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Carol Cleveland

Cleveland at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, October 18, 2009.
Born 13 January 1942 (1942-01-13) (age 68)
London, England
Occupation actress; comedienne
Spouse(s) Peter Brett (1971-1983, div)
Official website

Carol Cleveland (born 13 January 1942, London) is an American actress/comedienne, most notable for her appearances as the only significant female performer on Monty Python's Flying Circus.


Early life

Born in London, she moved to the United States with her mother and U.S. Air Force stepfather at an early age. She was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Antonio, Texas; and later Pasadena, California where she attended John Marshall Junior High School and Pasadena High School. She is a former Miss California Navy and appeared as Miss Teen Queen in MAD Magazine at age 15.

Cleveland returned with her family to London in 1960,[1] and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


A stage actress who had appeared as an extra in The Persuaders! and other TV shows and films, she started to appear as an extra in BBC comedy productions, including the The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise and Spike Milligan.

This brought her to the attention of the production team of Monty Python's Flying Circus. She appeared in 30 of the 45 episodes in the series. Sometimes referred to as the "other Python" or "the seventh Python", she played an archetypal blonde bombshell. Stage directions for her first sketch described her as "a blonde buxom wench in the full bloom of womanhood." Privately called "Carol Cleavage" by the other Pythons, she called herself the "glamour stooge." She appeared nude (briefly) in two Python sketches, apparently avoiding the censors by showcasing extended cleavage. Cleveland starred in all four of the Monty Python movies, including the dual roles of Zoot and Dingo, twin leaders of the maidens in the Castle Anthrax, in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Her mother, Pat, appeared in Monty Python on several occasions, once as a mental patient with an axe embedded in her head.

Cleveland was voted number three in Splendor magazine's "100 Most Beautiful Entertainers" list in 1972.

In 1995, Cleveland had a small cameo in a Fist of Fun sketch, a BBC comedy show featuring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. During a radio interview in Birmingham to promote a British tour of Tom Stoppard's play Dirty Linen in the early 1980s, Cleveland confided an embarrassing incident in dress rehearsal. One scene called for her to climb onto a table and pull off her skirt. It was only when her fellow cast members went suddenly silent that Cleveland realised she'd forgotten to put on any underwear that morning.

Cleveland now performs in a one-woman show, Carol Cleveland Reveals All.

Personal life

Cleveland was married to Peter Brett, from 1971 to 1983.


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