Harriet Thorpe is best known for her roles as Carole in the BBC’s The Brittas Empire and Fleur in Absolutely Fabulous.
Most recently, Harriet has appeared on television as guest lead Nanny Ribble in Father Brown; Miranda Hill in Doctors (BBC One); Betty in Hollyoaks (Channel 4); Casualty; Our Friend Victoria; The Three Musketeers; Celebrity Antiques Road Trip – alongside Gok Wan; The Secrets – The Conversation; Doctors; Material Girl and Midsomer Murders. In theatre as The Wicked Queen in Snow White (Theatre Royal, Bath) and as Myra Thorne in Ruthless (Arts Theatre).
Work with French and Saunders includes: Girls on Top; the French and Saunders series Mirrorball and The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. Work with Victoria Wood includes: Victoria Wood’s Mid Life Christmas; Victoria Wood’s Short Term Memories and Victoria Wood Moonwalking.
West End credits include: Her Ladyship in The Dresser (Duke of York’s); Great Britain (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); The Vagina Monologues; Madam Morrible in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Fraulein Kost in Rufus Norris’ production of Cabaret (Lyric Theatre, UK Tour and Savoy Theatre); Crazy for You (Regent’s Park and Novello Theatre); Tanya in Mamma Mia! and Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables.
Other Theatre credits include: Nurse in Romeo & Juliet (Guildford Festival); Mr Lovett in John Doyle’s actor-musician production of Sweeney Todd at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park; Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Maria in Twelfth Night, Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, the Queen in Cymberline and Timothy Sheader’s Streetcar to Tennessee (Young Vic) and Ida Arnold in Michael Attenborough’s Brighton Rock (Almeida Theatre).
Harriet has played several seasons at the National Theatre, most recently in Sir Nicholas Hytner’s production of Richard Bean’s Great Britain. Previous seasons include: Howard Davies’ All My Sons and Mick Gordon’s A Prayer for Owen Meany. In the Richard Eyre and David Hare company: Pravda, The Government Inspector and Futurists.
Films include: The Appointment (2019); The Writers Group – Cannes 2018; The Lady in the Van; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; the head of the WI in Calendar Girls; Suzie Gold; An Arm’s Length; The Calling; Wise Girl; Zeffirelli’s Young Toscanini; the Mother in The Nutcracker (IMAX Sands Films); SNUB!; Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan; Lord of the Apes and Merchant Ivory’s Maurice.
Harriet is an ambassador for @WalktheWalk – The Moon Walk Breast Cancer Charity and Acting For Others. She als has a vlog for women between 45 to 105!