As Agatha Christie in an episode of Doctor Who

Fenella Woolgar
(born 4 August 1971) is an English actress. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1999 and has since appeared in several film, television and theatre productions. She also works as an audio book narrator and voice over artist. In 2008, she featured as Agatha Christie in an episode of Doctor Who.


Prior to attending RADA, Fenella studied for an honours degree in Italian and Ancient History at the University of Durham. She has lived in Italy, the United States and the Persian Gulf and has travelled widely in India, where she worked as a teacher in Delhi.

Woolgar is 5'6" tall (1.68 m) and is married to Dr Robert Harland. The couple have a son, Kit, who was born in 2006. She speaks French and Italian, and many different accents in English. Also, she plays the flute and piano, and is a sculptress.


Year Title Character Format Notes
2000 Agatha Christie's Poirot Ellis TV series Episode: "Lord Edgware Dies"
2001 The Way We Live Now Lady Julia Monogram TV serial Episodes: 1 and 2
2002 AKA Sarah Feature film
2003 Bright Young Things Hon. Agatha Runcible Feature film Nominated - British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated - Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Empire Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated - London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Eroica Princess Lobkowitz TV film
2004 He Knew He Was Right Arabella French TV mini-series
Stage Beauty Lady Meresvale Feature film
Vera Drake Susan's Confidante Feature film
2005 Wah-Wah June Broughton Feature film
2006 Scoop Jane Cook Feature film
2007 Jekyll Min TV series
St. Trinian's Miss Cleaver Feature film
2008 Doctor Who Agatha Christie TV series Episode: "The Unicorn and the Wasp"
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Post Modern Review Staff #3 Feature film
2009 St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Miss Cleaver Feature film
2010 BioShock 2 Sofia Lamb Video game Voice only
2010 Agatha Christie's Poirot Elizabeth Whittaker TV series Episode: "Hallowe'en Party
2011 Case Histories Amelia Land TV series Episode: 1.1
2011 Lavinia Jackson The Fearless Librarian Radio play
2012 Amours de Voyage Merry Radio play


  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
  • As You Like It - Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
  • How the Other Half Loves - Palace Theatre, Watford
  • The Miser - Salisbury Playhouse
  • Charlie's Aunt - Sheffield Crucible
  • The Cherry Orchard - Theatre Royal, York
  • The Playboy of the Western World - Bristol Old Vic
  • The Comedy of Errors - Oddsocks Theatre Company
  • Bring Me Sunshine - Manchester Royal Exchange Studio
  • Bronte - Shared Experience Theatre Company
  • Passage to India - Shared Experience Theatre Company
  • Motortown - Jerwood Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, London
  • Way Upstream - Derby Playhouse
  • Time and the Conways - Royal National Theatre, London


Fenella Woolgar read the 2019 audiobook version of The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural.

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