Career History - Lorna Lewis (Lorna 'Dickie' Cleveland)


Lorna's full name is Lorna Christina Cleveland, although her friends and family call her 'Dickie'.

Lorna
has been in touch recently with an update on her life since Survivors.  She was amazed to find herself on the web. Last September, she was ordained Deacon (of the Church of England) at Canterbury Cathedral. She serves as a Deacon Curate at her home parish in Kent and will continue to do so when made a Priest in September of this year. She jokes "I'm still acting I guess, but I have to write my own scripts now!"

Below is a photo of Lorna at her ordination last year with the former Archbishop of Canterbury (George Carey) which she has kindly sent for inclusion on the site.
 


Lorna trained at RADA in the UK and in the US at the American Conservatory Theatre. She undertook much theatre work in the US and toured Pittsburgh, Detroit and Washington in a variety of classic plays such as Antigone, Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Winter's Tale, King Lear and St. Joan, in which she took the title role. She even starred in a Broadway production of Luther with Albert Finney.

Her television roles on both sides of the Atlantic have included:

Maelstrom (Liv) 1985
Doomwatch Ep: Deadly Dangerous (Miss Brandon) 1970
The Wild, Wild West Ep: The Night of Bleak Island (Helen Merritt) 1969
Adam 12 Ep: Log 112: You Blew It (Flo) 1969

Lorna attended the Dreamwatch convention in 1994 and auctioned off a vase that she had made whilst filming at the Callow Hill location used for the second series. Her memories of getting the part of Pet were delivered at that same convention:

"I went for an interview and had a cup of coffee with the producer, Terence Dudley (we had to use a pen to stir the coffee as there were no spoons!). We discussed the part of a new character that was being created for the second season. I said I liked the part a lot and Terence said I could probably do it, and I pointed out that so could several hundred other actresses, and he said, 'Well, not necesarily.' Anyway as most actresses ae taught to do, I went home after the interview and wrote a letter as a reminder and I also sent a teaspoon! And I got a letter back, thanking me for the teaspoon, and offering me the part as well!"

Below: Various scenes involving Pet from series two.




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