|Name Petronella Barker|
Petronella Barker (born 12 October 1942 in Sittingbourne, Kent) is an English actress.
Barker trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama from 1960 to 1963. She won 'The Carlton Hobbs Bursary Award' which offered a six-month contract with the BBC Radio Drama Company in 1963. In 1964 she joined The English Stage Company at The Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square for three plays 'Inadmissible Evidence' (Understudy) 'Julius Caesar' (Crowd and Understudy) and 'Cuckoo in the Nest' in which she played Rawlins. During four seasons with The National Theatre Company at the Old Vic Theatre between 1964 and 1968 she appeared in the following productions: 'Hobson's Choice' (Ada Figgins), 'Mother Courage and Her Children' (Yvette), 'A Flea in her Ear' (Eugenie), 'the Storm' (Glasha), 'The Dance of Death' (Jenny), 'Othello' (Crowd), 'Juno and the Paycock' (Neighbour), 'The Crucible' (Mercy Lewis), 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead' (Courtier and Attendant), Volpone (Androgyno) and played Miss Prue in William Congreve's play, Love for Love, Old Vic Theatre with Derek Jacobi, Geraldine McEwan, John Stride, Edward Hardwicke, Laurence Olivier, Graham Crowden, Edward Petherbridge, Joyce Redman and Benjamin Whitrow in the cast. Peter Wood was the director.
Barker grew up in the village of Stalisfield, and was educated at Ashford School. She is the daughter of the late comedy actor Eric Barker and the actress Pearl Hackney. She was married to the actor Anthony Hopkins on 2 September 1966 in the Parish Church of St Mary's Stalisfield and divorced in the High Court London in 1972; they have one daughter the actress and singer-songwriter, Abigail Hopkins.