Cornwell, Charlotte 1949–

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CORNWELL, Charlotte 1949–


Born April 26, 1949, in Marylebone, London, England; daughter of Ronald Cornwell; half sister of David Cornwell (a writer; also known as John Le Carre); children: (with Kenneth Cranham, an actor) Nancy. Education: Attended Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London.

Addresses: Agent—Michael Greene, Michael Greene and Associates, 7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 1017, Hollywood, CA 90028.

Career: Actress and voice performer. Member of the theatre companies Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Royal National Theatre, London; Fearless Choices, owner and acting coach. Greyhounds UK (campaign for the humane retirement of racing dogs), cofounder, 1998.

Awards, Honors: Television Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1975, for Rock Follies; Helen Hayes Award nomination, Washington Theatre Awards Society, best actress, 1992, for Richard III; Evening Standard Drama Award, 1997, for Lady in the Dark.


Television Appearances; Series:

Anna Ward (some sources cite Anna Wynd), Rock Follies, Thames Television and PBS, 1976.

Anna Ward (some sources cite Anna Wynd), Rock Follies of '77, Thames Television and PBS, 1977.

Liz, Dressing for Breakfast, Channel 4, beginning 1995.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Margaret Lacey, The Men's Room, BBC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Elizabeth I, Drake's Venture, Westward Television, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, both 1980.

Inspector Parkinson, A Masculine Ending, BBC, 1992.

Joanne Hallows, Care, BBC, 2000.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Interviewer, Writers in Conversation: Salman Rushdie, 1988.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Catherine, "Find Me," Omnibus (also known as Omnibus:Find Me), BBC, 1974.

Christine Page, "The Teddy Bears' Nightmare," Shoestring, BBC, 1980.

The grand vamp, "The Young Person's Guide to Getting Their Ball Back," Dramarama, 1983.

Chris Williamson, "Sins of Omission," Casualty, BBC, 1991.

Lady Finehurst, The House of Eliott, BBC, c. 1991.

Helen Ramsay, "Charity Begins at Home," Love Hurts, BBC, 1992.

Matron, "The Ring," Lovejoy, BBC, 1993.

Marion Parfitt, "No Refuge," A Touch of Frost, Independent Television, 1995.

Narrator, "The Human Laboratory," Horizon (also known as Horizon: The Human Laboratory), BBC–2, 1995.

The Governor, London Weekend Television, 1995.

Angela Smith, "Love," Where the Heart Is, Independent Television, 1997.

The minister, "Back to Business," CI5: The New Professionals, syndicated, 1999.

The minister, "Hostage," CI5: The New Professionals, syndicated, 1999.

The minister, "Orbit," CI5: The New Professionals, syndicated, 1999.

Penelope Arnold, "A Good Body," Silent Witness, 1999.

Nadia Kozlowski, "Galileo," The West Wing, NBC, 2000.

Dr. Theresa Margolis, "Filaments & Ligatures," Gideon's Crossing, ABC, 2001.

Charlotte, "I Know What You Did Last Sunday," Family Affair, The WB, 2002.

Dr. Pickford, "Down the Hatch," The Practice, ABC, 2003.

Appeared in episodes of other series, including Capital City, Thames Television.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Svetlana, Three of a Kind, ABC, 1989.

Heavy Revie, Avalon Television, 1999.

The Agency, CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Other:

Appeared in Shalom Shalom.

Film Appearances:

Sally Potter, Stardust, Columbia, 1975.

Primrose, The Brute, 1977.

Voice, The Contraption, 1977.

Charlotte, The Russia House, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1990.

Femme Portefeuille, Chambre a part (also known as Separate Bedrooms), Prima Film/Union Generale Cinematographique/Flach Film, 1990.

May, The Krays (also known as The Kray Brothers and The Kray Twins), Miramax, 1990.

Miss Wilding (Wilson's secretary), White Hunter Black Heart, Warner Bros., 1990.

Inspector Rabineau, The Saint, Paramount, 1997.

Narrator, Ghosts of Mars (also known as John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars), Screen Gems, 2001.

Aunt Elizabeth, Judge Koan, Insight Films/Xing Ped Films, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

Rosalind, As You Like It, 1978.

Joan of Arc, Henry VI, 1978.

Anna Petrovna, Wild Honey, Royal National Theatre, London, 1984.

Elsa, The Road to Mecca, American production, 1985.

The Futurists, 1986.

Queen Elizabeth, Richard III, Royal National Theatre, also New York City, 1992, then Washington, DC, c. 1992.

Falling over England, 1994.

Beatrice Carbone, A View from the Bridge, 1995.

Lady in the Dark, London, c. 1997.

An Enemy of the People, Royal National Theatre, also Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1998.

Claire, Helpless, 2000.

Maria Callas, Master Class, TheatreWorks, San Francisco, CA, 2000.

Desiree Armfeldt, A Little Night Music (musical), Mountain View Performing Arts Center, Mountain View, CA, then TheatreWorks, both 2003.

Appeared as Becky, Tooth of Crime, and as Kate Hotspur, Henry IV, both Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company. Appeared in Aristocrats, Hampstead Theatre. Appeared in Bastard Angel, The Changeling, The Grapes of Wrath, The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado about Nothing, Separate Tables, Sons of Light, and Vanilla. Appeared in productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, London; appeared in productions at various venues, including Donmar Theatre Warehouse, London.

Major Tours:

Maria Callas, Master Class, U.S. cities, 1999.


Soundtrack Albums; with Others:

Rock Follies, 1976.

Rock Follies of '77, 1977.



San Francisco Chronicle, December 14, 2003, p. 36.


Fearless Choices,, June 2, 2004.

Rock Follies,, June 29, 2004.