Louise Jameson (left) with Janet Dibley (right) in May 2009
|Born||Louise Marion Jameson
(1951-04-20) 20 April 1951
Wanstead, London, England
|Residence||Tunbridge Wells, Kent|
|Occupation||Actress, drama teacher|
Louise Jameson (born 20 April 1951) is an English actress, with a wide variety of British TV and theatre credits. She is best known for her appearances in British TV series EastEnders, Doctor Who, Bergerac, and Tenko.
Jameson was born in Wanstead, London. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Summerfolk, and Blithe Spirit. In 1995 she appeared in the RSC production of Botho Strauß‘s The Park. Other stage appearances include the first production of Peter Nichols‘s Passion Play produced at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in 1981.
She appeared opposite Mike Raven in the low budget British horror film Disciple of Death (1972). Her early TV career highlights included appearances on Emmerdale in 1973 (as Sharon Crossthwaite), as Leela, the leather-clad barbarian warrior companion of the fourth Doctor in Doctor Who (1977–78), and in The Omega Factor (1979) as Dr. Anne Reynolds.
She later had a leading role as Blanche Simmons in the first two series of Tenko, her favourite job, before starring for five years in the late 1980s in Bergerac as Susan Young, Jim Bergerac’s girlfriend. In the mid-1980s, she played Tania Braithwaite, Pandora’s mother, in both ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4’ and ‘The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole’ for Thames Television. In the early 1990s she starred in the two series of Rides, and made numerous one-off appearances in various TV drama series, as well as numerous Doctor Who spin-off projects including the 1993 Children in Need special Dimensions in Time.
In 1998 she began a long run in the hit BBC soap EastEnders as Rosa di Marco, appearing in over 200 episodes over two and a half years until August 2000. More recently she has appeared in episodes of the BBC Scotland soap River City as Viv Roberts, as a guest artist in episodes of Doctors, Holby City and The Bill, and as a regular in Doc Martin.
She continues to reprise the characters of Leela and Anne Reynolds in audio plays produced by Big Finish Productions and has also starred in Sapphire & Steel and Dark Shadows audio dramas for the same company. She has also appeared in documentaries and commentaries accompanying numerous BBC DVD releases of her Doctor Who serials.
Jameson is the subject of MJTV’s The Actor Speaks Volume 5, where she discusses herself, her acting career and the various series she has been in.
In 2007, Jameson toured nationally in her one-woman show, Face Value, inspired by her near decision to have a face-lift.
In 2013, Louise starred in the play Gutted by Rikki Beadle-Blair and has been nominated for Best Female Performance at the 2013 Off West End Theatre Awards (Offies). In November 2013 she appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
In 2016 she toured in Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap“, the longest running show in British theatre.
She attended the independent Braeside School, Buckhurst Hill.
Jameson was a regular prison visitor, monitoring prisoners’ welfare, during the first few years of her career; and, during the early 1970s, she met Leslie Grantham at Leyhill Prison in Gloucestershire, where he was serving 12 years of a life sentence for murder. She encouraged Grantham to become an actor; and, by 1985, he had secured the role of Den Watts in EastEnders.
Jameson also works as a teacher of drama, directing youth productions of Shakespeare for local festivals.
TV and filmography
|1972||Disciple of Death||Betty|
|1973||Emmerdale Farm||Sharon Crossthwaite||4 episodes|
|1975||Space: 1999||Survivor (uncredited)||1 episode: “Mission of the Darians“|
|1977–1978||Doctor Who||Leela||9 stories (40 episodes)|
|1979||The Omega Factor||Dr. Anne Reynolds||10 episodes|
|1981–1982||Tenko||Blanche Simmons||13 episodes|
|1985–1990||Bergerac||Susan Young||35 episodes|
|1990–1995||Casualty||Janet Tolchard / Judy||2 episodes in total|
|1991–2004||The Bill||Julie Willets / Irene Harris||3 episodes|
|1992||My Friend Walker||Joan Throckmorton||TV movie|
|1995||Wycliffe||Silly Tilly||“Wild Oats”|
|1998–2000||EastEnders||Rosa di Marco||210 episodes|
|2001||Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank||Herself|||
|2006–2015||Doctors||Celeste / Shirley Carter / Joanna Chippington / Andrea Dodson||4 episodes in total|
|2008||River City||Viv Roberts / Viv||TV Series; 3 episodes|
|2011||The Vessel||Kim’s Mum||TV Series; 2 episodes|
|2011||Doc Martin||Eleanor Glasson||5 episodes|
|2011||Cleaning Up||Mrs. Pellman||Short|
|2012||Run for Your Wife||Lady in gym class|
|2012||Holby City||Mary Thorne||1 episode: “Fault Lines”|
|2013||The Dumping Ground||Angel||1 episode: “The Truth Is Out There”|
|2013||Mother Knows Best||Stephanie Harper||video short|
|2013||The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot||Louise Jameson||TV movie|
|2013||The Tractate Middoth||Mary Simpson||TV Movie|
|2014||A Quiet Courage||Doreen||Short|
|2014||Toast of London||Wendy Nook||1 episode: “Match Fit”|
|2015||Crossing Over||Angela Winters||Short (pre-production)|