About Siân


Dame Siân Phillips DBE trained at RADA where she was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal. 


Theatre: All the President's Men, National Theatre; Les Blancs, National Theatre; The Importance of Being Earnest, West End and UK Tour; Playing For Time, Sheffield Theatres; The Importance of Being Earnest, Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC; People, National Theatre & UK Tour; This is My Family, Sheffield Theatres; Cabaret, UK Tour and West End; Lovesong, Frantic Assembly; A Little Night Music, Opera Theatre of St Louis; Juliet and Her Romeo, Bristol Old Vic; Calendar Girls, Chichester, tour & West End; Beckett’s Rockaby, at the Gate Theatre, Dublin and Barbican, London; Great Expectations for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon; The Unexpected Man, Divas at the Donmar (cabaret); Pam Gems’ play Marlene (Olivier, Tony and Drama Desk nominations); A Little Night Music (Olivier nomination), Pam Gems’ adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts (Artist of the Year nomination); Other theatre includes: Maxibules, Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Hedda Gabler, Dear Liar, Brel, Man and Superman (Evening Standard nomination), Pal Joey (SWET nomination), Major Barbara, The Manchurian Candidate, The Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square, Gigi, Thursday’s Ladies, Vanilla, You Never Can Tell, Night of the Iguana (Evening Standard nomination) and Painting Churches. On Broadway: An Inspector Calls, Marlene, My Old Lady, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Regrets Only.


Television: Aberfan - The Green Hollow, Casualty, Lewis, New Tricks, Missing, Poirot, Holby, Midsomer Murders, LA Femme Nikita, The Murder Room, Aristocrats, Ivanhoe, The Scold’s Bride, A Mind to Kill, Ballykissangel, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, How Green was my Valley, two series of the Emmy Award-winning Magician’s House and Coming and Going. Siân has won many awards for her work in television including, of course,  I, Claudius.


Film: Miss Dali, Voyages, House of America, Alice Through the Looking Glass, My Old Lady, The Borrowers, Heidi, Becket, Goodbye Mr Chips, Under Milk Wood, Dune, Valmont, Age of Innocence, and Murphy’s Law. 


Her acclaimed two part autobiography Private Places and Public Places are published by Faber


Siân is a graduate of University of Wales. She was awarded the DBE in May 2016