Jane Lapotaire
Jane Lapotaire is a British
British people
The British are citizens of the United Kingdom, of the Isle of Man, any of the Channel Islands, or of any of the British overseas territories, and their descendants...


She studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, opened by Laurence Olivier in 1946, is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, an organisation securing the highest standards of training in the performing arts, and is an associate school of the Faculty of Creative Arts of the University of the...

 in the 1960s. Her role in the title role of Marie Curie (1977) first brought her to wide attention. In 1978 she performed the title role Édith Piaf
Édith Piaf
Édith Piaf , born Édith Giovanna Gassion, was a French singer and cultural icon who became widely regarded as France's greatest popular singer. Her singing reflected her life, with her specialty being ballads...

 for Pam Gems
Pam Gems
Pam Gems was a British playwright. The author of numerous original plays, as well as of adaptations of works by major European playwrights of the past, Gems is best known for the 1978 musical play Piaf.-Personal life:...

's play Piaf
Piaf (play)
Piaf is a play by Pam Gems that focuses on the life and career of French chanteuse Edith Piaf. The biographical drama with music portrays the singer in a most unflattering light...

, directed by Howard Davies for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The company employs 700 staff and produces around 20 productions a year from its home in Stratford-upon-Avon and plays regularly in London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and on tour across...

, in Stratford-upon-Avon
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 and in London at the Warehouse Theatre
Warehouse Theatre
The Warehouse Theatre is a professional producing theatre with one hundred seats in the centre of the London Borough of Croydon, south London, England based in an oak-beamed former cement Victorian warehouse...

, Covent Garden
Covent Garden
Covent Garden is a district in London on the eastern fringes of the West End, between St. Martin's Lane and Drury Lane. It is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist site, and the Royal Opera House, which is also known as...

 in 1979. In 1981 the show moved to New York's Plymouth Theatre
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 236 West 45th Street in midtown-Manhattan named for Gerald Schoenfeld....

 on Broadway
Broadway theatre
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. Lapotaire won the Tony Award
Tony Award
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 for Best Actress in a Play.

Personal life

She was married to director Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé
Roland Joffé is an English-French film director who is known for his Oscar nominated movies, The Killing Fields and The Mission. He began his career in television. His early television credits included episodes of Coronation Street and an adaptation of The Stars Look Down for Granada...

 from 1974 to 1980; they had one son, screenwriter and director Rowan Joffé
Rowan Joffé
Rowan Marc Joffé is a British screenwriter and director. He is the son of director Roland Joffé and actress Jane Lapotaire, and half-brother of actress Nathalie Lunghi....

 (born 1973).


She wrote an autobiography, Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child, which includes an account of her childhood growing up in Levington Road, Ipswich
Ipswich is a large town and a non-metropolitan district. It is the county town of Suffolk, England. Ipswich is located on the estuary of the River Orwell...

. In 2000 while working in France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

, Lapotaire suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. She writes about her recovery in Time Out of Mind.

Selected filmography

  • Eleventh Hour (TV series)
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a series of BBC television programmes about Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton of Scotland Yard and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers...

    (TV series)
  • He Knew He Was Right
    He Knew He Was Right (TV serial)
    He Knew He Was Right was a 2004 BBC TV adaptation of the novel of the same name by Anthony Trollope. It was directed by Tom Vaughan.*Jenny Uglow consultant*Nigel Stafford-Clark producer-Cast:*Oliver Dimsdale - Louis Trevelyan...

    (2004 TV mini-series) - Lady Milborough
  • Bella and the Boys
    Bella and the Boys
    Bella and the Boys is a one-off British television drama, produced by the independent production company Century Films for the BBC and originally screened on the BBC Two network on 15 February 2004...

    (2004 TV film) - Mrs. Rogers
  • There's Only One Jimmy Grimble
    There's Only One Jimmy Grimble
    There's Only One Jimmy Grimble is a 2000 film set around Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. The film centred on one young boy's dream to play for Manchester City F.C.-Plot:...

    (2000) - Alice Brewer
  • Arabian Nights (2000 TV film) - Miriam
  • Shooting Fish
    Shooting Fish
    Shooting Fish is a 1997 British film co-written by Richard Holmes and Stefan Schwartz. Holmes produced and Schwartz directed. It co-starred Dan Futterman and Stuart Townsend as two con men with Kate Beckinsale as their unwilling assistant. It was produced by Winchester Films and partly funded by...

    (1997) - Dylan's Headmistress
  • Surviving Picasso
    Surviving Picasso
    Surviving Picasso is a 1996 Merchant Ivory Film starring Anthony Hopkins as the painter Pablo Picasso. It was shot in Paris and southern France.It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant and David L. Wolper...

    (1996) - Olga Picasso
  • Simisola
    Simisola is a novel by British crime writer Ruth Rendell. It features her recurring detective Inspector Wexford, and is the 16th in the series.-Film, TV or theatrical adaptations:...

    (1996 TV film) - Anouk Khoori
  • Johnny and the Dead
    Johnny and the Dead
    Johnny and the Dead is the second novel by Terry Pratchett to feature the character Johnny Maxwell. The other novels in the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy are Only You Can Save Mankind and Johnny and the Bomb...

    (1995 TV series) - Mrs. Sylvia Liberty
  • The Alleyn Mysteries
    Roderick Alleyn
    Roderick Alleyn is a fictional character who first appeared in 1934. He is the policeman hero of the 32 detective novels of Ngaio Marsh. Marsh and her gentleman detective belong firmly in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, although the last Alleyn novel, Light Thickens, was published as late as...

    (TV series)
  • Love Hurts
    Love Hurts (UK TV series)
    Love Hurts is a British situation-comedy television series that was broadcast from 1992 to 1994 on the BBC. It was scripted by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran and starred Adam Faith, Zoë Wanamaker and Jane Lapotaire as Frank Carver, Tessa Piggott and Diane Warburg, respectively....

    (TV series) - Diane Warburg (Series 1-2, 1992–1993)
  • Murder in Space (1989 TV film) - Louise Mackey
  • Lady Jane
    Lady Jane (film)
    Lady Jane is a 1986 British costume drama romance film directed by Trevor Nunn, written by David Edgar, and starring Helena Bonham Carter as the title character in her first major film role. It tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days' Queen, on her reign and romance with husband Lord...

    (1986) - Princess Mary
  • Eureka
    Eureka (1984 film)
    Eureka is a 1983 film, directed by Nicolas Roeg. It is the story of a Klondike prospector, Jack McCann who strikes it rich, yet ends up fearing that his daughter Tracy and his son-in-law are scheming to take his wealth and his soul; moreover, greedy investors are also hunting McCann's...

    (1984) - Helen McCann
  • Macbeth
    BBC Television Shakespeare
    The BBC Television Shakespeare was a set of television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, produced by the BBC between 1978 and 1985.-Origins:...

    (1983 TV film) - Lady Macbeth
    Lady Macbeth
    Lady Macbeth may refer to:*Lady Macbeth, from William Shakespeare's play Macbeth**Queen Gruoch of Scotland, the real-life Queen on whom Shakespeare based the character...

  • Antony & Cleopatra
    BBC Television Shakespeare
    The BBC Television Shakespeare was a set of television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, produced by the BBC between 1978 and 1985.-Origins:...

    (1981 TV film) - Cleopatra
  • The Devil's Crown
    The Devil's Crown
    The Devil's Crown was a BBC television series which dramatised the reigns of three medieval Kings of England: Henry II and his sons Richard I and John....

    (1978 TV series) - Aliéner d'Aquitaine
  • One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
    One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing
    One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing is a 1975 British comedy film, which is set in the early 1920s, about the theft of a dinosaur skeleton from the Natural History Museum. The film was produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company. The title is a parody of the...

    (1975) - Miss Prescott
  • Edward the Seventh (1975 TV mini-series) - Empress Marie of Russia
  • Crown Court
    Crown Court (TV series)
    Crown Court was an afternoon television courtroom drama produced by Granada Television for the ITV network that ran from 1972, when the Crown Court system replaced Assize courts and Quarter sessions in the legal system of England and Wales, to 1984....

    (TV series)
  • Van der Valk (TV series)
  • The Asphyx
    The Asphyx
    The Asphyx is a 1972 British horror film directed by Peter Newbrook. Also known as Spirit of the Dead and The Horror of Death, it stars Robert Stephens and Robert Powell.-Plot:...

    (1973) - Peter Newbrook
  • Armchair Theatre
    Armchair Theatre
    Armchair Theatre is a British television drama anthology series, which ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television after 1968....

    (TV series)
  • Love and Mr Lewisham
    Love and Mr Lewisham
    Love and Mr Lewisham is a 1900 novel by H. G. Wells, amongst his first outside the science fiction genre.-Plot summary:Mr. Lewisham leaves the country to live in London. His youthful dreams of fame and glory slowly fade, replaced by the possibility of redemption through love. Mr. Lewisham attends...

    (1972 TV series) - Miss Heydinger
  • Callan
    Callan (TV series)
    Callan is the title of a British television series set in the murky world of espionage. Originally produced by ABC Weekend Television and later Thames Television, it was aired on the ITV network over four seasons spread out between 1967 and 1972...

    (TV series)
  • Antony and Cleopatra
    Antony and Cleopatra (1972 film)
    Antony and Cleopatra is a 1972 film adaptation of the play of the same name by William Shakespeare made by the Rank Organisation. It was directed by Charlton Heston and produced by Peter Snell from a screenplay by Federico De Urrutia and the director....

    (1972) - Charmian
  • The Edwardians
    The Edwardians
    The Edwardians is one of Vita Sackville-West's later novels and a clear critique of the Edwardian aristocratic society as well as a reflection of her own childhood experiences. It belongs to the genre of the Bildungsroman and describes the development of the main character Sebastian within his...

    (1972 TV mini-series) - Alice Houston
  • Jason King
    Jason King (TV series)
    Jason King was a British television series produced from 1971 to 1972. Each episode was one hour in duration , and the series had a run of one season of 26 episodes. As well as its native UK, the series was also screened in countries as far afield as Australia, Norway, Argentina and Peru...

    (TV series)
  • Crescendo
    Crescendo (film)
    Crescendo is a 1970 British horror film directed by Alan Gibson and starring Stefanie Powers, James Olson and Margaretta Scott. It was made by Hammer Film Productions.-Plot:...

    (1970) - Lillianne

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