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Nancy Carroll (British actress)

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Occupation  Actress

Name  Nancy Carroll
Nancy Carroll smiling while wearing a gray blouse, earrings, and necklace

Born  28 November 1974 (age 46) United Kingdom
Similar  Emer Kenny, Sarah Woodward, Juliet Stevenson

Nancy Carroll (born 28 November 1974 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) is an English actress. She has worked extensively in theatre productions, particularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She also has numerous film and television credits, including a long-running feature role in the BBC series Father Brown.


Nancy Carroll smiling while wearing a red blouse and red hat in a scene from the 2013 tv series Father Brown

Early life and education

Nancy Carroll with a tight-lipped smile and freckles on her face

Nancy Carroll grew up in Herne Hill in south London, and attended Alleyn's School where she was an enthusiastic participant in student theatre. She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, from which she graduated in June 1998.

Acting career

Nancy Carroll smiling while wearing a gray blazer with a floral embroidery and violet scarf

Right after graduation, she landed a small part in the film An Ideal Husband, and then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Her first professional stage role was as Ophelia in Hamlet at the Bristol Old Vic in 1999. She has appeared onstage in productions of George Etherege's The Man of Mode (2007), Harley Granville-Barker's The Voysey Inheritance (2006), as Emma Jung in The Talking Cure, and Pierre de Marivaux's The False Servant (1 June – 15 September 2004) at the Royal National Theatre. She has also appeared at the Almeida Theatre in Jonathan Kent's King Lear (also at The Old Vic) and in another Granville-Barker play, Waste (2008).

Her "Lady Croom" in the 2009 London revival of Stoppard's Arcadia received favourable reviews, as did her successful run as the psychologist Dr Ford in David Mamet's House of Games at the Almeida Theatre.

Nancy Carroll looking afar while wearing a blue lace blouse and ring

She has appeared onstage with her husband Jo Stone-Fewings several times, in See How They Run (2006), and in the Noël Coward double bill at the Liverpool Playhouse in March 2004 (The Astonished Heart and Still Life). In 2009, she appeared as Viola opposite her husband's Orsino in an RSC production of Twelfth Night directed by Gregory Doran.

Carroll appeared alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Adrian Scarborough in Thea Sharrock's revival of Terence Rattigan's play, After the Dance, at the Royal National Theatre in 2010. Her "heartbreaking performance" won her the Best Actress award in the Evening Standard drama awards and Olivier awards for 2010.

Carroll appeared alongside John Lithgow, Joshua McGuire and Nicholas Burns in Arthur Wing Pinero's Victorian farce The Magistrate at the Royal National Theatre in 2012. In 2013 she played the lead role of Felicity Houston in The Duck House by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash, starring alongside Ben Miller and Diana Vickers. The show was a political satire based on the UK parliamentary expenses scandal and toured for 5 weeks before transferring to London's Vaudeville Theatre.

On television, she played the part of aristocratic Nazi sympathiser Frances Doble in the BBC2 miniseries Cambridge Spies (2003). Other credits include guest appearances on The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Silent Witness, and episodes of Midsomer Murders. From 2013, she was a regular cast member on the BBC detective series Father Brown, playing wealthy socialite Lady Felicia Montague. In 2017 she was in 4 episodes of Prime Suspect 1973 playing Mary Collins.

Personal life

She is married to actor Jo Stone-Fewings; the couple have two children, Nellie and Arthur. They met as part of an RSC company that went on tour for a week and a half providing material for Michael Wood's documentary series In Search of Shakespeare (broadcast 2003), and got engaged just nine days after first meeting.


Appearances include:

  • You Never Can Tell, Garrick Theatre
  • Mammals, Bush Theatre
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Michael Grandage at the Sheffield Crucible
  • The Lady's Not for Burning, directed by Samuel West at the Chichester Festival Theatre
  • for the RSC
  • Henry IV, as Lady Percy, directed by Michael Attenborough
  • As You Like It, directed by Greg Doran
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by Adrian Noble
  • The Winter's Tale, directed by Greg Doran
  • Twelfth Night, directed by Greg Doran
  • The Recruiting Officer, directed by Josie Rourke at the Donmar Warehouse
  • The Magistrate, directed by Timothy Sheader at the Royal National Theatre
  • After The Dance, directed by Thea Sharrock at the Royal National Theatre
  • The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre
  • Closer, directed by David Leveaux at the Donmar Warehouse
  • The Moderate Soprano at the Hampstead Theatre
  • Woyzeck, directed by Joe Murphy at The Old Vic
  • TV

  • Will (TV series) (2017) as Ellen Burbage
  • The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2014) as Charlotte Piper
  • Father Brown (2013 – 2017) as Lady Felicia Montague
  • Silent Witness (2 episodes, 2012) as Gill Bailey
  • Midsomer Murders (1 episode, 2010) as Connie Bishop
  • Dalziel and Pascoe (2007) as Samantha Mantell
  • Midsomer Murders (1 episode, 2005) as Antonia Wilmot
  • Holby City (1 episode, 2003) as Elaine Gill
  • Cambridge Spies (2003) as Frances Dobie
  • The Gathering Storm (2002) as Diana Churchill
  • Film

  • Iris (2001) BBC PA
  • An Ideal Husband (1999) .... Cecily in stage production of The Importance of Being Earnest
  • References

    Nancy Carroll (British actress) Wikipedia