Belinda Carroll

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Belinda Carroll
Born (1945-07-22) 22 July 1945 (age 73)
Oxford, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Simon Williams (divorced)
Michael Cochrane
Children Tam Williams
Amy Williams
Tomas Cochrane
Parent(s) John F. Carroll
Hazel Bainbridge
Relatives Kate O’Mara (sister)

Belinda Carroll (born 22 July 1945, in Oxfordshire) is an English stage and television actress.[1]

Background and early career[edit]

Carroll’s parents were John F. Carroll, a flying instructor with the Royal Air Force, and actress Hazel Bainbridge (born as Edith Marion Bainbridge 25 January 1910 – 7 January 1998). Her maternal grandfather was manager of the Oxford Playhouse theatre and she herself recalled that she was “fifth generation of an acting family … mostly actor managers“.[2] Carroll’s elder sister was actress Kate O’Mara, the two attending a convent boarding school in Chertsey which, according to Carroll, they both found miserable.[3] Subsequently, she trained in provincial repertory, joining the Wimbledon Repertory Company after leaving school,[4] and made her debut in London’s West End at age 20,[4] when she took over the role of Marion from Barbara Ferris in Terence Frisby‘s long-running comedy There’s a Girl in My Soup, opposite Donald Sinden and Clive Francis.[5]

Stage and television[edit]

Other stage roles from the late 1960s to early 1980s included parts in His, Hers and Theirs with Gladys Cooper; The Pleasure of His Company with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; Peter Pan (as Wendy) with Dorothy Tutin; with Jean Kent and David Jason as the often skimpily clad Frances Hunter in No Sex, Please – We’re British; Charley’s Aunt with John Inman;[6] and as Anne Meredith in Agatha Christie‘s Cards on the Table (1981).[4]

Carroll appeared subsequently in many productions around Britain and on television in Callan, The Duchess of Duke Street (1976), Lovejoy (1991) and Casualty (2001). She starred with James Fox and Simon Williams in the psychological drama No Longer Alone (1978).[7][8]

Carroll and Kate O’Mara performed together only twice, once on television as prostitutes with Ronnie Barker, and, when Carroll was in her sixties, touring for Bill Kenwright in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde.[9]


Carroll was married first to actor Simon Williams, who also appeared in No Sex Please, We’re British.[10] They had two children, Tam and Amy Williams, also actors, before divorcing in the late 1970s.[11] She subsequently married actor Michael Cochrane.[12]

Actress (21 credits)
 2016 Mum’s List
 2012 Run for Your Wife
Lady on Bus
 2001 Seaside Seduction
 2001 Casualty (TV Series)

Life and Soul (2001) … Louise
 2001 Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Proctor

The Kingdom of Bones (2001) … Mrs. Proctor
 1996 Marquis de Sade (uncredited)
 1993 A Question of Guilt (TV Movie)
Sylvia Bernard
 1991 Lovejoy (TV Series)

One Born Every Minute (1991) … Rose
 1981 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Hazel Harrison

The Quiet Days of Mrs. Stafford (1981) … Hazel Harrison
 1979 Mystery!: Malice Aforethought (TV Series)
Ivy Ridgeway

Episode #1.4 (1979) … Ivy Ridgeway
Episode #1.3 (1979) … Ivy Ridgeway
Episode #1.2 (1979) … Ivy Ridgeway
Episode #1.1 (1979) … Ivy Ridgeway
 1978 Wodehouse Playhouse (TV Series)
Jane Brandon

Mulliner’s Buck-U-Uppo (1978) … Jane Brandon
 1976 No Longer Alone
Joan Winmill
 1976 The Duchess of Duke Street (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Belinda Travers

A Bed of Roses (1976) … Mrs. Belinda Travers
 1975 Raffles (TV Series)
Lady Margaret

The Amateur Cracksman (1975) … Lady Margaret
 1974 Crown Court (TV Series)
Susan Straker

Good and Faithful Friends: Part 1 (1974) … Susan Straker
 1973 Yellow Dog
Miss Henderson
 1973 Late Night Theatre (TV Series)
Audrey Dyson

She’ll Have to Go (1973) … Audrey Dyson
 1972 Callan (TV Series)

The Richmond File: A Man Like Me (1972) … Caroline
 1971 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)

Tartuffe (1971) … Mariane
 1965 Gaslight Theatre (TV Series)
Julia / Neighbour Spindlenarrow / Edith Effingham / …

The Drunkard or, the Sins of the Parents Shall Be Visited… (1965) … Julia / Neighbour Spindlenarrow
 1963 Your World (TV Series)
New girl

Work (1963) … New girl



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