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Among Eleanor Bron’s motion picture credits are several much-admired: Richard Lester’s Help!, with The Beatles, Lewis Gilbert’s Alfie, with Michael Caine, Stanley Donen’s Two for the Road and Bedazzled, and Ken Russell’s Women in Love.
Her other notable films include Terence Davies’ The House of Mirth; Richard Eyre’s Iris; Alfonso Cuarón’s A Little Princess; Caroline Thompson’s Black Beauty; Christine Edzard’s Little Dorrit; Mandie Fletcher’s Deadly Advice; Jan Sardi’s Love’s Brother; Richard Loncraine’s Wimbledon; Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s The Heart of Me; John Irvin’s Turtle Diary; and Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini’s StreetDance.
Ms. Bron got her start in satirical revue with The Establishment nightclub and on television. She appeared in the comedy series Where Was Spring? and After That, This, which she co-wrote with John Fortune; and in Beyond a Joke, written with Michael Frayn, who subsequently wrote the series Making Faces for her. She also co-wrote and contributed to several comedy series with John Bird and Alan Bennett.
She went on to play leading roles in drama in both television and theatre, including Yelena in Uncle Vanya; Natalya in A Month in the Country; Amanda in Private Lives; Madame Dubonnet in The Boyfriend; Stephanie in Duet for One; Melanie Garth in Quartermaine’s Terms; Jocasta in Oedipus; Beth in Changing Step; and the Pastor in Hour of the Lynx. Ms. Bron has also portrayed Hedda Gabler, Jean Brodie, Cleopatra, and the Madwoman of Chaillot.
Her other stage work includes The Miser, The White Devil, The Cherry Orchard, The Real Inspector Hound, and The Duchess of Malfi, all for the National Theatre; Hamlet and The Late Middle Classes, both at the Donmar Warehouse; A Perfect Ganesh, with Prunella Scales, at West Yorkshire Playhouse; All About My Mother, at the Old Vic; and her one-woman show Desdemona – If You Had Only Spoken!, at Edinburgh and the Almeida Theatre.
Ms. Bron authored the books Life and Other Punctures and The Pillowbook of Eleanor Bron as well as the novel Double Take. She has also written new verses for Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals” and a song cycle with John Dankworth.