Heather Chasen

Heather Chasen
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Heather Chasen
BornHeather Jean Chasen
(1927-07-20) 20 July 1927 (age 90)
Years active1945-2014
Notable workSee below
Marked Personal
ChildrenRupert Chasen
Parent(s)F.N Chasen
Agnes H McCullock


Heather Jean Chasen (given birth to 20 July 1927) can be an English celebrity. Chasen is well known for her assignments in cleaning soap operas; playing Valerie Pollard in the ITV cleaning soap opera Crossroads from 1982–86 and visitor assignments in Doctors, Holby Town and Family members Affairs. Chasen also performed many assignments in BBC Radio 2’s The Navy Lark from 1959–77, and made an appearance in the tv screen series Marked Personal from 1973–74. She performed Lydia Simmonds in the BBC cleaning soap opera EastEnders, a job which received reviews that are positive from critics, EastEnders ensemble members and staff. Furthermore, she’s appeared thoroughly in theater productions and film; in 2012, she made an appearance within a film edition of Les Misérables.

Early and personal life

Chasen was created on 20 July 1927, in Singapore. Chasen's dad, F.N. Chasen was an British ornithologist, who fought in Globe War I beneath the Norfolk Yeomanry being a trooper. In 1921, he still left England, to just work at the Raffles Library and Museum in Singapore, marrying Chasen's mom, Agnes H McCullock, in 1926. After Chasen's delivery, her parents acquired another little girl, Christine Elizabeth, on 4 May 1931. Her parents divide in 1938, and both remarried. Prior to the Japanese job, which resulted in the Fight of Singapore during Globe Battle II, Chasen and her mom left Singapore in the last fishing boat before the job. Her dad, on another dispatch, HMS Giang Bee, perished nevertheless, when it had been sunk by japan on 12 Feb 1942, and Chasen's brand-new stepfather, G.C.R Franks, too perished fighting with each other, a month later on, in the 22 March. Chasen and her mom moved to the united kingdom and Chasen educated at Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork, where she after that acted on stage and continued a tour with Frankie Howerd in Resort Paradiso. She also made an appearance with Sybil Thorndike in Contact Me Jacky, aswell as taking place tour with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in The Pleasure of his Firm, in Toronto. Chasen is certainly friends with, and previously acquired a romantic relationship with, Amanda Barrie. In Contact Me Jacky, she performed an alcoholic lesbian, and afterwards claimed to possess structured her characterisation partially in the novelist and playwright Patricia Highsmith, whom she understood well.In 1979 she wedded John Webster, plus they had one son, Rupert, who appears along with his mom within a 2013 brief documentary, A Stage of Development.


Crossroads and EastEnders

“ I did so an event where I played this journalist that they will need to have quite liked because they returned to me in regards to a month afterwards. [They asked me] 'Would you keep coming back and sign up for the ensemble and change the color of your locks?' Well, I stated okay therefore i changed my [locks] color from reddish colored to blonde and I appeared a similar! I didn't appearance any different whatsoever. And so i then returned as this naughty woman, Valerie Pollard. Probably the most fun I had fashioned was after i was assisting out behind the pub which really is a extremely good spot to be if you are in a cleaning soap because you're atlanta divorce attorneys scene. I had been very happy, it had been a fun period, I liked it. At the start, not at the end. AFTER I 1st became a member of it, for the 1st few months I had been in it had been great fun but after Jack port (the maker) proceeded to go it became much less good and much less fun and I didn't appreciate it a lot". ” — Chasen explaining her period on Crossroads, from 1982 to 1986In 2011, Chasen was cast as Lydia Simmonds, Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks)'s maternal grandmother and Norman Simmonds' (George Layton) mom, in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, following the unique actress Margaret Tyzack needed to pull out from the role because of personal reasons. Two shows featuring Tyzack got recently been broadcast, and she presented in an additional one on 14 Apr. The producers wished to maintain Lydia in the display as they got plans on her behalf, therefore Chasen was cast and she changed Tyzack in the part, starting filming on 15 Apr for moments transmit from 21 Apr. EastEnders' executive maker, Bryan Kirkwood, added: "To be able to continue the existing storyline we've used your choice for Heather Chasen to dominate the part of Lydia." The type passed away on-screen and Chasen produced her last appearance on 13 June 2011, and, though not credited for this, did a voice-over for the 14 and 28 June shows. Kirkwood later stated "Lydia's story was ideal" which Chasen got made the component her personal after Tyzack's departure. Brooks stated of the story all together, "I absolutely adored exploring Janine's history. I really was proud using the moments with Heather Chasen [Lydia]. It had been really hard function, but worthwhile."

Other work

Chasen has appeared in other tv programmes like the Bill as well as the Harry Hill Present. She has acquired guest assignments in Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green and provides voiced several characters in the air present The Navy Lark, especially WREN Heather Chasen and "fight axe" Ramona Povey. In soaps, she's had four split stints in the BBC cleaning soap opera Doctors, with her latest stint in 2014, reprising her function as Sophistication Barberry from 2012, performed Sylvie Leigh in Holby Town and performed Madge Bennet in the Route 5 cleaning soap opera, Family members Affairs, for five shows. More previously credits include, playing "wealthy bitches" Caroline Kerr, in The Beginners and Isabel Neal in Marked Personal, alongside Stephanie Beacham. She also performed the "wicked" headmistress in Schoolgirls in Even on the Battersea Arts Center. In stage and theater, Chasen made an appearance in The Rat Snare. Michael Billington in the Guardian defined Chasen's personality, Burrage the maid, as "trundling", ranking the play three superstars. Apart from this, she's made an appearance in Pardon Ma Perfect Minister alongside Gerald Overflow and Paul Curran, compiled by Edward Taylor and John Graham who made the BBC radio series The Guys in the Ministry. The Birmingham Email defined the play as "amusing" and "appealing". Among Chasen's newer has was My Three Angels where she performed Madame Parole, various other plays include, THE PERSON Who Found Supper, Who Bombed Birmingham playing Margaret Thatcher, as well as the Lizard of Rock and roll, where she played the primary role, showing up alongside actor Jack port Hawkins. Chasen opined that she acquired a "wonderful period" playing Miss Marple within a Murder is definitely Announced alongside Richard Todd and Barbara Murray. In '09 2009, Chasen made an appearance in the award-winning Anglo-Russian feature film Time of year of Mists, playing Jane. Chasen made an appearance alongside Marina Blake, Sergei Chonishvili, Ifan Huw Dafydd and ex-EastEnders acting professional Dudley Sutton. Additional films Chasen offers appeared in consist of, The Kiss of Tosca in 2000, The Toybox in 2003 and Kitty Work, a 2011 film.

Awards and nominations

Chasen was nominated for the Tony Prize for Best Efficiency with a Featured Celebrity in a Music, even though she appeared in the brand new York adaptation of the Severed Mind between 1963-65. She made an appearance the solid of the times of year of Mists which earned several awards internationally.


Television Year Name Role Records 1960 No Concealing Place Brenda 1 event The Cheaters Mary Calder The Globe of Tim Frazer Helen Baker 6 shows Danger Guy Helen Hamilton 1 event 1961 Lorain Zameda Walk a Crooked Mile Angela Charles Inspector Maigret Visitor Dixon of Dock Green Laura Beckley 1962 Saki Agnes Huddle Dixon of Dock Green Stella Judd 1963 Jezebel ex girlfriend or boyfriend UK Rita Lorraine Suspense Clarice Morrison 1965 The Beginners Caroline Kerr 1967 Z-Cars Pamela Raven 2 shows 1969 Contact My Bluff Herself 1 event 1973–74 Marked Personal Isabel Neal 84 shows 1977 Play from the Month: Waste materials Female Julia Farrant 1978 A Traveller with time Mary, Queen of Scots 3 shows 1981 Ladykillers Mrs. Martinetti 1 event 1982 Crossroads Reporter Youthful Sherlock: The Secret from the Manor Home Aunt Rachel 5 shows 1982–86 Crossroads Valerie Pollard Unidentified 1983 Tones of Darkness Small Role 1 event 1989 High temperature of your day Mrs Kelway 1990 Who Bombed Birmingham Margaret Thatcher 1992 The Eligible Bachelor The Hon Amelia Operative Spirit Sabatini's Mom 2003 The Costs Mrs. Belstram 2002 Holby Town Sylvie Leigh 2003 The NEW Harry Hill Present Betty Doctors Norma 2005 Casualty Bessie Symes Family members Affairs Madge Bennett 5 shows 2006 Doctors Ida Cost 1 event 2010 Holby Town Sylvie Leigh 2011 EastEnders Lydia Simmonds 12 shows Lydia Simmonds (voiceover) 2 shows 2012, 2014 Doctors Elegance Barberry 2013 Dance on the Advantage Woman Altringham 1 show Film Year Name Role 1949 Meet up with the Duke Carol 1971 Naughty! Victorian Madame 1971 Suburban Wives Kathy Lambert 1972 Commuter Husbands Wife 1972 On the overall game Madame 1976 The Lethal Females Frances 1989 The Storyline to Destroy Hitler The Baroness 2000 The Kiss of Tosca Tosca 2003 The Toybox Gran 2009 Time of year of Mists Jane 2010 The SOCIAL NETWORKING Matt's wife 2011 Kitty Run Bingham's Mother 2012 Les Misérables Madame Magloire Radio Yr Title Part 1959–77 The Navy Lark WRN Chasen Mrs Ramona Povey Rita Murray Morpeth Goldstein Natasha Snogitoff Woman Quirk Miss Simpkins Woman Todhunter-Brown Lucy Doll Queen Jaratova Wren Simkins Second Official Maclootie Woman Hamilton Myrtle Pertwee Mrs Sedgwick Fatima Sumpbolt Nurse in the RN University, Dartmouth Renee, girl from the landlord from the Popple's Head pub and barmaid in the pub Judith "Judikins" Povey Unique & Sultry Tanya (Agent no.5) Agent No.2 (doing work for The Mistress) Norwegian waitress Dolores "the Danglers" 1966 The Embassy Lark HE Fatima Soriaya Fazalik, Turkish Ambassador to Tratvia 1967 Sexton Blake escapades Paula Dane Stage/Theatre Yr Title Part 1945 Donna Clarines Marcella 1954 Bloodstream Wedding ceremony Leonardo's wife 1958 Small Eyolf Rita Allmers Templeton Anna Dasousa The Mousetrap Mollie Ralston 1960 The Lizard from the Rock and roll Main Function 1962 A Midsummer Night's Wish Helena Plan for Murder Lee Miller 1963 The Maids Solange 1963, 1964, 1965 A Severed Mind Antonia Lynch Gibbon 1966 Like from Liz Nancy Morrow Jorrocks Mrs Barnington Thriller of the entire year Gillian Howard 1967 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha 1967–68 Contact me Jacky Countess Ardele Gina Ekdal The Outrageous Duck Jacqueline du Bois 1969 Forty Years On Matron Female S Female Susan 1970 Female Frederick Marchioness of Mereston 1970–72 The Pleasure of his Firm Katherine Daugherty 1971 Hello and Goodbye Hester The Amorous Prawn Mrs. Fitzadam The Magistrate Queen Margaret Richard III Agatha 1972 Kids from the Wolf Helena 1973 Baby Like Mrs. Taylor 1975 Hay Fever Judith Bliss Butterflies Are Totally free Mrs. Baker Madame de Sade Alison Diaries Comtesse de Saint Fond 1977 Rebecca Beatrice Lacy 1978 Murder within a Poor Light Olivia Waynward 1979 The Eagel Provides Two Minds Edith de Berg THE PERSON Who FOUND Supper Miss Preen 1994 A Murder is normally Announced Miss Marple 1996 Dark Chiffon Nanny 1997 College Girls in Even The Headmistress 1999 Special Bramleys June Laying the Ghost Freda 2000 Obtaining On Minor Function 2001 Mountain Vocabulary Elderly Female 2002 My Three Sides Madame Parole 2006 The Rat Snare Burrage the Maid 2008 Pardon Ma Perfect Minister Lead Role