Cathy Tyson

Actor
This strikingly attractive black English performer made a memorable feature debut playing an enigmatic high-class call girl with a secret or two in Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" (1986). As the mysterious love-object of her ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1965 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (12)

Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World 2009 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

The Old Man Who Read Love Stories 2001 (Movie)

Josefina (Actor)

Band of Gold 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Priest 1995 (Movie)

Maria Kerrigan (Actor)

Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Remember" 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Angels 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Brian Cox on Acting in Tragedy 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Turbulence 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Business As Usual 1988 (Movie)

Josie Patterson (Actor)

The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 (Movie)

Marielle Celine (Actor)

Mona Lisa 1986 (Movie)

Simone (Actor)

The Lost Language of Cranes (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This strikingly attractive black English performer made a memorable feature debut playing an enigmatic high-class call girl with a secret or two in Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa" (1986). As the mysterious love-object of her driver, a short, dull-witted but good-hearted ex-con (Bob Hoskins), Tyson projected what the NEW YORK TIMES hailed as "a magical screen personality . . . beautiful, intelligent and hard as nails." The press hype of the day selected her for future film stardom--but something subsequently went awry with her movie career.

Relationships

Craig Charles

Husband
married 1984 worked on the satirical "Saturday Live" TV series

Bob Keegan

Uncle

Charles Tyson

Father
black Trinidadian divorced from Tyson's mother

Margaret Tyson

Mother
white Liverpudlian of Irish descent raised Tyson after the divorce

EDUCATION

Attended college for a year; began acting; dropped out at age 17

St Winifred's Roman Catholic School for Girls

Liverpool

Milestones

1998

Portayed Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" and Audrey in "As You Like It" with the English Shakespeare Company

1995

Returned to US screens after a seven-year hiatus in a supporting role in the British feature "Priest"

1988

US feature debut, Wes Craven's "The Serpent and the Rainbow"

1986

Feature acting debut, Neil Jordan's "Mona Lisa"

1984

Professional stage debut, performed in "The Blitz Show" in Liverpool's Everyman Theatre

Invited to audition for the Royal Shakespeare Company; read the part of Miranda in "The Tempest"; admitted into the RSC where she served an apprenticeship before appearing in productions

Raised in Liverpool, an only child

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