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SpousePeter Brett
FactBefore her Python fame, Carol appeared in advertisements for Triumph motorcycles for 1971, in particular, the aborted Triumph 350cc Bandit model.

Carol Cleveland is a British actress and comedian, best known for her work on the sketch comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. She was born in London, England on October 22, 1944. Her parents were both actors, and she has two older sisters. She was educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

She began her career as a model and actress, appearing in commercials and television shows. She met the members of Monty Python while working on the sketch comedy show The Frost Report. She became a regular member of the Python troupe, appearing in all four of their feature films.

She has also appeared in numerous other films and television shows, including Fawlty Towers, Ripping Yarns, and Doctor Who. She has been married twice, first to actor Grahame Bond, and then to writer and director Richard Broke-Smith. She has two daughters from her first marriage.

She currently resides in London, England. Her net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

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Full NameCarol Cleveland
ProfessionComedian, Voice Actor
EducationPasadena High School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


SpousePeter Brett
ParentsPat Cleveland


MoviesMonty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy...
TV ShowsMonty Python's Flying Circus, The Lotus Eaters

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1Eric Idle seemed the most organised and business-like of the group and I imagined that, if there was any chaos, he'd be the one to sort it out. He was certainly the monologue king! I've always had tremendous admiration for the way he could recite streams of text without faltering or even drawing breath! His female characters were a delight too. Whereas the others played rather blousy and vulgar ladies, his were always very posh and prim. Mind you, I always felt there was a slight primness about Eric too. Eric was a nice chap, but he was the only one that I never felt completely at ease with, as he was always a little bit distant. This might possibly have had something to do with the fact that he distanced himself from the others by writing on his own. He was friendly enough and we worked well together, but he was the only one I didn't feel I could sit down and have an intimate conversation with... nor have I ever done so.
2Terry Jones was Welsh (and still is), jolly and excitable, and seemed to be always wearing his favourite black leather jacket. I did wonder if he slept in it too. I think Terry J was the most emotional of them all. He would get visibly upset or annoyed about something, whereas the others were better at containing that and he was a bit argumentative. Being quite emotional myself, I felt an empathy with him and found him very easy to communicate with.
3I liked Terry (Gilliam) a lot because he was a bit loopy, always smiling, and because he was a straight talker. I didn't feel I had to be careful about what I said around him and if I had a concern about anything he'd usually be the one I'd talk to about it.
4Graham (Chapman) was a lovely kind man with a big heart, but it took me a while to feel totally relaxed with him, not just because of his overt homosexuality, but mainly because of his heavy drinking that could be quite worrying at times. Graham did everything to excess. I would never have a drink myself before a show on recording day and I don't think the other boys did either.... except for Graham. Graham would have not just one but several drinks in the BBC bar prior to going downstairs to record the show in front of a live audience. I was astounded that he was able to do this. There was a set, limited time for the recording and not much allowance for re-takes, but we'd often have to do a scene several times because Graham was quite tipsy. On one occasion we had to do up to something like twenty takes because he was slurring his words so badly. I was always surprised that he was allowed to get away with it. Such was the power of Python!
5[on first meeting the Monty Python members] They all welcomed me with open arms and immediately put my fears to rest. John was rather flirty; Michael (Palin) seemed rather shy; Terry Jones was very jolly; Eric (Idle) was a tiny bit aloof; Graham (Chapman) was very polite and Terry Gilliam was very loud and a bit manic. I felt an immediate rapport with him, as we were both Americans.
6And then there was Michael (Palin). Michael is the one who hasn't changed at all. I thought he was - and still is - the cutest of the bunch. He was not only nice-looking but charming too. He was good-tempered, easy-going, sincere and a little bit on the shy side... which was rather endearing.
7As the first series progressed I found it was John (Cleese) who I got on best with and who made me laugh the most. I thought he was quite attractive and there was something about him that reminded me of the comedian Jerry Lewis - who I'd been a great fan of as a teenager - especially when he did his silly walk. Here was this intellectual who could pull some very funny faces and do very strange things with his body. He would also giggle like a girl sometimes! I think he was the most logical, a bit moody and certainly complex. He was the one who would change the most during the course of Python.


1On the list of possibles for the role of Kate (Sheena Marshe) in Doctor Who: The Gunfighters.
2Before her Python fame, Carol appeared in advertisements for Triumph motorcycles for 1971, in particular, the aborted Triumph 350cc Bandit model.
3Concert for George drummer Jim Keltner attended Pasadena High School with her.
4On November 29, 2003, she appeared on stage at The Royal Albert Hall for a tribute concert for late Beatle George Harrison with many of the Python members.
5A character actress on stage, she has performed in such plays as "The Front Page," while also playing stripper Honey Bruce in a production of "Lenny."
6Once referred to as "The Female Python," she cited John Cleese as her favorite performer to work with in the group due to his easy, relaxed nature and style.
7She typically played in the Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) sketches when a beautiful woman was called for - as opposed to the typical female role which had the male members in drag.




The Rizen 22017post-productionThe Ancient One
PassingShort post-productionCatherine
Monty Python Live (Mostly)2014Spanish Señorita Virgin Mary Best Girl ...
Toast of London2013TV SeriesBrooke Hooberman
The Search for Simon2013Irene Jones
The Sweeter Side of Life2013TV MovieEdna
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman2012Masseuse / Singing Telegram / Stewardess (voice)
Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy2010Sheep Lady / Mexican / Best Girl
Too Much Too Young2007June
Annie: A Royal Adventure!1995TV MovieMiss Hannigan
Fist of Fun1995TV SeriesMrs. Neil
Land of Hope and Gloria1992TV SeriesLoretta
About Face1991TV SeriesMrs. Rodgers
Only Fools and Horses....1986TV SeriesSandra Potts, American Reporter
Half Moon Street1986American Wife
Are You Being Served?1985TV SeriesLady Customer
Funny Money1983Delphine
The Meaning of Life1983Beefeater Waitress / Wife of Guest #1 / Leaf Mother / ...
Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl1982DocumentaryFemale Bruce / Mrs. Two-Lumps / Rita / ...
Henry Cleans Up1979ShortDoris
Life of Brian1979Mrs. Gregory
Mike Yarwood in Persons1978TV Series
The Brute1977Diane's Agent
One-Upmanship1976TV Series
The Return of the Pink Panther1975Swimming Pool Diver
Monty Python and the Holy Grail1975Zoot Dingo
All I Want Is You... and You... and You...1974Eli Hartford
The Last Turkey in the Shop Show1974TV ShortVarious characters
Monty Python's Flying Circus1969-1974TV SeriesVarious / Nurse / Various Roles / ...
Old Drac1974Jane, the Delinquent's Victim
Crime of Passion1973TV SeriesSuzy
Doctor in Charge1973TV SeriesNurse Dobbs
Now Look Here1973TV SeriesNina
The Lotus Eaters1972TV SeriesLeigh Mervish
The Persuaders!1971TV SeriesGirl at Airport
And Now for Something Completely Different1971Dierdre Pewtey Storyteller Milkman Collector ...
The Liver Birds1971TV SeriesFiancée
Journey to Murder1971Lisa (Do Me a Favor and Kill Me)
Foreign Exchange1970TV Movie uncredited
A Christmas Night with the Stars1969TV SeriesVarious - Monty Python's Flying Circus segment
My Partner the Ghost1969TV SeriesLaura Slade
Moon Zero Two1969Hostess
The Adding Machine1969Judy
Father Dear Father1969TV SeriesBunny Mother
Hark at Barker1969TV Series
Journey to the Unknown1968TV SeriesLisa
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom1968Bra Model (uncredited)
Love Story1968TV SeriesWaitress
Some May Live1967
Man in a Suitcase1967TV SeriesMiss Dinsdale
Mister Ten Per Cent1967Girl at Theatre Party (uncredited)
A Countess from Hong Kong1967Nurse
BBC Play of the Month1966TV SeriesBarbara Davies
The Avengers1966TV SeriesSara
A Penny for Your Thoughts or 'Birds, Dolls & Scratch' English Style1965ShortPhyl
The Pleasure Girls1965Ella
The Man in Room 171965TV SeriesMarya Ference
The Saint1963-1965TV SeriesGloria Mancici / Marion Kent
ITV Play of the Week1963-1964TV SeriesKatie / Celia / Helen Carver / ...
A Choice of Coward1964TV SeriesHelen Carver
No Hiding Place1964TV SeriesSamantha Kay
Strictly for the Birds1964Sandra
The Sentimental Agent1963TV SeriesShelah
The Cracksman1963Pirate (uncredited)
Dixon of Dock Green1961TV SeriesSandra


Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films Ever2015TV Movie documentaryHerself - Extra, Return of the Pink Panther / Mrs Gregory
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Greatest Ever Christmas Movies2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Not the Messiah: The Road to the Albert Hall2009Documentary shortHerself
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut2009TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Movie Connections2009TV Series documentaryHerself
The Comedy Map of Britain2007TV Series documentaryHerself
What the Pythons Did Next...2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
50 Most Shocking Comedy Moments2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Crumpet! A Very British Sex Symbol2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Britain's 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Comedy Connections2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The Comedians' Comedian2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Concert for George2003Video documentaryHerself / Best girl
The Rise and Fall of the Comedy Straight Man2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
From Spam to Sperm2000TV MovieHerself
Pythonland1999TV MovieHerself
Python Night: 30 Years of Monty Python1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Omnibus1976-1990TV Series documentaryHerself
Life of Python1990TV Special documentaryHerself / Various roles
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts1984DocumentaryHerself
The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 19791979TV Movie documentaryHerself
Pleasure at Her Majesty's1976TV Movie documentaryVarious
Monty Python & the Holy Grail Location Report1974TV Short documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Leslie Crowther Show1971TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV SeriesDingo
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut2009TV Mini-SeriesHerself
The Secret Life of Brian2007TV Movie documentaryMrs. Gregory (uncredited)
Monty Python's Personal Best2006TV SeriesVarious Characters
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle2001TV Short documentary
John Cleese & Anders Lund Madsen1999TV Short documentaryHerself
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen1998TV SpecialVarious Roles
Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail1996Video GameZoot Dingo
Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time1994Video GameVarious
Parrot Sketch Not Included: Twenty Years of Monty Python1989TV SpecialVarious roles

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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