Monica Dolan

Monica Margaret Dolan (born 15 March 1969) is a British actress.[1] She won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing Rosemary West in Appropriate Adult (2011).

Monica Dolan
Monica Dolan in Out of Darkness, 2012 short film by Manjinder Virk
Monica Margaret Dolan

(1969-03-15) 15 March 1969
Years active1993–present
AwardsBAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress


Born in Middlesbrough and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Dolan's credits include Agatha Christie's Poirot, Dalziel and Pascoe, Tipping the Velvet (with Rachael Stirling) and Judge John Deed and starred in ITV drama U Be Dead.[2][3][4][5]

Her stage appearances include She Stoops to Conquer,[6] King Lear[7] and The Seagull,[8] the latter two with Ian McKellen.

She starred as British serial killer Rosemary West in controversial ITV drama Appropriate Adult in 2011, receiving critical acclaim and a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress,[9][10] The other nominees were Dame Maggie Smith, Miranda Hart and Anna Chancellor.[11]

Dolan starred as Loretta in Chalet Lines, written by Lee Mattinson, at the Bush Theatre.[12] In 2013, she portrayed twin sisters Meg and Maeve Carter in Call the Midwife. More recently, she appeared in W1A (a four-part follow-up to BBC2's BAFTA-winning comedy series Twenty Twelve), as Senior Communications Officer Tracey Pritchard.[13]

in 2016 she appeared as Janet McIntyre in the BBC two-part drama The Witness for the Prosecution an Agatha Christie play adapted for television by Sarah Phelps.[14]

In 2017 she made guest appearances in Catastrophe, Death in Paradise and Strike whilst also writing and starring in her debut one woman play, The B*easts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The hit run went on to win an Edinburgh Stage Award.

In 2018 Dolan made a guest appearance in an episode of the fourth series of Inside No 9 followed by playing Marion Thorpe in the critically acclaimed miniseries A Very English Scandal. The B*easts also transferred for a limited London run at the Bush Theatre.


Year Film Role Notes
1993 The Bill Mrs. Heaton/Ruth Bell TV series (2 episodes: 1993-1997)
1996 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia
1998 The Gift Jo TV film
1999 Topsy-Turvy Miss Barnes
2001 Judge John Deed Natalie Abbott TV series (1 episode: "Rough Justice")
2002 Dalziel and Pascoe Megan Lowry TV series (1 episode: "The Unwanted")
Tipping the Velvet Alice Astley TV mini-series
2003 She Stoops to Conquer Miss Kate Hardcastle video
2005 Guernsey Claire
Wallis & Edward Elizabeth TV film
2006 Agatha Christie's Poirot Cora/Miss Gilchrist TV series (1 episode: "After the Funeral")
The Commander: Blacklight DC Pamela Hayes TV film
2007 The History of Mr. Polly Annie Larkins TV film
Hope Mother short
2008 Great Performances Regan TV series (1 episode: "King Lear")
2009 Occupation Nicky Swift TV series (3 episodes)
Within the Whirlwind Pitkowskaya
U Be Dead Maria Marchese TV film
Midsomer Murders Imogen Stroud TV series (1 episode: "The Great and the Good")
2010 The Arbor Ann documentary
Never Let Me Go Nurse
Excluded Amanda TV film
DCI Banks: Aftermath Maggie Forrest TV series (2 episodes)
2011 Appropriate Adult Rosemary West BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress
Meconium Kel (voice) short
2012 Sightseers Janice
Spoof or Die Lisa short
Coming Up Lisa TV series (1 episode: "Spoof or Die")
2013 Call the Midwife Mave/Meg Carter TV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.3")
Complicit Judith TV film
Bed Trick Beatrice short
Kick-Ass 2 Tommy's Mum
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Angela
Out of Darkness Female short
Vice of Mind Mother's Voice short
Twelve Jodie short
2014–2017 W1A Tracey Pritchard TV series (Series 1–3)
2014 Pride Marion Cooper
The Falling Miss Alvaro
2015 Wolf Hall Alice More
The Casual Vacancy Tessa Wall TV series (3 episodes)
Eye in the Sky Angela North
2016 Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge Angela TV series (2 episodes)
Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories Various TV series (4 episodes)
The Witness for the Prosecution Janet McIntyre TV series (2 episodes)
2017 Death in Paradise Patricia Lawrence TV series (1 episode: "The Secret of the Flame Tree")
Catastrophe Polly TV series (1 episode: "Episode #3.2")
Strike Leonora Quine TV series ( 2 episodes)
Fern Woman short
2018 Inside No. 9 May TV series (1 episode: "Once Removed")
A Very English Scandal Marion Thorpe TV series (2 episodes)
Nominated — BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress
Hang Ups Alison Jones TV series (2 episodes)
2019 Rialto Claire
Official Secrets Fiona Bygate
Black Mirror CS Linda Grace Episode: "Smithereens"
TBA The Dig Filming


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