English actress Carol Royle was born in Blackpool, while her father, the actor Derek Royle was doing a season there. Her mother, Jane Royle, was a sought after film makeup artist and was responsible for Shirley Eaton’s gold body in the Bond classic Goldfinger. Carol and her sister, the actress Amanda Royle spent their childhoods moving around the country, depending on the city their father was working in.
She is married to Julian Spear, son of actor Bernard Spear and dancer / writer Mary Logan, and has two children – a son, Taran, drummer in the band Anonymous Tip and a younger daughter singer/songwriter Talitha.
A consummate actress on stage soon after joining the Royal Shakespeare Company she won the London Drama Critic’s Award for Ophelia in Michael Pennington’s acclaimed Hamlet.Carol became famous in Britain as Jenny Russell in the BBC sitcom Life Without George which ran for three series on British television. Her other TV work has included Heartbeat, Blake’s 7, The Professionals, Bergerac, Cribb, Crossroads, The Outsider, Casualty, The Cedar Tree, Ladies in Charge, Crime Traveller, The Bill and Doctors. Her film career includes roles in The Greek Tycoon and Tuxedo Warrior and she played the prominent role of Jessica in Blackeyes written by Dennis Potter.
‘ Do unto others as you would have done to yourself ‘ is Carol’s main philosophy of life.