Last year Haydn Gwynne played Margaret Thatcher opposite Helen Mirren as the Queen in the West End production of The Audience for which she won the WhatsOnStage Award...Read More
Last year Haydn Gwynne played Margaret Thatcher opposite Helen Mirren as the Queen in the West End production of The Audience for which she won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. She played Queen Elizabeth opposite Kevin Spacey as Richard III in Sam Mendes’s acclaimed Bridge Project production, following a season at London’s Old Vic Theatre, BAM New York and a sell-out world tour. For Stephen Daldry, she appeared in the West End and later on Broadway as the dance teacher in Billy Elliot The Musical winning a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, & Theater World Awards for Best Actress in a musical, as well as nominations for an Olivier & a Tony Award. She was also nominated for an Olivier for her role in the London production Cy Coleman and Larry Gelbart’s City Of Angels. Other British premiere productions include Becky Shaw at the Almeida, The Memory Of Water for Hampstead Theatre, and the ill-fated Ziegfeld at the London Palladium. She also recently starred on tour in Tom Kempinski’s two-hander Duet For One. She has made numerous appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Aase/Solveig in Peer Gynt, and Mistress Page in Greg Doran’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor with Judi Dench and Simon Callow. She has worked several times at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre but had her first experience of ‘in-the-round’ theatre when Allan Aykbourn directed her in her very first professional job at his theatre in Scarborough. She returns to the West End soon in a new musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, which will also star Tamsin Greig.
Haydn is best known on television for her lead roles in Peak Practice, Merseybeat, Nice Work, & Drop The Dead Donkey, winning three Royal Television Society Awards for Best Actress, & nominations for a British Comedy Award & a BAFTA. Her numerous TV credits include HBO's Rome, Shylock, The Secret, Lewis, Poirot, Midsomer Murders, Dalziel and Pascoe, Absolute Power, Consenting Adults and most recently Death in Paradise, Uncle and Silent Witness. She has just completed filming on Ripper Street, Father Brown, and a new BBC 1 screenplay The C Word.
Her film work includes Remember Me, The Pleasure Principle, These Foolish Things, and Hunky Dory with Minnie Driver.
She can often be heard on Radio 4, both in drama and reading for Book of The Week and Book At Bedtime.
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