Honeysuckle's interest in acting came from her parents, who both had ambitions to act. They encouraged their children into drama from very early ages
In November 2008, I went to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham to see Alan Ayckbourn's play Absurd Person Singular. The excellent cast included Honeysuckle Weeks, best known for her character Sam in Foyle's War. After the performance, I waited outside the stage door to meet Honeysuckle. She was so friendly and easy to talk to. She signed my programme and two
Honeysuckle Weeks was born in Cardiff in 1979. She is said to have been named after the fragrant clim
Honeysuckle grew up in a farmhouse near Chichester. She attended the 'posh' Roedean Boarding School for Girls, in Brighton, and later gained an English degree at Pembroke College, Oxford.
In 1997 and 98 she was kept very busy with four episodes of Have Your Cake and Eat It (1997); eighteen episodes of The Wild House (1998) and parts in the TV mini-series Close Relations (1998); a Ruth Rendell Mystery The Orchard Walls (1998) and a 1999 episode of Midsomer Murders.
Honeysuckle was cast as Annie Ridd in the TV film Lorna Doone in 2000, and the following year she was seen for the first time on the big screen, in My Brother Tom (2001) a film about two sexually abu
Although Foyle's War took up a lot of her time over six years, she also appeared in the film Red Mercury (2005) also Cards on the Table (2005) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2007) for TV. Since then she has been seen on TV as Julie Nowak in the The Bill (2009).
In the theatre, Honeysuckle played the governess in a 2008 production of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw; has toured as Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; and recently played Eva in Alan Ayckbourn's brilliant play Absurd Person Singular, which I went to see at Nottingham's Theatre Royal.
In 2002, Honeysuckle met future husband Lorne Stormonth-Darling, a dealer in Tibetan antiques, who is 16 years her senior. They went through a 'fun' Bhuddist wedding whilst on holiday in the Himalayas in 2005, but 'tied the knot' for real in 2007. They were married at the church in Bar
photographs and I complimented her on her fantastic performance as Eva in the play. Before she left ("to go and have a pint!"), I got a kiss from this very talented and extremely pretty actress!
climbing plant that was in flower at the time of her birth, although it seems that her parents (who are now separated) had a penchant for unusual names, as her younger sister is called
Perdita and her brother's name is Rollo! Their
father is in advertising and their mother, Susan, is now the Conservative candidate for York.
A kiss from Honeysuckle!!
Honeysuckle in 1997
and in 1992, Honeysuckle and
and her sister Perdita, both got a part in the BBC2 children's series Goggle Eyes. Aged fourteen, Honeysuckle appeared as young Faith in the TV ada R
Both Honeysuckle and Perdita appeared as the younger & older versions of the same character, Millie, in Catherine Cookson's The Rag Nymph (1997).
Honeysuckle Weeks in Close Relations
Honeysuckle Weeks in The Wild House
Honeysuckle Weeks in
Honeysuckle Weeks & Anthony Calf
in Lorna Doone
In 2002, Honeysuckle was first seen in the role that has made her well known to a wider public, Samantha Stewart in the BBC's WW2 series Foyle's War.
Sam Stewart is a vicar's daughter who is transferred from the Mechanised Transport Corps to act as driver to Det Chief Superintendent Foyle played by Michael Kitchen.
Honeysuckle Weeks and Julian Ovenden in
Honeysuckle Weeks as
Samantha Stewart in
In the series she has to drive a large, heavy Wolseley around the often narrow streets of Hastings. "It was slightly tricky going round the corners in that car as it
didn't have power steering,
and you had to turn the entire wheel sharp."
lots of information about Honeysuckle and the other cast members.
There is an excellent website for Foyle's War with
Honeysuckle Weeks and Michael Kitchen
Honeysuckle signed this photo from Foyle's War for me
Zoe Wanamaker and Honeysuckle Weeks in Agatha Christie's
Cards on the Table
Sara Crowe & Honeysuckle Weeks in
and 55 minutes, and raising over £8,000 for charity.
She supports several charities including LEPRA (which helps prevent and treat
leprosy and other diseases in
deprived countries), Starlight Children's Foundation, the Amber Foundation and The Woodland Trust.
Barlavington, in West Sussex, and she wore a medieval-style dress that she had bought from an antiques shop in Hastings for £280!
They live in Kensal Green, London (with their Tibetan Mastiff, Kensal) in a small cottage that Honeysuckle bought in 2004.
My signed programme for
Absurd Person Singular
Honeysuckle Weeks publicity photograph
Lorne Stormonth-Darling & Honeysuckle Weeks
after their wedding at Barlavington
Honeysuckle signed this photograph to me
Honeysuckle at the National TV
Awards in 2004
Absurd Person Singular
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adaptation of Ruth Rendell's novel A Dark Adapted Eye (1994) in which Helena Bonham Carter plays the older Faith with Celia Imrie as
The Rag Nymph dvd
as Aunt Vera. She followed this in 1995 & 1996 with two different teenager roles in ITV's long-running police 'soap' The Bill.
Honeysuckle Weeks in A Dark Adapted Eye
Honeysuckle Weeks in
abused teenagers, Tom (Ben Whishaw) and Jessica (Jenna Harrison). Honeysuckle plays Jessica's older sister Sarah.
Honeysuckle Weeks & Sylvia Syms
in The Orchard Walls
My Brother Tom
My Brother Tom
Jenna Harrison & Honeysuckle Weeks in
Honeysuckle Weeks as Julie Nowak in The Bill screened on 22nd February 2009
In 2007, Honeysuckle ran in the London Marathon, completing the 26 miles in 3 hours