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Lisa Dillon
Born 1979
England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003 - present

Lisa Dillon (born 1979, Coventry) is Critics Circle Award-winning English actress.

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Career

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Theatre

Whilst training at RADA, Dillon appeared in several training productions, including: Hamlet and The Tempest by William Shakespeare, The Devils by John Whiting, The Devil's Law Case by John Webster, Yentl by Leah Napolin and The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge.

Having graduated from RADA, her first theatrical job was the title role in Euripides' Iphigeneia at Aulis at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield[1]. She then went on to appear in numerous theatre productions, including as Hilda Wangel in The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen at the Albery Theatre, (now the Noël Coward Theatre) London[2], Desdemona in Othello (with the RSC at the Trafalgar Studios, London, before embarking on an international tour)[3], Ibsen's Hedda Gabler as Thea (Almeida Theatre, London, later transferring to the Duke of York's Theatre, London)[4] and Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams (The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon later transferring to the Almeida Theatre, London)[5].

In 2007 she returned to the Crucible to play Celia in Shakespeare's As You Like It during February[6] (in a production that also played at the RSC complete works festival) and Varya in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard during March[7]. She then she starred in the National Theatre's revival of Noël Coward's Present Laughter[8] and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other[9]. She also appeared in Anna Mackmin's 2008 West End revival of Under the Blue Sky by David Eldridge.

In 2009 Dillon will star in When the Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida.

Television

Dillon is now best known for her role as Mary Smith in the British television series Cranford[10] on BBC One where she starred alongside Michael Gambon and Judi Dench. She also starred in the 2003 drama Cambridge Spies[11] and the 2004 TV film, Hawking[12], both of which were also for the BBC.

Film

Dillon's film credits include the Stephen Fry directed 2003 film Bright Young Things[13].

Music

In 2008 Dillon duetted with British singer-songwriter Tim Arnold (musician) on his song "She's Made A Gentleman Of Me".[14]

Personal life

Dillon went to Bournemouth School for Girls and left in 1997. She began a degree in English Literature and Drama at Royal Holloway but abandoned it when she won a place at RADA.

Awards

In 2003 she was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer of the Year for the performance she gave in a production of Ibsen's The Master Builder [15]. She won that year's Ian Charleson Award, in part, for that performance.

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