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Brenda Dowsett

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Physical details

Gender: Female

Eye colour: Blue/Grey

Hair colour: Grey

Hair length: Short

Playing age: 65 - 80 years

Actual age: 82

Height: 5ft 5ins

Weight: 59kg

Build: Thin

Location: London

Nationality type: European

Appearance: White


Brenda is an experienced theatre actress, having played a wide range of leading and character roles with various regional companies after traning at The Webber-Douglas School. She first went to the National Theatre in 1977 where she appeared in The Lady From Maxims, Brand, Macbeth and The Woman. She played The Mother in Women Beware Women and Yvonne in A Small Family Business at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and appeared in the Winslow Boy at Theatre Royal Windsor. Mrs Higgins in Pygmalion is a favourite part which she played in Wales. She toured in Steaming and A Murder is Annouced.

Recently she worked at The Bridewell Theatre, playing Vee in Lunch Girls and The Mother in After Magritte.

TV credits include Young Shoulders, Eastenders and Bramwell.


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2010 Mrs F. Village Woman, How TV Ruined Your Life , BBC , Charlie Brooker
2008 Georgina Edmonds, Crimewatch UK , BBC , Michael Armit
2005 Various, Modern Toss , Channel X
2000 Mrs Finlayson, Young Shoulders , BBC , Silvio Narizzano
1995 Lady Palfrey, Bramwell (II) , Whitby Davison/Carlton , David Tucker
1992 Social Services Secretary, Eastenders , BBC , Stephen Butcher
2008 Sleepwalker, Sleepwalk Amnesty , Dark Fibre , Mark Hawker
2006 Mrs Brady, Nadine , Matchstix Productions , Ian Simpson
2006 Mrs Fry, The Penalty King , Twin Track , Chris Cook
2005 Mrs Edith Thomas, Undue Influence , Legal Network TV , John Lyte
2005 Brenda Morgan, Care and Evidence , Sightline , Keith Thomas
2007 Various, The Archive Hour The Whisperers , BBC , Mark Burman
2006 Megan, SSDA Scenario , Take One Productions , Richard Fawkes
2000 Hospital Sister, Stereotypes , Royal College of Medicine
2000 Lady Joanna, Spark EPR , Royal College of Art
2005 Gertrude, Homofonia , The British Library , Ming Wong
2004 Mme Duval/Mrs Selwyn, Evelina , Historia Theatre Company , Kate Glover
2000 Miss Webb, Gynae Ward , The Tabard , Stephen Butcher
2000 Witch, Macbeth , National Theatre Company , Peter Hall
2000 Rosemary, A Stone's Throw from the Sea , Soho Theatre , Jonathen Meth
2000 Servant, The Lady from Maxims , National Theatre Company , Christopher Morahan
2000 Mrs Hepworth, Hobsons Choice , Fulcrum, Slough , John Bromley
2000 Village Woman, Brand , National Theatre Company , Christopher Morahan
2000 Hercuba's Waiting Woman, The Woman , National Theatre Company , Edward Bond
1999 Mother, After Magritte , Bridewell Theatre , Carol Metcalf
1997 Vee, Lunch Girls , Bridewell Theatre , Astrid Hilne
1993 Mrs Higgins, Pygmalion , New Triad Co , John Strehlow
1989 Yvonne, Small Family Business , Birmingham Rep Theatre , Helena Kaut-Howson
1989 the Mother, Women Beware Women , Birmingham Rep Theatre , John Adams
1988 Miss Barnes, The Winslow Boy , Windsor Theatre Royal , Joan Riley
1988 Small Parts, 'Tis A Pity She's A Whore , Royal National Theatre , Alan Ayckbourn
Stage Tour
2000 Mrs Meadows, Steaming , Channel Theatre Tour , Kevin Wood
1994 Clara Swettenham, A Murder is Announced , Bill Kenwright Ltd , John Adams


Accents & Dialects

Yorkshire, East Anglian, RP*, Standard USA, London, Northern, Home Counties


Mezzo soprano

Other skills

Singer, Video, Verse Speaking


Webber Douglas School - 1957-59 - full drama course