Lesley Fitz-Simons (Lesley Fitz-Simons)

Lesley Fitz-Simons

British Actress. She is fondly remembered for her portrayal in the role of ‘Sheila Ramsay’ on the long-running British soap opera “Take The High Road” produced by Scottish television from 1987 to 2003. Raised in the village of Milton of Campsie, in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, she ignoring the advice of her careers teachers at the Kilsyth Academy in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire, Scotland and decided to pursue a career in acting, which her father had previously done as an amateur. She enrolled in voice and acting lessons at the Jeanne Gourlay Studio Theatre of Dramatic Art in Glasgow and in 1978, at age 16, she was cast as a schoolgirl in the first episode of Scottish Television’s adaptation of “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” The following year she had the regular role of ‘Emily Cameron’ in “The Camerons,” a BBC Scotland drama about life in a late-19th-century Scottish mining community. This was followed by minor roles in “Square Mile of Murder” (1980), “Mendelssohn in Scotland” (1980) and “The Walls of Jericho” (1981). Her big break came in 1981 when she was cast in the role of ‘Cora’, a bright-eyed girl assaulted on her way home from school in the Alma Cullen play “Credits and Distinctions” (in “The House on the Hill” anthology series), which was followed in 1983 by her 20-year run on “Take the High Road.” In 1984 she starred with John Gordon Sinclair in the television film “The Spaver Connection,” and the same year she appeared in “The Kitchen” with the Perth Repertory Company. In 2000 she was diagnosed with cervical cancer but continued to perform at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow, following the cancellation of “Take the High Road.” In 2009 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and in spite of treatments, she died four years later at the age of 51. (bio by: William Bjornstad)

Born

  • September, 23, 1961
  • Scotland

Died

  • January, 01, 2013
  • Scotland

Cemetery

  • Clydebank Crematorium
  • Scotland

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