More Confessions from the Hammer actress…
The long awaited part 2 of my exclusive interview with Judy Matheson on her acting career in everything else.
Judy Matheson, LynneFrederickForever
I was honoured to interview the wonderful actress Judy Matheson this year. This as part of my not so wee celebration with Barry from Cinematic Catharsis in our blogathon of all things Hammer and Amicus. If you CLICK HERE you can reach the part one of this interview post on her Hammer Movies.
Here in the reminder of that interview, Judy tells me more about her fabulous career from her days at drama school with Helen Mirren in the 1960s. This to more recent collaborations with her contributing to documentaries from Rabbit and Snail on Peter Cushing and with Foster Hitchman in his documentary (reviewed HERE) on the actress, Lynne Frederick.
What are your best memories of drama school?
I loved being a drama student in Swinging London in the 60s! Well, who wouldn’t…… We had great tutors & fellow students that I worked on productions with, including Dame Helen Mirren & Paul Freeman. We also qualified with a teaching degree, which entailed teaching practice in tough London schools, which was a challenging & enlightening experience.
Which do you enjoy more stage and screen, and why?
What have you enjoyed most about your stage career so far?
I also loved working with some incredibly talented actors, not only the well known ones such as Richard O’Sullivan & Yootha Joyce, but actors in rep who often blew me away with their talent.
What was it like working with Gregory Peck in your first movie?
I was really only a spectator on the set with Gregory Peck, playing a university student in a lecture. He did take after take- wonderful to watch- always different, always innovative. I was definitely star struck.
What did you like about working on on Crossroads?
If there was a reboot of Crossroads, would you want to return as your old character or as a new one? Tell me more about this..
There has been a reboot of Crossroads. And no, I wouldn’t want to return, but if I did, it would be to further explore the character ( Vicky Lambert) that I played. That could be fun!
Which of the American soaps of the 80s would you like to have starred in and as which character?
Haha – It’s always gonna be Dallas & Sue-Ellen!
Would you take a role in a soap now? Which one and as what type of character?
I’m not going to return to acting, but if I was, it would be – for want of a better word – a northern bitch character in Coronation Street. Always loved doing a northern accent, & I have always loved The Street. Though I do have a soft spot for the glamour of Hollyoaks!
Who is your favourite leading man or leading lady that you’ve worked with?
You’ve played a few smaller roles which was your favourite?
The real- life character Jane Williams in the BBC production of the life of the poet Shelley, played by Robert Powell. The location in Italy was the exact place that Jane Williams had stayed in & the Italian coast was a stunning location to work in.
What were your favourite films or TV to make?
Who would you like to work with and on what project?
And that’s all folks, but this not the last you’ll hear from this lovely actress from this wee blogger.. as I’m happy to announce that I am still keeping in touch with this lovely actress. So tune in to my Twitter and Facebook pages regarding Judy’s future appearances at Film conventions and more. So look out for tweets and mentions of these events as they happen, in my social media pages. Also look out for her wee cameo in her upcoming movie, The Haunting of Margam Castle (2020)…
A wee disclaimer and personal thank you to Judy Matheson. Financial compensation was not received for this post. I would also like to add that Judy kindly personally agreed to me using these pictures of her from her Facebook page (HERE) in my blog. The attached video found on You Tube and referenced to the owner, LynneFrederickForever.