Anita has thoroughly enjoyed most of her roles. She has beaten Penelope Keith with a wooden spoon, behaved disgracefully with Hugh Quarshie whilst swinging on a trapeze in FAUST at the RSC and has been kissed by Peter O’Toole, playing his mother in PYGMALION at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre despite only being three years his senior!
Her theatre work is extensive and includes four seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company, provincial and London theatres and tours in the UK and abroad. Roles have been many and diverse, ranging from Ophelia to Paulina, Mrs Higgins to Mrs Danvers and Queen Elizabeth I.
Her one-woman show THE BELLE OF AMHURST about Emily Dickenson has played at the Young Vic Studio and around the world including Australia and the US contrasting with a favourite role taking place entirely on an enormous bed as Grandma Josephine in GRANDPA JOE’S STORY TELLING BED at the Festival Hall.
Television work includes INSPECTOR MORSE, THE BILL, CASUALTY and MY FAMILY and she played a returning character in the Polish drama series LONDONERS. Feature films include TOM AND THOMAS and THE THIEF LORD. Anita has appeared in many short films including the award-winning RESURRECTION. For radio she has played Councillor Sutton in THE ARCHERS and recorded many audio books for ISIS. Anita has compiled numerous programmes of poetry and music for the RSC.
Most recently Anita was seen in BAFTA-nominated MANHUNT 2 (ITV) with Martin Clunes and in a commercial campaign for HELP THE AGED.
|Bases:||London, Oxford, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, New York|
|Mrs Cole in MANHUNT 2
|Grandma Joe in GRANDPA JOE'S STORY TELLING BED
Katie Henry/South Bank Centre (Imagine Festival)
|Counsellor Sutton in THE ARCHERS
Vanessa Whitburn/BBC Radio 4
|Audrey in BALLROOM
John Retallack/Riverside Studios and UK tour
|Baucis/The Witch in FAUST PARTS 1 & 2
Michael Bogdanov/Royal Shakespeare Company
|Lady Elgar in ELGAR'S RONDO
Di Trevis/Royal Shakespeare Company
|Vivian in MY FAMILY
Dewi Humphreys/BBC Television
|Hilda Murrell in UNLAWFUL KILLING
Jeff Teare/Theatre Royal Stratford East
|Mrs Higgins in PYGMALION
Val May/Yvonne Arnaud Theatre