Caroline Blakiston Biography
Caroline Blakiston is an English actress best known for her appearance in the television comedy series Brass and in the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi.
Caroline Blakiston Age
Blakiston was born on 13 February 1933 in Chelsea, London, United Kingdom. She is 86 years old as of 2019
Caroline Blakiston Family
She is the daughter of Noel Blakiston and Georgiana Blakiston. Her siblings are not known
Caroline Blakiston Husband
She was married to actor Russell Hunter. The couple met when starring in the A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park. They married in 1970 but later divorced after having a son and a daughter together
Caroline Blakiston Poldark
Blakiston was cast as Aunt Agatha Poldark in series 1 to 4 of the British historical period drama television series “Poldark”
Caroline Blakiston Star Wars
Blakiston was cast as Mon Mothma, a co-founder and leader of the Rebel Alliance, in the Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
Caroline Blakiston photo
Caroline Blakiston Miss Marple
Marple was cast as Bess Sedgwick in the Episode: “At Bertram’s Hotel” of the British television series “Miss Marple”
Caroline Blakiston As Time Goes By
She was cast as Lionel Hardcastle’s ex-wife in the episode of As Time Goes By
Caroline Blakiston Midsomer Murders
Murders were cast as Sylvia Lennard in the Episode: “The Village that Rose from the Dead” of the British television detective drama “Midsomer Murders”
Caroline Blakiston Movies
Lady Lavinia Pryde
Agatha Christie’s Poirot
The Line of Beauty
As Time Goes By
Charters and Caldicott
’’Mr. Palfrey of Westminster’’
Lady Patience Hardacre
Lady Frances Jersey
Kathleen Fenton QC
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
The Forsyte Saga
City Beneath the Sea
Dr Ann Boyd
POLDARK Series 3 | Caroline Blakiston (Aunt Aggie) Interview | Journey to Poldark
Caroline Blakiston Interview
Caroline Blakiston on her Poldark exit and how Aunt Agatha was inspired by Gogglebox
Poldark fans had to bid a sad farewell to Aunt Agatha on Sunday night – the fabulous Cornish grande dame played by the even more fabulous Caroline Blakiston.
“She was a Poldark, a most beloved Aunt…a great lady and a rare spirit” was the verdict of Aidan Turner’s Ross in the episode. And it is hard to disagree.
Her death was very movingly observed, following a nasty row with ghastly George Warleggan, and eerily plausible.
Plausible, because Blakiston has had medical guidance on the best way to expire, we can reveal. She tells RadioTimes.com that 15 years ago she contracted TB during a stage show and during the course of treatment her “nice doctor” told her how the grisly process of dying actually takes place.
“He said ‘it’s all about the breathing’,” says Blakiston. “The breathing gets shallower and shallower, your lungs sort of stop being strong at the bottom so you can’t take long breaths so you can’t say long sentences and then you sort of go ‘whiff’, it’s a sort of ‘whiff’ and that’s how I did it.”
Blakiston, a former Star Wars star (see below for more of that) is now 84 and says she found filming the scene moving – and a little poignant.
“I’m a lot older now and probably a lot closer to my own demise which doesn’t worry me particularly at all. I talk about it plenty.
“I come from a family where on the whole the women live longer. My mother was 92 and I’ve got a sister who’s 87, and we sort of don’t think about it. I don’t feel so old yet because I do a lot of exercises. I don’t want to groan when I sit down or stand up, that’s what my main feeling is, not to do that groan.”
Over the last three series, Aunt Agatha has been a delight for Poldark fans. Wit, sage, Tarot card player, Blakiston has made the role her own and delivered some humdinger put downs – especially to her arch-enemy George Warleggan.
“When it started, I didn’t have much at all, I was the old lady in the background growling a bit, and I think they just felt there’s some mileage to be had from this old lady, the only link with the past. And Debbie Horsfield decided she was worth building up and writing up and it has come very much to my advantage.
“I feel very happy and it’s been great fun getting to know her and taking her on this journey and learning about Tarot cards, and one of the things I’m very thrilled with is that they haven’t made her an old drunk hag lady and I like that very much, that she’s somehow got her wits about her.”
One of Blakiston’s inspirations for her pitch-perfect, witty performance comes from two unlikely sources – Greek drama and, er, Channel 4’s Gogglebox.
“I see Agatha like the Ancient Greek chorus commenting on the drama but she’s also like a Gogglebox character in some ways because she is providing this guidance to the action,” she says.
“I was introduced to Gogglebox this year and it is one of the joys of my life. I think it’s marvelous and I love all the people in it. I think about Gogglebox when I am doing Aunt Agatha and I think ‘they are watching this and I must do it well for the Gogglebox people because they really, really watch it and you have got to live up to it’.”
You may have also noticed that Aunt Agatha always seems to be eating the same thing – a kind of gruel-like substance which she eats methodically during many of her scenes. That was Blakiston’s idea.
“I don’t want to chew chicken and lettuce meat and I said ‘you know what, her teeth aren’t brilliant, she’d probably be quite happy with slops’. And also when George gets to be in control of the house and all that stuff, he so hates her, he never allows her to have proper food really. I think she hopes she’ll die of starvation perhaps, I don’t know …so I got this wonderful porridge at every meal.”
Funnily enough, Blakiston absolutely adores Jack Farthing, the actor who plays George. Despite their on-screen sparring, when the cameras are switched off they are great pals.
“He’s marvelous and such a good actor, one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and the best person to work with. It’s that thing of playing a really monstrous character like Iago or something and he has fun with it. But he’s a sweet, sweet, sweet person.”
Talking of nice people, you can’t meet Blakiston without talking about Star Wars. As well as many other stage and screen roles (remember her alongside Timothy West in 1980s comedy Brass?), she is also remembered for playing Mon Mothma, the leader of the Rebel Alliance in Return of the Jedi – possibly the most virtuous character in the canon.
Blakiston still attends Star Wars conventions and she admits that fans are sometimes to surprised to see “an old lady” sitting underneath a poster of the character from more than 30 years ago. But she loves the fans even if means that she has to be on her best behavior.
“At the Star Wars conventions you never see any bad behavior of any sort because they’re there celebrating something about good and evil and evil doesn’t win. And you’re in a sort of sublime environment where with Mon Mothma it’s ‘Dark side Nil’. I have to be ‘Dark Side Nil’, talking to those people.”
To which she gives off a cackle of which Aunt Agatha would be proud.