Hannah Gordon, speaker

Hannah Gordon was born in Edinburgh, and trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & & Dramatic Art, where she won the James Bridie Gold Medal and a contract at the Dundee Repertory Theatre. This was followed by spells at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Ipswich, Coventry and Windsor. Her TV career began with the role of Ralph Richardson's daughter in Johnson Over Jordan and she was soon playing leading roles in the BBC's highly successful classic serials of David Copperfield, Great Expectations and Middlemarch.

About this time she also played James Mason's daughter in the film of Spring & Port Wine. She played Desdemona opposite Topol's Othello at Chichester and also at the Hong Kong Festival. Since then her West End appearances have included The Killing Game at the Apollo and The Jeweller's Shop at the Westminster Theatre, Can You Hear Me At The Back with Peter Barkworth at the Piccadilly, The Country Girl by Clifford Odets at the Apollo and Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky at the Old Vic.

Her film work also includes the highly acclaimed The Elephant Man with John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins.

She is perhaps best known on Television for My Wife Next Door with John Alderton and Telford's Change, again with Peter Barkworth but the long list also includes Lady Bellamy in Upstairs, Downstairs, Maggie in JM Barrie's What Every Woman Knows, Good Behaviour by Molly Keane, The Gay Lord Quex, The Day After the Fair by Thomas Hardy (which was specially commissioned for her then as Mrs Durrell in My Family & Other Animals) and the comedy series Joint Account with Peter Egan. This was immediately followed by the title role in Mary Stuart directed by Frank Dunlop at the Edinburgh Festival.

She starred at the Duke of York's Theatre in Shirley Valentine followed by Hidden Laughter at the Vaudeville. More recently she played Lady Chiltern in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband directed by Sir Peter Hall at the Gielgud Theatre, and Miss Tina in The Aspern Papers by Henry James at Wyndham's. Also, for four years Hannah presented the highly successful Watercolour Challenge on Channel 4, and made a memorable appearance in the last ever episode of One Foot in the Grave. She played Mrs Higgins in the Cameron Mackintosh production of My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and subsequently appeared in the national tour.

She has recently appeared in the American romantic comedy film Made of Honour, and performed at the Edinburgh Festival.

Hannah is a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow.

 

Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra