Carolyn Pertwee made her theatrical debut aged 12 as the Dream Child in Dear Brutus at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne and her television debut aged 13 in the first television soap The Grove Family, playing the part of Lettuce.
After training at RADA, Carolyn joined the Old Vic Company and embarked on their world tour, playing Lucille (opposite Vivien Leigh), Gilly in Duel of Angels, Nerissa (to Vivien Leigh’s Portia) in The Merchant of Venice, First Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Clorind in The Lady of the Camellias. All directed by Sir Robert Helpman.
Carolyn played her first co-starring role in the Old Vic’s Duel of Angels opposite Vivien Leigh, at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. She stepped into role of Lucille, after Sally Home fell ill with the mumps. After her first show, Carolyn was given a thunderous applause and continued to play Lucille for the Melbourne Season. She then went on to be Vivien’s understudy in Twelfth Night and stepped into the role of Viola, in Buenos Aires.
Following the tour’s success, it led onto numerous key roles in prestigious dramas including Armchair Theatre and Market in Honey Lane; and appearances in many films including A Hard Day’s Night as a journalist who interviewed George Harrison, directed by Richard Lester, and The Seamstress in The Scarlet Pimpernel, directed by Clive Donner.
She was also a member of the Players Theatre (now the Charing Cross Theatre) in the Old Time Music Hall, funnily enough, the same venue for her musical revue, A Bowl of Cherries.
Over the years, Carolyn has made numerous corporate and training film, as well as commercials both in this country and abroad, from being a Fairy Liquid Mum to a Flamenco Dancing Rebellious Granny for Cornhill Senior Security Plan and a bossy wife in the Stannah Lifts and appearing with Ronnie Corbett in Wiltshire Farm Foods.
- Throne of Shadows, Duchess of York (King Richard Ep3, Parts 1 & 2). Directed by Simon Brandon.
- Throne of Shadows, Dotty (Hamlet, Ep1-2), Directed by Simon Brandon.
- Doctors, Amy, a lady with Alzheimer’s. Directed by Merlyn Rice. BBC One.
- Speechless, Featured Old Woman. USA American sitcom with John Cleese, Mini Drive. Directed by Christine Gernon.
- Peepshow, Davina (Series 1). Directed by Jeremy Wooding
- For Grace, Harriet. Directed by Sebastian Armesto. Nominated for Raindance Festival.
- “Barbara’s Story” Whiteboat. Betty. Directed by Chris Godwin. Award winning film for NHS,
- Molly in Murder on Cue at the OSO Barnes. Directed by Maurice Thorogood.
- Molly, Murder on Cue, OSO Arts Centre, Maurice Thorogood
Bobby (Lead), The Stuff of Dreams, Park Theatre Studio, Anthony Shrubsall
- Libby (Lead), Life Changes, National Liberal Club for SWWJ, Jenny Patrick
- Molly (Lead), The Big A, The Helios Centre for the SWWJ, Martin Cort
- Joan, Love is a Minefield, Scratch Night, OSO Arts Centre, Kenneth Michaels
- Eloise, Intrusion, Courtyard Theatre, Kenneth Michaels
- Mrs Cotton, The Linden Tree, Reheared reading, Courtyard Theatre, Gareth Pilkington
Mrs Ellison, Dog Spot, Salisbury Playhouse Theatre, Jane Howell
Performing in three sketches and reading the part of Mother in Paws as part of the Comedy Project at The Soho Theatre in 2006.
- Performance Reheased Readings at OSO Arts Centre, London: Mrs Birling in An Inspector Calls, Helen Kroger in Pack of Lies, Mrs Winslow in The Winslow Boy, Mrs Mercy Croft in The Killing of Sister George, Miss Gossage in The Happiest Days of Your Life and Pat Cooper in Separate Tables, directed by Douglas Livingston
- Ruth, Blithe Spirit at Lindon Lodge Theatre
- Performed in many No 1 tours, including Wimbledon Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Liverpool Playhouse, Theatre Royal Bath, Richmond Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and in Roy Plomley’s play, Half Seas Over at the Theatre Royal Windsor.
- Dotty, A Throne of Shadows, Web Series, Simon Brandon – Ep2
- Queen Catherine, A Throne of Shadows, Web Series, Simon Brandon – Ep1
- Older Lucy, Off the Coast, Infinity Films, James Hastings
- Proud Grandma, Blake Edwards, Anne Mullins
- Harriet, For Grace, Sebastian Armesto. Nominated for Best UK Feature, 2016 Raindance Festival
- Olivia (lead) in Home Comforts, Hexin Zhang
- Mrs Walton in The World of Wresting, Film Club
- Futuristic Granny, Back to the Present, Venture Films, Rod Smith
- Mrs Jones (Lead), The Absent Carer, Letitia Cazaux
- Cameo, The Baader Meinhoff Gang Show, Channel 4 Films
- Carol, Mothers and Daughters, Lynda la Plant Productions
- Seamstress, The Scarlet Pimpernel, London Films
- Journalist, A Hard Day’s Night, Richard Lester
Amy Marks, Doctors, BBC
- Interviewer in The Robinsons (BBC2)
- Mrs Hill in Mister Charity (BBC)
- Angela Peppiatt in The Jeffrey Archer Trial (Channel Four News reconstruction)
- Davina in Peepshow (Channel Four), Jeremy Wooding
- Daisy Evans in The Cowboy Trap (Channel Four)
- Pat Warren, Compact, BBC, Various Directors
- Debby, Market in Honey Lane, ATV, Cecil Petty
Following the Old Vic tour, Carolyn played Mildred in The Frightened Man for ATV which led on to many key parts in pretigious television dramas, including Ghost Squad, Market in Honey Lane, Sergeant Cork, and the part of Pat Warren, a suicidal Keptomaniac for three months in Compact for the BBC.
- AOK, Germany
- Gran, BT, Pretzel Films
- Grandmother, Heathrow, (UK only), Havas
- Grandma, PayPal, (France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Buzzman, Martin Kalina
- The Mum, VW – Motability, (UK), Adam&Eve DDB, Amelia Hashemi
- Grandmother, Heathrow, (UK only), Havas, Dom & Nic
- Lady, McDonald’s, (France), Carnibird/Havas Worlwide
- Woman, DFS – Winter Sale, (UK), Krow Communications
- Dorothy, Wiltshire Farm Foods, (UK), Doner Cardwell Hawkins
- Well Coiffured Lady, Littlewoods, (UK), Contagious Content
- Grandma, Kelloggs Idents, (ROI), Leo Burnett
- Bossy Wife, Stannah Chairlift, Paul Weiland Films, Paul Weiland
- Comedy Housewife, AXA PPP Healthcare, Hornby Indge/Hall Moore, Jamie Rafyn
- Swimmer (Main Feature) Oil of Olay, USA, Cyclops, Albert Watson
Carolyn is on the Actors & Writers London’s Committee and has also directed the following playreadings:
- The Survivor by Alexander Jonas
- Lundy to Irish Sea by Susan Casenove
- If As We Were Walking by Nicolas Ridley
- Skating on Thin Ice by Anthony Murphy
- Baggage by Nicolas Ridley
- Miss Robin Hood by Nicola Venning
- Shooting the President by Wally Sewell
- Beware! Danger Zone! by Christopher Owen
- Anthony & Monica by Christopher Owen
- Put it All on My Account by Elizabeth Gamberoni
- The Watch by Judy Forrest
- A One Way Ticket to Palookaville (2009)
- From Page to Stage by Carolyn Pertwee
- The Moment We Met by Ian Buckley
- On Raglan Road by Anthony Murphy
- Early One Morning by Liam O’Grady
- A One Way Ticket to Palookaville by Anthony Murphy
- The Summons by Brian Spink
- Critic’s Choice by Lesley North
- On Thin Ice by Carolyn Pertwee
- A Very Private Matter by Carolyn Pertwee