Sylvestra Le Touzel

Sylvestra Le Touzel (born 1958) is a British television, film and stage actor. She was born and raised in Kensington, London, to a prominent family from Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. She went to school in East Acton.

Sylvestra Le Touzel
Born1958 (age 6061)
Owen Teale (m. 2001)


Beginning as a child actor, Le Touzel's first television role was in the Doctor Who story The Mind Robber, playing one of the children who bedevil the Second Doctor and his companions in the Land of Fiction. She co-starred in the BBC Schools "Look and Read" series, playing Helen in their cult serial The Boy from Space (1971),[3] which was re-edited with a new introduction in 1980.[4] A well-known early adult role was as Fanny Price in the BBC dramatisation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (1983).[5]

Le Touzel has also been seen on the small screen in shows as diverse as Dixon of Dock Green, The Brontes of Haworth, The Uninvited, Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man as Charlotte Keane (1995), The Professionals, Lovejoy, Alas Smith and Jones, Midsomer Murders, My Family and The Long Walk to Finchley (as Patricia Hornsby-Smith). In 1994 she played Sarah Teale in the TV series Between the Lines. In 2000 Sylvestra was cast as a veterinary surgeon in the sitcom Beast, written by Simon Nye, which also starred Alexander Armstrong. Only 12 episodes were made over two series. In 2007, she also played the role of Mrs Allen in the ITV adaptation of Northanger Abbey. She has also played Harriet Waterhouse in the ITV drama Bonkers.[6]

She also appeared in a classic Heineken advert "The Water in Majorca" with Bryan Pringle.[7] This advert, a parody of the Rain in Spain scene from My Fair Lady, sees an upper-class woman (Le Touzel) being taught how to speak cockney by Pringle’s character, by saying "The wa'er in Major'a don' taste like wot id ough' 'a" ("The water in Majorca don't taste like what it ought to"). First aired in 1985, it was ranked at number 9 in Campaign Live's 2008 list of the "Top 10 Funniest TV Ads of All Time",[8] and at number 29 in Channel 4's list of the "100 Greatest TV Ads" in 2000.[9][10]

In 2011, she starred as Detective Constable Hazel Savage in Appropriate Adult. In 2012, Le Touzel starred as MP Mary Drake in The Thick of It. Le Touzel starred in the second episode of Dirk Gently as Emelda Ransome. She portrayed Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon in the 2012 ITV mini-series Titanic. In 2015, Le Touzel appeared as Sandra Kendrick in the BBC TV series Death in Paradise episode 4.7. In 2017, she portrayed Lady Dorothy Macmillan in the Netflix series The Crown.


Le Touzel played Marianne Thornton in the 2006 film Amazing Grace and appeared in Happy-Go-Lucky.

In the 2012 film Cloud Atlas, she portrayed three different characters through the movie: Haskell Moore's Dinner Guest 5, Nurse Judd and Aide in Slaughtership.

In 2017, Le Touzel played Nina Khrushcheva, wife of Nikita Khrushchev, in The Death of Stalin.

Personal life

Le Touzel married Welsh actor Owen Teale, as his second wife in 2001, several years after they had met during a production of King Henry IV in 1991, and they have two daughters together.[11][12] Le Touzel is a supporter of charitable theatre and in 2005 became a patron of Montage Theatre Arts, London, along with fellow actress Debby Bishop.[13]


  1. Birth registered in Kensington, Q4, 1958. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916–2007
  2. England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916–2005
  3. "Look and Read: The Boy From Space (1971)". Broadcast for Schools. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  4. "Look and Read: The Boy From Space (1980)". Broadcast for Schools. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  5. Sue Parrill, Jane Austen on film and television: a critical study (2002), p. 84
  6. "Bonkers". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 19 October 2009.
  7. "Heineken commercial – Water In Majorca". Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  8. "The Top 10 funniest TV ads of all time". Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  9. "The 100 Greatest TV Ads". London: Channel 4. 2000. Archived from the original on 18 June 2001. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  10. "Fun Facts". UK TV Adverts. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. Mosley, Charles, ed. (2006). Burke's Landed Gentry Wales (16 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 402. ISBN 978-0971196667.
  13. "Montage Theatre Arts » Sylvestra Le Touzel: patron since 2005". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
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