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Raquel Cassidy
Raquel cassidy

Birth Name

Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy

Born

22 January 1968

Occupation

Actress

Years Active

Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy (born 22 January 1968) is an English actress who plays Miss Hecate Hardbroom in the 2017 series of The Worst Witch.

Early life and education

Born to a Spanish mother and an English father, she was the third child and only daughter born to the couple.[1] Born and brought up in Fleet, Hampshire[2] she was educated at Farnborough Hill Convent,[3], [4] and then Girton College, Cambridge, where she studied modern languages and then biological anthropology. She later pursued a PhD in biological anthropology, but she abandoned it in order to pursue a career in acting instead.

Career

Cassidy is best known for her 2013-2015 television role as rehabilitated thief and ladies maid Phyllis Baxter in the worldwide television phenomenon Downton Abbey. She also played Susan Gately in Teachers (series 1 and 2), the Home Office Junior Minister Jo Porter in Party Animals, and Mel in Lead Balloon, as well as her various stage performances.[5]
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Work

Filmography

Year Film Role Other notes
2002 Do I Love You Romy
2002 Before You Go Felicia
2005 Festival Petra Loewenberg
2007 The Boat People Alice
2007 Tick Tock Lullaby Maya
2008 Nightwalking Martha Short film

Selected television

Year Programme Role Other notes
1998 Killer Net WPC Pamela Boxer
1999 The Bill Lola Chaves (Victim)
2001–2002 Teachers Susan Gately
2003 Red Cap Staff Sgt. Neve Kirland
2004 The Worst Week of My Life Cassie Turner
2005 According to Bex Chris
2006–2011 Lead Balloon Mel Davies
2007 Party Animals Jo Porter
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot: Mrs McGinty's Dead Maureen Summerhayes
2008–2009 Moving Wallpaper Nancy Weeks
2009 New Tricks Susanna Morton 1 episode (The Truth Is Out There)
2011 Land Girls Diana Granville
2011 Doctor Who Foreman Miranda Cleaves 2 episodes (The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People)
2012 Hustle Dana Deville Episode 4 of Series 8, Filmed in September 2011
2012 Midsomer Murders Diana DeQuetteville
2013 Heading Out Sabine
2013 A Touch of Cloth Clare Hawkchurch
2013–2015 Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter
2014 Jonathan Creek Sharon
2015 Vera Gloria Edwards
2017– The Worst Witch Miss Hecate Hardbroom 13 episodes
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Raquel Cassidy in Downton Abbey

Selected radio

Year Programme Role Other notes
2008 Spending My Inheritance Jo
2015 Ed Reardon's Week Suzan

Theatre

Year Play Role Theatre
1997 Twelfth Night Viola Royal Court Theatre
1998 Othello Desdemona National tour
Threesome Ruth Old Red Lion Theatre
2002 Possible Worlds Joyce Tron Theatre
2004 MacBeth Lady MacBeth International tour
2005 Anna Karenina Anna Arkadyevna Karenina Royal Lyceum Theatre
2006 Mirandolina Mirandolina Royal Exchange Theatre

References

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