Robyn is a British actress and director of Belgium and Polish descent, with over 30 years experience in theatre, film and television.
Hair Color: Brunette
Eye Color: Blue
Location: London & Liverpool, United Kingdom
I got the bug for theatre in Primary school, performing in school plays. By the time I went to Holland Park Comprehensive I was hooked. My most memorable performance was Barbara Allen in “Dark of the Moon” which also decided me on the career I wanted to pursue. During my training at The Drama Centre, London my most enjoyable roles were Fiormonda in John Ford’s “Love’s Sacrifice”, Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” and Countess Charlotte Malcolm in “A Little Night Music”.
Since graduating in 1986 my most memorable experiences in theatre have been working with David Freeman (Opera Factory) on his epic productions of “Faust Parts 1&2 “ and “Mort d’ Artur”, both for the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith; working with Dominic Cooke on “The Weavers” for The Gate and “My Mother Said I Never Should” for the Oxford Touring Company and The Young Vic; and becoming a “Pigin Player” for Ken Campbell in his bid to get the world speaking Vanuatu, I had to learn the whole of “Macbed” in Pigin and then haka for the audience to choose which part we should play at The National Theatre.
I also loved playing Laura in “The Glass Menagerie” on tour with The Cambridge Touring Company with Sian Phillips as Amanda, it’s one of those rare, perfect plays. I love Shakespeare and have been lucky enough to perform in a few productions: The Nurse in “Romeo and Juliette”, Feste in “Twelfth Night”, Cleopatra in “Anthony and Cleopatra”, Gertrude in “Hamlet”, Macduff in “Macbeth, Prospera in “The Tempest” and Brabantia in my directorial debut on the London Fridge in “Othello.
I love playing comedy and most recently thoroughly enjoyed playing Mrs. Hardcastle in “She Stoops to Conquer”, multiple characters in "A very expensive poison" at the Old Vic, and Linda in "Welcome to Shangri-la" at the Hope Mill.
Film & Television highlights
From as young as I can remember I have been fascinated by film. I was lucky enough to get a couple of small parts in sit-coms shortly after graduating from The Drama Centre and the director was kind enough to let me see the “rushes.” Though I thought I was quite shockingly bad it enabled me to modify my performance for the camera almost immediately.
When I was at Drama School there was no training for the specific demands of acting for the camera, you really learn as you go, if you’re lucky enough to get the work. It was spending a couple of years acting in soaps (Maggie Roswell in “Family Affairs” and Shirley Benson in “East Enders”) where I really grew to understand and love acting for the camera and start taking an interest in the directorial side of filming as well, which I’ve developed in my Acting for Camera courses.
Some of my most memorable roles in film and television have been working on the film “She’s Been Away” where I was able to watch Dame Peggy Ashcroft at work. “Poirot” was immense fun and all the guest starring roles I did for “The Bill” were very rewarding. They were a wonderful team at Merton Road. Also, working with Tom Wilkinson on the short series “Resnik”. I’ve learnt a lot watching the work of all the great actors I’ve been lucky enough to share the screen with.