Claire Bloom -
After training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Claire Bloom made her debut on BBC radio programmes. She made her stage debut in 1946, when she was 15, with the Oxford Repertory Theatre. Her London stage debut was in 1947 in the hit Christopher Fry play The Lady's Not For Burning, which also featured the young Richard Burton, starred John Gielgud and Pamela Brown and which, subsequently, was produced, with the aforementioned four, on Broadway in New York. The following year, she received great acclaim for her portrayal of Ophelia in Hamlet, the first of many works by William Shakespeare in which Bloom would appear.
Claire has appeared in a number of plays and theatrical works in both London and New York. Those works include Look Back in Anger, Rashomon, and Bloom's favorite role, that of Blanche in the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire. Bloom has also performed in a one woman show that included monologues from several of her stage performances. She also starred in 1976 Broadway revival of The Innocents.
Claire's first film role was in 1948, for the film The Blind Goddess. She was chosen by Charlie Chaplin in 1952 to appear in his film Limelight, which catapulted Bloom to stardom, and remains one of her most memorable roles. She was subsequently featured in a number of "costume" roles in films such as Alexander the Great, The Brothers Karamazov, The Buccaneer, and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.
Bloom also appeared in Laurence Olivier's film version of Richard III, Ibsen's A Doll's House, The Outrage with Paul Newman and Laurence Harvey, as well as the films The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Look Back in Anger, both with Richard Burton.
In the 1960s she began to play more contemporary roles, including an unhinged housewife in The Chapman Report, a psychologist in the Oscar winning film Charly, and Theodora in The Haunting. She also appeared in the Woody Allen films Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995). Her most recent appearance in a Hollywood film was in the 2010 film The King's Speech.
Bloom has appeared on television, perhaps the most memorable of which was her portrayal of Lady Marchmain in Brideshead Revisited (1981). Other roles included two prominent BBC Television productions for director Rudolph Cartier; co-starring with Sean Connery in Anna Karenina (1961), and playing Cathy in Wuthering Heights with Keith Michell as Heathcliff (1962). .
She also appeared as First Lady Edith Wilson in Backstairs at the White House (1979); as Joy Gresham, the wife of C. S. Lewis in Shadowlands (For that performance she received the BAFTA Award as Best Actress. (1985), and as the older Sophy in the 1992 mini-series The Camomile Lawn on Britain's Channel 4
Her most recent appearance in a mini-series was in the 2006 version of The Ten Commandments.
Other roles included two prominent BBC Television productions for director Rudolph Cartier; co-starring with Sean Connery in Anna Karenina (1961), and playing Cathy in Wuthering Heights with Keith Michell as Heathcliff (1962). She also appeared as First Lady Edith Wilson in Backstairs at the White House (1979); as Joy Gresham, the wife of C. S. Lewis in Shadowlands (For that performance she received the BAFTA Award as Best Actress. (1985), and as the older Sophy in the 1992 mini-series The Camomile Lawn on Britain's Channel 4. Her most recent appearance in a mini-series was in the 2006 version of The Ten
On continuing television series, she has appeared on the New York-based Law & Order: Criminal Intent. From 1991 to 1993, she portrayed villainess Orlena Grimaldi on the daytime drama As the World Turns. She also had major roles in several of the BBC-Shakespeare Play television presentations and has led workshops on Shakespearean performance practices. In 2003, Bloom did a stage reading of Milton's Samson Agonistes along with actor John Neville at Bryn Mawr College at the behest of poet Karl Kirchwey.
In January 2006, she appeared on the London stage in Arthur Allan Seidelman's production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri, a two-hander in which she co-starred with Billy Zane.
In October 2007, she appeared opposite Peter Bowles in Love Letters at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo as part of the British Theatre Season, Monaco.
In 2008, she guest starred in New Tricks as actress Helen Brownlow. The story was about the murder of her husband whilst they were in a play together.
In December 2009, Claire appeared in the BBC's Doctor Who alongside David Tennant in his final story as the Tenth Doctor, as a Time Lord credited only as "The Woman." Series executive producer Russell T Davies revealed in his 2010 book The Writer's Tale that the character is supposed to be the Doctor's mother.
In 2010, she guest starred as Jill Peters in The Bill in the episode "Taking a Stand
Judy's father served in the RAF and she grew up in Britain where she attended a convent school, before moving to Australia where her family emigrated. She has written about her childhood experiences in her autobiography Adventures of a Jelly Baby. She returned to Britain, where she became a professional dancer and comedian in her teens, working her act between the nudes at the Windmill Theatre before becoming an actress.
Her long career includes roles in radio's The Navy Lark, the controversial play Oh! What A Lovely War, her own TV comedy series Moody and Pegg, and several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Judy's movie roles include Santa Claus: The Movie (as Mrs. Claus) and Mad Cows. On television she has appeared in Dixon of Dock Green, Cakes and Ale, Bergerac, Doctor Who (the episode Paradise Towers), several episodes of Farrington of the F.O., The Famous Five, The Bill, Heartbeat, Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders.
She also appeared on radio as WREN Cornwell in The Navy Lark. Judy is also appearing in BBC soap opera EastEnders as Queenie Trott, the mean tyrant mother of lovable loser Heather Trott. She is best known, however, for her portrayal of lovable working-class housewife "Daisy" in the popular sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, which ran from 1990 to 1995.
Bonnie Langford from 1986 to 1987
Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time (TV short)
"Doctor Who" (20 episodes )
1. The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 9 (1 November 1986) - Melanie Bush
2. The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 10 (8 November 1986) - Melanie Bush
3. The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 11 (15 November 1986) - Melanie Bush
4. The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 12 (22 November 1986) - Melanie Bush
5. The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 13 (29 November 1986) - Melanie Bush
6. The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 14 (6 December 1986) - Melanie Bush
7. Time and the Rani: Part 1 (7 September 1987) - Melanie Bush
8. Time and the Rani: Part 2 (14 September 1987) - Melanie Bush
9. Time and the Rani: Part 3 (21 September 1987) - Melanie Bush
10. Time and the Rani: Part 4 (28 September 1987) - Melanie Bush
11. Paradise Towers: Part 1 (5 October 1987) - Melanie Bush
12. Paradise Towers: Part 2 (12 October 1987) - Melanie Bush
13. Paradise Towers: Part 3 (19 October 1987) - Melanie Bush
14. Paradise Towers: Part 4 (26 October 1987) - Melanie Bush
15. Delta and the Bannermen: Part 1 (2 November 1987) - Melanie
16. Delta and the Bannermen: Part 2 (9 November 1987) - Melanie
17. Delta and the Bannermen: Part 3 (16 November 1987) - Melanie
18. Dragonfire: Part 1 (23 November 1987) - Melanie Bush
19. Dragonfire: Part 2 (30 November 1987) - Melanie Bush
20. Dragonfire: Part 3 (7 December 1987) - Melanie Bush