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Blakiston, Caroline

Caroline Blakiston

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Caroline Georgiana Blakiston was born on February 13, 1933 in London, England, UK, to Hugh Noel and Rachel Georgiana Russell.

Blakiston trained at the RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and has worked in repertory theatres all over the UK.  She also wrote Black Bread and Cucumber which chronicles her experiences performing Chekhov in the native language in the Russian theatre, these diaries were turned into a one-woman production that has played throughout the UK: National Theatre, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Hampstead, Greenwich, and the Jermyn Street Theatre.  She traveled abroad with the show as well playing in the Middle East, Hong Kong and, of course, Russia.  Her efforts garnered her the Russian Golden Globe award given annually to a foreigner who has made significant contributions to the Russian theatre.

Blakiston was married to actor Russell Hunter (1970 - 1979 div), they had two children, Adam and Charlotte.

Round and Round the Garden~2013 (short) - Woman
For Elsie~2011 (short) - Mama Kilov
Scoop~2006 - Mrs. Quincy
The War of the Starfighters~2003 - voice of Operative
Grand, The (Part 1)~1997 - Isobel Crawford
Fourth Protocol, The~1987 - Angela Berenson (see Actor Connections - Film)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi1983 - Mon Mothma - Rebel Alliance
Yanks~1979 - Golfing Friend (see Actor Connections - Film)
Knots~1975 - Pianist
Sunday Bloody Sunday~1971 - Rowing Woman
Magic Christian, The~1969 - Hon. Esther Grand (right) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Trygon Factor, The~1966 - White Nun
Idol, The~1966 - 2nd Woman at Party (see Actor Connections - Film)

Casualty~2015 - Frances Barrett in The Long Haul
Poldark~2015 - Aunt Agatha (8 episodes)
Father Brown~2014 - Lady Lavinia Pryde in The Pride of the Prydes
Agatha Christie: Poirot~2013 - Julia Carstairs in Elephants Can Remember
Piers Morgan's Life Stories~2012 - Herself in Felicity Kendal
Holby City~2012 - Kathleen Pennington in Through the Darkness
Doctors~2011 - Geraldine Crofte in The Good Daughter
Midsomer Murders~2005-2009 -
    Hilary Compton in Small Mercies
    Angela Hartley in Bantling Boy
Small Dark Places~2008 (short) - Lady Welling
The Commander: Abduction~2008 - Mary Henson
Comedy Classics~2008 (short doc) - Herself in Brass
Coup!~2006 - Margaret Thatcher
The Line of Beauty~2006 - Lady partridge in:
    To Whom Do You Beautifully Belong
    The Love Chord
Heartbeat~2005 - Hildy Dressler in Picture This
Sunburn~1999 - Mrs. Armitage
Children of the New Forest~1998  - Aunt Judith
The Grand~1997 -
As Time Goes By~1996 - Mrs. Margaret Hardcastle Butterworth in Lionel's Ex-Wife
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The~1994 - Dowager Duchess of Lomond in The Three Gables
Harry~1993 - Natasha Lee in Episode 1.12
Mulberry~1992 - Adele in:
    An Unexpected Visit
    The Quiz
Rides~1992 - Scarlett
Murder Most Horrid~1991 - 'unknown' in A Determined Woman
Lovejoy~1991 - Miss Hemmingway in Sugar and Spice
Brass~1983-1990  - Lady Patience Hardacre
Shrinks~1990 -
Chancer~1990 - Mrs. Douglas
A Night of Comic Relief 2~1989 - Herself
Till We Meet Again~1989 (mini)  - Lady Longbridge
Refuge, The~1987  - Helen Crichton-Crick
Miss Marple~1986 - Lady Bess Sedgwick in At Bertram's Hotel
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster~1984-1985  - Co-ordinator (6 episodes)
Charters & Caldicott~1985 (mini)  - Margaret Mottram
Bentley's Bedlam~1972-1984 -
All For Love~1983 - Narrator in Miss A and Miss M
Last Song, The~1981-1983 - Alice Bannister in (All episodes)
Crown Court~1972-1982 - Kathleen Fenton QC
Play for today~1970-1982 -
    Josie in Life After Death
    Esther in The Lie
Private Schulz~1981 (mini)  - Countess in 1.3
Nanny~1981 - Adela Quinn in
    A Birdless Cage
    Waifs and Strays
Shoestring~1980 - Monica in Looking for Mr Wright
Mallens, The~1978-1980  - Governess Anna Brigmore (13 episodes)
Racing Game, The (Dick Francis Thriller)~1979 (mini)  - Sylvia Guiccoli in Gambling Lady
Prince Regent~1979 (mini)  - Lady Frances Jersey (see Actor Connections - TV)
    The Trouble with Women
    The Bride from Brunswick
    Put Not Your Trust in Princes
Kids~1979 - Fay Wilkins in Diana
The Lively Arts~1978 - Narrator in A Haunted Man
Miserables, Les~1978  - Madame Thenardier
Sweeney, The~1978 - Hildegarde in Hearts and Minds
The Many Wives of Patrick~1978 - Princess Poliakoff in One of the Smart Set in a Smart Setting
ITV Sunday Night Drama~1978 - Emily in The Last Romantic
Wilde Alliance~1978 - Elena in Well Enough Alone
Saturday, Sunday, Monday~1978 - Elena
The Children of New Forest~1977 - Judith Viliers in Part 1
Murder Most English: A Flaxborough Chronicle~1977 - Mrs. Helen Carobleat in Coffin Scarcely Used Pts 1 & 2
Raffles~1977 - Lady Paulton in An Old Flame 1977
Well Anyway~1976 - Cornelia de Vance in There Again
Murder~1976 - Elizabeth in A Variety of Passion
2nd House~1975 - Denise in Saul Bellow
Then and Now~1973 - Erica in In Memoriam
Villains~1972 - Rene in Chas
His and Hers~1972 - Felicity Farrell in Diet
Wives and Daughters~1971 (mini) - Lady Harriet (5 episodes)
Shadows of Fear~1971 - Maureen in Return of Favours
Man at the Top~1971 - Maureen Binsey in Too Good for This World
Lie, The~1970  - Esther
Paul Temple~1970 - Judy Saire in Right Villain
Strange Report~1969 - Louise in Report 2493: Kidnap - Whose Pretty Girl Are You?
Department S~1969 - Kate Mortimer in The Shift That Never Was
Fraud Squad~1969 - Kay Pilgrim in Run for Your Money
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (My Partner the Ghost)~1969 - Karen Howarth in Never Trust a Ghost
The Power Game~1969 - Margot Fellowship in The Goose Chase
The Wednesday Play~1968 - Matilda Boff in Coincidence
The Caesars~1968 - Agrippina (4 episodes)
Champions, The~1968 - Marion Grant in The Experiment
The Queen Street Gang~1968 - Auntie Cuthbert Pts 1-4
Armchair Theatre~1968 - Jessa in Unscheduled Stop
Public Eye~1965-1968 - Eva Garston in Nobody Kills Santa Claus
Forsyte Saga, The~1967  - Marjorie Ferrar (4 episodes)
Love Story~1965-1967 -
    Zoe in The Swordfighter
    Brenda in After Hours
Avengers, The~1961-1967 -
    Cynthia Wentworth-Howe in The Positive Negative Man
    Miss Thirlwell in The Gravediggers
    Elaine Bateman in Dance with Death
The Baron~1967 - Felicia Talbot in So Dark the Night
Out of the Unknown~1966 - Dr. Odile Keppler in Second Childhood
Saint, The~1966 - Eleanor Bastion in The Convenient Monster
Emergency-Ward 10~1963-1965 - Gerald Frobisher's secretary
Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life~1964 -
No Cloak - No Dagger~1963 - Pat Penmore
ITV Play of the Week~1963 - Nurse in For King and Coutnry #1: Out There
No Hiding Place~1963 - Annette Rosser in Tell Them Upstairs
City Beneath the Sea~1962  - Dr. Ann Boyd (7 episodes)
Life After Death~ -

The Living Room~2013 -  (Jermyn St, London, England)
Uncle Vanya~2012 -  (Print Room at the Coronet, London, England)
An Ideal Husband~2010 - Lady Markby (Vaudeville Theatre, London, England)
We Happy Few~2004 - Jocelyn (Gielgud Theatre, London, England)
A Woman of No Importance~2003-2004 - Lady Caroline Pontifract (Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, England)
My Fair Lady~2001/2 - Mrs. Higgins  (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London)
The Playboy of the Western World~2001/2 -
The Walls~2001/2 -
The Cherry Orchard~2001/2 -
No Man's Land~2001/2 -
Remembrance of Things Past~2001/2 -
Life X 3~2001/2 -
A Midsummer's Night Dream~2001/2 - Helena (Regent's Park Theatre, )
The Winter's Tale~2001/2 -
Hamlet~2001/2 -
Noises Off~2001/2 -
Mnemonic~2001/2 -
Singin inthe Musical~2001/2 -
The Far Side of the Moon~2001/2 -
Marriage Play~2001/2 -
Finding the Sun~2001/2 -
The Ramayana~2001/2 -
The Good Woman of Setzuan~2001/2 -
Howard Katz~2001/2 -
The Relapse~2001/2 -
Mother's Claps~2001/2 -
Humble Boy~2001/2 -
All My Sons~2001/2 -
Cloudstreet~2001/2 -
Luther~2001/2 -
The Goodhope~2001/2 -
Jitney~2001/2 -
Gagarin Way~2001/2 -
South Pacific~2001/2 -
The Wonder of Sex~2001/2 -
Black Bread and Cucumber, Part One: Taganrog and Two: Moscow~2000 - (National Theatre, London, England)
Laying the Ghost~1999 - (The Mill, Sonning, Berkshire)
The Learned Ladies~1996-1997 - (The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, England)
White Devil, The~1996 - (Swan Theatre, Warwickshire Stratford-upon-Avon)
Measure for Measure~1995 -  (Barbican Theatre, London and Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford)
Carolianus~1995 - Volumnia (Royal Shakespeare Company)
The Wives' Excuse~1994 - Mrs. Teazall (Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, )
Cherry Orchard,The~1992/3 - Charlotta Ivanovna, the foreign governess (in Russian at Taganrog (Chekhov's birthplace) and the Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow, RU)
Black Bread and Cucumber~1993 - Herself from her diaries (Stratford Upon Avon, London's West End, and at the Moscow Art Theatre)
Ripping Them Off~1990 - Grace (Warehouse Theatre Croydon)
Les parents Terribles~1989 - Aunty Leo (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, England)
Hand Over Fist~1988 - (Yvonne Araud Theatre, )
Learned Ladies, The~1986 - Philaminte (The Pit, Barbican London, England)
Particular Friendships~1985 - Lorna (Hampstead Theatre, )
Women All Over~1985 - (Churchill Theatre, Bromley, England)
Murderer~1975 - (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Way of the World, The~1973-1974 - Millimant (Wimbledon Actors Company and New York, US)
Knots (BAM)~1974 - organ player, vocalist (New York, NY, US; West End, London, England; Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Ruling the Roost~1974 - (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Wood Demon~1974 (New York)
Misalliance~1973 - (Mermaid Theatre, )
Ruling the Roost~1972 - (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland)
'Tis Pity She's a Whore~1972 - (The Actors Company, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland)
The Rehearsal~1972 - (Citizens' Theatre Company, Glasgow, Scotland)
King Lear~1972 - Goneril (Prospect Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh Scotland)
Love's Labours Lost~1972 - (Prospect Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh Scotland)
The Real Inspector Hound~1968 - Cynthia (Criterion Theatre, London, England) (Thanks to R. Wood for this credit!)
Smile Boys, That the Style~1968 - (Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland)
The Ballad of Flase Barman~1966 - (Hampstead Theatre Club, Hampstead, London, England)
Private Lives~1965 - Amanda (Citizens' Theatre Company, Glasgow, Scotland)
Poor Bitos~1963 - (Arts Theatre, London, England)
Everything in the Garden~1962 - (New Arts Theatre, )
Saturmacnalia~1962 - (Citizens' Theatre Company, Glasgow, Scotland)
Lady Chatterley~1961 - (Arts Theatre Club, London, England)
Time of the Cuckoo~1958 - (Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool, England)
Double Dealer~1957 - (Liverpool Repertory Theatre, Liverpool, England)
Waltz of the Toreadors~ -
Macbeth~ - Lady Macbeth
Look Back in Anger~ - Helena
Hassan~ -
Lady Windermere's Fan~ -
The Cocktail Party~ -
The Importance of Being Earnest~ - Lady Bracknell
A Suite in Two Keys~ -
Flow~ - (Royal Lyceum Studio Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland)

Theater Writer
Black Bread and Cucumber~1992 (from Caroline's own extensive written and recorded diaries)

Radio Drama
Countryhouse Mystery~1981 -
Wilaya 7~1981 -
Hunters~1979 -
Election of a Member~1979 -
Passport to Power~1978-1979 -
Death of a Member~1977-1978 -
The Travels of Maudie Tipstaff~1969 -

When Loves Speaks~2002 - (reader) Track 45 When forty winters shall besiege they brow

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Beijing Student Film Festival:
Rec'd 2011 Audience Award at International Competition for Elsie (shared)
Charrington Awards:
Rec'd ???? Best Actress for Particular Friendships
Golden Globe (Russian):
Rec'd 1994 (annual award) foreigner who has made a special contribution to Russian Theatre
Raindance Film Festival:
Nom 2012 Jury Prize Best UK Short for Elsie (shared)
Royal Television Society, UK:
Rec'd 2012 Student Television Award Undergraduate - Fiction for Elsie (shared)
Student Academy Awards, USA:
Rec'd 2012 Honorary Foreign Film Award Foreign Short for Elsie (shared)

1995 - took part in Theatre Quiz - National v RSC (she was part of the National Team)

Founding member of Wimbledon Actors Company

First non-Russian  woman to act in a Russian Russian.

Special Thanks to Derek Maki and for the generous contributions they made to the SWAD!
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