"An acclaimed writer whose work has been performed by the likes of Julia McKenzie and
Ronald Pickup - performed by BBC Radio, Jermyn Street, BAC and OSO. A mixture of
Pinter and Ayckbourn, her work is both artistic and commercial; relevant and riveting. A
RADA trained actress, her skill and charm combine to offer an authentic and charismatic
performance." - Keith Merrill
Carolyn hails from television's Pertwee dynasty - her father, Michael Pertwee (The Saint),
uncle, Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who) and cousin, Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers).
A highly successful actress in her own right, Miss Pertwee trained at RADA, was a member
of The Old Vic and starred twice with Vivien Leigh among many other credits.
Carolyn turned to writing several years ago, while taking time out to bring up her children.
In the relatively short time she has been writing, she has already had a television sitcom
commission, several pieces performed at the Battersea Arts Centre and Soho Theatre, her
play, The Beautiful Couple, broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 and a musical revue at the Charing
Cross Theatre. Carolyn's book of short stories Feeling the Fear and other intriguing Tales is
available on Amazon and also an anthology, Eavesdropping, which includes 3 of her short
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 amember 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.
The Last Finger in the World, Evelyn Jackdaw. Directed by Simon Brandon.
Christmas Disasters, Thank you Card, Get Pulped, Pulped.com. Directed by Rachel Warkeys-Dowry.
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,
Theatre OSO. Leading parts in eight short plays. Directed by Maurice Thorogood.
Sonya in Murder by the Book at the OSO Barnes. Rare Fortune Production. Directed by Maurice Thorogood.
Molly in Murder on Cue at the OSO Barnes. Directed by Maurice Thorogood.
OPPOSITE VIVIEN LEIGH IN DUAL OF ANGELS