Judy Norman

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Judy is a character actress with numerous TV and theatre credits. She has worked in the business for 40 years.

Repertory Companies Include:  Manchester Royal Exchange, Derby Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, Plymouth, Newcastle, Poole Lighthouse.

TV appearances include: Doctors (BBC), Silk (BBC), Doc Martin (ITV), Criminal Justice (BBC), Doctor Who (BBC), Holby City (BBC), Passer By (BBC), Without Motive (Meridian), Casualty (BBC) and Wycliffe (HTV).

Recent theatre appearances:  Spillikin, (national tour, lead role) Pipeline Theatre, Woyzeck, Omnibus Clapham, Home Sweet Home, (tour, lead role) Freedom Studios.  Blithe Spirit, Poole Lighthouse

She has just finished filming the black comedy feature and Skullz and Dead Fred, (TR Film Productions and Gull Films) (lead role) opposite Sandra Dickenson and Jane How.

Judy worked for five years in Guys Marsh prison, writing, workshopping and directing. Productions include Blood Brothers and Blue Remembered Hills.

She has directed three plays for Dramatic Productions at the Lighthouse, Poole:  Of Mice And Men, An Inspector Calls and A Picture Of Dorian Gray.

Judy also teaches French.  She lives in Wiltshire with playwright Sam Snape.  They have two daughters, Daisy and Tallulah and a grandson, Jack.

Spillikin – Pipeline Theatre

Judy Norman’s Sally is exquisitely observed, thought provoking and belligerent.
The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

Judy‘s nuanced performance from rage and confusion to childlike adoration and wistfulness is stunning. Her final scene as she emerges wizened, shaking and barely able to speak is heartbreaking – I had to look away.
Burrell Theatre, Truro

Judy Norman as Sally is wonderful. She captures Sally’s decline perfectly. Smartly dressed and hair immaculate at the beginning, she becomes a little less so each time she reappears onstage, Initially she forgets a few words; then her inhibitions fall away and ultimately her power of communication is lost. At times she becomes a cruel parody of her young confident self.
Cast, Doncaster

Judy Norman is heart breaking as she shows the deterioration of the older Sally.
Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

The robot is a specially designed carer to Sally (played heartbreakingly by Judy Norman)
The Pleasance Theatre

Roleplay – Tivoli Theatre

Julie-Ann’s stereotypically-Northern parents were played to perfection by Russell Biles and Judy Norman, who could have stepped straight out of Emmerdale, but the Emmerdale Farm of the 1970s.
Mark Blackham – Fine Times Recorder

Judy Norman is desparately annoying – but in a good way – as the cloying wife.
Marilyn Barber – Blackmore Vale Magazine

Home Sweet Home – Ukrainian Centre Bradford

Judy Norman and Kevin Golding, as the mischievous couple, deserve their own play.
Nick Ahad – Yorkshire Post

Norman and Golding are a fine double act, sparring verbally, finding a spirit of adventure and sharing each other’s back stories…
Ron Simpson – WhatsOnStage

The production captures the essence of the nursing home experience.
★★★★ Alfred Hickling – Guardian Review

Woyzeck – Omnibus Clapham

Towards the end of the play, for example, an old lady, played beautifully by Judy Norman, is telling Woyzeck’s son about a boy who dreams and dreams of travelling to the moon and eventually finds a way to fly there. But, she tells him, on arrival the moon is made of nothing but rotten wood. The lines are spoken as if this were a fairy tale inspiring the boy with hopes and dreams for the future.
James Cross

Five Kinds of Silence – Old Red Lion

Helen Kirkpatrick and Carolyn Tomkinson are excellent as the daughters: painfuly polite and dressed in the old fashioned style of their mother, a deeply affecting Judy Norman.
The Independent Review

Listeners – Salisbury Playhouse

There are plenty of comic moments to lift the tension, mostly from Judy Norman who first appears as Gregg’s short-skirted, career-minded wife and reappears as a completely different character, Berkiss’ shuffling Aunt Em, whose coughing and bad feet have the audience in stitches.
The Observer


News Stories

BBC Culture – Do actors have to be human?

Judy talks about her relationship with the robot actor in Pipeline Theatre’s Spillikin “The most important thing is to be true to the piece that’s there, to the character. He’s a character for me, that’s all.  So I have to respond to him as a real person”

Watch the full video & read the article on BBC Culture

Nokia – Be The Gift commercial