Jane Lapotaire

Actor
An acclaimed British actress noted for her portrayals of high-strung females, Jane Lapotaire has more or less concentrated on the stage but has offered memorable turns in features and TV programs. Born and raised in ... Read more »
Born: 12/26/1944 in Suffolk, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Downton Abbey 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

A History of Britain 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

There's Only One Jimmy Grimble 2000 (Movie)

Alice--Old Woman (Actor)

Shooting Fish 1998 (Movie)

Dylan's Headmistress (Actor)

Testament: The Bible in Animation 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Lady Jane 1986 (Movie)

Princess Mary (Actor)

Eureka 1984 (Movie)

Helen McCann (Actor)

Piaf 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Country Matters I 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing 1974 (Movie)

Miss Prescott (Actor)

Crescendo 1971 (Movie)

Lillianne (Actor)

The Asphyx 1971 (Movie)

Christina (Actor)

Antony and Cleopatra 1969 (Movie)

Charmian (Actor)

Murder By Moonlight (TV Show)

Actor

Seal Morning (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark Angel (TV Show)

Actor

The Master Builder (TV Show)

Actor

To Catch a King (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An acclaimed British actress noted for her portrayals of high-strung females, Jane Lapotaire has more or less concentrated on the stage but has offered memorable turns in features and TV programs. Born and raised in Ipswitch, she was trained for the stage at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, joining their company in 1965. After two seasons, Lapotaire moved to the newly-formed National Theatre where she distinguished herself in secondary roles. She moved up to leading lady as one of the co-founders of the Young Vic Theatre, undertaking Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew" and Jocasta in "Oedipus" (both 1970-71). After a decade spent playing leads in many of Shakespeare's comedies, Lapotaire landed the breakthrough role of Edith Piaf in Pam Gems' acclaimed "Piaf". Fully capturing the petite chanteuse, she earned numerous accolades and traveled to the USA to recreate the role on Broadway in 1981. (The show was filmed and aired in syndication.) Since her acclaimed turn, she has continued to create finely etched characters in plays as varied as "Shadowlands" (1989-90), "Ghosts" (1993) and "Henry VIII" (1998).

Relationships

Lola Lapotaire

Half-Sister

Roland Joffe

Husband
had son together divorced c. 1978

Rowan Joffe

Son
born c. 1972 father, Roland Joffe

Louise Lapotaire

Mother
British had fling with visiting American serviceman as a teenager and became pregnant with Lapotaire abandoned daughter at age of three months after marriage to Yves Lapotaire, reclaimed 12-year-old daughter was an alcoholic died in 1999

Yves Lapotaire

Step-Father
French

Oliver Wood

Husband
married in 1965 divorced in 1967

Leonard Woodley

Companion
romantically involved in the late 1980s

EDUCATION

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Milestones

1999

Starred as Maria Callas in "Master Class" on tour in the United Kingdom; tour interrupted when she underwent emergency brain surgery

1998

Toured USA in RSC production of "Henry VIII", playing Katherine of Aragon

1996

Played the artist's first wife in the Merchant-Ivory film "Surviving Picasso"

1992

Rejoined the RSC as company member

1987

Had featured role in ABC miniseries "Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story"

1984

American TV-movie debut "To Catch a King" (HBO)

1982

Played "Piaf" in syndicated TV version

1981

Played Cleopatra in "Anthony and Cleopatra" on the PBS broadcast of "The Shakespeare Plays"

1981

Recreated London stage role of "Piaf" on Broadway; received Tony Award as Best Actress in a Play

1978

Returned to the RSC for three years

1977

Played title role in British TV production, "Marie Curie"

1970

Played the servant Charmian in "Antony and Cleopatra", directed and adapted by and starring Charlton Heston

1969

Supported Laurence Olivier in the National Theatre production of "The Merchant of Venice"

1968

Had early film role in "Isadora"

1965

Member of Bristol Old Vic Company; made professional stage debut in "When We Were Married"

1957

After mother's marriage, "adopted" by stepfather when she was 12 years old (date approximate)

Had career breakthrough role in stage play "Piaf"

Moved to the Prospect Theatre Company

Abandoned at age three months by her teenage mother and raised by her "Gran"

Co-starred with Nigel Hawthorne in the London production of "Shadowlands"

Spent one year with RSC

Became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

Joined the National Theatre, London

Bonus Trivia

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She is deaf in one ear.

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