Gabrielle Drake
British actress
Gabrielle Drake
Gabrielle Drake is a British actress who was born in Lahore, British India and has lived in several Far Eastern countries. She is the sister of musician Nick Drake.
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  • 2011
    Age 66
    At the Chipping Campden Literature Festival in 2011, she and Martin Jarvis read extracts from the letters and diaries of Robert and Clara Schumann in the recital, Beloved Clara.
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  • 2004
    Age 59
    In 2004 she described it as "the most beautiful building site in the world".
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    In 2004 she published Nick Drake: Remembered for a While, a memoir of her brother.
    More Details Hide Details She lives in Wenlock Abbey in Much Wenlock, Shropshire with her husband of over 40 years the Belgian-born artist Louis de Wet. The couple bought the house in 1983. She and her husband renovated their home over several years.
  • 2002
    Age 57
    She played Mrs Malaprop in the 2002 touring production of The Rivals with the British Actors' Theatre Company, whose artistic director, Kate O'Mara, was Drake's co-star in the TV series The Brothers.
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  • 1999
    Age 54
    In 1999, she was Vittoria in Paul Kerryson's production of The White Devil at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester.
    More Details Hide Details She also toured with the Oxford Stage Company in that year, as Hester Bellboys in John Whiting's A Penny for a Song, alongside Julian Glover, Jeremy Clyde, and Charles Kay.
  • 1995
    Age 50
    She co-starred with Jeremy Clyde in the 1995 King's Head Theatre tour of Cavalcade, directed by Dan Crawford.
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  • 1993
    Age 48
    In 1993, she was Monica in Coward's Present Laughter at The Globe Theatre, London, in a revival directed by and starring Tom Conti.
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  • 1991
    Age 46
    She was in the Mobil Touring Theatre's official centenary production of Charley's Aunt in 1991, with Frank Windsor, Patrick Cargill, and Mark Curry.
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  • 1990
    Age 45
    During the 1990-91 season at the Theatre Royal, Bath, she played in Risky Kisses with Ian Lavender.
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  • 1988
    Age 43
    In 1988, she played Fiona Foster in a revival of Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves, first at the Greenwich Theatre, then at The Duke of York's Theatre.
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  • 1979
    Age 34
    She has made regular appearances at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, since her debut there in a non-pantomime version of Cinderella, written by Trevor Peacock, in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she co-starred with Sorcha Cusack and Susan Penhaligon in Caspar Wrede's production of The Cherry Orchard. In 1986, she was Madame Gobette in the British premiere of Maurice Hennequin's Court In The Act, which subsequently played at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, and the Theatre Royal, Bath, before transferring to the Phoenix Theatre in London (1987). Other roles at The Royal Exchange include Mrs Erlynne in Lady Windermere's Fan (1996); Anna in The Ghost Train Tattoo (2000); Fay in Loot (2001); Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (2004); and The Comtesse de la Briere in What Every Woman Knows (2006). At the same theatre in 2001, Drake replaced Patricia Routledge as Mrs Conway during the rehearsal period for JB Priestley's Time and the Conways, when Routledge was forced to withdraw from the production due to illness. Elsewhere, she has appeared in her one-woman show, Dear Scheherazade, as the 19th Century writer Elizabeth Gaskell (2005, 2007, 2010).
  • 1978
    Age 33
    In 1978, she played Lavinia, opposite Simon Callow in the title role, in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, directed by Adrian Noble, at the New Vic, Bristol.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared at the Bristol Old Vic in that year, in Vanbrugh's The Provok'd Wife. She was directed by Mike Ockrent in Look, No Hans!, alongside David Jason, during the 83-84 season at the Theatre Royal, Bath. She made a second appearance in The Importance of Being Earnest at The Royalty Theatre, London, in a production directed by Donald Sinden, which also starred Wendy Hiller, Clive Francis, Phyllida Law and Denis Lawson (87-88).
  • 1975
    Age 30
    In 1975, she appeared as Madeline Bassett in the original London cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn musical Jeeves.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in French Without Tears at the Little Theatre, Bristol.
  • 1974
    Age 29
    In the 1974-5 season at the Bristol Old Vic, she played in Cowardy Custard, a devised entertainment featuring the words and music of Noël Coward.
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  • 1966
    Age 21
    In 1966, she joined the Birmingham Repertory Company and played Queen Isabella in Marlowe's Edward II.
    More Details Hide Details She also had roles in Private Lives (with Renee Asherson), The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles (with Linda Marlowe and Patrick Mower), Twelfth Night, and Inadmissible Evidence. The following year, she was Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.
  • 1964
    Age 19
    Drake made her stage debut in 1964, during the inaugural season of the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, playing Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest.
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  • 1944
    Born on March 30, 1944.
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