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Also Known As: Died: November 7, 2002
Born: May 15, 1961 Cause of Death: complications from pneumonia and septicemia
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, dresser, art model

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An intense British theater and film actress who has specialized in neurotic and or frightened woman, Katrin Cartlidge first caught the attention of the art house crowd as the junkie Sophie in Mike Leigh's "Naked" (1993). With her long brunette hair, sharp, malleable features and dancer-like comportment, the talented actress has amassed an impressive list of credits and has been fortunate to work with several of the late 20th Century's most gifted filmmakers, including the aforementioned Leigh, Lars von Trier, and Michael Cacoyannis. Although she has tended to excel as very contemporary characters, the stage-trained Cartlidge has proven equally at home in period films.

An intense British theater and film actress who has specialized in neurotic and or frightened woman, Katrin Cartlidge first caught the attention of the art house crowd as the junkie Sophie in Mike Leigh's "Naked" (1993). With her long brunette hair, sharp, malleable features and dancer-like comportment, the talented actress has amassed an impressive list of credits and has been fortunate to work with several of the late 20th Century's most gifted filmmakers, including the aforementioned Leigh, Lars von Trier, and Michael Cacoyannis. Although she has tended to excel as very contemporary characters, the stage-trained Cartlidge has proven equally at home in period films.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Searching for Debra Winger (2003) Herself
2.
 From Hell (2001) Dark Annie Chapman
3.
 Lost Son, The (2001) Emily
4.
 No Man's Land (2001) Jane Livingstone
5.
 Hotel Splendide (2000) Cora Blanche
6.
 Weight of Water, The (2000) Karen Christenson
7.
 Cherry Orchard, The (1999) Varya (Varvara Mihailovna)
8.
 Topsy-Turvy (1999) Madame
10.
 Hi-Life (1998) April
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked briefly as a dresser for actress Jill Bennett
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Was a nude model for art classes
1979:
Stage acting debut in "One Rule" at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith
1979:
London stage debut as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"
1982:
TV series debut as a troubled schoolgirl on the debut episode of the popular British series "Brookside"
1985:
Acted in the British TV-movie "Sacred Hearts" (Channel Four)
1987:
Feature film debut, "Eat the Rich"
1993:
First major film role as the brooding Goth Sophie in "Naked", directed by Mike Leigh
1994:
US TV-movie debut, "Nobody's Children" (USA Network)
1994:
Played featured role in Milcho Manchevski's "Before the Rain"
1996:
Had major supporting role as Emily Watson's repressed sister-in-law in Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves"
1997:
Teamed again with Mike Leigh for "Career Girls"; played the acerbic Hannah
1998:
Had title role of a call girl attempting to break free from her life in "Claire Dolan"; screened at Cannes; released theatrically in the USA in 2000
1999:
Returned to the stage in "Mnemonic" at the Riverside Studios
1999:
Portrayed Varya in Michael Cacoyannis' adaptation of "The Cherry Orchard"; released theatrically in the United Kingdom in 2000
1999:
Made cameo appearance as a Parisian brothel owner in "Topsy-Turvy". directed by Mike Leigh
2000:
Cast as one of the ugly stepsisters in Beeban Kidron's modern take on "Cinderella"; aired on Channel 4 on January 1
2000:
Had featured role in the murder mystery "Weight of Water"
2001:
Appeared on the NYC stage in "Mnemonic" with the Theatre de Complicite
2001:
Played a woman who is stalked by a man she once dated in the London stage premiere of "Boy Gets Girl"
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Notes

"I feel eternally immature; it's something about being the youngest, the family is always treating you as the baby.

I think it's hard to be alive at the moment and not be a little bit neurotic; maybe I'm saying that in my defence." --Katrin Cartlidge quoted in the London Times, February 5, 2000

"Katrin has so much truth in her when she's acting. It must hurt her terribly, because she's working without skin. She has no safety tires. She's not using technique to make it easier." --"Breaking the Waves" co-star Stellan Skarsgard, quoted in Time Out New York, November 14-21, 1996

"I actually love getting older. I hated my 20s; I couldn;t wait to be 30. I'm really looking forward to turning 40, if I get there. And not just because things are more successful now, but because I think the older you get, the more you find life interesting apart from your own problems." --Cartlidge quoted in The New York Times, August 3, 1997

"Mike [Leigh] allows an actress to be a woman, warts and all. It's not true that just because you're a woman you have superior qualities. Look at Margaret Thatcher. Mike is brilliant because he allows his characters to be fully rounded. He spends a lot of time working through this organic chaos to get to the final very crafted, very disciplined film." --Cartlidge quoted in Sydney Morning Herald, August 29, 1997

"Katrin is a total original. She's not frightened of ugliness or danger, as you can see from some of her roles; she confronts everything with courage.

"She's very droll, sharp, perceptive, but also incredibly generous: she's the last person who would ever get twitchy about other people's performances, she's an ensemble actor." -- Mike Leigh quoted in the London Times, February 5, 2000

"There's a sort of paradox about Katrin, She is very English, with her quiet seriousness ans self-deprecating humor, but the range of her look allows her to play characters of almost any European nationality or period." --Simon Perry, chief executive of British Screen, quoted in The New York Times, August 3, 1997

Family close complete family listing

father:
Derrick Cartlidge. Removal firm manager. Was orphaned as a baby; jailed as a pacifist in WWII.
mother:
Barbara Cartlidge. Art gallery owner, jewelry designer. Was German-Jewish refugee during WWII.

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