Caroline Langrishe

Caroline Langrishe (born 10 January 1958)[1] is an English actress.[2]

Caroline Langrishe
Born (1958-01-10) 10 January 1958
Marylebone, London, England
Years active1976–present
Patrick Drury
(m. 1984; div. 1995)

Early life

Born in London,[1] Langrishe is the elder daughter of Patrick Nicholas Langrishe, of the 11th Hussars, second son of Sir Terence Hume Langrishe, 6th Baronet (thus niece of Sir Hercules Ralph Hume Langrishe, 7th baronet,[3][1][4]) she moved to Kent with her parents in 1964, where she and her sister were brought up. She trained at the Elmhurst Ballet School, but after deciding that she could not become a soloist for the Royal Ballet, decided to move into acting.[5]


In 1976, Langrishe made her acting debut when she appeared in the BBC production of The Glittering Prizes. The next year, she played the role of Kitty in the BBC1 adaptation of Anna Karenina, before working in the theatre with Peter Gill.[5] Her first big part was in the 1978 British adaptation of Les Misérables. That same year, she made her big-screen debut, playing the part of Loretta, the receptionist to Robert Morley's character in Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?

She also starred as Jane Winters in the futuristic BBC Play for Today episode The Flipside of Dominick Hide (1980) and its sequel, Another Flip for Dominick (1982) both by Jeremy Paul and Alan Gibson. She played Janet Hollywell, wife of Fred Hollywell, in a film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1984), starring George C. Scott. She also appeared in one episode of Minder broadcast in 1984, as Julie, a journalist. Onstage, she played in Kenneth Branagh's production of Twelfth Night.[5] She became a leading actress, taking the female lead in the BBC detective series Pulaski (1987) and appearing in several episodes of Chancer (1990).

Langrishe is perhaps best known for her role as Charlotte Cavendish in the BBC series Lovejoy in which she starred for two series in 1993–1994.[5] After appearing in some episodes of The Good Sex Guide in the mid-1990s,[1] she appeared in Sharpe's Regiment (1996) and Sharpe's Justice (1997) as the Dowager Countess Anne Camoynes. She played the unhappy landlady to Hywel Bennett's James Shelley in the seventh series of Shelley on ITV.[5] She has also appeared in Heartbeat, in the episode Echoes of the Past that aired in December 1998. In 1999 she starred in Brotherly Love. From 2001–2007, she appeared as regular character Georgina Channing, Donald Sinden's daughter, alongside Martin Shaw in the BBC TV drama Judge John Deed, playing his ex-wife[1][5] and then joined the BBC medical drama Casualty, playing executive director Marilyn Fox.

In 2010, she played Ros, an 'older woman' in an open marriage in Pete Versus Life on Channel 4. In September 2010, she played the character of Susan Fincher in an episode of Midsomer Murders entitled Blood on the Saddle. In late December 2011, she appeared in teen soap opera, Hollyoaks as Barney Harper-McBride's mother. In December 2014, she appeared as Sheila in the Sky1 television film adaptation of the M. C. Beaton novel Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death.

Personal life

Langrishe married the actor Patrick Drury in London on 15 November 1984, but the couple divorced in 1995 after having two daughters. She currently lives in Putney[5] and her hobbies include rowing, running, swimming and tennis.[1]



Year Film Role Notes
1978 Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Loretta
1979 Eagle's Wing Judith
1988 Hawks Carol
1996 Crimetime Jenny Lamb
1998 Parting Shots Vanessa
1999 Rogue Trader Ash Lewis
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet Jennifer Beckett
2011 Love's Kitchen Liz
2012 A Second Son Lorraine Turner
2014 Bonobo Margarita Goethe
2019 Messalina's Offer Margarita Goethe
20?? Aleeza and Harriet Harriet Short, post-production


Year Film Role Notes
1976 The Glittering Prizes Felicity Episode: "A Love Life"
1976 The Brothers Lynn Episode: "Invitations"
1976 Victorian Scandals Hypatia Bradlaugh Episode: "The Fruits of Philosophy"
1977 Just William Dolly Clovis Episode: "The Outlaws and the Tramp"
1977 Romance Lucinda Episode: "Emily"
1977 Anna Karenina Kitty TV miniseries
1978 Wuthering Heights Isabella Linton TV miniseries
1978 Les Misérables Cosette TV film
1979, 1980, 1982 Play for Today Jill, Jane Episodes: "Degree of Uncertainty", "The Flipside of Dominick Hide", "Another Flip for Dominick"
1980 Hammer House of Horror Tina Episode: "Guardian of the Abyss"
1981 Seconds Out Lewa Brenson Episode: "Round 4"
1981 Tales of the Unexpected Ellen Episode: "Shatterproof"
1982 Q.E.D. Jenny Martin TV miniseries
1983 Number 10 Eleanor Eden Episode: "Bloodline"
1984 Sharing Time Kelly Episode: "Time Trial"
1984 Minder Julie Waters Episode: "The Balance of Power"
1984 A Christmas Carol Janet Holywell TV film
1986 Dead Man's Folly Sally Legge TV film
1986 Love and Marriage Lucy Episode: "Let's Run Away to Africa"
1987 Fortunes of War Bella Niculesco Episodes: "The Balkans: September 1939", "Romania: January 1940", "Romania: June 1940"
1987 Pulaski Kate Smith / Briggsy Main role
1988 Twelfth Night Olivia TV film
1988-89 Shelley Carol Recurring role (series 1-2)
1989 Boon Charlotte 'Charlie' Hannigan Episode: "The Not So Lone Ranger"
1990 Chancer Penny Nichols Main role (series 1)
1990 The Bill Perditia Flaxton-Green Episode: "A Case to Answer"
1991 Agatha Christie's Poirot Marguerite Clayton Episode: "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest"
1991 Trainer Alison Taylor Episode: "A Little Touch of Magic in the Night"
1993 Cluedo Candice Costello Episode: "The Word, the Flesh and the Devil"
1993 An Exchange of Fire Sheila Stevens Episodes: "1.1", "1.2"
1993, 1998 Peak Practice Susan Lees, Anna Bradshaw Episodes: "Hope to Die", "Glass Houses"
1993–94 Lovejoy Charlotte Cavendish Main role (series 5–6)
1996 Sharpe's Regiment Anne Camoynes TV film
1997 Embassy Belinda Thompson TV film
1997 Sharpe's Justice Anne Camoynes TV film
1997 Bombay Blue Jane Ballinger Episode: "1.3"
1998 Mosley Jane Bewley Episode: "Rule of the Game"
1998 Heartbeat Jane Hayes Episode: "Echoes of the Past"
1999 Taggart Helen Drummond Episode: "A Fistful of Chips"
1999 Cleopatra Calpurnia TV miniseries
1999 Brotherly Love Kate Cameron Main role
2000 Justice in Wonderland Miss Bozek TV iflm
2000 Newborn Kathryn Reed TV film
2001–2007 Judge John Deed Georgina Channing Regular role
2002 As If Vyvian Sutton Episodes: "Jamie's POV", "Nikki's POV"
2004 The Afternoon Play Anna Sullivan Episode: "Sons, Daughters and Lovers"
2005 Egypt Lady Carnarvon TV miniseries
2006 Tripping Over Sarah Episodes: "1.1", "1.6"
2007–08 Casualty Marilyn Fox Recurring role (series 22–23)
2010 Doctors Judith Leicester Recurring role
2010 Pete versus Life Ros Episode: "Older Woman"
2010, 2017 Midsomer Murders Susan Fincher, Janey Rafferty Episodes: "Blood on the Saddle", "The Curse of the Ninth"
2011 Outnumbered Jenny Episode: "The Parents' Evening"
2011 The Case Saskia Stanley TV miniseries
2011 Hollyoaks Judith Harper-McBride Episodes: "1.3244", "1.3245"
2013 Death in Paradise Laura Masters Episode: "An Unholy Death"
2014 Agatha Raisin Sheila Barr Episode: "The Quiche of Death"


  1. "Caroline Langrishe". BBC Drama. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  2. "Caroline Langrishe". BFI.
  3. Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 1964, ed. P. W. Montague-Smith, Kelly's Directories Ltd, pg 512
  4. "Langrishe". Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  5. "20 Questions With...Caroline Langrishe". What's on Stage. 19 September 2005. Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
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