Lucy Davis

Lucy Clare Davis (born 17 February 1973)[1] is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Dawn Tinsley in the BBC comedy The Office (2001–2003), Dianne in the horror-comedy movie Shaun of the Dead (2004), and Etta Candy in Wonder Woman (2017). Davis stars as Hilda Spellman in the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018–present).

Lucy Davis
Lucy Davis, May 2004 (3) (cropped)
Davis in 2004
Born
Lucy Clare Davis

17 February 1973 (age 46)
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)
Owain Yeoman
(m. 2006; div. 2011)
Parent(s)Jasper Carrott
Hazel Jackson

Career

Davis appeared briefly in an episode of The Detectives, a show created by and starring her father (Jasper Carrott).[2] She played Maria Lucas in the BBC's 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice, and also had a role in the 1996 Christmas special of One Foot in the Grave. After her breakthrough role as Dawn Tinsley in The Office, Davis appeared in the films Sex Lives of the Potato Men and Shaun of the Dead in 2004, whilst continuing to play Hayley Jordan in The Archers on BBC Radio 4. She gave up this last role when her other acting responsibilities made it impossible to continue, and the part was recast in September 2005.

Davis appeared in the third-season episode "Elephants and Hens" of UK TV programme Black Books.[3] In 2006, Davis appeared as the "Fashion TV" host on ABC's hit Ugly Betty, and later that year played writer Lucy Kenwright in NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In 2008, she appeared in several episodes of the US series Reaper. In 2010, Davis starred in ITV's six-episode comedy drama, Married Single Other, and also appeared in a guest role in The Mentalist alongside her then-husband Owain Yeoman. Davis also stars in the John Landis-produced thriller Some Guy Who Kills People.[4] In 2012, Davis had a guest voice part in Family Guy for the episode "Be Careful What You Fish For". Davis appeared in series two, episode eight of the BBC series Death in Paradise (2013). She became a Patron for the performing arts group Theatretrain in 2012.[5]

Davis plays the role of Etta Candy in the 2017 film Wonder Woman. Her performance marked the first live action cinematic portrayal of that comic book character.[6] Davis has said of the character: "She's a woman in a man's world and so being heard and seen aren't the easiest things, but it kind of doesn't deter her. Etta is unapologetically herself and I think that that's the thing that has drawn me to her the most... it took quite a while in my life to be unapologetically myself."[6]

Davis stars in the Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as Hilda Spellman.[7]

Personal life

Davis is the daughter of Hazel Jackson and comedian Jasper Carrott. She underwent a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with kidney failure during a medical examination that she underwent prior to taking up her role in Pride and Prejudice. Her mother, Hazel, donated the kidney.[8] Around Christmas 2005 she was hospitalised once again because of kidney failure, but has since recovered. Davis is also a diabetic.[9]

On 9 December 2006, Davis married Welsh actor Owain Yeoman at St Paul's Cathedral, London. The wedding was attended by fellow The Office stars and writers. Davis was entitled to marry there as her father is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)[10] and St Paul's contains the chapel of the order. The couple separated in January 2011 and divorced in October 2011.[11]

She participated in PETA's campaign against the Guards Division's continued use of traditional bearskin caps.[12]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Gambler Dunya
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Maid
2004 Sex Lives of the Potato Men Ruth
2004 Shaun of the Dead Dianne
2005 Rag Tale Debbs
2006 The TV Set Chloe McCallister
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Abby
2008 Shades of Ray Director #2
2009 All About Steve Patient
2011 Some Guy Who Kills People Stephanie
2014 Postman Pat: The Movie Director 1 (voice)
2017 Wonder Woman Etta Candy

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Detectives Young Girl #1 Episode: "Strangers in Paradise"
1994 Blue Heaven Secretary Episode #1.3
1994 Woof! Eileen Tully Episode: "Get Me to the Church"
1995 Casualty Sarah Jackson Episode: "Branded"
1995 The Bill Jude Mackie Episode: "Charity and Beating"
1995 Pride and Prejudice Maria Lucas 5 episodes
1996 Scene Julie Episode: "Alison"
1996 One Foot in the Grave Mrs. Blanchard Episode: "Starbound"
1997 The Grand Maggie Rigby Episode #1.5
1999–2000 Belfry Witches Old Noshie 13 episodes
2000 Doctors Nicky Andrews Episode: "False Alarm"
2001 Big Bad World Harry Episode: "Tory Girl"
2001 Bernard's Watch Madeleine 6 episodes
2001–2003 The Office Dawn Tinsley Main character; 14 episodes
2002 Murder in Mind Kerry Episode: "Passion"
2002 Holby City Kelly Bridges Episode: "Sweet Love Remembered"
2002 Dalziel and Pascoe Jax / Angela Ripley 2 episodes
2003 The Afternoon Play Laura Episode: "The Real Arnie Griffin"
2004 Black Books Becky Episode: "Elephants and Hens"
2006–2007 Ugly Betty Fashion TV Anchor 2 episodes
2006–2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Lucy Kenwright 16 episodes
2007 Californication Nora Episode: "Hell-A Woman"
2008–2009 Phineas and Ferb Crash (voice) 2 episodes
2008 Reaper Sara 3 episodes
2010 Married Single Other Lillie 6 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Daphne Valiquette Episode: "18-5-4"
2012 Family Guy Joanne Finn (voice) Episode: "Be Careful What You Fish For"
2013 Death in Paradise Vicky Woodward Episode #2.8
2013 The Neighbors Helen Redding Kemper Episode: "The Neighbours"
2015–2016 Maron Emily 6 episodes
2015 NCIS Dr. Janice Brown Episode: "Lockdown"
2016–2017 Better Things Macy 8 episodes
2018–present Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Hilda Spellman Main cast
2019 Bob's Burgers Princess Paula McCartney (voice) Episode: "Bed, Bob and Beyond"

Radio

References

  1. ^ "Lucy's tweet about her birthday". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ Gee, Catherine (2010-02-16). "Lucy Davis on Married Single Other". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Black Books". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  4. ^ "First Look: Images From Some Guy Who Kills People" – via bloody-disgusting.com.
  5. ^ "Patrons". Theatretrain. Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  6. ^ a b From ‘The Office’ to ‘Wonder Woman’: Get to Know Lucy Davis by Angelique Jackson 12:08 PM PDT, May 26, 2017
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (16 February 2018). "Netflix's Sabrina The Teenage Witch Series Casts Lucy Davis As Aunt Hilda". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Comedian's daughter saved by kidney transplant". BBC. 23 December 1997. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
  9. ^ "The Office star Davis hospitalised for kidney failure". Contactmusic.com. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
  10. ^ "Office star marries at St Paul's". BBC. 9 December 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2006.
  11. ^ "The Office star Lucy Davis divorces heartthrob Owain Yeoman after nine-month separation". Mail Online. 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  12. ^ "Lucy Davis Bares Skin to Save Bears' Skin". PETA. Retrieved 27 July 2010.

External links

Barron (horse)

Barron is a show jumping horse. Ridden by Lucy Davis, he was part of the bronze-winning United States team in the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and the silver-winning team in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Be Careful What You Fish For

"Be Careful What You Fish For" is the fourteenth episode of the tenth season of the animated comedy series Family Guy. The episode originally aired on Fox in the United States on February 19, 2012. When Peter and the guys try to salvage a sunken Mercedes-Benz, Peter half-heartedly promises a favor to a helpful dolphin. Soon, the dolphin moves to Quahog but outstays his welcome at Peter's. Peter tries to reunite the dolphin with his ex-wife in hopes that he will return to the ocean.

This episode was written by Steve Callaghan and directed by Julius Wu. It guest stars Ricky Gervais, as the voice of Billy Finn the dolphin, and Lucy Davis as the voice of Joanne Finn, the dolphin's ex-wife. Both Gervais and Davis starred together in the original British version of The Office.

Belfry Witches

Belfry Witches was a television show broadcast by the BBC during its CBBC slot. It ran for just over a year, airing in September 1999 and running its thirteenth and final episode in November 2000.

The show followed two witches, Skirty Marm (Laura Sadler) and Old Noshie (Lucy Davis) as they caused mischief in a quiet English village named Tranter's End, which they fled to after being banished their home on Witch Island. The show revolved around the two witches, the friendly of the church whose belfry they are in, Chris Tucker (played by Scott Charles), the resident "naughty boy", a nasty woman named Mrs. Bagg-Meanly (played by Paula Jacobs), and the Head Witch who banished Skirty Marm and Old Noshie - Mrs. Abercrombie (Jan Harvey). The show was called 'Belfry Witches' because the two witches lived in a church belfry. The show was axed due to poor ratings.

The show was based on the children's book series by author and journalist Kate Saunders. It was never released either on video or DVD.

Blue Heaven (1994 TV series)

Blue Heaven is a British television sitcom that starred Frank Skinner, Conleth Hill, John Forgeham, Nadim Sawalha and Paula Wilcox. It featured guest stars such as Bill Bailey, Bob Goody, Tamsin Greig, Lucy Davis, Beryl Reid, Philip Glenister and John Thomson.

It first appeared on Channel 4 as a one-off pilot in the series Bunch of Five in 1992, and was followed by one series of six episodes in 1994. It was described by Skinner as "a love-letter to the Black Country".

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (TV series)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an American supernatural horror web television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for Netflix, based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television, in association with Berlanti Productions and Archie Comics. Aguirre-Sacasa and Greg Berlanti serve as executive producers, alongside Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, and Lee Toland Krieger.

The series is centered on the Archie Comics character Sabrina Spellman, portrayed by Kiernan Shipka, and also stars Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Jaz Sinclair, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Richard Coyle, and Miranda Otto. Originally in development during September 2017 at The CW, the series was intended to be a companion series to Riverdale; however, in December 2017, the project was moved to Netflix with a straight-to-series order, consisting of two seasons. Filming takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, where both seasons are shot back-to-back.

The first ten episodes were released on October 26, 2018. The series has received positive reviews, with critics praising Shipka's performance, as well as the premise, visuals, and directing. A Christmas special episode was released on December 14, 2018, and the second part of the first season is set to be released on April 5, 2019. In December 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season of 16 episodes, which will also be split into two parts.

Dawn Tinsley

Dawn Tinsley is a fictional character in the BBC sitcom The Office, played by Lucy Davis. She is a receptionist for paper merchants Wernham Hogg and was originally engaged to warehouse worker Lee. Her American The Office equivalent is Pam Beesly. She is also the inspiration for Laetitia Kadiri in the French version of the show, Le Bureau, and Anne Viens in the Québécois version, La Job.

Despite her engagement, it is apparent that she is attracted to senior sales representative Tim Canterbury, and he to her.

She resigns towards the end of the second series to move with fiancé Lee to Florida to stay with Lee's sister's family.

Her story continues in the Christmas Specials when the documentary producers pay for her and Lee to fly back to the UK to attend the Christmas party and reunion, set three years after the end of series two. She finally leaves Lee for the long-suffering Tim, after he encourages her to hold on to her dream of being a children's book illustrator, an ambition which Lee sought to put down at every opportunity.

Equestrian at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Individual jumping

The individual jumping in equestrian at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was held from 14 to 19 August.The medals were presented by Gerardo Werthein, IOC member, Argentina and Luiz Roberto Giugni, Executive Board Member of the FEI.

Equestrian at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Team jumping

The team jumping in equestrian at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was held at National Equestrian Center on 14, 16, and 17 August.The medals were presented by Camiel Eurlings, IOC member, The Netherlands and Ingmar De Vos, President of the FEI.

Hilda Spellman

Hilda Spellman is a character featured in the Archie comic book Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Hilda is a full witch (as opposed to half or fully mortal) who lives in the fictional town of Greendale (in the 1990s live-action sitcom, Hilda lives in fictional Westbridge, Massachusetts). Hilda lives with her niece Sabrina Spellman, sister Zelda Spellman, and the family cat Salem, a former witch turned into a cat as punishment for his attempt at world domination.

Jasper Carrott

Jasper Carrott, OBE (born Robert Norman Davis; 14 March 1945) is an English comedian, actor, television presenter, and personality.

Lucy

Lucy is an English and French feminine given name derived from Latin masculine given name Lucius with the meaning as of light (born at dawn or daylight, maybe also shiny, or of light complexion). Alternative spellings are Luci, Luce, Lucie.

The English Lucy surname is taken from the Norman language that was Latin-based and derives from place names in Normandy based on Latin male personal name Lucius. It was transmitted to England after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century (see also De Lucy).

Lucy Davis (equestrian)

Lucy Davis (born October 22, 1992 in Los Angeles, California) is an American show jumping competitor and 2016 Olympian.

Maron (TV series)

Maron is an American comedy television series created by and starring Marc Maron as a fictionalized version of himself. The series premiered on the American cable television network IFC on May 3, 2013. Maron, Denis Leary, Jim Serpico, Olivia Wingate, Sivert Glarum, Michael Jamin and Duncan Birmingham serve as the show's executive producers. Glarum and Jamin are the showrunners. Maron's second season premiered on May 8, 2014, and its thirteen-episode third season premiered on May 14, 2015. In November 2015, the series was renewed for a thirteen-episode fourth season. On July 11, 2016, Maron announced on his WTF podcast that the series will not have a fifth season, with the season four finale serving as the series finale. The series finale aired on July 13, 2016.

Mel Martin

Melanie Jayne "Mel" Martin (born 1947) is an English actor. She has appeared in British television programmes including The Pallisers, Love for Lydia, Bergerac, Cover Her Face, Lovejoy, Cadfael, When the Boat Comes In, as well as films such as Quincy's Quest (1979), Business As Usual (1987), White Hunter Black Heart (1990) and Tom's Midnight Garden (1999).

She starred as Fiona Samson, the double agent and wife of Bernard Samson (played by Ian Holm) in the television adaptation of Len Deighton's trilogy Berlin Game, Mexico Set and London Match (broadcast as Game, Set and Match). She portrayed Vivien Leigh opposite Anthony Higgins as Laurence Olivier in the TV biopic Darlings of the Gods.

Martin and her real-life husband actor John Duttine have appeared together on screen several times. In the Casualty episode "Branded" from February 1995, she played Mrs Jackson, whose transvestite former husband was played by Duttine. A young Lucy Davis played her daughter Sarah. In the Heartbeat episode entitled "Troubled Waters", broadcast on 22 July 2007, Martin made a guest appearance alongside Duttine who was playing his regular role of Sergeant George Miller. She played Emily Merryweather, a widow who took a big shine to local garage owner Bernie Scripps played by Peter Benson. No scenes were shown of the married couple together.

She has also appeared in the 1993 Christmas Special episode of Only Fools and Horses ‘Fatal Extraction’ as ‘Beverley’.

Owain Yeoman

Owain Sebastian Yeoman is a Welsh actor. His credits include The Nine, Kitchen Confidential, AMC's Turn (as Benedict Arnold) and the HBO series Generation Kill. Additionally, he portrayed CBI Agent Wayne Rigsby in The Mentalist.

Scene (UK TV series)

Scene is a British television anthology drama/documentary series made by the BBC for teenagers. Featuring plays on topical issues as well as documentaries, sometimes of a controversial nature, and by leading contemporary playwrights, programs were originally broadcast to a school audience as part of the BBC Schools strand. Dramas from the series were also regularly broadcast for a wider adult audience. The series ran episodically from 1968 to 2002 and some of the dramas went on to receive critical acclaim, nominations and awards including five in 1996–97 and a Prix Jeunesse in 1998 under series producer Andy Rowley (see below).

Scene was originally conceived as a series of 30 minute dramas and documentaries suitable for showing to teenage schoolchildren as part of the English and Humanities curriculum. It was envisaged that the dramas shown would stimulate discussion in the classroom about various contemporary issues relevant to teenagers (such as race, drugs, sex, disability etc.). Critical reaction was positive with praise for the high production standards.

Some of the actors featured in Scene went on to achieve varying degrees of mainstream success. e.g.: Jemima Rooper (Junk, 1999), Sarah Jane Potts, Jack Deam, Lucy Davis (Alison, 1996), Adrian Lester (Teaching Matthew, 1993), Sean Maguire (A Man of Letters, 1994), Peter Howitt (Stone Cold).

The Office (UK TV series)

The Office is a British television mockumentary sitcom first broadcast in the UK on BBC Two on 9 July 2001. Created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the programme follows the day-to-day lives of office employees in the Slough branch of the fictional Wernham Hogg paper company. Gervais also stars in the series, playing the central character David Brent.

Two six-episode series were made, along with a pair of 58-minute Christmas specials. When it was first shown on BBC Two, ratings were relatively low, but it has since become one of the most successful of all British comedy exports. As well as being shown internationally on BBC Worldwide, channels such as BBC Prime, BBC America, and BBC Canada, the series has been sold to broadcasters in over 80 countries, including ABC1 in Australia, The Comedy Network in Canada, TVNZ in New Zealand, and the pan-Asian satellite channel STAR World, based in Hong Kong. The show was first shown in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim on 18 September 2009 until 2012.

The show centres on themes of social clumsiness, the trivialities of human behaviour, self-importance and conceit, frustration, desperation and fame.

The success of the show led to a number of localised adaptations (based upon its basic story and themes) being produced for the television markets of other nations, resulting in an international Office franchise.

The Office Christmas specials

The Office Christmas Specials are the two-part final episode of the British mockumentary comedy television series The Office. The specials were commissioned after the series' creators, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, announced that they would not write a full third series of the show. The first 45-minute part was broadcast on BBC One on 26 December 2003, and the second 50-minute part was shown the following evening. The episodes are presented in the style of "revisited" documentaries common on British television, in which popular "docusoaps" (e.g. Airport), are brought back for one-off specials several years after the series concluded. David Brent (Gervais), forcibly made redundant at the end of the second series, is now a travelling salesman of cleaning supplies. Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman) and Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook) are still working at the offices of Wernham Hogg, and former Wernham Hogg receptionist Dawn Tinsley (Lucy Davis) now lives in Florida, though is flown back to Britain by the documentary crew to reunite with her old colleagues.

The episodes won various awards, including two British Academy Television Awards, a Royal Television Society award, and a Television Critics Association (America) award. They were also nominated for a British Comedy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.

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