Linda Marlowe

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Theatre includes: ‘Decadence’, ‘The Trial’, ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Greek’, ‘Coriolanus’ (West End) directed by Steven Berkoff. ‘Too Clever By Half’ and ‘A Flea in Her Ear’ (Old Vic) directed by Richard Jones. ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ (Manchester Royal Exchange) directed by Greg Hersov. ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff), ‘Callas’ directed by Paul Kerryson (Oldham Coliseum). ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ directed by Ralph Koltai (Nottingham Playhouse). ‘The Virtuoso’, ‘The Theban Trilogy’ and ‘Twelfth Night’ (The RSC). ‘The Misanthrope’ (Young Vic) directed by Lindsay Posner. ‘Goodbye To All That’ (Royal Court) directed by Simon Godwin. ‘Mother Adam’ (Jermyn St Theatre) directed by Gene David Kirk. Solo shows: ‘Berkoff’s Women’, ‘No Fear’, ‘Mortal Ladies Possessed’, ‘Believe’, ‘The World’s Wife’ and ‘Miss Havisham’s Expectations’ (West End and International tours). The role of Hamlet with The Georgian Puppet Company. ‘Dances of Death’ (Gate Theatre) in a new adaptation by Howard Brenton directed by Tom Littler. ‘In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel’ by Tennessee Williams (Charing Cross Theatre) directed by Robert Chevara.

TV credits include: ‘Floodtide’, ‘The Avengers’, ‘The Queens Arms’, ‘The Fear’, ‘The Ruth Rendell Mysteries’, ‘The Green Man’ (with Albert Finney), ‘Lovejoy’, ‘Love Hurts’, ‘Class Act’, ‘She’s Out’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Dalziel and Pascoe’, ‘Midsomer Murders’, ‘Spooks’, ‘Family’, ‘Foyle’s War’, ‘Jekyll’, ‘I Shouldn’t Be Alive’, ‘The Borgias’, ‘The Guilty’, ‘Houdini’ (an American 2-part drama with Adrien Brody), ‘EastEnders’, ‘Wallis: The Queen that Never Was’ and ‘Casualty’.

Film credits include: ‘Big Zapper’, ‘Beckett’, ‘The Man Outside’, ‘Tamlyn’, ‘Manifesto’, ‘Mr Love’, ‘The House Of Mirth’, ‘Day of the Dead’, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ and ‘The Wedding Video’.

Directing credits include: ‘Lunch’ (Library Theatre, Manchester, Kings Head, New End, Young Vic, London), ‘Zoo Story’ (New End, London), ‘A View From The Bridge’ and ‘Madhouse In Goa’ (Oldham Coliseum), ‘Metamorphosis’ (Contact Theatre, Manchester). ‘Through The Leaves’, ‘The Artificial Jungle’, ‘Mensch Meier’, ‘A View From The Bridge’ and ‘There Are Crimes And Crimes’ (Leicester Haymarket Theatre). ‘Invade My Privacy’ (Riverside Studios, London). ‘Curry Tales’ and ‘Shades of Brown’, written and performed by Rani Moorthy. ‘Quentin Crisp Naked Hope’ and ‘Silence of Snow’ written and performed by Mark Farrelly.

Awards: Manchester Evening News Award - Best Director, 1990. What’s On Stage People’s Choice Award - Solo Show: Best Actress, 2001.

“I was living in Baker Street paying £10 pounds a week in rent when I was approached by some property developers who wanted to pull down all the Georgian houses on my side of the street. I loved this flat. I’d watched the Beatles paint the Apple music building across the road in psychedelic colours, for one thing. The developers offered to re-house me in the area for the same rent or pay me a lump sum of £500. I turned them down. I was a sitting tenant and had rights. Over the course of two and a half years they kept ringing. When I knew it was them I would pretend to be the French maid and tell them – in a heavy French accent – that ‘Linda was not at ‘ome’. Every time they called they had a higher offer and when it reached £8k, I took it – despite thinking of myself as a gypsy and not wanting to own anywhere. I bought my first flat for £10.5k, but then I was skint and had to sell it. So I found a basement flat in West Kensington for less money - not thinking about how I hate living below ground and about how unsafe I feel at basement level. Anyway, there was some sort of weird voodoo - bad vibes in that flat – and never spent a night alone in there for the 11 months I owned it. It was like I was being haunted. One day I came home to ‘‘I’m going to kill you Linda’ painted on the outside wall. So when the property market went up I sold it at a profit and because I was pregnant I decided I needed a house and bought one. So within 5 years I moved three times and then I found the house I never want to move out of and I’ve been here 39 years.”