MADALYN MORGAN  

                          Actress, Writer & Radio Presenter

Link to Foxden Acres websitewww.foxdenacresmadalynmorgan.com

 

 

Madalyn Morgan

I have been an actress for more than thirty years, working in  television, film. Repertory theatre and the West End. I am also a radio presenter and journalist - with articles published in magazines and newspapers including, The Daily Mail, The Islington Gazette, and the Leicester Mercury.  I am currently writing the third novel in a Quartet. about four very different sisters during World War II.  China Blue is Claire Dudley's story.  Claire has an ear for languages and is recruited by the SOE (Special Operations Executive) to work in France with the French Resistance.  

 

The first novel Foxden Acres, is Bess Dudley's story.  It is set in rural England and London and is about love and loss, strength and moving on. Foxden Acres was published in February, 2013.  The story book about the second sister, Margot, is called Applause.  It is about blind ambition and it is set in the theatre and club world of London's West End, during the Blitz.  Applause was published in April of this year.  Both novels are  available on Amazon - e-Book and paperback. 

Foxden Acres: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BCX59LE/
Applause: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00J7Y5LCW/

 

The fourth book has the working title, Bletchley Secret.  It has been plotted but not yet written.  All four books are set during  the Second World War and while all are time-lined with events in the war, as well as with each other, the books will stand alone and can be read in any order. 

 

I have written many article for St. Peter's Review in London including, The Centenary of World War One. (And the part women played).  Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Washington when Dr King gave the 'I have a dream' Speech.  Richard III of England (when his body was found in Leicester).  Other articles include, The Anniversary of St. Joan, St. Frances of Assisi and King Arthur - and there are many more.

Link to my non-fiction Blog: http://madalynmorgan.blogspot.co.uk/  

I presented a weekly radio show when I lived in London,. Now I live in the Midlands I  go down once a month.  The Madalyn Morgan Show is a rock show with music from  1960 groups, 1970s guitar based bands, heavy rock and the glam rock of the 1980s and much more right up to today.   

Raiders Broadcast: www.raidersbroadcast.com is one of London's first Internet Radio Stations. 

 


 

BIOGRAPHY - Or who is she?  A very good question!

 

Madalyn was brought up in a working class pub in the market town of, Lutterworth in Leicestershire.   In the mid-fifties her father, Jack, turned the hay loft above the stables into a dance room, had a stage built for local rock bands to play on Saturday nights and bought a 124-play American Seaberg jukebox.  Madalyn grew up with rock 'n' roll, so it's hardly surprising that rock music has remained her passion.  "I love all Rock music, from guitar based rock and prog-rock to folk rock, and from the bands of the 60's and 70's to the the Stadium Rock bands of the 80's & 90's - as well as the alternative sounds of today.  In fact, I love all music."   Her claim to fame as a rock-chick was singing with an R & B band called The DT's in her 20s  "The DT's were great - I was not!  Janice Joplins' Bobbie McGee and Mercedes Benz, were my most performed songs.   I sang them just before closing time in my mum and dad's pub.  It was a good way to get the customers to go home!"  

 

At 15 Madalyn was offered a part in "Crossroads" (the first time round), which her mother wouldn't let her do because it meant she would have to live in Birmingham.  So, at fifteen she began a hairdressing apprenticeship and ran dances and discos at the weekend in her dad's pubs.  When she was twenty she opened her own hairdressing salon and at twenty-two started a wig hire business, supplying wigs to The Belgrade Theatre,  in Coventry and The Palace Theatre, in Watford.  While she was dressing the hair of the fabulous Pat Pheonix (Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street) Pat asked her to if she would  go to New Zealand with her and play the maid in the 1944 play, Gaslight.   Madalyn had already been offered a place at E15 Drama College and turned Pat down.  "Not going to NZ with Pat was a huge mistake."      

 

At twenty-six she left East 15 Drama College and, with the promise of an Equity card, she began her professional acting career with a Theatre and Education Touring Company called,  Locomotive, based in Telford & Iron Bridge.  A season at The University Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, followed and then it was onto, The Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.   Madalyn worked extensively in Repertory Theatre before moving to London and working in the Fringe, and then the West End, spending six months at the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket playing Iras to Vanessa Redgrave's Cleopatra (with Tim Dalton) in, Antony and Cleopatra, and Bianca's maid in, The Taming Of The Shrew.

 

In 1992 Madalyn gave up her acting career for love (and to get a mortgage) and then ten years later love gave her up.  "He left me for someone half my age, but then he was half my age, so..."  At the time she was broken hearted and spent time sticking pins in dolls - only joking.  It didn't take long before she wished him, his girlfriend and their baby - and everyone else in his life, happiness.  Madalyn reinvented herself and began to write.  She taught herself to touch type, did a two-year writing course and has written her first novel     

 

Recent television work:-  The farmer in the WWII childrens' series, Maurice 2274, and the school secretary in, Billy Girl Of The Future. Both television series were directed by the wonderfully talented, and very funny, Daniel Peacock, for Two Hats Television and Film and Channel 5.   Until Madalyn finds work as an actress, or a publisher for her first novel, she'll be writing a minimum of 1,000 words a day and researching e-publishing