Thomas, Sian (I) Biography

biography of Thomas, Sian (I)

20 September 1953, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK
Aptly for a stage performer, Sian was born in Stratford-on-Avon, sister of fellow actress 'Sara Mair-Thomas' (qv), though she spent part of her childhood in Canada. After graduating in acting from the Central School of Speech and Drama, she spent a year in rep before working for two years at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre, which she describes as one of the happiest times of her life. Shortly after she made her debut as "Katarina" in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "The Taming of the Shrew" and has since worked with several leading stage groups, notably the National Theatre, where she met her partner, the director and writer 'Tony Harrison (I)' (qv). She also co-starred with 'Madonna' (qv) in the American performer's West End debut in "Up For Grabs" and it is no secret that several critics thought she rather upstaged the then-Mrs. Ritchie. Sian, however, recalls her time with Madonna as very enjoyable and would be happy to work with her, again. On television, she has, in company with most actors in Britain, done the rounds of mystery thrillers, such as _"Midsomer Murders" (1997)_ (qv), _"Taggart" (1983)_ (qv) and _"The Bill" (1984)_ (qv).
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-   She was nominated for a 2003 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role of 2002 for her role in "Up For Grabs", performed at the Wyndham's Theatre.

-   Partner of 'Tony Harrison (I)' (qv).

-   Sister of 'Sara Mair-Thomas' (qv).

-   (May 2002): Played "Dawn" in "Up for Grabs", a play by 'David Williamson (I)' (qv) (Wyndham's Theatre, London, England, UK).

-   (1978) She acted in the Chase and Macdonald's play, "No Orchids for Miss Blandish", at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland with 'Ciarán Hinds' (qv), 'Pierce Brosnan' (qv) OBE, 'Garry Cooper (I)' (qv) in the cast. Directed by 'Robert David MacDonald' (qv).

-   (1978) She acted in Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's play, "The Threepenny Opera," at the Citizens' Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland with Patrick Hannaway, Ciaran Hinds, Fidelis Morgan, Robert Gwilym, Daniel Webb, Angela Chadfield, David Gann, Daffyd Burne-Jones, Giles Havergal, Stewart Laing, and Gerry McGonagle in the cast. Philip Prowse was director.

-   (1984) She acted in the Shared Experience company tour of the play, "Pamela", with 'Ian Reddington' (qv), 'Charon Bourke' (qv), 'Robin Hooper (I)' (qv) and 'John Baxter (III)' (qv) in the cast. 'Giles Havergal' (qv) was the director.

-   (1990) She acted in 'Pierre Corneille' (qv)'s play, "The Illusion", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Duncan Bell' (qv) and 'Rosalind Knight' (qv) in the cast. Richard Jones was the director.

-   (1991) She acted in the Renaissance Theatre Company Tour of 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "Uncle Vanya", with 'Richard Briers' (qv), 'Peter Egan (I)' (qv), 'Annabel Arden (II)' (qv) and 'Patrick Godfrey (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Egan (I)' (qv) and 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv) were the directors.

-   (June 1987-July 1987; August 1987-December 1987) She acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Alan Ayckbourn's plays, "A Small Family Business," and "Tons of Money;" William Shakespeare's play, "Antony and Cleopatra," and "King Lear;" Luigi Pirandello's play, "Six Characters In Search of An Author;" August Strindberg's play, "Miss Julie;" Ivan Turgenev and Brian Friel's play, "Fathers and Sons;" Moliere's play, "School for Wives;" Arthur Wing Pinero's play, "The Magistrate;" Henrik Ibsen's play, "Rosmersholm;" Frederico Garcia Lorca's play, "Yerma;" Arthur Miller's play, "A View from a Bridge;" John Cecil Holm and George Abbott's play, "Three Men on a Horse;" Thurston E. Temple's play, "The Wandering Jew;" Nick Darke's play, "Ting Tang Mine;" Peter Gill's play, "Mean Tears;" David Wood's play, "The Pied Piper;" A.R. Gurney's play, "Entertaining Strangers;" play, "Countrymania;" Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot;" play, "Down Cemetery Road;" William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," by the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm, Sweden; William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," and Euripedes's play, "Medea," by the Ninagawa Company of Japan; and the play, "Tomorrow Was War," by the Mayakovsky Theatre Company of Russia with Robin Bailey, Desmond Barrit, Alan Bennett, Suzanne Bertish, Richard Bonneville, Michael Bryant, Simon Cadell, Garry Cooper, Gemma Craven, Julian Curry, Judi Dench, Sally Dexter, Paola Dionisotti, Russell Dixon, Robert Eddison, Ralph Fiennes, Julia Ford, Michael Gambon, Patrick Garland, Nigel Hawthorne, Barbara Hicks, Douglas Hodge, Anthony Hopkins, Celia Imrie, Barbara Jefford, Karl Johnson, Nicholas Le Prevost, Philip Locke, Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Sylvester McCoy, Bill Nighy, Richard Pasco, Tim Pigott-Smith, Mark Rylance, Leslie Sands, Michael Simkins, Juliet Stevenson, Philip Voss, and Marcia Warren in the cast.

-   (January 1988 to June 1988; August 1988 to December 1988) She acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in John Ford's play, "'Tis A Pity She's A Whore;" Alan Ayckbourn's play, "A Small Family Business;" Athol Fugard's play, "A Place with the Pigs;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Antony and Cleopatra," "Cymbeline," "The Tempest," and "The Winter's Tale;" Ben Jonson's play, "Bartholomew Fair;" Tennessee Williams's play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof;" play, "Countrymania;" A.R. Gurney's play, "Entertaining Strangers;" David Hare's plays, "Fanshen," and "Secret Rapture;" Brian Friel's plays, "Fathers and Sons," and "Making History;" Lope De Vega's play, "Fuente Ovejuna;" Adrian Mitchell's play, "Love Songs of World War III;" Harold Pinter's play, "Mountain Language;" Nicholas Wright's play, "Mrs Klein;" Arnold Wesker's play, "Roots;" Caroline Chapmans' play, "Russell of the Times;" Alan Bennett's play, "Single Spies;" Thomas Middleton's play, "The Changeling;" August Strindberg and John Osborne's play, "The Father;" the play, "The Magic Olypmical Games;" David Wood's play, "The Pied Piper;" the play, "The Shaughraum;" Nick Ward's play, "The Strangeness of Others;" Nick Darke's play, "Ting Tang Mine;" and Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot;" with Polly Adams, John Alderton, Francesca Annis, Eileen Atkins, Robin Bailey, Jill Baker, David Bamber, Jim Barclay, Gillian Barge, Alan Bennett, Richard Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Michael Bryant, David Burke, Simon Callow, Ian Charleson, Garry Cooper, Jonathan Cullen, Judi Dench, Sally Dexter, Paola Dionisotti, Russell Dixon, Lindsay Duncan, Nick Dunning, Robert Eddison, Ralph Fiennes, Susan Fleetwood, Mick Ford, Clive Francis, Michael Gambon, Henry Goodman, Rupert Graves, George Harris, Tony Haygarth, Guy Henry, Anthony Hopkins, Colin Jeavons, Barbara Jefford, Paul Jesson, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Mark Lockyer, Steven Mackintosh, Maggie McCarthy, Alec McCowen, Sylvester McCoy, Sarah Miles, Stephen Moore, Richard Pasco, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eric Porter, Stephen Rea, Moira Redmond, Miranda Richardson, Anton Rodgers, Mark Rylance, Leslie Sands, Prunella Scales, Paul Shelley, Kate Spiro, Alison Steadman, Ken Stott, Niall Tobin, Bridget Turner, Philip Voss, Julian Wadham, Zoe Wanamaker, John Wells, Penelope Wilton and Peter Woodward in the cast.

-   (1989) She acted in 'Molière' (qv) and Harrison's play, "The Misanthrope", in a British National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England with 'Edward Petherbridge' (qv), 'Donald Pickering' (qv), 'Sheila Ballantine' (qv) and 'David Horovitch' (qv) in the cast. 'Paul Unwin (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (May 1989-December 1989) She acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Henrik Ibsen's plays, "Hedda Gabler," and "Whale;" David Lan and Joshua Sobol's play, "Ghetto;" William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet;" Moliere's play, "The Misanthrope;" David Storey's play, "The March on Russia;" Sean O'Casey's play, "Juno and the Paycock;" David Hare's play, "The Secret Rapture;" Harley Granville Barker's play, "The Voysey Inheritance;" Felix Lupe De Ovega's play, "Fuente Ovejuna;" Teatro Del Sur's production of the play "Tango Varsoviano;" Frank Galati's stage adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, "The Grapes of Wrath," in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production from Chicago, Illinois; Dion Boucicault's play, "The Shaughraun;" David Mamet's play, "Speed-The-Plow;" the play, "The Long Wat Round;" Pedro Calderon De La Barca's play, "Schism in England;" Anton Chekhov's play, "Uncle Vanya," in a Moscow Art Theatre production from the Soviet Union; play, "Suicide for Love," in a Ninagawa Company production from Japan; Patricia Gordon's play, "The Magic Carpet;" Luigi Pirandello's play, "Man Beast and Virtue;" Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem;" Bertolt Brecht's play, "The Good Person of Sichuan;" Oliver Wilde's play, "Salome;" August Wilson's play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom;" and Martin Sherman's play, "Bent;" with Sheila Ballantine, David Bamber, Steven Berkoff, Brenda Blethyn, Richard Bonneville, Michael Bryant, Suzanne Burden, David Burke, Anna Calder-Marshall, Jason Carter, Michael Cashman, John Castle, Constance Chapman, Maria Charles, Ian Charleson, Graham Crowden, Jonathan Cullen, Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench, Susan Engel, Trevor Eve, Oliver Ford-Davies, Maria Friedman, Aidan Gillen, Stella Gonet, Frank Grimes, Jane Gurnett, George Harris, Tony Haygarth, Janet Henfrey, Guy Henry, David Horovitch, Geoffrey Hutchings, Harold Innocent, Alex Jennings, Paul Jesson, Rachel Joyce, James Laurenson, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Mark Lockyer, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jeremy Northam, Richard O'Callaghan, Bill Owen, Bill Paterson, Clarke Peters, Edward Petherbridge, Angela Pleasance, Pete Postlethwaite, Hugh Quarshie, Stephen Rashbrook, Crispin Redman, Terence Rigby, Linus Roache, Norman Rodway, Clive Rowe, Patsy Rowlands, Katharine Schlesinger, Fiona Shaw, Malcolm Sinclair, Maggie Steed, Juliet Stevenson, Jo Stone-Fewings, Tilda Swinton, Susan Tracy, Bridget Turner, June Watson, Janet Whiteside, Toyah Wilcox, Emil Wolk, and John Woodvine in the cast.

-   (February 2009) Currently in the UK Production of the musical 'Spring Awakening' at the Lyric Hammersmith.

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  1. "Merlin" (2008) {The Disir (#5.5)}
  2. "The Royal Bodyguard" (2011) {The Perils of Attraction (#1.5)}
  3. "Grandpa in My Pocket" (2009) {Lenora the Explorer (#3.5)}
  4. "Coming Up" (2003) {Thinspiration (#6.7)}
  5. Half Broken Things (2007) (TV)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  7. "Lewis" (2007) {Whom the Gods Would Destroy (#1.1)}
  8. "The Last Detective" (2003) {Dangerous Liaisons (#4.2)}
  9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
  10. The Ruby in the Smoke (2006) (TV)
  11. "Holby City" (1999) {One for My Baby (#9.5)}
  12. "Masterpiece Theatre" (1971) {The Ruby in the Smoke (#36.10)}
  13. "Midsomer Murders" (1997) {Four Funerals and a Wedding (#9.5)}
  14. "The Bill" (1984) {413 (#22.36)}
  15. "The Worst Week of My Life" (2004) {The Worst Christmas of My Life: Part 1 (#3.1)}
  16. "Vincent" (2005) {(#2.3)}
  17. "The Worst Week of My Life" (2004) {Friday (#2.5)}
  18. "The Worst Week of My Life" (2004) {Monday (#2.1)}
  19. "The Worst Week of My Life" (2004) {Tuesday (#2.2)}
  20. "The Worst Week of My Life" (2004) {Wednesday (#2.3)}
  21. Vanity Fair (2004)
  22. Sredni Vashtar (2003)
  23. Crossings (2002)
  24. "Vanity Fair" (1998) {(#1.5)}
  25. Richard II (1997) (TV)
  26. "Blind Men" (1997) {Strap Me Vitals (#1.4)}
  27. "The Bill" (1984) {Voices (#12.61)}
  28. A Mind to Murder (1995) (TV)
  29. "Doctor Finlay" (1993) {Old Flames (#3.1)}
  30. "Tears Before Bedtime" (1995) {(#1.1)}
  31. "Tears Before Bedtime" (1995) {(#1.2)}
  32. "Tears Before Bedtime" (1995) {(#1.3)}
  33. "Tears Before Bedtime" (1995) {(#1.4)}
  34. Rose Red (1994)
  35. "Shakespeare: The Animated Tales" (1992) {Othello (#2.6)}
  36. "Celia" (1993) {Doña Benita (#1.2)}
  37. "Celia" (1993) {En el colegio (#1.4)}
  38. "Celia" (1993) {Ni santa ni mártir (#1.5)}
  39. "Celia" (1993) {Soy Celia (#1.1)}
  40. "Celia" (1993) {¡El verano! (#1.3)}
  41. "Celia" (1993) {¡Hasta la vista! (#1.6)}
  42. "Screen One" (1985) {Wide-Eyed and Legless (#5.1)}
  43. "Taggart" (1983) {Ring of Deceit (#8.2)}
  44. "Stanley and the Women" (1991)
  45. "Screen One" (1985) {Frankenstein's Baby (#2.2)}
  46. "The Bill" (1984) {Housey House (#6.83)}
  47. Erik the Viking (1989)
  48. "Inspector Morse" (1987) {The Last Enemy (#3.2)}
  49. "Shadow of the Noose" (1989) {Turn Again (#1.6)}
  50. "Victoria Wood" (1989) {Val De Ree (Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha) (#1.5)}
  51. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
  52. "Jury" (1983) {David (#1.5)}
  53. "Jury" (1983) {Mary (#1.6)}
  54. "Jury" (1983) {Mick (#1.9)}
  55. "Maybury" (1981) {Ten Green Bottles (#1.3)}
  56. "Killers" (1976) {The Stinie Morrison Case: Part 1 (#1.1)}