Date of Birth : Apr 22nd 1939
As a child she attended Raine’s Foundation School and went on to train at the pioneering East 15 Acting School, an establishment inspired by the works of Joan Littlewood, receiving the first-ever scholarship to the school. She has since worked in theatre, television, film, and radio, starting with “Diary of a Young Man”, a series written for her by John McGrath and Troy Kennedy Martin, directed by Ken Loach.
In 2003 Mitchell was a nominee for Best Actress in the Evening Standard Awards and the Laurence Olivier Awards for her performance as Martha in Through The Leaves, first at The Southwark Playhouse and later the Duchess Theatre, London. In 1992 she received the accolade of “Performance of The Year” by The Independent on Sunday for her Hecuba at The Gate Theatre. In 1984 she received the Pye Award for Female who had the greatest impact on television for her role as Dolly Rawlins in the groundbreaking crime series Widows, written by Lynda La Plante.
Her work as a director and writer includes: Voices From Prison (RSC Platform), Cathy Come Home (first stage adaptation, Pit Theatre), Ever After (co-written with Kathy Itzen), Kiss and Kill (co-written with Susan Todd for Monstrous Regiment and nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize). She directed the world premiere of Barry Keeffe’s Sus, at the Royal Court Theatre). Mitchell has been married twice and has two sons, one from each of her marriages, one of whom is the actor Che Walker, and lives in London.