Ursula Mohan

Ursula Mohan

Ursula Mohan is a British actress born in India on January 9, 1946. Her mother was English and her father an Indian from Amritsar. She spent her childhood living in the USA and India before settling in the UK. She has been married to theatre and opera director Ian Watt-Smith since 1976. Their daughter Tiffany Watt-Smith is a writer and academic (On Flinching, 2014; the Book of Human Emotions, 2015) and their son Tom Watt-Smith is a producer and director of television documentaries. Ursula was previously married to actor Seymour Matthews divorcing in 1975.

Ursula Mohan began her acting career aged 15 at Wimbledon Theatre before being awarded a scholarship to train at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in 1962. On graduation she won The Webber Cup for an outstanding female student and the Rodney Millington Award from The Spotlight. She then joined The Bristol Old Vic Company for six months before becoming a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company. Her first role was playing the juvenile lead as Ala in Tango directed by Trevor Nunn and she was also in Peter Brook’s US among other productions. She is a working professional actress and a teacher of acting to the present day.


2016 Lear in Revival of QUEEN LEAR Tristan Bates Theatre Dir:Phil Willmott

2015 Ellen in HORNIMAN’S CHOICE Dir: Anna Marsland - The Finborough

2015 Hecuba in THE TROJAN WOMEN Dir: Phil Willmott The Scoop

2014 Gwen in Pitted Dir: Louise Hill Attic Theatre Playfest

2014 Lear in LEAR Dir: Phil Willmott Union Theatre

(Won Craig Dodd Prize – Best Leading Actress)

2013 Mrs Bernbaum APPETITE Dir: Andrew Vishnevski GBS Theatre

2012 Mrs Midget OUTWARD BOUND Dir: Louise Hill The Finborough

2011 Mrs Goulding THE VEIL (Cover) Dir: Conor McPherson The National Theatre

2010 Mrs Fox DAD’S ARMY 5 month UK tour Dir: Robert Carson


2015 Goddess Khali in musical HIS INDIAN BOYFREIND (workshop), Dir: Phil Willmott MD: - Theatre Royal Stratford East

2011 Mrs Tottendale THE DROWSY CHAPERONE The Gatehouse, Dir: Racky Plews MD: Tim Whiting CH: Fabian Aloise

2009/10 Fairy Godmother CINDERELLA Sheringham & Hertford, Dir: Rhys Thomas MD: Ron Sayer / Chris Nolan CH: Cat Noller

2009 Narrator & Lascivious Crone JASON & THE ARGONAUTS, Dir. Phil Willmott, MD: Elliott Davis, CH: Ally Holmes The Scoop

2008 Grandmere in PETITE ROUGE, Dir: Phil Willmott, MD: Joe Fredericks CH: David Greenall The Scoop


2009 Nurse/Messenger in MEDEA Dir: Phil Willmott The Scoop

2008 Mother in BLOOD WEDDING Dir: Phil Willmott The Scoop

2007 Paulina in THE WINTER’S TALE Dir. Phil Willmott The Courtyard

2007 Tatiana in THE LOWER DEPTHS Dir: Phil Willmott The Finborough

2006 Birdie in HOMESTEAD Dir: Steven Dykes adapted from Lorca

2005 Mother in SONS OF HERCULES Dir: Phil Willmott The Scoop

2005 Meg in Treasure Island Dir: Phil Willmott The Scoop

2004 Carla in EYES CATCH FIRE Dir: Daniel Nyman - Premiere

2003 Lily Mortar in CHLDREN’S HOUR Dir:Daniel Choissin The Union

2002 Gertrude in HAMLET, Attic Theatre Co in Cannizarro Park Dir: Jenny Lee


Premiere Wimbledon Studio Dir: Sue Wilson

2000 Fatima in ONLINE AND PARANOID The Finborough Dir: Mervyn Miller

1999 Auntie in WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND Churchill Bromley Dir: Nick Blight

1998 Mrs Fairweather in BOB SCALLION Jack Theatre Dir: Rhys Thomas -

(televised & won TAPS)

1998 Saeeds in THE IMMIGRANT SONG Premiere Albany Theatre Dir: Rhys Thomas

1997 Marie in THE GRANNIE British Premiere Wimbledon Studio Dir: Jenny Lee

1994/5 Nurse in ROMEO AND JULIET and First Witch/Gentlewoman in MACBETH Attic Theatre Co in Cannizarro Park Dir: Jenny Lee

1993 Dido in WOLFMAN Premier Wimbledon Studio Dir: Chris Barton

1992 Joy SHADOWLANDS Palace Theatre Westcliff Dir. Chris Dunham

(Won Stellar Award - Best Actress)

1991/2 Everyman Theatre Cheltenham Mrs Bardell in PICKWICH PAPERS Dir: Martin Houghton and Miss Hodge in DESIGN FOR LIVING Dir: Ian Forrest

1990 Anath in THE LAST ENGLISHMAN Premiere Orange Tree Richmond Dir: David Pinner

1989 Pia in CRIME ON GOAT ISLAND Wimbledon Studeio Dir: Sue Wilson

1988 Zia in SICILIAN LIMES Man in the Moon Theatre Dir: Vanessa Fielding

1986 Sheila in BENEFACTORS Windsor Theatre Royal Dir: Ian Watt-Smith

1985 Lucretia THE CENCI Bristol Old Vic transferred to Almeida Theatre Dir: Debbie Shewell

1984 Stacey in COMIC CUTS Nuffield Theatre Southampton Dir: Peter Wilson

1984 Mrs Thrale in GOD’S GOOD ENGLISHMAN (tour) Dir: Ian Watt-Smith

1984/5 Rachael SEASONS GREETINGS Derek Nimmo Tour of Far & Middle East Dir: Tony Craven

1983 Mrs Cheverley AN IDEAL HUSBAND Birmingham Rep Dir: Clive Perry

1982/3 Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough. Giulianella in SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY, Amandsa in TRIP TO SCARBOROUGH AND Sandy Beige in MAKING TRACKS (musical transferred to Greenwich Theatre) Dir: Alan Ayckbourn

1981 Louise in JOKING APART Hornchurch Theatre Dir: Andy Hines

1980 Dr Scott WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY Birmingham Rep Dir: Bill Pryde

1979/80 Lika THE PROMISE Dir: Phil Partridge & Suzannah in BEDROOM FARCE Dir: Ian Watt-Smith Churchill Bromley

1978/9 Mitzi A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED Vaudeville Theatre Dir: Robert Chetwyn

1976/78 Marionetta I THE ARTFUL WIDOW Dir: Ian Watt-Smith, Antigone in SONS OF OEDIPUS & Elmire in TARTUFFE Dir: David Thompson, Maria TWELFTH NIGHT Dir: John Cox, Tweenie THE ADMIRAL CRIGHTON Dir: Mike Ockrent, Luka ARMS AND THE MAN Dir: Robert Chetwyn Greenwich Theatre

1976 Title role in GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN Hampstead Theatre Dir: Ian Watt-Smith

1975 Emilia in OTHELLO & Rosaline in LOVE’S LABOURS LOST Regent’s Park and Middle East Tour Dir: David Conville

1975 Dolores in BLOODY MARY Dir: Ken Hill & IT’S A CRAZY WORLD Dir: Larry Dann - Theatre Royal Stratford East

1973/5 Welsh Drama Company Sherman Theatre Cardiff: Jenny Lee in ANEURINE BEVAN Dir: Howard Davies, Janet in I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE Dir: Hywell Bennet, Masha in THE SEAGULL Dir: Geoffrey Reeves, Marya in GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR Dir: Michael Geliot, Sylvia in THE RECRUITING OFFICER, Olivia in NIGHT MUST FALL, Mary in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES Dir: Ian Watt-Smith

1972/3 The Young Vic Theatre -Zerbinetta SCAPINO Dir: Frank Dunlop and Ada in HOBSON’S CHOICE Dir: Bernard Gosss

1973 Anna in TIME AND TIME AGAIN Mercury Theatre ColchesterDir: David Buxton

1972 HAPPY AS A SANDBAG Pheonix Theatre Leicester Dir: Bernard Krichefski

1972 Elise in SLAG Liverpool Playhouse Dir: Caroline Smith

1972 Julie in 11 JOSEPHINE HOUSE Premiere The Almost Free Theatre Dir: Roland Reece

1971 Helen ON APPROVAL Dir: John Link and Miranda in RELATIVE VALUES Dir: Ian Mullins Castle Theatre Farnham

1971 Liz in REVENGE Dir: Chris Parr (premiere) Royal Court Theatre

1971/70 Arts Theatre Ipswich Title role in MARGARET CATCHPOLE Premiere and Elsa in THE ITALIAN GIRL Dir: Nick Barter

1970 Marie in DORABELLA premiere Traverse Edinburgh Dir: Peter James

1970 First Witch in MACBETH The Open Space and European tour Dir: Charles Marowitz

1969/70Anya in CHERRY ORCHARD and First Fairy MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Dir: Robin Phillips Cleo In BLACK COMEDY and Lamb in BIG NOISE AT FORTISSIMO Dir: Charles Savage Northcott Theatre Exeter

1966/9 Royal Shakespeare Company - Aldwych and Stratford: US Dir: Peter Brook ,Ala in TANGO (Plays & Players Most Promising Newcomer) Bianca in TAMING OF THE SHREW, Maid in THE RELAPSE, Girl in THE REVENGER’S TRADGEDY Dir: Trevor Nunn, Rosalind (cover) in AS YOU LIKE IT Dir: David Jones

1965/6 Miss Fishlock in HARLEQUINADE and Kari in PEER GYNT Dir: Val May and Louise in PRIVATE LIVES Dir: David Phethean The Bristol Old Vic


2016 Doctors (TV Series) Evelyn Robinson

2004 The Bank Job (Film) - Dave's Mum

2002 Holby City (TV Series) Elf and Happiness - Tanzeela Hussein

2000 Asylum (Film) - Sue

2000 Casualty (TV Series) Past, Present, Future - June

2000 The Gypsy Girl (Television Film) – Mrs Payne

1999 In Defence (TV Series) Episode #1.4 (2000) ... Ruth Kramer

1998 Kavanagh QC (TV Series) Time of Need - Jury Foreman

1996 Bliss (Television series ) Claire

1996 2point4 Children (TV Series) The Sweet Hereafter - Market Researcher

1995 The Peter Principle (TV Pilot) Elise

1995 Roger Roger (TV Pilot) – Mavis

1996 The Girl –Catherine Cookson (TV Movie) Miss Rowntree

London's Burning (TV Series) as Ann Edwards

1996 Episode #9.6

1995 Episode #8.5

1992 Episode #5.1

1995 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series) Heartstones - Mrs. Cyprian

1995 Crown Prosecutor (TV Series) Episode #1.2 - Mrs. Rutherford

1994 Brookside (TV Series) Mrs Lappin

The Bill (TV Series)

1992 Stoning the Glasshouse - Julia Cole

1991 Snouts and Red Herrings - Mrs. Farmer

1998 Kinsey (TV Series) I've Been Nutmegged Done Up Like a Kipper - Mrs. Barnes

1988 Small World (TV Mini-Series) Unreal Cities Turkish woman

1986 To Have and to Hold (TV Mini-Series) Episode #1.8 Registrar

1983 Partners in Crime (TV Series) The Affair of the Pink Pearl – Elise

1982 Bognor (TV Series) Just Desserts: Part 2 - A Health Warning Mrs. Khan

1982 Crime Monthly (Reconstruction crime TV) Hotel receptionist

1980 – 1983 Pig in the Middle (TV Series) as Eileen Bennet

The Faint Aroma of Performing Seals

Ships That Pass in the Night, Stopping

Then Loudly Sing Cuckoo

1980 Cribb (TV Series) Waxwork - Sarah Berry

1979 Agony (TV Series) Forever and Never - Cherry

1973 Men of Affairs (TV Comedy Series) - May We Have Our Ball Back? - Greta Wildblood

1972 Scott On... (TV Comedy Series) The Sex War - girl in several sketches

1970 – 1972 On the Buses (TV Series) as Joyce

Private Hire (1972)

Not Tonight (1971)

Christmas Duty (1970)

Nowhere to Go (1970)

On the Make (1970)

1970 Tales of Unease (TV Series) Calculated Nightmare - Moira

1970 Every Home Should Have One (Film) – Girl

1969 Peter Brook’s Tell Me Lies (Film) Updated 2015


Ursula Mohan has also been a Professional Acting Tutor and Workshop leader and continues to coach.

2008 – 2015 D & B School of Performing Arts Bromley

(Head of Acting, Voice & Speech, Television Technique and Careers Advisor)

2008 – 2012 Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts London

(Visiting Tutor of Acting and Project Director)

1996 – 2008 Arts Educational Schools London W4 1LY

(Tutor of Acting, Workshop Leader and Careers Advisor)

1993 – 1996 Croydon College Selhurst

(Tutor of Acting - BTEC National Diploma Performing Arts Course)

1990 – 1995 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Beckenham Kent

(Acting Teacher and Performance Director)


Trustee of The Attic Theatre Company London from 1995 - current


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