Carol spent 2 very happy years early in her career at the National Theatre in SCHWYK IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR, as Mimi in GUYS AND DOLLS, Mrs Coaxer in THE BEGGARS OPERA and U/S and played Young Jean in JEAN SEBERG - whilst there she also staged 3 plays.
She was ‘Anytime Annie’ in the original London run of 42nd STREET – a role she played for five years at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. In the West End she was also in the original productions of CHICAGO and HELLO DOLLY and more recently GUYS AND DOLLS, THE GOODBYE GIRL and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE - you could say the West End is Carol’s spiritual home!
However, Carol’s regional theatre work is also top level and highlights have included playing the original ‘Mrs Cunningham’ in the world premiere of HAPPY DAYS the Musical (she met the real ‘Fonz’!) and principal roles in Sonheim musicals COMPANY and FOLLIES.
On tv Carol has shown her natural acting ability and presence in THE BILL, THE TRIP, SHERLOCK HOLMES SMARTER BROTHER (dir: Gene Wilder) and in Ken Russell movies THE BOYFRIEND and VALENTINO. In 2013 she filmed the role of a tap-dancing tea lady in MUPPETS MOST WANTED Disney movie.
She played various characters in LADIES OF THE MUSIC HALL with Barbara Windsor (BBC radio 2) and has appeared in numerous television specials, commercials, corporate training videos and Royal Command Performances.
|Ethna (lead) in CHOP CHOP (2016)
Christopher Granier-Deferre/4D Pictures/Poisson Rouge
|Various in FOLLIES (Concert - 2015)
Craig Revel Horwood/Raymond Gubbay/Royal Albert Hall
|Tea Lady in MUPPETS MOST WANTED
|Shop Keeper in THE TRIP
Michael Winterbottom/BBC2 Television
|Maggie Jones in 42ND STREET
Mike Bramble/UK Production (No.1 Tour)
|General Cartwright in GUYS AND DOLLS
Michael Grandage/Piccadilly Theatre
|Joanne in COMPANY
Peter Rowe/Wolsey Theatre
|Mrs Coaxer in THE BEGGAR'S OPERA
Richard Eyre/National Theatre