notable example of what the classic revival should be — well groomed, but thoughtful, expressive, illuminating." Another critic writes that Bloom's portrayal of Blanche featured "remarkable layers of vitality and tenderness," and playwright Tennessee Williams was "exultant," stating, "I declare myself absolutely wild about Claire Bloom."

Bloom has also performed in a one-woman show that included monologues from several of her stage performances. She also starred in the 1976 Broadway revival of The Innocents.

Film

Bloom's first film role was a sizeable part in the 1948 film The Blind Goddess. She trained at the Rank Organisation's "charm school", but did not stay with that company for long.

Her international screen debut came in the 1952 film Limelight, when she was chosen by Charlie Chaplin, who also directed, to co-star alongside him. The film catapulted Bloom to stardom, and remains one of her most memorable roles. Biographer Dan Kamin states that Limelight is a similar story to Chaplin's City Lights, made twenty years earlier, in which Chaplin also helps a heroine overcome a physical handicap. In this film, Bloom plays a suicidal ballerina who "suffers from hysterical paralysis".

The film had personal meaning for Chaplin as it contained numerous references to his life and family: the theatre where he and Bloom performed in the film was the same theatre where his mother gave her last performance; Bloom was directed by Chaplin to wear dresses similar to those his mother used to wear; Chaplin's sons and his half-brother all had parts. Bloom states that she felt one of the reasons she got the part was because she closely resembled his young wife, Oona O'Neill. In his autobiography, Chaplin writes that he had no doubt the film would be a success: "I had fewer qualms about its success than any picture I had ever made." Chaplin explains his decision to make Bloom co-star despite this being her first film:

In casting the girl's part I wanted the impossible: beauty, talent, and a great emotional range. After months of searching and testing with disappointing results, I eventually had the good fortune to sign up Claire Bloom, who was recommended by my friend Arthur Laurents.

She was subsequently featured in a number of "costume" roles in films such as Alexander the Great (1956), The Brothers Karamazov (1958), The Buccaneer (1958), and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962). Bloom also appeared in Laurence Olivier's film version of Richard III (1955), in which she played Lady Anne, Ibsen's A Doll's House (1973) for which she won Best Actress award at Taormina International Film Festival, The Outrage (1964) with Paul Newman and Laurence Harvey, as well as the films Look Back in Anger (1959) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), both with Richard Burton. Of Bloom's character in Spy, novelist David Plante writes that "Claire's refined beauty appears to be one with the refinement of a culture she represents as an actress."

In the 1960s she began to play more contemporary roles, including an unhinged housewife in The Chapman Report, a psychologist opposite Cliff Robertson's Oscar-winning role in Charly, and Theodora in The Haunting. She also appeared in the Woody Allen films Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995). She played Hera in Clash of the Titans. Laurence Olivier played Zeus, her husband; she had also played his wife, Queen Anne in Richard III (1955). Her most recent appearances in films were her portrayal of Queen Mary of Teck in the 2010 Oscar winning British film The King's Speech and her portrayal of Eva Rose opposite Jerry Lewis in the 2016 film Max Rose.

Television

Bloom has appeared in numerous roles on television such as her portrayal of Lady Marchmain in Brideshead Revisited (1981). In 1996, she wrote, "I still find it puzzling when I am told I played a manipulative and heartless woman; that is not how I saw her. Lady Marchmain is deeply religious, and her dilemma includes trying to raise a willful brood of children on her own, while instilling them with her rigid observance of the Catholic code. Sebastian is both an alcoholic and a homosexual, and from her point of view, he lives in a state of mortal sin. She has to fight for his soul by any means in her power, with the knowledge that her efforts may lead to his destruction. A born crusader, the Marchioness confronts her difficult choices head on; her rigidity of purpose, which I don't in any way share, is understandable in context. The aspect that rings most true is her sense of being an outsider, a Catholic in Protestant England. Not such a leap from being a Jew in Protestant England as one would imagine."

Other work includes two prominent BBC Television productions for director Rudolph Cartier: co-starring with Sean Connery in Anna Karenina (1961), and playing Cathy in Wuthering Heights with Keith Michell as Heathcliff (1962). She also appeared as First Lady Edith Wilson in Backstairs at the White House (1979); as Joy Gresham, the wife of C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands for which she received the BAFTA Award as Best Actress (1985); as Marina Gregg in The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, the last of the BBC Miss Marple adaptations in 1992; and as the older Sophy in the 1992 mini-series The Camomile Lawn on Britain's Channel 4. Her most recent appearance in a mini-series was in the 2006 version of The Ten Commandments.

On continuing television series, she has appeared on the New York-based Law & Order: Criminal Intent. From 1994 to 1995, she portrayed villainess Orlena Grimaldi on the daytime drama As the World Turns. She also had major roles in several of the BBC-Shakespeare Play television presentations and has led workshops on Shakespearean performance practices. In 2003, Bloom did a stage reading of Milton's Samson Agonistes along with actor John Neville at Bryn Mawr College at the behest of poet Karl Kirchwey.

Later appearances

In January 2006, she appeared on the London stage in Arthur Allan Seidelman's production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri, a two-hander in which she co-starred with Billy Zane.

In October 2007, she appeared opposite Peter Bowles in Love Letters at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, directed by Marc Sinden, as part of his British Theatre Season, Monaco.

In 2008, she guest starred in New Tricks as actress Helen Brownlow. The story concerned the murder of Brownlow's husband whilst they were in a play together.

In December 2009 and January 2010, she appeared in the two-part Doctor Who story The End of Time as a mysterious Time Lord credited only as "The Woman". Series executive producer Russell T. Davies revealed in his 2010 book The Writer's Tale that the character is supposed to be the Doctor's mother.

In 2010, she guest starred as Jill Peters in The Bill in the episode "Taking a Stand", and in 2011 she played Queen Mary in The King's Speech.

In September 2012, she appeared in concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, as the narrator in a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. In 2013, Bloom appeared in the sixth series of ITV's Doc Martin as the estranged mother of the title character. In 2015 she appeared as Matilda Stowe in ITV's Midsomer Murders episode 17.4, "A Vintage Murder".

Personal life

Bloom has married three times. Her first marriage, in 1959, was to actor Rod Steiger, whom she had met when they both performed in the play Rashomon. Their daughter is opera singer Anna Steiger. Steiger and Bloom divorced in 1969. In that same year, Bloom married producer Hillard Elkins. The marriage lasted three years and the couple divorced in 1972. Bloom's third marriage on 29 April 1990, was to writer Philip Roth, her longtime companion.

Bloom has written two memoirs about her life and career. The first, Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress, was released in 1982 and was an in-depth look at her career and the film and stage roles she had portrayed. Her second book, Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir, was published in 1996 and went into greater details about her personal life; she discussed not only her marriages but also her affairs with Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, and Yul Brynner. The book created a stir when Bloom described her marriage with Philip Roth. Soon after, Roth wrote a "revenge novel" I Married a Communist (1998), in which the character of Eve Frame appeared to represent Bloom.

Honours

Bloom was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama.

Filmography

Actress
-
Sophie's War (pre-production) as
Teresa
2005
Doc Martin (TV Series) as
Margaret Ellingham
- Last Christmas in Portwenn (2022) - Margaret Ellingham
- Departure (2013) - Margaret Ellingham
- Listen with Mother (2013) - Margaret Ellingham
- Hazardous Exposure (2013) - Margaret Ellingham
- The Family Way (2005) - Margaret Ellingham
2019
Summer of Rockets (TV Mini Series) as
Aunt Mary
- Episode #1.6 (2019) - Aunt Mary
- Episode #1.5 (2019) - Aunt Mary
- Episode #1.4 (2019) - Aunt Mary
- Episode #1.3 (2019) - Aunt Mary
- Episode #1.2 (2019) - Aunt Mary
- Episode #1.1 (2019) - Aunt Mary
2018
Miss Dalí as
Maggie
2015
Midsomer Murders (TV Series) as
Matilda Stowe
- A Vintage Murder (2015) - Matilda Stowe
2013
Casualty (TV Series) as
Helen Barber
- Gloves Off (2013) - Helen Barber
2013
Max Rose as
Eva Rose
2012
Day of the Siege as
Rosa Cristofori
2012
And While We Were Here as
Grandma Eves
2010
The King's Speech as
Queen Mary
2010
The Bill (TV Series) as
Jill Peters
- Taking a Stand (2010) - Jill Peters
2009
Doctor Who (TV Series) as
The Woman
- The End of Time: Part Two (2010) - The Woman
- The End of Time: Part One (2009) - The Woman
2008
Fiona's Story (TV Movie) as
Helen
2008
New Tricks (TV Series) as
Helen Brownlow
- Final Curtain (2008) - Helen Brownlow
2006
Trial & Retribution (TV Series) as
Helen Masters
- Sins of the Father: Part 2 (2007) - Helen Masters
- Sins of the Father: Part 1 (2006) - Helen Masters
2006
The Ten Commandments (TV Mini Series) as
Rani
- The Ten Commandments: Part 2 - The Laws of Man (2006) - Rani
- The Ten Commandments: Part 1 - The Laws of God (2006) - Rani
2006
Kalamazoo? as
Eleanor
2006
The Chatterley Affair (TV Movie) as
Older Helena
2006
Marple (TV Series) as
Aunt Ada
- By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2006) - Aunt Ada (as Clare Bloom)
2005
Jericho (TV Mini Series) as
Marie Hewitt
- To Murder and Create (2005) - Marie Hewitt
2004
Daniel and the Superdogs as
Claire Martin
2004
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series) as
Marion Whitney
- Unrequited (2004) - Marion Whitney
2003
The Republic of Love as
Onion
2003
Imagining Argentina as
Sara Sternberg
2002
The Book of Eve as
Eva Smallwood
2000
Yesterday's Children (TV Movie) as
Maggie
2000
Love and Murder (TV Movie) as
Nina Love
2000
Tales from the Madhouse (TV Mini Series) as
Pilate's Wife
- Pilate's Wife - Pilate's Wife
1999
The Lady in Question (TV Movie) as
Emma Sachs
1998
Imogen's Face (TV Series) as
Elinor
- Episode #1.3 (1998) - Elinor
- Episode #1.2 (1998) - Elinor
- Episode #1.1 (1998) - Elinor
1998
Wrestling with Alligators as
Lulu Fraker
1997
What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Movie) as
Mrs. Tynan
1997
Family Money (TV Series) as
Fran Pye
- Episode #1.4 (1997) - Fran Pye
- Episode #1.3 (1997) - Fran Pye
- Episode #1.2 (1997) - Fran Pye
- Episode #1.1 (1997) - Fran Pye
1996
Daylight as
Eleanor Trilling
1995
Mighty Aphrodite as
Amanda's Mother
1995
Mad Dogs and Englishmen as
Liz Stringer
1994
As the World Turns (TV Series) as
Orlena Grimaldi
- Episode dated 27 April 1995 (1995) - Orlena Grimaldi
- Episode dated 20 February 1995 (1995) - Orlena Grimaldi
- Episode dated 16 February 1995 (1995) - Orlena Grimaldi
- Episode dated 29 December 1994 (1994) - Orlena Grimaldi
- Episode #1.9826 (1994) - Orlena Grimaldi
1995
A Village Affair (TV Movie) as
Cecily Jordan
1994
American Masters (TV Series documentary) as
Narrator
- Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed (1994) - Narrator
1993
The Poetry Hall of Fame (TV Movie) as
Emily Dickinson
1993
Remember (TV Movie) as
Anne Deveraux Rawlings
1993
It's Nothing Personal (TV Movie) as
Evelyn Whitloff
1992
Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (TV Movie) as
Marina Gregg
1992
The Camomile Lawn (TV Series) as
Sophy (older)
- Episode #1.4 (1992) - Sophy (older)
- Episode #1.3 (1992) - Sophy (older)
- Episode #1.2 (1992) - Sophy (older)
- Episode #1.5 (1992) - Sophy (older)
- Episode #1.1 (1992) - Sophy (older)
1991
The Princess and the Goblin as
Great Great Grandmother Irene (voice)
1990
Pas de deux (Short) as
Maria Cruz
1989
Crimes and Misdemeanors as
Miriam Rosenthal
1988
The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Movie) as
Lady Emma Darlington
1988
Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun (TV Movie) as
Lady Delamere
1987
Sammy and Rosie Get Laid as
Alice
1987
Queenie (TV Mini Series) as
Vicky Kelley
- Episode #1.2 (1987) - Vicky Kelley
- Episode #1.1 (1987) - Vicky Kelley
1987
Hold the Dream (TV Mini Series) as
Edwina, Lady Dunvale
- Episode #1.1 (1987) - Edwina, Lady Dunvale
1987
Intimate Contact (TV Mini Series) as
Ruth Gregory
- Episode #1.4 (1987) - Ruth Gregory
- Episode #1.3 (1987) - Ruth Gregory
- Episode #1.2 (1987) - Ruth Gregory
- Episode #1.1 (1987) - Ruth Gregory
1986
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (TV Series) as
Czarina Alexandra
- Part II (1986) - Czarina Alexandra
- Part I (1986) - Czarina Alexandra
1986
Shadowlands (TV Movie) as
Joy Davidman
1986
The Belle of Amherst (TV Movie) as
Emily Dickinson
1986
The Theban Plays by Sophocles (TV Series) as
Jocasta
- Theban Plays: Oedipus the King (1986) - Jocasta
1986
Liberty (TV Movie) as
Madame Bartholdi
1986
Ann and Debbie (TV Movie) as
Debbie
1985
Time for Murder (TV Series) as
Lady Penwarden
- This Lightning Always Strikes Twice (1985) - Lady Penwarden
1985
Promises to Keep (TV Movie) as
Sally
1985
Déjà Vu as
Eleanor Harvey
1985
Florence Nightingale (TV Movie) as
Fanny Nightingale
1985
Time and the Conways (TV Movie) as
Mrs. Conway
1984
The Life and Death of King John (TV Movie) as
Constance
1984
Ellis Island (TV Mini Series) as
Rebecca Weiler
- Episode #1.3 (1984) - Rebecca Weiler
- Episode #1.2 (1984) - Rebecca Weiler
- Episode #1.1 (1984) - Rebecca Weiler
1984
American Playhouse (TV Series) as
Hope Lonoff
- The Ghost Writer (1984) - Hope Lonoff
1983
Separate Tables (TV Movie) as
Miss Cooper
1982
Cymbeline (TV Movie) as
Queen
1981
Brideshead Revisited (TV Mini Series) as
Lady Marchmain
- The Unseen Hook (1981) - Lady Marchmain
- Julia (1981) - Lady Marchmain
- A Blow Upon a Bruise (1981) - Lady Marchmain
- Sebastian Against the World (1981) - Lady Marchmain
- The Bleak Light of Day (1981) - Lady Marchmain
1981
Clash of the Titans as
Hera
1981
CBS Library (TV Series) as
Beauty
- Misunderstood Monsters (1981) - Beauty (voice)
1981
Beauty and the Beast (Short) as
Beauty (voice)
1980
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV Movie) as
Gertrude
1979
Oresteia (TV Mini Series) as
Athene
- Furies (1979) - Athene
1979
The BBC Television Shakespeare (TV Series) as
Katharine of Aragon
- Henry VIII (1979) - Katharine of Aragon
1979
Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini Series) as
Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson
- Episode #1.3 (1979) - Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1979) - Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson
1977
Islands in the Stream as
Audrey
1976
In Praise of Love (TV Movie) as
Lydia Cruttwell
1975
A Legacy (TV Series) as
Sarah Merz
- Episode #1.5 (1975) - Sarah Merz
- Episode #1.4 (1975) - Sarah Merz
- Episode #1.3 (1975) - Sarah Merz
- Episode #1.2 (1975) - Sarah Merz
- Episode #1.1 (1975) - Sarah Merz
1974
Aquarius (TV Series documentary) as
Blanche
- Desire Revisited/Ken Russell's "Mahler"/Pulcinella (1974) - Blanche
1974
Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series) as
Sheila Pennell
- Ice Storm (1974) - Sheila Pennell
1973
Wessex Tales (TV Mini Series) as
Ella
- An Imaginative Woman (1973) - Ella
1973
The Going Up of David Lev (TV Movie) as
Hannah
1973
A Doll's House as
Nora Helmer
1971
Red Sky at Morning as
Ann Arnold
1971
A Severed Head as
Honor Klein
1969
Three Into Two Won't Go as
Frances Howard
1969
The Illustrated Man as
Felicia
1968
Charly as
Alice Kinian
1968
Late Night Horror (TV Series) as
Amelia Lornan
- The Triumph of Death (1968) - Amelia Lornan
1967
The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series) as
Jukiet
- The Many Faces of Romeo and Juliet (1967) - Jukiet
1967
Soldier in Love (TV Movie) as
Queen Anne
1967
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) as
Margaret Chapman
- A Time to Love (1967) - Margaret Chapman
1966
ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) as
Sasha
- Ivanov (1966) - Sasha
1965
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold as
Nancy 'Nan' Perry
1964
Camera Three (TV Series)
- Claire Bloom Reads Poetry (1964)
1964
The Outrage as
Wife
1964
High Infidelity as
Laura (segment "Peccato nel pomeriggio")
1963
Il maestro di Vigevano as
Ada
1963
The Haunting as
Theodora
1963
80,000 Suspects as
Julie Monks
1962
The Chapman Report as
Naomi Shields
1962
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm as
Dorothea Grimm
1962
Wuthering Heights (TV Movie) as
Cathy
1961
Anna Karenina (TV Movie) as
Anna Karenina
1961
Checkmate (TV Series) as
Gina Burton
- Through a Dark Glass (1961) - Gina Burton
1960
Brainwashed as
Irene Andreny
1959
Playhouse 90 (TV Series) as
Hypatia
- Misalliance (1959) - Hypatia
1959
Look Back in Anger as
Helena Charles
1958
The Buccaneer as
Bonnie Brown
1958
The Brothers Karamazov as
Katya
1958
Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series) as
Beauty
- Beauty and the Beast (1958) - Beauty
1957
Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series) as
Queen Victoria
- Victoria Regina (1957) - Queen Victoria
1957
Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series) as
Rose
- First Love (1957) - Rose
1955
Producers' Showcase (TV Series) as
Juliet / Cleopatra / Roxane
- Romeo and Juliet (1957) - Juliet
- Caesar and Cleopatra (1956) - Cleopatra
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1955) - Roxane
1956
Alexander the Great as
Barsine
1955
Richard III (TV Short) as
The Lady Anne
1955
Richard III as
The Lady Anne
1953
The Man Between as
Susanne
1953
Innocents in Paris as
Susan Robbins
1952
Limelight as
Thereza 'Terry' Ambrose
1952
The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird as
Sheperdess (English version, voice)
1952
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Martine
- Martine (1952) - Martine
1952
The Marvellous History of St. Bernard (TV Movie) as
Marguerite de Miolans
1948
The Blind Goddess as
Mary Dearing
Self
2019
La case du siècle (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- FBI: Le dossier Chaplin (2019) - Self
2018
Newsnight (TV Series) as
Self - Interviewee
- Episode dated 24 May 2018 (2018) - Self - Interviewee
2017
Festival Tales: Edinburgh at 70 (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2015
Claire Bloom as Thereza in 'Limelight' (Video documentary short) as
Self
2014
Un jour, une histoire (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Chaplin, la légende du siècle (2014) - Self
2012
British Legends of Stage and Screen (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Claire Bloom (2012) - Self
2011
Stars of the Silver Screen (TV Series) as
Self - Actress
- Kirk Douglas (2011) - Self - Actress
- Sophia Loren (2011) - Self - Actress
- Gene Kelly (2011) - Self - Actress
- Rita Hayworth (2011) - Self - Actress
2011
BBC Look North: Yorkshire (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 25 March 2011 (2011) - Self
2011
Seitenblicke (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Episode dated 19 March 2011 (2011) - Self
2011
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (TV Special documentary) as
Self
2009
House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague (Documentary) as
Narrator
2008
Mia zoi, mia epohi - Mihalis Kakogiannis (Documentary) as
Self
2006
Breakfast (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 13 November 2006 (2006) - Self
2006
John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship (Video) as
Self
2004
The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2004 (TV Special) as
Self
2004
CBS News Sunday Morning (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 4 January 2004 (2004) - Self
2003
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (Documentary) as
Self - Actress / Star of 'Limelight'
2003
Chaplin Today: Limelight (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2001
Man-Eaters of India (TV Movie documentary) as
Narrator
2000
Evening at Pops (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Brush Up Your Shakespeare (2000) - Self
2000
American Masters (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- George Cukor: On Cukor (2000) - Self
1999
Shakespeare's Women & Claire Bloom (TV Movie documentary) as
Self / Juliet / Lady Anne / ...
1999
The 53rd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1998
The Irish in America: Long Journey Home (TV Mini Series documentary)
- Success (1998) - (voice)
1998
Biography (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Charlie Chaplin: A Tramp's Life (1998) - Self
1974
Omnibus (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Stars and their Mas (1997) - Self
- Claire Bloom/Cortege/Masquerade (1982) - Self
- Claire Bloom (1974) - Self
1994
1071 Fifth Avenue: Frank Lloyd Wright & the Guggenheim Museum (TV Movie documentary) as
Hilla Rebay
1994
The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon (Video documentary) as
Narrator (voice)
1976
Arena (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Philip Roth: My True Story (1993) - Self
- Theatre (1976) - Self
1991
Fear and the Muse: The Story of Anna Akhmatova (Documentary) as
Akhmatova (voice)
1990
Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1990
The Late Show (TV Series documentary) as
Self - Interviewee
- Face to Face: Claire Bloom (1990) - Self - Interviewee
1989
Everyman (TV Series documentary) as
Self - Narrator
- The Young Ambassadors (1989) - Self - Narrator (voice)
1986
Wogan (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #6.36 (1986) - Self
1984
The Sonnets of William Shakespeare (TV Series documentary short) as
Self - Sonnet Performer
- Sonnet 107: "Not Mine Own Fears, Nor the Prophetic Soul" (1984) - Self - Sonnet Performer
1980
Night of One Hundred Stars (TV Movie) as
Self
1979
Hollywood Greats (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Charles Chaplin (1979) - Self
1978
Jackanory (TV Series) as
Self - Storyteller
- The Golden Bird: Part 5 - The King (1978) - Self - Storyteller
- The Golden Bird: Part 4 - The Grey Gander (1978) - Self - Storyteller
- The Golden Bird: Part 3 - The Magician Pays His Debt (1978) - Self - Storyteller
- The Golden Bird: Part 2 - Bat-Ears, the Robber (1978) - Self - Storyteller
- The Golden Bird: Part 1 - The Three Wishes (1978) - Self - Storyteller
1977
The Second Annual West End Theatre Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1976
Anyone for Tennyson? The Master Poets Collection (TV Series short) as
Self - Narrator
- The World of Emily Dickenson (1976) - Self - Narrator
1975
Aquarius (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Akenfield/The Evening Standard Drama Awards (1975) - Self
1974
Top of the Year - The Variety Club Awards for 1974 - Welcome '75 (TV Special documentary) as
Self
1973
Parkinson (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.32 (1973) - Self
1972
The 26th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1971
The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #11.31 (1971) - Self
1970
The 24th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1969
The David Frost Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.115 (1970) - Self
- Episode #1.14 (1969) - Self
1967
The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Lucille Ball, Claire Bloom, Gale Dixon, William Walker, Pat Cooper, Eloise Laws, Hilly Elkins (1970) - Self
- Johnny Cash, Jack Douglas and Reiko, Gore Vidal, Herschel Bernardi, Max Showalter, Georgie Kaye (1967) - Self
- Tony Randall, Claire Bloom, Redd Foxx, Dionne Warwick, Mrs. Adam Clayton Powell (1967) - Self
1969
Tattooed Steiger (Documentary short) as
Self
1969
The Joe Namath Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.11 (1969) - Self
1969
Today (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 10 July 1969 (1969) - Self - Guest
1969
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 7 July 1969 (1969) - Self - Guest
1968
What's My Line? (TV Series) as
Self - Mystery Guest
- Claire Bloom (1968) - Self - Mystery Guest
1968
The Skitch Henderson Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.14 (1968) - Self
1968
Dee Time (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #3.39 (1968) - Self
1968
The 40th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1968
The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #2.105 (1968) - Self
1967
Charlie Chaplin: Mennesket, klovnen og instruktøren (Documentary) as
Self
1967
Personality (TV Series) as
Self
- Joan Fontaine, Claire Bloom, Barry Nelson, Jim Backus (1967) - Self
- Joan Fontaine, Claire Bloom, Barry Nelson, Carol Lawrence (1967) - Self
- Joan Fontaine, Claire Bloom, Barry Nelson (1967) - Self
- Joan Fontaine, Claire Bloom, Barry Nelson, Hayley Mills (1967) - Self
- Joan Fontaine, Claire Bloom, Barry Nelson, Burgess Meredith (1967) - Self
1967
Stars for Israel (TV Special) as
Self
1967
The Match Game (TV Series) as
Self - Team Captain
- Episode #5.208 (1967) - Self - Team Captain
- Episode #5.207 (1967) - Self - Team Captain
- Episode #5.206 (1967) - Self - Team Captain
- Episode #5.205 (1967) - Self - Team Captain
- Claire Bloom & Roger Moore (1967) - Self - Team Captain
1965
The Eamonn Andrews Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.16 (1965) - Self
1964
Girl Talk (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 18 November 1964 (1964) - Self
1964
The 16th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Audience Member
1962
Juke Box Jury (TV Series) as
Self - Panellist
- Episode #1.169 (1962) - Self - Panellist
1962
Festival of Arts (TV Series) as
Self
1962
The Tonight Show Starring Jack Paar (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #5.234 (1962) - Self
1961
This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Elizabeth Twistington Higgins (1961) - Self
1961
The Jo Stafford Show (TV Series) as
Self
- The Language of Love (1961) - Self
1959
Person to Person (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Episode #6.21 (1959) - Self
1958
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z (TV Series) as
Self
- B (1958) - Self
Archive Footage
2016
The Brontes at the BBC (TV Movie documentary) as
Cathy
2015
Chaplin's Limelight: Its Evolution and Intimacy (Video documentary short) as
Self
2014
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion (TV Movie documentary) as
The Woman (uncredited)
2010
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (TV Mini Series documentary) as
Theodora 'Theo'
- Home Counties Horror (2010) - Theodora 'Theo' (uncredited)
2008
John le Carré (Video documentary short)
1983
Film '72 (TV Series) as
Anna Karenina
- Never Say Never Again Special (1983) - Anna Karenina
1979
Backstairs at the White House (TV Mini Series) as
Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson
- Episode #1.4 (1979) - Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson
- Episode #1.2 (1979) - Mrs. Edith Galt Wilson

References

Claire Bloom Wikipedia