Darrie Gardner

  • Actor
    Female / Greater London
  • Ethnicity
    Caucasian
    Age Range
    44 - 54
    Height
    5' 6" (1m 70cm)
    Weight
    11st. 7lb (73kg)
    Hair Colour
    Auburn
    Eye Colour
    Blue
    Build
    Medium

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2019Darrie Gardner gave a heart-breaking portrayal of a mother bereaved,
Genni Tricket
londontheatre1.com
2019Darrie Gardner stands out as Sister Gudule
J.C.
londonlivinglarge.com
2019Darrie Gardner demonstrates an affinity for light and shade with her roles
Michelle Jacobs
theatreweekly.com
2017in particular, Gardner’s speech at the end about women and their husbands was a highlight; it was moving and irreverent...
Verity Williams
pubtheatres1.tumblr.com
2017and Sophie Millett and Darrie Gardner nail the bittersweet bonding song, "We Don't Understand Our Children" with empathetic assurance.
Gary Naylor
broadwayworld.com
2016The whole play is neatly told by merely four actors, all bring credibility and warmth to the characters they portray
Toby Wood
peterboroughtoday.co.uk
2016There are several strong performances from a company of 14, including . . . Darrie Gardner
Stephen Bates
thereviewshub.com
2016Gardner and Cooke render the uneasy chemistry in a way that is totally convincing, incredibly well written, directed and performed
James McKendrick
remotegoat.com
2013Darrie Gardner... gave a heartfelt and engaging performance, providing a poignancy and nuance ...‘Without Love’ is a standalone moment.
Daniel Harrison
ayoungertheatre.com
2012Lady Caroline (Darrie Gardner), with marvellously sustained upper class vowels, generates broad humour as she hunts down her husband
Barbara Lewis
thestage.co.uk
2012talented entertainer, comedienne, actress, singer, wonderfully rich voice and a great gift for portraying various characters through storytelling and song
Jill Lawrie
remotegoat.com
2012she puts her own interpretation on contemporary material, a deep, rich voice her versions are the standouts from the set.
Gary Naylor
westend.broadwayworld.com

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2020Prospero
Theatre
The Tempest
Timothy Trimingham Lee
Lights of London Productions
Finsbury Circus City Gardens
2020Jessica Geiger
Rehearsed Reading
The Shroud of Charon (Table Read)
Lorenzo Fantini
Screen Rebels
2020Singer Performer
Online / Digital
Cabaret against CoronaLights of London Productions
2020Emilia's (Othello Act IV Sc iii)
Online / Digital
Shakespeare Quarantine
Mario Perez
Buddha Film Project
2019Sister Gudule / Emmanuelle
Theatre
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Bertie Watkins
Iris Theatre Company
Actors Church
2019Rachel
Film (Feature)
The Jack in the Box
Lawrence Fowler
Up a Notch Productions
2019Karen Pedley
TV
Nurses Who Kill
Nadia Dawber
FirstLookTV/UKTV/ReallyChannel/Justice Network US
2018Mrs Clause / Noelle Tidings
Theatre (Immersive)
Once Upon a Christmas Time
Natalie Allison
Unique Experiences
Brentwood Leisure Park
2018Vera Valentine
Theatre
The Murder Express
Craig Wilkinson
Funicular Productions
Arch 63 / Pedley Street Station
2018Tina Dubois
Theatre
The Line Up
Rob McIndoe
The Bonnington Playwrights
Lion and Unicorn Theatre
2017Nurse
Corporate
My Roll Our Role
Alex Dawe
Quarantine Productions
West London Film Studios
2017Miss Beety / DJ Bumble
Theatre
The Boy The Bees and The Blizzard
Heidi Vaughan
Kazzum
Shoreditch Town Hall
2017Emilia
Theatre
Othello
Simone Vause
Lights of London Productions
Moors Bar Theatre
2017Timothy's Mother/University Don/Lady in Park
Musical
Salad Days
Bryan Hodgson
Regan De Wynter Williams Productions
Bath Theatre Royal
2017Timothy's Mother / University Don / Lady in Park
Musical
Salad Days
Bryan Hodgson
Union Theatre
Union Theatre
2017Holidaymaker/Couple
Still Photos
Hyatt Park Holiday Resort
Pedro Pereira
SB Architects/Pixelflakes
2017Stephanie Lazarus
TV
Beyond Reasonable Doubt - Episode 4 'The Murdered Bride'
Crispin Reece
CNN/HLN/Nutopia
2016Meg
Theatre
The Mirror Never Lies
Joe Guiffre MD: Joseph Finlay
RJR Musicals
The Cockpit Theatre
2016Headmistress
Commercial
Ebay Christmas 'School Disco'
Nick Gordon
Some Such & Co
2016Jill White
Film (Short)
Cash Up
Oliver Church
Who Said Theatre
2016Sharon
Theatre
Mercy Road
Antony Hampton
Old Grey Walrus
Hen and Chickens Theatre
2016Aunt Ida / Showgirl
Theatre
Norma Jeane the Musical
Christopher Swann MD: Alex Bellamy
KSW Productions
LOST Theatre
2016Alison/Journalist
Theatre
The Angel of Peckham
Matthew Iliffe
Teatro Technis
Theatro Technis
2016Caroline Chudwick, Senior NATO Civil Servant
Corporate
Movement and People
Daryl Beeton
Learning Exchange for Thought Leaders Symposium
Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
2016Mum of depressed teenager
Commercial
Stem4 Charity Awareness
Jadene Carey
Mirrored Pictures
2015Elizabeth / Wise Woman
Theatre
Natvity Blues
Poppy Rowley
Eastern Angles
2015Betty
Rehearsed Reading
The Train on Platform One
Tom Fox
Eastern Angles
2015Woman in Therapy
Online / Digital
Offkey World
Steve J Whiteley
Offkey Creatives
2015Doreen
Film (Short)
A year and 40 days
Robin Brooks
London Short Film Company
2014 - 2015Singer
Musical
Songs of the Jazz Age
Effervescent Jazz
Blue Dove Events
Jazz After Dark and Cafe 1001
2015Satisfied Customer (Featured)
Commercial
Polypipe Polymax Ad
David Campbell
Thirteen Disciples
2015Adopting Parent
Still Photos
First4Adoption
Jane Airey/Paul Sutton
Kindred
2014Mother Christmas
Theatre
Believe in the Magic
Denise Silvey
Lapland UK
Ascot
2014Maria
Theatre
Twelfth Night
Benet Catty
Cambridge Shakespeare Company
St John's College Gardens
2014Duchess of Gloucester
Theatre
Richard II
Jen Plants
Cambridge Shakespeare Company
Downing College Gardens
2014Guest Singer
Musical
From Page to Stage
David J Cooke
Aria Entertainment
Landor Theatre
2013The Wicked Fairy
Theatre
Sleeping Beauty
Jonathan Blazer
Make Believe Entertainment
Winsford Lifestyle Centre
2013Jenny (Lead)
Music Video
Sick Individuals & Axwell / I am
Charles H Joslain
Groundwork Pictures Limited
2013The Lady's Maid
Commercial
Lloyds Online Pharmacy
Jack Chute
The Progress Film Company
2013Valerie Hobson Profumo / Barbara Castle
Theatre
Profumo the Musical
Matthew Lloyd-Davies MD: Tim J Gilvin
Gordon Kenny Productions
Waterloo East Theatre
2013Sonya (Gypsy Fortune Teller)
Film (Student)
Lovers Misfortune
Indiana Salome
Goldsmiths
MA Filmmaking
2013Lily
Film (Student)
Last Rites
Mohamad Ahmad Zakii
Central Film School
2013Agnes Smith
TV
The Bible Hunters
Tilman Remme
BBC
CTVC/Smithsonian Channel
2013Dr Mary Bevan
Rehearsed Reading
The New Woman
Kenneth Michaels
North London Actors
The Oak and Pastor
2013Annie
Rehearsed Reading
The Accrington Pals
Monty Holender
North London Actors
The Oak & Pastor
2012Managing Director
Commercial
McAfee Anti-Virus Web Video
Adrian Smith
ThePeleton
2012Meany Moo (The Giants wife)
Theatre
Jack and the Beanstalk
Kathryn Ryan
Wheelhouse Productions
The Colourhouse Theatre
2012Alice
Theatre
Armed Forces Day
Ng Choon Ping
Off Cut Festival
Riverside Studios
2012Lady Elizabeth Ford
Theatre
Queen of Hearts
Leon Trayman
Goldsmiths Festival of New Musicals
Tristan Bates Theatre
2012Ruth
Theatre
The Pirates of Penzance
Matthew Harrison
Pulling Focus Ltd
The Tabard Theatre
2012Bridget Sampson
Theatre
The Visiting Professor
Alex Middleton
REDfest
Old Red Lion
2012Edith
Theatre
The Girl Who . . .
Daryl Beeton
Kazzum
The Rag Factory
2012Solo Show
Musical
Angels Dining at the RitzLights of London Productions
The Pheasantry
2011Solo Show
Musical
Angels Dining at the RitzLights of London Productions
Jermyn Street Theatre
2011Singer
Corporate
Royal British Legions 90th Anniversary ConcertRoyal British Legion
Royal British Legion
2010 - 2011Lady Caroline Pontefract
Theatre
A Woman of No Importance
Bruce Jamieson
Galleon Theatre Company
Greenwich Playhouse
2010Mistress Polish
Theatre
The Magnetic Lady
Elizabeth Elstub
Lights of London Productions
White Bear Theatre
2010Jenny
Theatre
Wow! (Women on Wine)
Rodney V Williams
Insite Productions
Above the Stag
2009Hermoine/Emilia/Mistress Page
Theatre
Shakespeare's Women
Elizabeth Elstub
Lights of London Productions
Barons Court Theatre
2009Solo Show
Musical
Burlington BertieLights of London Productions
Hackney Empire Studio
2008 - 2009Fairy Godmother
Theatre
Cinderella
Patrick Jacobs
Rhodes Arts
Rhodes Arts Complex
2008Henrietta Trumpington
Theatre
St Trinian's, The Musical
Dave Barrett
Yellowbrick Productions
Pacific Playhouse
2008Elizabeth 1
Theatre
Shakespeare in Shoreditch
Wendy Richardson
Lights of London Productions
Hackney Empire Studio
2008Solo Show
Theatre
Delovely!
Brighton Festival
Lights of London Productions
Latest MusicBar
2007Solo Show
Theatre
Let there be LoveLights of London Productions
Old Red Lion Theatre
2007Gracie Fields/Vera Lynn/Marlene Deitrich
Musical
Songbirds & Heroes
Solo Show
Lights of London Productions
Roman Eagle Lodge
2006Fairy Godmother
Theatre
Cinderella
Peter Wallder
Wheelhouse Productions
Colourhouse Theatre
2006Lady Bracknell
Theatre (Tour)
The Importance of Being Earnest
Christopher Binns
Il Palchetto Stage
Midscale Theatres - Italy
2005Cynthia Side
Corporate
Nigel and Nita's Wedding
Kenneth Avery Clark
Stagework Productions
New Connaught Rooms
2005Betty
Theatre (Tour)
Best of Broadway
Laura Page Andrews
Tickled Pink Productions
Tour
2005Mum of Victim
TV
Crimewatch
Liz Jordan
BBC
2005Circus Boss/Mum
Theatre (Tour)
Funny Footsteps
Nicholas Young
Rainbow Theatre
Tour
2004Miss Minchin
Theatre (Tour)
A Little Princess
Brian Thresh MD: Robert Hyman
Image Theatre Company
5 month midscale theatres tour
2004The Genie
Theatre
Aladdin
Peter Wallder
Wheelhouse Productions
Colourhouse Theatre
2003Mrs Cuddles
Theatre (Tour)
The Magic Toy Box
James White
Chaplins
Tour
2003Judas
Theatre (Tour)
The Easter Story
Nicholas Young
Rainbow Theatre
Tour
2003Passionette Nightclub Singer
Theatre
To Die for
Jane Pethick
ATA Productions
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
2003Angy
TIE
Its your future
Dillan Roberts
Cragrats
Tour
2002Sarah the Cook
Theatre (Tour)
Dick Whittington
Martin Bailey
Chaplins
Tour
2001Principal Cast
Musical
Sunday Night at the London Palladium
Tony Edwards
Star FX
the London Palladium
2001Elaine Borg
TV
The Insiders
Anthony Wonke
Channel 4
In association with Hart Ryan
2000Mother in Law/The Cook
Theatre
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Abigail Anderson
Court Theatre Company
Courtyard Theatre
2000Prince of Verona
Theatre
Romeo and Juliet
June Abbott
Court Theatre
Courtyard Theatre
2000Mrs Peachum
Musical
The Threepenny Opera
Jeremy Young
Court Theatre Company
Courtyard Theatre
1999Bet
Theatre
April in Paris
Steve Mullins
Get Real Theatre
Bradford Playhouse
1998Amelia
Theatre
The House of Bernada Alba
Don Dryden
Green Room Company
Priestley Centre for the Arts
1993Peggy
Theatre
Godspell
Michael Kirby
Alhambra Company
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2017Screen ActingActors Studio, Pinewood Studios
    20011 year ActingCourt Theatre Training Company
    1988BA (Hons) Theatre Arts (2 years)Bretton Hall

    Additional Skills

    Mezzo Soprano. Musical Theatre singing range E below Mid C to top G (mezzo). Jazz/Cabaret.

    Additional Information

    Reviews: Darrie Gardner:

    Darrie Gardner gave a heart-breaking portrayal of a mother bereaved...The final, dramatic denouement was all the more powerful for taking place in an actual church, and was further enhanced by some well-judged cinematic music and lighting...a unique, memorable and surprisingly entertaining experience" 5*

    Londontheatre1

    (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Iris Theatre 2019).

    "Darrie Gardner stands out as Sister Gudule...The need for voice projection and clear articulation is a challenge in this setting, and particularly if the audience is to follow Hugo's convoluted plot, but the actors do a commendable job. This is great entertainment and a wonderful chance to visit St. Paul's, The Actors' Church" 4*

    LondonLivingLarge

    (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Iris Theatre 2019).

    "The six-strong cast are required to show great flexibility as each portrays multiple characters...Darrie Gardner demonstrates an affinity for light and shade with her roles... The cast also prove to be adept musicians, providing an enthusiastic rendition on Matthew Malone’s authentic sounding compositions.

    Theatre Weekly 4*

    (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Iris Theatre 2019)

    "Samuel Mattioli as Montano/Gratiano, and Darrie Gardner as Emilia are three very strong supporting actors, each bringing a distinctive and compelling presence with them on stage. In particular, Gardner’s speech at the end about women and their husbands was a highlight; it was moving and irreverent, making the creeping inevitability of Desdemona’s death somehow more painful".

    London Pub Theatres

    (Othello - Moors Bar Theatre 2017).

    "Sophie Millett and Darrie Gardner nail the bittersweet bonding song, "We Don't Understand Our Children" with empathetic assurance" Broadway World (Salad Days) 2017

    "Lloyd and Gardner evoke a genuine intimacy and affection which underpins the playful bickering between the two . . . Gardner and Cooke render the uneasy chemistry between the two former lovers in a way that is touching . . is totally convincing . . . incredibly well written, directed and performed and is among the best shows you will see on the Fringe (Camden or Edinburgh) right now" Remote Goat (Mercy Road 2016)

    "There are several strong performances from a company of 14, including . . . Darrie Gardner" Reviews Hub (Norma Jeane the Musical) 2016

    "The whole play is neatly told by merely four actors, all of who bring credibility and warmth to the characters they portray . . . the set piece songs are particularly strong, sung with West End verve in the south-west corner of Serpentine Green . . . Darrie Gardner oversees the whole thing like a Dogsthorpe Fairy Godmother! ... the dialogue between the exquisitely barmy Peterborough pigeon hand puppets is worth the admission alone" Peterborough Telegraph. (Nativity Blues) 2015

    "... Darrie Gardner in particular, both as Profumo’s wife Valerie, and as the chipper Labour powerhouse Barbara Castle, gleefully revelling in Tory misfortune, gave a heartfelt and engaging performance, providing a poignancy and nuance ... She reminded the audience that Mrs Profumo is an oft forgotten casualty in this whole sorry debacle.. . Gardner's rendition of ‘Without Love’ is a standalone moment" A Younger Theatre (Profumo The Musical) 2013

    "...there are one or two places where both book and songs work really well. I remember particularly an exchange in act two between Profumo and his wife, when she realises that he’s been unfaithful. The scene has real power and poignancy – and I might add was very well played by David Pendlebury and Darrie Gardner" Plays to See (Profumo The Musical) 2013

    "Ms Gardner is at her best when she puts her own interpretation on more contemporary material - with a deep, rich voice . . . her versions of Kirsty McColl's Soho Square and a beautifully slowed-down take on Ray Davies' Waterloo Sunset are the standouts from the set . . . Ms Gardner brings us a few stock London characters . . . allowing her the chance to show off excellent comic timing" Broadway Westend World ("Angels Dining at the Ritz") 2011

    "The beautiful Darrie Gardner articulated majestically' Alex James - Greenwich Times ('A Woman of No Importance')Greenwich Playhouse 2010

    "Lady Caroline (Darrie Gardner), with marvellously sustained upper class vowels, generates broad humour as she hunts down her husband the reluctant Sir John" Barbara Lewis -The Stage ('A Woman of No Importance' Galleon Theatre at Greenwich Playhouse 2010).

    "The cast delivered Wilde's infamous wit with sparkling performances all round, and practically every sentence that came out of Darrie Gardner's mouth as the mercilessly ostentatious Lady Caroline, produced widespread laughter in the audience" Carmen Nasr - Extra Extra! (A Woman of No Importance 2010)

    "Darrie Gardner is delightful as the wonderfully eccentric Lady Caroline". Matthew Jenkin - Newshopper (A Woman of No Importance).

    "The production is carried by the two more seasoned actresses; Maggie Robson and Darrie Gardner who plays the self-important and loquacious former nursemaid, Miss Polish, with fantastic flair" Gillian Fisher for Theatre Reviews-Music OMH ('The Magnetic Lady' -White Bear 2010)

    "Side-splitting comic mastery and characterisation is on the cards" Hackney Gazette ('Burlington Bertie' - Hackney Empire) 2009

    "Darrie Gardner's Fairy Godmother is a cuddly sort of sprite with a host of apprentice baby fairies at her call as she rewards good and ensures that spite and bullying fail" What's On Stage ('Cinderella' - Rhodes Arts Centre 2008).

    "a very talented entertainer, comedienne, actress and singer. She has a wonderfully rich voice and a great gift for portraying various characters through storytelling and song" Remote Goat ('Delovely' - The Brighton Festival). 2008

    "Worth going for the singing and setting alone, Missy D's powerful voice fills the intimate underground space with classic tunes. Changing characters from chavs to centenarians to provide a good old fashioned cabaret of many acts, but just one versatile performer......In the end it is the singing that is Missy D's forte, rich and sensual, she warmly embraces the audience ..." Three Weeks ('Delovely' - The Brighton Festival 2008')

    "Gutsy, vibrant, singing voice, cheeky smile and full-on commitment to every note and every word, refreshing, nice acting touches... a talented, warm-hearted performer' Fringe Review ('Songbirds & Heroes' - Edinburgh Festival 2007).

    "'As if we never said Goodbye' ... was carried off with style . . . this natural style was also present in both the low comedy of her monologue and the steely determination of her Madame Marteuil" The Stage, (Courtyard Showcase, Players Theatre 2000)

    "Darrie Gardner worked well as the Beggar Queen of the East End. . . outstanding in being able to carry the words beyond a song and deliver them with intense meaning" Islington Gazette ('Threepenny Opera', The Courtyard, 2000)

    "It livened up after the interval with a moving bluesy number sung with style by Darrie Gardner" Yorkshire Post ('Follow the Star' - Bradford Alhambra). 1999

    About me

    Versatile hardworking actress/ singer with a range of credits in classical, contemporary and musical theatre and cameos roles in film/TV

  • Skills

    Skin Colour
    • White
    Accents (International)
    • Australian
    • French
    • German
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    Experienced In
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Panto
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TIE/TYA
    • TV
    Interested in
    • Commercials
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Panto
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TV
    Musical Skills
    • Guitar
    • Piano
    Accents (UK)
    • Cockney
    • Devon
    • Lancashire
    • London
    • Manchester
    • Northern England
    • Northern Working Class
    • RP
    • South London
    • Southern England
    • Welsh, Standard
    • Yorkshire
    Accents (North American)
    • General American
    General Dance Skills
    • Contemporary
    • Jazz
    Hair Length
    • Shoulder Length
    Specific Singing Skills
    • Mezzo-Soprano
    Perform nude?
    • No
    Organisation Memberships
    • Equity
    Stage Combat Skills
    • No
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    General Singing Skills
    • Advanced
    Native accent
    • English
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Character Types
    • Intellectual
    • Mischievous
    • Posh
    • Professional
    • Villainous