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Josette Patricia Simon
November 30, 1959
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Mark Padmore (1996-2004)
|His/her attendance in Merlin series|
She is best known for her portrayal of Dayna Mellanby in the third and fourth seasons of the television sci-fi series Blake's 7. Her recent television work includes roles in Lewis, Casualty, Skins, Midsomer Murders, The Last Detective and the Poirot episode "The Mystery of the Blue Train".
Simon's film appearances include Cry Freedom and Milk and Honey, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress award.
Simon is also a notable stage actress who has performed frequently with the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, being cast as one of the three 'weird sisters' in Macbeth alongside Kathy Behean, Lesley Sharp and Bob Peck who played the lead.
As a black actress, she has been at the forefront of 'colour-blind casting', frequently taking roles traditionally considered white. One example is Maggie in Arthur Miller's After the Fall, which has been said to have been based on Marilyn Monroe, former wife of Miller, a performance which won Simon the Evening Standard's Best Actress award in 1990, as well as several Best Actress nominations.
She was also nominated for a Best Actress award for her performance in Golden Girls at the RSC.
In 2009 she appeared in the inaugural episode of the resurrected TV series Minder.
Awards and honoursEdit
Josette married Mark Padmore in 1996, but the couple divorced in 2004. They had one child.
|1987||Cry Freedom||Dr. Ramphele|
|1988||Milk and Honey||Joanna Bell|
|1980||Blake's 7||Dayna Mellanby||13 Episodes|
|1981||Blake's 7||Dayna Mellanby||13 Episodes|
|1984||Play for Today||Linda King||"King"|
|1988||Thompson||Various Roles||2 Episodes|
|1997||Kavanagh QC||Dr. Hilary Jameson||"Blood Money"|
|1998||Dalziel and Pascoe||Eileen Anstiss||"Bones and Silence"|
|2003||The Last Detective||Jemma Duvall||"Lofty"|
|2006||Casualty||Sarah Keith||"The Sunny Side of the Street, Part 1 & 2"|
|2009||Casualty||Frances Liveley||6 Episodes|
|2010||Casualty||Frances Liveley||"Loves Me, Loves Me Not"|
|2011||Silent Witness||Mrs Ferris||2 episodes - "First Casualty: Part 1 & 2"|
|2012||New Tricks||Vera||1 episode - "Queen and Country"|
|2012||Merlin||The Euchdag||1 episode - "Arthur's Bane: Part One"|