Francesca Gonshaw

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Francesca Gonshaw
Born Marylebone, London, England[1]
Occupation actress, artist, writer

Francesca Gonshaw is an artist, writer and actress currently living and working in London.

Acting

Template:Unreferenced section She studied dramatic art at A.L.R.A and achieved early recognition whilst working for the BBC. She is principally remembered for her performance as Maria in the hit series – 'Allo 'Allo! – she made the pilot when she first began drama school and left to do the series.

Apart from this she had leading roles in TV plays such as Gesualdo, Shades and the television series Farrington of the FO, and she played the role of Amanda Parker during the entire 1run of the drama series Howards' Way. Her film credits include The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983), Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986) and A Ghost in Monte Carlo (1990). On stage in London and on tour she played roles such as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Ophelia in Hamlet.

Behind the camera

Template:Unreferenced section She has long combined an interest in both the performing and visual arts. With Peter Gabriel she collaborated and starred in the Grammy-award-winning music video "Digging in the Dirt" (1992). Gonshaw has also been involved in film publishing. In 1993, she took a leading part in setting up Miramax's publishing arm with Harvey Weinstein. Her credits at Miramax ranged widely: launching the company with Jane Campion's screenplay of The Piano and following this with Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Paul Auster's Smoke and Blue in the Face. Soon after she compiled Love – an edition of Neruda's poetry; she also compiled and edited Prêt à Porter for Robert Altman. Other leading directors and playwrights she has worked with include Martin Scorsese, Anthony Minghella, Sean Penn, and David Rabe.[no citations needed here]

Writing

Template:Unreferenced section Gonshaw has also written, directed and produced films on her own account. Whilst at Miramax she wrote her first screenplay Dizzy, on the life of Benjamin Disraeli. She also wrote two further films: Leap of Faith and Sacred Life which received development funding from Little Wing Films. Additionally, she shot two short films in this period: "Sacred" and "Judgement".[no citations needed here]

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