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.
Rosenblat was born in London, England and was raised in New York City in a Jewish family. She attended a Hebrew school as a child.
After returning to London for a family wedding, Rosenblat decided to stay in England. Soon afterwards, she landed a part in a production of Godspell. She continued to work in theatre, as well as various fields of entertainment in the UK such as radio, film and television.
She later returned to the US, and worked at the Library of Congress narrating books for the blind for four years.
On Broadway, she appeared in the musical The Secret Garden and the play Talk Radio.
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:
|1976||Carry on England||A.T.S.|
|1985||Turtle Diary||American Woman|
|1986||The American Way||Betsey Blankett|
|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|
|2019||Anya||Dr. Rosalind Pfenning|
|Weathering with You||Mrs. Mamiya, Fortune Teller (voices)|
|2021||Hidden Dragon||Madame Golden Claw (voice)|
|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
|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"|
|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|