Father Brown's Nancy Carroll
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of May 22, 2017
Nancy Carroll (left) as Lady Felicia,
She may have been called "the best actress you’ve never heard of", but Nancy Carroll, who stars as Lady Felicia in Father Brown, caught the attention of at least one of our viewers recently, who noticed her absence from a particular episode. I’m not sure of the reason for the absence, but in case you’re wondering too, rest assured, Lady Felicia has not left the series.
The Bristol-born but London-raised actress grew up being cast in all but one of her school plays. Surprisingly enough though when she left high school, she decided to follow in her graphic designer parents’ footsteps and embark on a fine arts degree. A year of studying the craft in Italy showed her that you had to enjoy your own company to be an artist, whereas she craved the company of others, so she switched careers and enrolled in drama school. It was the same drama school, LAMDA, where Benedict Cumberbatch trained. Later they would team up on the 2010 West End revival of the play After the Dance, which was a huge success, winning four major British theatre awards, including a Best Actress award for Carroll. To Carroll’s disappointment, the show didn’t make it to Broadway, owing to Cumberbatch’s schedule conflicts.
Scene from Father Brown
Carroll herself barely made it through the award ceremony. By the time it came around the then 40 year old actress was eight months pregnant and the shock of winning set off contractions! She reportedly no sooner had given her acceptance speech and left the podium than she had to flop into a taxi and return home to give birth!
The baby who imposed on Carroll’s celebratory proceedings the night of her big win, was her second child, a boy called Arthur. His sister Nellie was born a couple of years prior. Carroll’s husband, Jo Stone-Fewings, is also an actor. The couple met when they were both part of the Royal Shakespeare Company working on the 2003 Michael Woods documentary, In Search of Shakespeare. It must have been love at first sight, because just nine days later, they became engaged.
As well as being an acclaimed stage actress and regular on Father Brown, where she’s appeared in a total of 43 episodes, you may also have seen Carroll in Call the Midwife, Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lewis, and Dalziel and Pascoe.
If there’s an actor you’d like to know more about, feel free to drop me a line.
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