Cheryl Campbell
Born (1949-05-22) 22 May 1949 (age 75)
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active1974–present

Cheryl Campbell (born 22 May 1949) is an English actress of stage, film and television. She starred opposite Bob Hoskins in the 1978 BBC drama Pennies From Heaven, before going on to win the 1980 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Testament of Youth and Malice Aforethought, and the 1982 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival for A Doll's House. Her film appearances include Chariots of Fire (1981), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and The Shooting Party (1985).

Early life

Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, Campbell is the daughter of an airline pilot. She was educated at Francis Bacon Grammar School, St Albans, and at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[1] Her repertory theatre experience includes the Palace Theatre, Watford, Birmingham Rep and the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow.[2]


Campbell is known for her starring role as Vera Brittain in the BBC's television dramatisation of Testament of Youth (1979), for which she received Best Actress awards from the British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award.[3]

Campbell had earned her first BAFTA nomination the previous year for her portrayal of Eileen Everson opposite Bob Hoskins in Dennis Potter's television serial Pennies from Heaven (1978).[1] Campbell's one other role in a work by Potter was as Janet in Rain on the Roof (1980).[2]


As a stage performer Campbell has twice been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. At the RSC in 1982, she played Nora Helmer in Adrian Noble's production of Ibsen's A Doll's House (for which she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival).[3] In that same season, she also appeared as Diana in All's Well That Ends Well.

She returned to the RSC in the 1992–94 season, playing Lady Macbeth to Derek Jacobi's lead in Noble's controversial production of Macbeth; Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling; Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor[2] and Natasha in Misha's Party.[1] She worked at the Royal National Theatre: playing as a junior member of the company in 1975, as Freda in Sir Peter Hall's Old Vic production of John Gabriel Borkman (starring Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Dame Wendy Hiller)[1] and as Maggie in W. S. Gilbert's Engaged; in 1995, as Lady Politic Would-Be in Matthew Warchus's Volpone; and in 2003 as Dotty Otley in the NT's touring (and London) revival of Noises Off.[4]

Campbell's other stage performances in London have encompassed the classics as well as new plays; they include You Never Can Tell (Lyric, 1979); Miss Julie (1983) in the title role; Little Eyolf (1985) as Asta; The Daughter-in-Law (1985) as Minnie; The Sneeze (a Chekhov selection) (1988) in various roles;[3] Betrayal (1991) as Emma; The Strip (1995) as Loretta; Some Sunny Day (1996) as Emily; The Seagull (1997) as Arkadina; Passion (2000) as Nell; and Life After George (2002) as Beatrix.[1]

In provincial theatre, she has appeared in: The Country Wife (Manchester Royal Exchange) as Margery Pinchwife; The Constant Wife (Theatr Clwyd) as Constance; A Streetcar Named Desire (Leicester Haymarket) as Blanche (for which she received a Regional Theatre Best Actress award); and So Long Life (touring production) as Wendy.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 McVicar Sheila McVicar
1980 Hawk the Slayer Sister Monica
1981 Chariots of Fire Jennie Liddell
1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Lady Alice Clayton
1985 The Shooting Party Lady Aline Hartlip
2010 Tamara Drewe Lucetta


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Affairs of the Heart Emma Gosselin
1975 Edward the Seventh Princess Beatrice Episodes 8 and 10
1975 Within These Walls Susan Carpenter Episode: Long Shadows
1976 Killers Miss Duncan Episode: "The Crumbles Murder"
1978 Pennies From Heaven Eileen
1978 The Sweeney Erica Taylor
1978 Lillie Sarah Bernhardt
1979 Malice Aforethought Madeleine Cranmere
1979 Testament of Youth Vera Brittain
1980 Rain on the Roof Janet
1981 The Seven Dials Mystery Lady Eileen 'Bundle' Brent
1984 A Winter Harvest Caroline Ashurst TV series, 3 episodes
1985 Absurd Person Singular Eva Jackson TV movie
1986 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Griselda Clement Episode: “The Murder at the Vicarage
1987 A Sort of Innocence Elizabeth Fellowes TV series, 6 episodes
1990 Centrepoint Maria Wearing TV Mini-Series (4 episodes)
1990 Boon Pamela Drake Episode: “The Tender Trap
1990 Inspector Morse Sylvie Maxton Episode: “The Infernal Serpent
1990 The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Lady Frances Carfax Episode: “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
1991 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Corrine Last Episode: “Means of Evil” Part 1 & 2
1992 The Secret Agent Winnie Verloc
1992 Maigret Aline Bauche
1995 Ghosts Mrs. Maradick Episode: "Shadowy Third
1996 Bramwell Emily Coxon
1997 The Mill on the Floss Bessy Tulliver
1999 Wing and a Prayer Louise McAllister
1999 A Touch of Frost Diana Grey Episode: "Appendix Man" as the assistant to the police coroner
2000 Monsignor Renard Madeleine Claveau
2000 Midsomer Murders Sandra MacKillop Episode: "Beyond the Grave"
2001 The Way We Live Now Lady Carbury
2002 Foyle's War Emily Gascoigne Episode: "A Lesson in Murder"
2003 William and Mary Molly Gilcrest
2005 To the Ends of the Earth Lady Somerset
2005 Waking the Dead Maureen Hunt Episode: "Undertow"
2005 Funland Valerie Hinchcliffe
2006 Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! Louie Williams TV movie
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Jean Swainbank Episode: “Fallen Angel” Part 1 & 2
2006 Spooks Deputy Prime Minister Episode: “Aftermath
2007 Peep Show Penny Chapman Episode: “Sophie’s Parents”, “Wedding”
2008 Lewis Valli Helm Episode: "Music to Die For"
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Lady Boynton Episode: "Appointment with Death"
2010 The Sarah Jane Adventures Ocean Waters Episode: "The Vault of Secrets" Part 1 & 2
2011 Casualty Miriam Turner TV series, 10 episodes
2012, 2014 Call the Midwife Lady Browne TV series - 3 episodes
2013 Breathless Mrs Truscott TV Mini-Series - 5 episodes
2013 Midsomer Murders Vivian Stannington Episode: "The Sicilian Defence"
2015 Doctor Foster Helen Foster TV series, 3 episodes


  1. ^ a b c d e Slide, Anthony (1996). Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-313-29550-8.
  2. ^ a b c "Looks Worth Yards of Dialog",, 18 October 1992.
  3. ^ a b c Will Scott (20 January 2003). "Cheryl Campbell: interviewed January 2003". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  4. ^ "For mirth and mayhem this is matchless",, 15 August 2003.