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Monica Dolan
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Monica Dolan (2020)
Credit: Johan Persson
Monica Margaret Dolan

(1969-03-15) 15 March 1969 (age 52)
Years active1993–present
AwardsBAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress

Monica Margaret Dolan (born 15 March 1969) is a British actress.[1] She won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing Rosemary West in Appropriate Adult (2011).


Born in Middlesbrough and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Dolan's credits include Agatha Christie's Poirot, Dalziel and Pascoe, Tipping the Velvet (with Rachael Stirling) and Judge John Deed. She also starred in ITV drama U Be Dead.[2][3][4][5]

Her stage appearances include She Stoops to Conquer,[6] King Lear[7] and The Seagull,[8] the latter two with Ian McKellen.

Dolan played British serial killer Rosemary West in the controversial ITV drama Appropriate Adult in 2011, receiving critical acclaim and a BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress.[9][10]

On stage, she starred as Loretta in Chalet Lines, written by Lee Mattinson, at the Bush Theatre.[11] In 2013, she portrayed twin sisters Meg and Maeve Carter in the BBC TV series Call the Midwife. More recently, she appeared in W1A (a three-series follow-up to BBC2's BAFTA-winning comedy series Twenty Twelve), as Senior Communications Officer Tracey Pritchard.[12]

In 2016, Dolan appeared as Janet McIntyre in the BBC two-part drama The Witness for the Prosecution, an Agatha Christie play adapted for television by Sarah Phelps.[13]

In 2017, she made guest appearances in Catastrophe, Death in Paradise and Strike, whilst also writing and starring in her debut one-woman play, The B*easts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The play run went on to win an Edinburgh Stage Award.

In 2018, Dolan made a guest appearance in an episode of the fourth series of Inside No 9, followed by playing Marion Thorpe in the critically acclaimed miniseries A Very English Scandal. The B*easts also transferred for a limited London run at the Bush Theatre.

June 2020 saw her appearing in the remade television series of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads on BBC One. In one of two newly-written episodes, Dolan performed a monologue in "The Shrine". This was one of the episodes staged at London's Bridge Theatre in September 2020, with Dolan reprising her role.[14]

In 2021 Dolan was acclaimed for her Suffolk accent playing May the wife of Mr Basil Brown in The Dig who discovered the Anglo-Saxon treasure at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge, Suffolk.


Year Film Role Notes
1993 The Bill Mrs. Heaton/Ruth Bell TV series (2 episodes: 1993-1997)
1996 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia
1998 The Gift Jo TV film
1999 Topsy-Turvy Miss Barnes
2001 Judge John Deed Natalie Abbott TV series (1 episode: "Rough Justice")
2002 Dalziel and Pascoe Megan Lowry TV series (1 episode: "The Unwanted")
Tipping the Velvet Alice Astley TV mini-series
2003 She Stoops to Conquer Miss Kate Hardcastle video
2005 Guernsey Claire
Wallis & Edward Elizabeth TV film
2006 Agatha Christie's Poirot Cora Gallaccio/Miss Gilchrist TV series (1 episode: "After the Funeral")
The Commander: Blacklight DC Pamela Hayes TV film
2007 The History of Mr. Polly Annie Larkins TV film
Hope Mother short
2008 Great Performances Regan TV series (1 episode: "King Lear")
2009 Occupation Nicky Swift TV series (3 episodes)
Within the Whirlwind Pitkowskaya
U Be Dead Maria Marchese TV film
Midsomer Murders Imogen Stroud TV series (1 episode: "The Great and the Good")
2010 The Arbor Ann documentary
Never Let Me Go Nurse
Excluded Amanda TV film
DCI Banks: Aftermath Maggie Forrest TV series (2 episodes)
2011 Appropriate Adult Rosemary West BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress
Meconium Kel (voice) short
2012 Sightseers Janice
Spoof or Die Lisa short
Coming Up Lisa TV series (1 episode: "Spoof or Die")
2013 Call the Midwife Mave/Meg Carter TV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.3")
Complicit Judith TV film
Bed Trick Beatrice short
Kick-Ass 2 Tommy's Mum
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Angela
Out of Darkness Female short
Vice of Mind Mother's Voice short
Twelve Jodie short
2014–2017 W1A Tracey Pritchard TV series (Series 1–3)
2014 Pride Marion Cooper
The Falling Miss Alvaro
2015 Wolf Hall Alice More
The Casual Vacancy Tessa Wall TV series (3 episodes)
Eye in the Sky Angela North
2016 Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge Angela TV series (2 episodes)
Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories Various TV series (4 episodes)
The Witness for the Prosecution Janet McIntyre TV series (2 episodes)
2017 Death in Paradise Patricia Lawrence TV series (1 episode: "The Secret of the Flame Tree")
Catastrophe Polly TV series (1 episode: "Episode #3.2")
Strike Leonora Quine TV series ( 2 episodes)
Fern Woman short
2018 Inside No. 9 May TV series (1 episode: "Once Removed")
A Very English Scandal Marion Thorpe TV series (2 episodes)
Nominated — BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress
Vanity Fair Mrs. Peggy O'Dowd TV series (4 episodes)
Hang Ups Alison Jones TV series (2 episodes)
God's Own County[15][16] Jackie pilot
2019 Rialto Claire
Official Secrets Fiona Bygate
Black Mirror CS Linda Grace Episode: "Smithereens"
2020 Days of the Bagnold Summer Sue
Talking Heads Lorna Episode: "The Shrine"
2021 The Dig May Brown


  1. ^ Holland, Peter (19 December 2005). Shakespeare Survey: Writing about Shakespeare. Cambridge University Press. pp. 288–. ISBN 978-0-521-85074-2. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  2. ^ "The Weekend's TV: U Be Dead, Sun, ITV1/My Funniest Year: 2000, Channel 4",, 6 September 2010.
  3. ^ U Be Dead at IMDb
  4. ^ "TV review: U Be Dead and The Yorkshire Dales On Film",, 5 September 2010.
  5. ^ "U Be Dead's Monica Dolan Discusses The Art of Stalking",, 8 September 2010.
  6. ^ Blogger Ian Foster's review of DVD of She Stoops to Conquer
  7. ^ "King Lear",, 31 May 2007.
  8. ^ "The Seagull, presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company" (18 September 2007) Eunice Wong
  9. ^ Appropriate Adult Wins Big at BAFTA TV Awards",, 27 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Bafta Television Awards 2012: Fred West drama Appropriate Adult dominates",, 27 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Chalet Lines, Bush Theatre, review",, 16 April 2012.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "The Witness for the Prosecution: Episode 1 Credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Talking Heads Live | The Bridge Theatre". Bridge Theatre. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  15. ^ "God's Own County". All 4. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  16. ^ "God's Own County". YouTube. All 4. Retrieved 4 February 2021.

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