Cheryl Campbell Undressed
Cheryl Campbell is a British actress of stage, film and television who is perhaps best known for her starring role as Vera Brittain in the BBC's television dramatization of ''Testament of Youth'' (1979), for which she received a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for best actress and a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for best actress. Campbell earned her first BAFTA nomination just the previous year, for a very different character in a very different drama. To connoisseurs of Dennis Potter, Campbell is forever identified with the role of Eileen Everson, the female lead opposite Bob Hoskins in Potter's 1978 television serial, understatedly described as a drama-with-music, ''Pennies from Heaven.
Cheryl Campbell is also, perhaps more importantly, a stage performer of considerable note and great range. She has been twice a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. At the RSC in 1982, she played Nora in Adrian Noble's memorable production of Ibsen's ''A Doll's House'' (for which she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival). 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; Beatrice-Joanna in "The Changeling"; Mistress Ford in "The Merry Wives of Windsor"; & Natasha in "Misha's Party." She has also worked at the Royal National Theater: playing as a junior member of the company in 1975, as Freda in Peter Hall's Old Vic production of "John Gabriel Borkman" (starring Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft & Wendy Hiller) & as Maggie in W.S. Gilbert's "Engaged"; in 1995, as an entirely memorable Lady Politic Would-Be in Matthew Warchus's "Volpone"; & in 2003 as Dotty Otley in the NT's touring (& London) revival of "Noises Off."
Campbell's other stage performances in London have encompassed the classics as well as new plays; they include "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; "Betrayal" (1991) as Emma; "The Strip" (1995) as Loretta; "Some Sunny Day" (1996) as Emily; "The Seagull" (1997) as Arkadina; "Passion Play" (2000) as Nell; & "Life After George" (2002) as Beatrix. In provincial theatre (aside from the touring productions of "The Seagull" & "Noises Off"), Campbell 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.
She has also appeared regularly on British TV:
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