Shirley King

Shirley King was born in Aberdare, South Wales, graduated in Aberystwyth University and taught for some years. She then trained as an actress in the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. Her theatre credits include, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mrs Kenwigs, Nicholas Nickleby (in London, New York and Los Angeles); Bianca, Othello; Raissa, The Suicide;Petrushka, Temptation;The Queen, Cymbeline, andWinnie,Keeping Tom Nice. At the National Theatre she played Mrs Willy Nilly, and Mrs Organ Morgan,in Under Milk Wood, at the West Yorks Playhouse, Mrs Clandon, You Never Can Tell and at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester; Mrs Prentice, What the Butler Saw. She toured in “The Good Woman of Sezuan” for the Welsh Drama Company and in “The Government Inspector”for Made in Wales.

Her TV work includes Hustle, Casualty, Ready when you are Mr McGill, A Small Summer Party, Trial and Retribution II, Midsomer Murders, The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, The Bill, Mortimer’s Law, The Old Devils, 1996, The Mimosa Boys, We are Seven, Hapus Dyrfa, Pobl y Cwm, Caryl, Petroleum Spirit and Stella.

Her films include Second Best, Sailor’s Return, The Rachel Papers, Geh Kinde Geh, and Nicholas Nickleby . She took part in the George Martin recording of“Under Milk Wood”, which was directed by Sir Anthony Hopkins. Her radio work includes The Odour of Chrysanthemums, Burning the Arc, Schools Science, and Under Milk Wood. She has recorded several audiobooks: Copper Gold, Iris Gower; Such Sweet Sorrow,Catrin Collier; Paradise House,Erica James; Bad to the Bone, Gwen Madoc.

She has made many TV commercials- the most interesting for Vodaphone when she was the only actress at the audition who could say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!

Represented by Debi Maclean and Ffion Evans