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Siân Phillips

Birth Place: Bettws, Carmarthenshire, WALES

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Siân Phillips BIO

Siân Phillips is a Welsh actress, singer, and author who has had a long and successful career in both theater and film. She was born on May 14, 1933, in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Wales, and began her acting career in the 1950s.

Phillips made her Broadway debut in 1965 in the original production of "Marat/Sade," for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She then went on to star in the 1973 revival of "A Little Night Music," playing the role of Desiree Armfeldt. Her performance earned her a second Tony nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Musical.

In addition to her work on Broadway, Phillips has also had a successful career on the West End. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Marlene Dietrich in the 1987 production of "Marlene," for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also starred in the 1997 production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" at the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing the role of Madame de Rosemonde.

Phillips has also made numerous appearances on television and in film throughout her career. She is perhaps best known for her role as Livia in the BBC television series "I, Claudius," which aired in 1976. Her performance in the series earned her a BAFTA Award for Best Actress. She has also appeared in films such as "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969), "Dune" (1984), and "The Age of Innocence" (1993).

In addition to her work in acting, Phillips is also a successful singer. She has released several albums throughout her career, including "The Age of Diva" (2000) and "The Essential Siân Phillips" (2007). She has also written several books, including her autobiography "Private Faces" (1999) and a novel titled "A Proper Woman" (2004).

Most recently, Phillips appeared in the 2019 production of "The Night of the Iguana" at the Noel Coward Theatre in London's West End. She played the role of Maxine Faulk in the production, which received critical acclaim.

Siân Phillips is a true icon of the stage and screen, with a career spanning over six decades. Her talent and versatility have made her a beloved figure in the world of theater, and her contributions to the arts have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades.

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Siân Phillips STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2008
Madame de Rosemonde

[Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1999
Marlene Dietrich

[West End]
Original London Production, 1997
Performer

[West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1995
Madame Armfeldt

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Sybil Birling [Replacement]

[West End]
London Revival, 1985
Aunt Alicia

[West End]
Original London Production, 1984
Mrs. Chichester

[London Fringe]
London Revival, 1980
Vera


Siân Phillips Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 2013 - Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Sian Phillips, Les Liaisons Dangereuses


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Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

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Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Sian Phillips, Marlene

Olivier Awards - 1980 - Actress of the Year in a Musical

Sian Phillips, Pal Joey


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Siân Phillips News


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Interview: James Beaman of LIVED EXPERIENCE at The Triad

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Caroline Quentin to Star in April De Angelis Play in Autumn Season at Jermyn Street Theatre

Artistic Director, Stella Powell-Jones and Executive Producer, David Doyle announced their first full season at Jermyn Street Theatre. Learn more about the full lineup of shows here!
STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Featuring Bernadette Peters, Michael Ball & More to Release Live Album

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SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Concert Will be Broadcast on BBC This Holiday Season

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Cast Announced For SALT-WATER MOON at Finborough Theatre

In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, the UK premiere of David French's classic Salt-Water Moon opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 3 January 2023 (Press Nights: Thursday, 5 January 2023 and Friday, 6 January 2023 at 7.30pm). It's a splendid moon-filled night in Coley's Point in 1926.
VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah Waddingham, Judi Dench & More

Cameron Mackintosh has invited Stephen Sondheim’s old friends to join him in celebrating his extraordinary talents and legacy at the Sondheim Theatre which was recently gloriously rebuilt in Sondheim’s honour and thanks the cast and company and everyone involved for agreeing to a special screening which will allow over 2,500 to see the performance.
Jermyn Street Theatre Announces Initial Cast For ORLANDO

It was announced today that Taylor McClaine has been cast as the eponymous Orlando in acclaimed playwright, Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of Virginia Woolf's time and gender shifting masterpiece to be staged at Jermyn Street Theatre this spring.
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Today, Jermyn Street Theatre announces the casting for Edward Einhorn's breath-taking wedding farce, The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein.
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Jermyn Street Theatre Announces Outsiders Season

Today, Jermyn Street Theatre announces its Spring 2022 season. The Outsiders Season, which runs from mid-January to early July, features a World premiere by one of the UK's most respected playwrights, two European premieres, one London premiere and an eagerly awaited transfer of a critically praised musical thriller.
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Sian Phillips, Michael Pennington, Oliver Ford Davis & Stephen Boxer Lead Autumn Season at the Jermyn Street Theatre

Today, Jermyn Street Theatre announces its first full season since it reopened with the Footprints Festival earlier this year.  The Encounters Season, which runs from mid-September to the end of the year, features some of the greatest on-stage talent in the UK, in a line-up that includes Sîan Phillips, Michael Pennington, Oliver Ford Davies and Stephen Boxer.
VIDEO: Michael Sheen Performs 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'

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Bristol Old Vic Launches Full Season Of Digital Theatre For Spring 2021

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Siân Phillips FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Siân Phillips been in?

Siân Phillips has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Siân Phillips been in?

Siân Phillips has appeared on London's West End in 4 shows.

What was Siân Phillips's first West End show?

Siân Phillips's first West End show was Peg which opened in 1984

What awards has Siân Phillips been nominated for?

Siân Phillips has been nominated for several awards, including Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for Cabaret, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Outstanding Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for Marlene Marlene, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for Marlene, and Actress of the Year in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for Pal Joey.

What awards has Siân Phillips won?

Siân Phillips won the Outstanding Actress - Musical award at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in Marlene Marlene.

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