Barbara Rosenblat is a British actress.

She is best known as a prolific narrator of audiobooks. She has also appeared on screen such as in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black as the character Miss Rosa.

Early life

Rosenblat was born in London, England and was raised in New York City in a Jewish family.[1] She attended a Hebrew school as a child.[1]


After returning to London for a family wedding, Rosenblat decided to stay in England.[1] Soon afterwards, she landed a part in a production of Godspell.[1] She continued to work in theatre, as well as various fields of entertainment in the UK such as radio, film and television.[2]

She later returned to the US, and worked at the Library of Congress narrating books for the blind for four years.[2]

On Broadway, she appeared in the musical The Secret Garden and the play Talk Radio.[2][3]

Audiobook narrations

Rosenblat has narrated more than 400 audiobooks, and has been praised for her range of performance in both British and American English accents. She has also narrated a vast range of books across various genres, from classics such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to the literary fiction of T. C. Boyle or short stories of Kurt Vonnegut to paranormal romance novels by Katie McAllister.

Rosenblat is known for her narrations of well-loved mystery series such as Dorothy Gilman’s Mrs. Pollifax series, Elizabeth Peters‘s Amelia Peabody series, and continues to carry many long-running contemporary crime fiction series including:



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Carry on England A.T.S.
1985 Turtle Diary American Woman
1986 The American Way Betsey Blankett
Haunted Honeymoon Reporter
Little Shop of Horrors Fifth Customer
1990 The Care of Time Barbara TV movie
1997 Malcolm and Melvin Mother (voice) Short film
Babe, He Calls Me
2009 Love Is Deaf Subway Lady
2016 Stranded at the Altar Joan the Shopkeeper Short film
For I Must Hold My Tongue Diane
2017 Lost Cat Corona Connie's Mom
2018 Run Maria
2019 Anya Dr. Rosalind Pfenning
MAD? Judy
Weathering with You Mrs. Mamiya, Fortune Teller (voices)
2021 Hidden Dragon Madame Golden Claw (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1976–1981 The Dick Emery Show Herself 2 episodes
1982 Play for Today Rosie Episode: "Under the Skin"
Never the Twain Mrs. Hardy Episode: "A Woman's Place..."
1983 Luna 2B2B Episode: "All the World's a Teletalk Linkup"
Philip Marlowe, Private Eye Lady Columnist Episode: "Smart Alek Kill"
1984 Tales of the Unexpected TV Interviewer Episode: "Have a Nice Death"
1989 Anything More Would Be Greedy Fran Dehring 3 episodes
Mini TV series
1997 The Cartoon Cartoon Show Mother (voice) 2 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nurse Episode: "Rage"
2008 Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns Sal (voice) Episode: "Campaign"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Selma Peters Episode: "Transitions"
2013–2015 Orange Is the New Black Miss Rosa 14 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2014 Girls Nurse Episode: "Flo"
Veep Diane Appleby Episode: "New Hampshire"
2015 Gotham Lidia Bicchieri 2 episodes
Benders Helga Episode: "Secrets and Lies"
Limitless Loretta Episode: "When Pirates Pirates Pirates"
2016 The Venture Bros. Battleaxe (voice) Episode: "Tanks for Nuthin"
2017 House of Cards Louise Talbert Episode: "Chapter 57"
2018 Homeland Attorney General Hoberman 2 episodes
The Looming Tower Elaine Kaufman 2 episodes
2020 Social Distance Connie Episode: “You Gotta Ding-Dong Fling-Flong the Whole Narrative”
2019–2020 The Bug Diaries Spider Mom, Bumblebee, Mrs. Water Bug (voices) 7 episodes
2022 Moon Knight Forger Episode: "The Friendly Type"

Video games

Year Title Role
2005 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories DJ Reni Wassulmaier
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Reni Wassulmaier
2015 Just Cause 3 Rosa Manuela
2018 Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Azanui Karu


  1. ^ a b c d Osterheldt, Jenee (14 June 2014). "Actress brings her dulcet voice to 'Orange Is the New Black,' to audiobooks and now to KC". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Porter, Mary Jean (19 April 1998). "She has quite a story to tell, hundreds in fact". The Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  3. ^ Furman, Phyllis (24 November 2008). "ADVICE THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU". New York Daily News. Retrieved 13 May 2019.