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Lisa Dillon

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Lisa Dillon is Critics Circle Award-winning English actress.


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. 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. Desdemona in Othello . Ibsen's Hedda Gabler as Thea (Almeida Theatre, London, later transferring to the Duke of York's Theatre, London) and Period of Adjustment by Tennessee Williams (The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon later transferring to the Almeida Theatre, London.)

In 2007 she returned to the Crucible to play Celia in Shakespeare's As You Like It during February and Varya in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard during March. She then starred in the National Theatre's revival of Noël Coward's Present Laughter and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other. She also appeared in Anna Mackmin's 2008 West End revival of Under the Blue Sky by David Eldridge.

In 2009 Dillon starred in When the Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida, and in 2010 in Design for Living and its successor production A Flea In Her Ear at the Old Vic. Eldridge created the role of Lucy in The Knot of the Heart, presented at the Almeida in March 2011, specifically for Dillon.

Dillon is now best known for her role as Mary Smith in the British television series Cranford on BBC One where she starred alongside Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter and Judi Dench. She also starred in the 2003 drama Cambridge Spies and the 2004 TV film, Hawking, both of which were also for the BBC. She will appear in 'The Jury' later this Autumn and is currently filming 'Dirk Gently' for BBC4.

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

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

In 2011 Dillon read a Jarvis and Ayres production of Hilda Richards' 1939 story 'Jemima Gets Them Guessing' for Radio 4's Afternoon Reading show, on March 9.

 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.

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