Nadine Hanwell in 2013 and in 1971 in Crossroads

Actress Nadine Hanwell – a direct descendant of Beatrix Potter – is to bring The Tale of Peter Rabbit to life this weekend.

Nadine’s great-great-grandfather was Beatrix’s great-uncle Sidney Potter and that family heritage will carry on as Nadine takes part in The  Beatrix Potter Family Festival this Saturday.

Nadine began her professional acting career at the age of 12.  She trained at Corona Stage School, and has played numerous roles in TV, theatre and radio.

She was known in early adulthood for playing Marilyn Hope for 4 years, in the original Crossroads TV soap. (Pictured above right: Marilyn with husband Rev. Peter (Neville Hughes) and mother-in-law Tish (Joy Andrews)).

In 2002 she opened Nadine’s Window at the Barons Court Theatre and has directed/produced over 35 plays there, including “Daisy Pulls It Off” that transferred to the Arts theatre in the west end.  In 2012 Nadine resumed her acting career – and recently played the lead role of Doris in the mini-series “Passing On” selected for a Bafta screening.

Her book “Nadine Who?…and a dog called Shoe”  is a memoir of wandering the parks and streets of West London with her canine companion.

Fans of Beatrix Potter can hear The Tale of Peter Rabbit at 12 Noon as part of the The  Beatrix Potter Family Festival – which runs from 10am to 4pm this Saturday the 12th of October at St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington. The event marks the 100 year anniversary of Beatrix Potter marrying William Heelis.

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