Katharine Schlesinger

Katharine Schlesinger, is a British actress[1] niece of the film director John Schlesinger and great-niece of Dame Peggy Ashcroft. She starred as Catherine in the 1986 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

Katharine Schlesinger
Years active1986-present


In 1990 she listed her earlier provincial stage work as:

  • Romeo and Juliet at the Sheffield Crucible;
  • Agnes of God, Stags and Hens, and Fair Stood the Wind for France, at the Theatre Royal Northampton;
  • The Marvellous Land of Oz at Leeds Playhouse;
  • Nell Dunn's The Little Heroine at the Nuffield, Southampton.

c Listed London work included:

She made her National Theatre debut in 1988 as Grace Wellborn in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair staged in the Olivier Theatre, followed in 1989 by her role as Jacinta in the Cottesloe revival of Lope de Vega's Fuente Ovejuna. In November 1989, again at the National, she played the title role in Steven Berkoff's symbolist stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Salomé, a production which transferred to the Phoenix Theatre in January 1990. "Katharine Schlesinger mimed the dance of the seven veils and, without having taken anything off, persuaded a hushed audience that she was standing there totally naked.": critic Robert Tanitch.[2]

In February 1991 at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs, she took part in performances of selected plays in the Young Writers' Festival. Since then no further London stage credits for Katharine Schlesinger have been listed in the Theatre Record annual Indexes.

Audio work

Schlesinger's audio work includes William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost[3] and Henry VIII.[4]

She also sang the period song That's the Way to the Zoo in her appearance in the Doctor Who serial Ghost Light (1989).[5]

Select filmography


  1. SCHLESINGER, Katharine, BFI
  2. Oscar Wilde on Stage and Screen by Robert Tanitch, Methuen (2001) ISBN 0-413-72610-X
  3. Love's Labor's Lost, Audio Partners
  4. , Soundbooks
  5. (2003) Doctor Who: The Classics Series - Ghost Light, BBC
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