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Judy Mary Birkin (Gamble)

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Death: June 6, 2004 (88)
London, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Arthur Gamble and Mary Alice Campbell Gamble
Wife of Lieutenant-Commander David Birkin
Mother of <private> Birkin; Jane Birkin and <private> Birkin

Occupation: Actress and Playwright
Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Judy Campbell

Judy Campbell (31 May 1916 - 6 June 2004) was an English light comedy actress and occasional playwright, Noël Coward's muse. Her daughter is the actor and singer Jane Birkin, her son the screenwriter and director Andrew Birkin, and among her grandchildren are the actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, the poet Anno Birkin and photographer Kate Barry.


   * ’Guest’ in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, Theatre Royal, Grantham (Easter 1935) followed by a season of repertory
   * Season of repertory, Opera House, Coventry (May 1935), followed by a further season at Theatre Royal, Brighton (1936)
   * London debut as Anna in Anthony and Anna, People's Palace (April 1937)
   * Natasha Malakoff in Bulldog Drummond Hits Out, People's Palace (July 1937) and Savoy Theatre (December 1937)
   * Shakespeare and Shaw season, Festival Theatre, Cambridge (1938)
   * Irene in Idiot's Delight, touring with Vic Oliver (July-December 1938)
   * Leading roles with Liverpool Playhouse Company (1939-1940)
   * New Faces Revue, Comedy Theatre (April 1940, and again March 1941), “making a hit with the song A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square."
   * Lola Malo in Lady Behave, His Majesty's Theatre (July 1941)
   * Phyllis Tree in Ducks and Drakes, Apollo Theatre (November 1941)
   * Marthe de Brancovis in The Watch on the Rhine Aldwych Theatre (April 1942)
   * Touring with Noêl Coward (September 1942-March 1943), creating the roles of Joanna in Present Laughter and Ethel in This Happy Breed, also playing Elvira in Blithe Spirit, “as well as appearing with Noël in twice-weekly troop concerts.”
   * Play Parade: alternate nights in Present Laughter and This Happy Breed, Theatre Royal Haymarket (April 1943)
   * Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Duchess Theatre (July 1943)
   * Mirandolina in The Mistress of the Inn, Arts Theatre (August 1944)
   * Diana Flynn in Another Love Story, Phoenix Theatre, (December 1944)
   * Lydia in Call Home the Heart, touring (1946)
   * Joanna in Portrait of Hickory, Embassy Theatre (April 1948)
   * Martha Shale in This Is Where We Came In, touring (1948)
   * Princess Louise in Royal Highness, Lyric, Hammersmith (April 1949)
   * Miranda Frayle in Relative Values, Savoy Theatre (November 1951)
   * Joanna in Book of the Month, Cambridge Theatre, (April 1956)
   * Sheila Broadbent in The Reluctant Debutante, Cambridge Theatre (April 1956)
   * Helen in A Sparrow Falls in the double-bill Double Yoke, St Martin's Theatre (February 1960)
   * Hermione Hushabye in Heartbreak House, Oxford Playhouse (October 1961) and Wyndham's Theatre (November 1961)
   * Lorette Heller in Domino, touring (February 1963)
   * Lady Slingsby-Craddock in Alan Ayckbourn's Mr Whatnot, New Arts (August 1964)
   * Mrs Clandon in You Never Can Tell, Theatre Royal Haymarket (January 1966)
   * Christine Mannon in Mourning Becomes Electra, Arts (June 1967), Balbek and Edinburgh Festival (1968)
   * Sheila in Relatively Speaking, Duke of York's Theatre (September 1967)
   * Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, Cambridge Theatre Company, touring (May 1971)
   * Death On Demand, touring (Autumn 1972)
   * Lady Touchwood in The Double Dealer, Bristol Old Vic, Hong Kong Arts Festival (February 1973)
   * Jennifer in My Son's Father, touring (May 1974)
   * Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, Oxford Playhouse (October 1975)
   * Beth in Le Weekend, Bristol Old Vic (May 1976)
   * Bron in The Old Country, Theatre Royal Windsor (March 1978)
   * Mrs Higgins in Pygmalion, Young Vic, (January 1981)
   * Duchess of York in Richard II, Young Vic (February 1981)
   * Grand Duchess Charles in The Sleeping Prince, Chichester (August 1983) and Theatre Royal Haymarket (November 1983)
   * Lady Bracknell in The Importance (Wilde musical adaptation), Ambassadors Theatre (May 1984)
   * Madame Vaneska in Noel Coward's Star Quality, Richmond Theatre Gala (March 1989)
   * Lucy Willow in Bless the Bride, King's Head Theatre (June 1999)
   * The Jermyn Street Revue, Jermyn Street Theatre (May 2000)
   * Marcel's Grandmother in Remembrance of Things Past, National, Cottesloe (November 2000)
   * Where Are The Songs We Sung?, King's Head Theatre (December 2002) and Jermyn Street Theatre (2003)

Plays by Judy Campbell:

   * Sing Cuckoo, Whitehall Theatre (10 December 1950)
   * The Bright One, Winter Garden Theatre (10 December 1958)


   * Saloon Bar (1940)
   * Convoy (1940)
   * East of Piccadilly (1940)
   * Breach of Promise (1941)
   * The World Owes Me a Living (1944)
   * Green for Danger (1946)
   * Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)
   * There's a Girl in My Soup (1970)
   * Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971)
   * Sredni Vashtar (1981)

Television and TV movies:

   * The Chinese Prime Minister
   * The Sea
   * Love Among the Artists (Granada 1979)
   * The Tamer Tamed
   * Amphitryon 38
   * Don't Listen Ladies
   * BBC Sunday Night Theatre: When in Rome (1959)
   * Inspector Morse
         o "Service For All the Dead"
   * Dust to Dust (1985)
   * Anna Karenina (1985)
   * Kung-Fu Master (1987)
   * The Forsyte Saga (Granada, 2002)
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Judy Campbell's Timeline

May 31, 1916
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
December 14, 1946
Age 30
London, Greater London, UK
June 6, 2004
Age 88
London, England