Joan Blackham shoots feature film ‘Masaryk’

Date - 11 February, 2016, All News Film

Joan Blackham shoots the role of Mrs Fitzgerald in upcoming feature film Masaryk in Prague, Czech Republic.

It is 1939, and Jan Masaryk has fled to America to escape his recent past. He is trying to forget the betrayal perpetrated by the European powers on his Czechoslovakia and on himself. These events shadow his every step, as does the knowledge that he failed as Czechoslovak ambassador in London, where he tried to avert the ruination of his country. With the help of Stein, an emigré German doctor, and the beautiful writer Marcia Davenport, Masaryk tries to overcome his demons and his sense of futility. Meanwhile, the dramatic events leading to the outbreak of the Second World War are being played out.


Joan Blackham is an experienced character actress working in television, film and theatre.

She was recognised early in her career as a comic talent featuring in many sitcom series, notably as Podge Hodge in To The Manor Born, John Thaw's home help Fiona in Home to Roost and Jemma Redgrave's mother in Cry Wolf.

Kenneth Williams chose her to play Fay in his production of Loot at the Lyric Hammersmith which then transferred to the West End. Other significant theatre credits include Funny Turns at Jermyn Street Theatre, Ready Or Not (Arcola Theatre, Offie Nomination for Best Female In A Play 2017), the original West End cast of Calendar Girls; King Lear, Man of Mode and Across Oka for the RSC; Jane Eyre for Shared Experience and When We Are Married at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

TV highlights include; The Innocents, The Interrogation, Raised by Wolves, New Tricks, The Five, Dr Who, Whitechapel, Midsomer Murders, Honest and Judge John Deed.

Joan starred as Eleanor Roosevelt in Battle for Sevastopol, and played Mrs Fitzgerald in the Czech film A Prominent Patient. Other film credits include The Sweeney, Noel Clarke's feature The Knot, Bridget Jones's Diary and Plenty.

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