Abigail Thaw

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Abigail Thaw
Born(1965-02-23) 23 February 1965 (age 49)
London, England
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)Nigel Whitmey (1986-
ChildrenMolly-Mae Whitmey (born 1997)
Talia Whitmey (born 2003)
ParentsSally Alexander (mother)
John Thaw (father)
 
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Abigail Thaw
Born(1965-02-23) 23 February 1965 (age 49)
London, England
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)Nigel Whitmey (1986-
ChildrenMolly-Mae Whitmey (born 1997)
Talia Whitmey (born 2003)
ParentsSally Alexander (mother)
John Thaw (father)

Abigail Thaw (born 23 February 1965[1]) is an English actress.

Early life[edit]

Abigail Thaw was born in London to actor John Thaw and his first wife Sally Alexander, an academic/feminist activist who taught modern history at Goldsmiths College. Her parents divorced in 1968. On her mother's side, she has a half-brother (Daniel), and on her father's side, she has an elder stepsister (Melanie Jane) and a half-sister (Joanna). Her stepmother is actress Sheila Hancock.

After her parents' divorce in 1968, Abigail was raised in Pimlico by her mother and her mother's boyfriend, Gareth Stedman Jones. Her father also kept regular contact. Abigail attended Pimlico Comprehensive, sporadically because of her often marching with her mother; Sally Alexander was involved in the flour-bombing of the 1970 Miss World contest.[2]

After school she spent a year in Italy, where she was in a car accident. Returning to England she decided to attend RADA, where she met her future husband, actor Nigel Whitmey.

Career[edit]

She started her career working in rep at Cheltenham, York, and Salisbury, then performed with the RSC and the Royal Exchange Theatre and Library in Manchester, Chichester, The Tricycle, The Gate, Theatre 503, The Orange Tree, Battersea Arts Centre, New End, The Finborough, Birmingham, Theatre Clywd, Watford and extensive touring in Whipping It Up, Ladies in Lavender and Entertaining Angels. She performed as Ms. Capulet in Tom Morris' Juliet and her Romeo at the Bristol Old Vic. She performed Cymbeline with Mark Rylance at The Globe Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music. She also spent a year working with Mike Alfred's company, "Method and Madness" performing Private Lives, Jude the Obscure and Flesh and Blood. She was nominated for the Best Actress Off West End award in 2011 for The Firewatchers at the Old Red Lion.

She has also worked in television since 1990, in The Bill, Casualty, Pie in the Sky, Peak Practice, Spywatch, Big Bad World, Vanity Fair, Love Soup, Trust, Midsomer Murders and Poirot.

She played a newspaper editor in the ITV1 2011 Christmas special edition of Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour, a role she continued in Series 1[3] and 2.

Personal life[edit]

She met Nigel Whitmey at RADA in the mid 1980s, and married him in 1986. In 1997, she gave birth to a daughter, Molly-Mae Whitmey, and in 2003 to her second daughter, Talia. The family live in Muswell Hill, North London.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Abigail Thaw". btvguide.net. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Cochrane, Kira (1 March 2003). "Children of the revolution". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Murfitt, Nikki (10 December 2011). "'The idea of appearing in Morse without Dad brought tears to my eyes': John Thaw's daughter gives emotional interview". Daily Mail (London). 

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