Judith Paris trained as a dancer at the Royal Ballet School and performed with both the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera Ballet, but turned to Musical Theatre then to classical theatre.
There were three major influences in her twenties, the choreographer and director GILLIAN LYNNE with whom she worked in Lynne’s own company Collages at the Edinburgh Festival and the Savoy Theatre, London, in The Matchgirls at the Globe Theatre, London, three films, Wonderful Life, One Day in London, Three Hats for Lisa, and TV Zodiac; KEN RUSSELL who cast her as the young Isadora Duncan in Isadora, then called on her many times to play both leads – Elizabeth Siddal opposite Oliver Reed in Dante’s Inferno, Pauline Strauss in The Dance of the Seven Veils, and supporting roles – Mme. Dreyfus with Richard Dreyfus in Prisoners of Honor, Sister Agnes in The Devils, Katherine Mansfield in The Savage Messiah; and SIR PETER HALL whose company she joined at the National Theatre and where she acted over a period of eleven years. She played opposite Sir Michael Hordern in Jumpers as Dorothy Moore, Valeria with Sir Ian McKellen in Coriolanus, Juno in Sir John Gielgud’s The Tempest, Victoire in John Mortimer’s adaptation of Hotel Rendezvous A Little Hotel on the Side, 1st Woman in Bow Down with Brian Cox – a collaboration with Harrison Birtwhistle and Tony Harrison, Muriel the Zealot Goat in Peter Hall’s adaptation of Animal Farm, and the Woman in I, Bertolt Brecht, Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Ena Muller in Spring Awakening. She joined the RSC to play Celia opposite Charles Dance in As You Like It directed by Sir Trevor Nunn and was nominated best supporting actress, and playing Mrs Winthrop and Mrs Medlock in The Secret Garden directed by Adrian Noble. Recently she played Hecuba’s Serving Woman in the RSC’s Hecuba with Vanessa Redgrave in the West End and subsequently in Washington DC, New York and Delphi.
In the West End she played Grace Farrell in Annie, Lady Fidget in Lust, and Mrs Sowerberry in Oliver! For the Royal Court, Comedy of the Changing Years and Captain Oates’ Left Sock. She made her Broadway debut playing First Chorus in Medea directed by Jonathan Kent at the Longacre Theatre, New York. For the New Shakespeare Company at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park she played Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Iris in The Tempest and Amelia in A Comedy of Errors. For the Original Shakespeare Company at The Globe she played The Queen in King John and Queen Elinor in Cymbeline. She has played seasons in repertory theatre at Northampton, Exeter, Newcastle, Bristol and Belfast. On tour in the UK she played Mrs Reed in the national tour of Jane Eyre and Mrs Higgins in the National Theatre/Cameron Macintosh No 1 tour of My Fair Lady. She played Mrs Hepworth in Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Hobson’s choice and in the No 1 tour. Her one woman show Tango in the City written by Fay Weldon was performed at Sadlers Wells Theatre and other venues in London. She is currently, playing the important part of Emma Goldman in Ragtime at the Landor Theatre, London.
On TV Judith Paris has played parts as diverse as Eldrad – the first female alien – in The Hand of Fear with Tom Baker, Mrs Thatcher in The Various Ends of Mrs F’s Friends, Vita in Vita Sackville-West – All Passion Spent, suicidal twin sisters in A Touch of Frost, Mrs Kaminski in Lynda La Plante’s Mind Games and parts in Inspector Wexford Mysteries, 2.4 Children. The Two Ronnies, Dance to the Music of Time, The Camomile Lawn, and many others. She played Carlotta’s Seamstress in the film of The Phantom of The Opera. She wrote and played Lenya in Weill and Lenya directed by Ken Russell at the New End Theatre and the Warehouse, Croydon, wrote and directed Jacques Brel - The Rage to Live, New End Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and on tour, La Goulue of the Moulin Rouge at the Rosemary Branch Theatre and the Bridewell Theatre, When Florence Met Isadora at the Rosemary Branch Theatre. Madame Tussaud: Waxing Lyrical is in pre-production prior to a three week run at the New Diorama Theatre, London.
Judith has taught privately a range of classes on voice and text work. She was a senior lecturer for a period at the London Studio Centre taking master classes on Verse and Lyric analysis, and also as a member of the annual Assessments panel there. She is currently a tutor in the Performing Arts module at the London College of Music at the University of West London.
Judith is represented by Hilary Gagan Associates.
Performance based. This includes years of employment in all major companies:
Royal Shakespeare Company
New Shakespeare Company
Original Shakespeare Company
London Classic Theatre
Play writing (six plays performed in London)