HADYN GWYNNE is fluent in French and Italian. She studied Modern Languages at the University of Warwick before taking a five year lectureship in Italy, where she taught English. She also found the time to drive around the United States before becoming an actress in her mid-twenties, first coming to notice on television in the sharp comedy series set in a television newsroom, "Drop the Dead Donkey" (1990). She is also known for her roles in medical series "Peak Practice" (1993) and the police drama "Mersey Beat" (2001) though more recently she has played in stage musicals 'Billy Elliot' and 'Ziegfeld'. She lives in London with her partner Jason Phipps, a psychotherapist, and their two sons. (from IMDb)

She is an Olivier Award nominated British actress. Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Featured Actress in a Musical for "Billy Elliot"
In 2002 she starred in the TV Drama for the BBC The Secret playing the character of Emma Faraday.
Her theatre work has included a variety of regional and London based appearances, from Bolton Octagon in Hedda Gabler, to Richard Cheshire's Way of the World appearing in London's West End productions of Ziegfeld, City of Angels and Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award.[2] She reprised her role as Mrs Wilkinson in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot, which opened at the Imperial Theatre on November 13, 2008.[3] Haydn has been awarded the Outer Critics Circle Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award for her performance in Billy Elliot. She was also nominated for a 2009 Tony Award. Gwynne has also performed in numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her television appearances are now more focused on shorter dramas, such as the role of Julius Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, in the TV series Rome. She also appeared in the first Christmas special episode of Midsomer Murders.
She has most recently starred in an episode of Lewis in the first of a new series (2008). She appeared in the first episode of Series 2, "And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea", playing the character of Sandra Walters.
In 2010 she was also filming a film called Hunky Dory which also stars Minnie Driver and was filmed around Swansea, Wales.
Gwynne is due to perform at the Almeida Theatre in Islington, London in a performance of Becky Shaw[4] which runs from January 20 until March 5, 2011. She is also appearing in a second episode of the Midsomer Murders series 14 called "Dark Secrets" which was aired in Britain in 2011.
Haydn is also starring in the Shakespeare play Richard III alongside Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic Theatre in London as part of The Bridge Project from 18th June until 11th September 2011.  (from Wikipedia)

born 1957.
and she''s 5'10", and bears a striking resemblance to Ottoline Divine.




  1. This blog is brilliant! I can't wait to view all of the original posts!

  2. Sandra,Elizabeth-let's make an independent Movie! Elizabeth glad you found OTT! enjoy. pgt

  3. excellent and MOST enjoyable long read this am Gaye She was a FABULOUS character and I never tire of hearing about her. Hayden Gwynne you are right is VERY similar in appearance.I lived in Harley street for 16 years so I was immersed in the Cavendishes. Garsington ,Benticks and the Gower street group Brava more please

  4. Fay, welcome to the mutual admiration OTT Society- I would like to just go by her house- and others to pay homage to the greats in London, not to mention Garsington,Charleston, and on and on! PGT

  5. How did you do? Brilliantly, as usual. And I think you've finally lured me into the Lair of The OTT Society. Fascinating stuff, I could lose myself, and happily so.