Date of Birth : May 9th 1932
English actress, with a diverse history in theatre, film and television. From 2004–2009 she appeared as Miss Marple, the Agatha Christie sleuth, for the series Marple shown on ITV1 in the UK, and PBS in the U.S. Her career blossomed, with performances in such award-winning productions as The Rivals, The Way of the World, and The Chairs. she also appeared, with Kenneth Williams in the original 1965 production of Loot by Joe Orton, which closed at the Wimbledon Theatre before reaching London. She spent several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where she played in many of the Shakespeare comedies; her roles included a rendition of Olivia in Twelfth Night in 1958.
McEwan worked more than once with Laurence Olivier on both stage and screen, most notably in The Dance of Death staged by Glen Byam Shaw for the National Theatre at the Old Vic in February 1967.
She made her directing debut in 1988 with the Renaissance Theatre Company’s touring season, Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, co-produced with the Birmingham Rep, and ending with a three month repertory programme at the Phoenix Theatre in London. McEwan’s contribution was a light romantic staging of As You Like It, with Kenneth Branagh playing Touchstone as an Edwardian music hall comedian. In the same season Judi Dench and Derek Jacobi also made their debuts as directors.