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Birth Place: New Zealand Profession: actor

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A supporting player and occasional lead of TV and film, Lisa Harrow is far more established as a stage actress in Britain, where she has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) since 1969. A native of New Zealand, Harrow had many of her better chances in films once she reached middle-age, notably her award-winning turn as a writer whose world is shaken by the arrival of her sister in Gillian Armstrong's "The Last Days of Chez Nous" and as a troubled woman who mistakes a homeless man for a great film director in Jonathan Nossiter's "Sunday" (1997). Harrow attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before joining the RSC where she honed her craft in such roles as Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and Desdemona in "Othello". She entered films in 1974 in the Italian-made "Il Sorriso del Grande Tentatore/The Devil Is a Woman/The Tempter", a forgotten rip-off of 1972's "The Exorcist". She lent support to the kindly veterinarian of "All Things Bright and Beautiful" (1974; aired in the USA on NBC in 1975), but her subsequent film appearances have been sporadic. Harrow acted opposite then-husband Sam Neill in "The Final Conflict" (1981), the third part in "The Omen" trilogy, and co-starred as the matriarch...

A supporting player and occasional lead of TV and film, Lisa Harrow is far more established as a stage actress in Britain, where she has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) since 1969. A native of New Zealand, Harrow had many of her better chances in films once she reached middle-age, notably her award-winning turn as a writer whose world is shaken by the arrival of her sister in Gillian Armstrong's "The Last Days of Chez Nous" and as a troubled woman who mistakes a homeless man for a great film director in Jonathan Nossiter's "Sunday" (1997).

Harrow attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before joining the RSC where she honed her craft in such roles as Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and Desdemona in "Othello". She entered films in 1974 in the Italian-made "Il Sorriso del Grande Tentatore/The Devil Is a Woman/The Tempter", a forgotten rip-off of 1972's "The Exorcist". She lent support to the kindly veterinarian of "All Things Bright and Beautiful" (1974; aired in the USA on NBC in 1975), but her subsequent film appearances have been sporadic. Harrow acted opposite then-husband Sam Neill in "The Final Conflict" (1981), the third part in "The Omen" trilogy, and co-starred as the matriarch of a troubled family who finds solace with Peter Coyote's stranger in "That Eye, The Sky" (1994).

The small screen has provided the actress with numerous opportunities. Harrow was one of the stars of the syndicated sci-fi series "Star Maidens" (1977) and had one of her best role in the title role of "Nancy Astor", the American-born woman who became a member of Parliament (BBC, 1982; PBS, 1984). She was Wanda, the girl left behind by the future pontiff (Sam Neill) in the 1981 NBC biopic "From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II". More recently, Harrow co-starred as the unfaithful wife of a barrister in the British drama "Kavanagh QC" (Central Independent Television, 1995-98).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Country (2000) Miriam
2.
 Sunday (1997) Madeleine Vesey
3.
 That Eye, The Sky (1994) Alice Flack
4.
5.
 Shaker Run (1985) Dr Christine Rubin
6.
 Other Halves (1985) Liz Harvey
7.
 Under Capricorn (1982) Lady Henrietta
9.
 Final Conflict, The (1981) Kate Reynolds
10.
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1969:
Began stage work with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Olivia in "Twelfth Night"
1974:
Feature acting debut, "Il Sorriso del Grande Tetnatore/The Devil Is a Woman/The Tempter"
1975:
US TV debut, "All Creatures Great and Small" (aired on NBC as part of the "Hallmark Hall of Fame"; released theatrically in Europe and in the USA after its initial airing)
1977:
Was regular on syndicated sci-fi TV series "Star Maidens" (made in Europe)
1981:
Co-starred in "From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II" (NBC)
1982:
Had featured role in the Australian miniseries "Under Capricorn"
1982:
Played title role in the miniseries "Nancy Astor" (aired first on the BBC and in 1984 in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")
1988:
Appeared in the British TV-movie "Act of Betrayal" (ITV)
1992:
Starred in Gillian Armstrong's "The Last Days of Chez Nous"
1995:
Co-starred in the British drama "Kavanaugh, QC" (Central Independent Television)
1997:
Co-starred with David Suchet in Jonathan Nossiter's award-winning independent film "Sunday"
2000:
Assumed role of the cancer-stricken college professor Vivian Baring in the Off-Broadway play "Wit"
2000:
Acted in "The Late Middle Classes" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: -

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companion:
Sam Neill. Actor. Appeared together in "The Final Conflict" (1981); never married; Neill left her for another woman shortly after she became pregnant.
husband:
Roger Payne. Biologist. Married in 1992.

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son:
Tim Neill. Born in 1982; father Sam Neill.

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