Anna Madeley

Anna Madeley (born 1976) is an English actress. She has been described by the British Theatre Guide's Philip Fisher as one of the United Kingdom's "brightest and most versatile young actresses".[1] She grew up in London and started her career as a child actress. She performed for three seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in three off-West End productions. She has starred in BBC TV films and on Channel 4. She has also done work in radio and film.


Madeley grew up in London, attending North London Collegiate School, and began her career as a child actress. She then trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Madeley has performed three seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company: 2001–2002; and 2003–2004.[2] She appeared in The Roman Actor opposite Sir Antony Sher.

In 2005 she appeared in three off-West End productions (Laura Wade's Colder Than Here, as well as The Philanthropist (directed by David Grindley) and The Cosmonaut's Last Message..., both at the Donmar Warehouse), and rounded off the year starring as both Aaron and Young Alexander Ashbrook in the original Royal National Theatre production of Helen Edmundson's Coram Boy.[3]

In 2006, Madeley starred in two BBC TV films – as the title character in The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton,[4] and in the original drama Aftersun – and the high-profile ITV drama The Outsiders.

In 2007, Madeley appeared in Channel 4's Consent, which combined a dramatised vignette about an alleged date rape with a "real life" sequence in which lawyers and a jury made up of members of the public participated in a trial. In February 2007, Madeley played Nina in a production of The Seagull as an understudy when the original actress fell ill.

She was the only cast member to reprise her role in Grindley's 2009 Broadway production of The Philanthropist.

In 2010 she appeared The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, based on a script by Jane English, and starring Maxine Peake as Anne Lister, a 19th-century industrialist who was Britain's "first modern lesbian" and who kept a detailed journal. The film was shown on the opening night at the Frameline Film Festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco in June 2010.

In January 2013 Madeley starred in Hammer Films' first live theatre play, a new stage adaptation of The Turn of the Screw.

In 2016, she played the role of Clarissa Eden in the Netflix series The Crown.

Selected credits


Year Film Role Notes
1985 Claudia Little Girl
1990 Back Home School Girl TV film
1998 Cold Feet Emma TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.5")
1999 Dad Tasmin TV series (1 episode: "Reprodadtion")
Guest House Paradiso Saucy Wood Nymph
2000 A Dinner of Herbs Florrie Roystan TV mini-series (2 episodes)
2001 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman Petra TV series (1 episode: "Playing God")
2003 The Royal Nurse Samantha Beaumont TV series (20 episodes: 2003-2005)
2004 The Rivals Lydia Languish Video
2005 Stoned Stones' Receptionist
2006 Aftersun Esther TV film
The Outsiders Erica Chapman TV film
The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton Isabella Beeton TV film
2007 Consent Rebecca "Becky" Palmer TV film
Lewis Anne Sadikov TV series (1 episode: "Whom the Gods Would Destroy")
Uninvited Jane Short film
The Old Curiosity Shop Betsy Quilp TV film
2008 Sense and Sensibility Lucy Steele TV series (2 episodes)
In Bruges Denise
Affinity Margaret Prior
Waking the Dead Anna Vaspovic TV series (2 episodes: "Pietà" - Parts 1 & 2)
Brideshead Revisited Celia Ryder
The Children Polly TV mini-series (3 episodes)
Agatha Christie's Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye Adele Fortescue TV film
Crooked House Katherine TV series (2 episodes)
2009 Law & Order: UK Kayleigh Gaines TV series (1 episode: "Hidden")
2010 Hustle Jennifer Hughes TV series (1 episode: "The Hush Heist")
The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister Mariana Belcombe TV film
2011 The Reckoning Victoria Sturridge TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.1")
2012 A Fantastic Fear of Everything WPC Taser
Strawberry Fields Gillian
Secret State Gina Hayes TV mini-series (4 episodes)
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Barbara Franklin TV series (1 episode: "Curtain")
Silent Witness Annette Kelly TV series (2 episodes: "Change" - Parts 1 & 2)
Utopia Anya TV series (6 episodes)
Mr Selfridge Miss Ravillious TV series (6 episodes)
2015 Code of a Killer Sue Jeffreys 2 episodes
2016 The Crown Clarissa Eden TV series (1 episode)
2018 Patrick Melrose Mary Melrose TV miniseries


  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (1986, RSC)
  • Be My Baby (1998, Pleasance Theatre)
  • Sense & Sensibility (2000, UK tour)
  • Eye Contact (2000, Riverside Studios)
  • Madness In Valencia (2001, RSC) as Erifila
  • Love In A Wood (2001, RSC) as Martha
  • A Russian In The Woods (2001, RSC) as Ilse
  • The Malcontent (RSC) as Maria
  • The Roman Actor (RSC) as Domita
  • Ladybird (2004, Royal Court Theatre) as Yulka
  • The Rivals (2004, Bristol Old Vic) as Lydia Languish
  • Colder Than Here (2005, Soho Theatre) as Jenna
  • The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union (2005, Donmar Warehouse) as Nastasja/Claire
  • The Philanthropist (2005, Donmar Warehouse) as Celia
  • Coram Boy (2005–06, Royal National Theatre) as Aaron / Young Alexander Ashbrook
  • Contractions (2008, Royal Court Theatre) as Emma
  • Earthquakes in London (2010, Cottesloe Theatre at the National Theatre) as Freya
  • Becky Shaw (2011, Almeida Theatre) as Suzanna
  • The Turn of the Screw (2013, Almeida Theatre) as the Governess
  • The Crucible (2014, The Old Vic Theatre) as Elizabeth Proctor



  1. Anna Madeley – Two Boys (and a Girl) for the Price of One Archived 22 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine, The British Theatre Guide
  2. Simon Trowbridge, Anna Madeley, A Dictionary of the RSC
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2006-09-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) The First Night Feature: Coram Boy
  4. The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton (BBC)
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