Jan Chappell has enjoyed a successful and varied career in theatre, T.V and film. Her early work included playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in repertory at Leicester, Desdemona in Stoke, St Joan in G. B. Shaw’s play and Pegeen in Playboy of the Western World at Salisbury. Her career has included three seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Jan appeared at the Royal Court Theatre in opening productions of plays by Caryl Churchill, Howard Barker and Arnold Wesker amongst others.
At the Tricycle Theatre in London she was a member of the company that produced the ‘Verbatim Theatre’ and was in three productions, The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and The Scott Arms To Iraq Inquiry, televised for BBC 2. In Guantanamo she was cast as the human rights lawyer, Gareth Pierce. Guantanamo transferred to the West End and was nominated for Olivier Award and also played in Washington.
Her career in T.V. has ranged over a variety of single play and popular series such as Spooks, New Tricks, Holby City, Casualty, Rosemary and Thyme and included playing Cally in three series of the ‘80s cult science fiction series Blake’s 7 for the BBC.
Jan appeared in Ken Russell’s film The Devils and Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth, Greenfingers and Basic Instinct 2.
More recently she appeared in Mike Bartlett’s My Child at the Royal Court, and in Love, but I Don’t Do That by Mark Ravenhill for internationally acclaimed theatre company, Paines Plough.
Jan worked at the Manchester Royal Exchange in A Comedy of Errors with RSC associate director Roxana Silbert, working with her for the third time and in independent films, Low Tide and Late September.
Jan has recorded audio dramas for Big Finish recreating her role of Cally and is looking forward to recording more of these later in 2016.
Jan has taught with the R.S.C. in the U.S.A. and in drama schools including Webber Douglas Academy, now part of the Central School of Speech and Drama and the Guildford School of Acting. She has also given acting workshops at the Actors Centre in London.