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Janet Suzman

This alert and classy Britisher seemed poised for Hollywood stardom in the early 1970s. Although it wasn't meant to be, Janet Suzman has remained one of the more respected classical stage actresses of her time. Born in 1939, she was raised in a staunch, liberal family household in South Africa at a time when the country was confronted with the ... See full bio »
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 2014/IV The Lake (Short) (completed) (voice)
 2013/I Felix
Mrs. Cartwright
 2012 Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson (TV Movie)
 2012 Labyrinth (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2012) ... Esclarmonde
- Episode #1.1 (2012) ... Esclarmonde
 2012 Sinbad (TV Series)
Grandmother / Safia
- The Siren (2012) ... Grandmother
- Homecoming (2012) ... Grandmother
- Pilot (2012) ... Safia
 2011 Tinga Tinga Tales (TV Series)
- Why Cheetah Has Tears (2011) ... Ostrich (voice)
- Why Meerkat Is Always on the Lookout (2011) ... Ostrich (voice)
- Why Mole Lives Underground (2011) ... Ostrich (voice)
- Why Eagle Rules the Skies (2011) ... Ostrich (voice)
- Why Puff Adder Sheds His Skin (2011) ... Ostrich (voice)
 2010 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Lady Matilda William
- The Sword of Guillaume (2010) ... Lady Matilda William
 2008 The Color of Magic (TV Mini-Series)
 2006-2007 Trial & Retribution (TV Series)
Winifred Morgan QC
- Sins of the Father: Part 2 (2007) ... Winifred Morgan QC
- Sins of the Father: Part 1 (2006) ... Winifred Morgan QC
 2005 Hiroshima (TV Movie documentary)
Japanese Woman (voice)
 2002 A Fairy Story (Short)
 2002/I Max
Max's Mother
 1997 Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
Cecily Branksome
- Front Seat (1997) ... Cecily Branksome
 1994 Hildegard of Bingen (TV Movie documentary)
 1993 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Dr. Claire Brewster
- Deadly Slumber (1993) ... Dr. Claire Brewster
 1992 The Secret Agent (TV Series)
Margaret, Duchess of Chester
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Margaret, Duchess of Chester
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Margaret, Duchess of Chester
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Margaret, Duchess of Chester
 1992 Leon the Pig Farmer
Judith Geller
 1992 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
- Taking the Credit (1992) ... Narrator
 1990 Nuns on the Run
Sister Superior
 1989 Revolutionary Witness (TV Short)
Theroign de Mericourt (segment "The Woman")
 1989 4 Play (TV Series)
Judith (segment "Not As Bad As They Seem")
- Nobody Here But Us Chickens (1989) ... Judith (segment "Not As Bad As They Seem")
 1989 A Dry White Season
Susan du Toit
 1988 Theatre Night (TV Series)
- The Miser (1988) ... Frosine
 1986 The Singing Detective (TV Mini-Series)
- Who Done It (1986) ... Nicola
- Pitter Patter (1986) ... Nicola
- Clues (1986) ... Nicola
- Lovely Days (1986) ... Nicola
- Heat (1986) ... Nicola
 1985 Time for Murder (TV Series)
Avon Eve
- Bright Smiler (1985) ... Avon Eve
 1984 The Midsummer Marriage (TV Movie)
 1983 And the Ship Sails On
Edmea Tetua
 1982 The Draughtsman's Contract
Virginia Herbert / Mrs Herbert
 1982 Praise (TV Movie)
Adelaide Graham
 1980 Escape (TV Series)
Wendy Woods
- Banned (1980) ... Wendy Woods
 1980 Nijinsky
Emilia Marcus
 1979 The House on Garibaldi Street (TV Movie)
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Leni Strauss
 1976 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
 1974 2nd House (TV Series)
- Athol Fugard (1974)
 1974 Antony and Cleopatra (TV Movie)
 1974 The Black Windmill
Alex Tarrant
 1968-1972 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Hedda Gabler / Lady Macbeth / Masha / ...
- Hedda Gabler (1972) ... Hedda Gabler
- Macbeth (1970) ... Lady Macbeth
- The Three Sisters (1970) ... Masha
- St. Joan (1968) ... Joan of Arc
 1966 Conflict (TV Series)
Joan of Arc
- Saint Joan (1966) ... Joan of Arc
 1966 Lord Raingo (TV Series)
- Fear (1966) ... Delphine
- Doubts (1966) ... Delphine
- Power (1966) ... Delphine
- The Offer (1966) ... Delphine
 1965 The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Anne / Joan la Pucelle
- Richard III (1965) ... Lady Anne
- Henry VI (1965) ... Joan la Pucelle
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
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She acted in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of William Shakespeare's play"Love's Labours Lost," at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Charles Thomas, Michael Pennington, Charles Kay, James Laurenson, William Squire, Brewster Mason, David Waller, Timothy West, and Patsy Byrne in the cast... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Dame Janet Suzman


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We do have our exits and our entrances and we are perhaps mere, but I think if one keep a certain joyousness in life which should be in playing, then good for one, but it's slightly more serious than that. But I know what Shakespeare meant; he meant there's a kind of insignificance in our life which he can apply to the world. See more »


Is one of 9 actresses who have received an Academy Award nomination for portraying a real-life queen. The others in chronological order are Norma Shearer for Marie Antoinette (1938), Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter (1968), Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Vanessa Redgrave for Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Helen Mirren for The Madness of King George (1994) and The ... See more »


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