Stephanie Connell is the progeny of an Irish acting father and a renowned film editing mother. She trained professionally as a ballerina at the Hampshire Ballet School, where Anthony Dowell first studied. After quite literally breaking her leg and discovering that dancing and ski-ing did not mix, she continued with acting instead. She trained at NIDA and did a RADA Refresher Course with Caroline Eves and Robert Palmer, Radio Drama with Richard Shannon, Role Play Skills with Paul Clayton, Vocal Training with Susan Ann Walker and Hilary Richards.
She has played numerous theatrical roles such as Miss Erikson (Present Laughter), Elvira (Blithe Spirit), Mrs Puffin (Goodnight, Mrs. Puffin), Gymnasia (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Miss Tipdale (Not Now, Darling!), Ruth (The Norman Conquest Trilogy), Marie (Bold Girls) and Madame de Volanges (Les Liaisons Dangereuses).
Other credits include Table Manners (Wycombe Swan), An Inspector Calls (Everyman Cheltenham & Oxford Playhouse), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Salisbury), The Song of the Shore and The Nearly Man (Windsor Festival), Best Laid Plans (Soho), Storyteller and The Merry Wives of Essex (Watermill) and William Langland, Poet & Dreamer (Malvern Festival) and more recently Gemma Briggs in Silent on the Matter (Old Fire Station, Oxford).
Film and television appearances include The Paradox Series, Rapture, Like a Rolling Stone, Isadora, Call of the Wild, Triple Zero, Angel Baby, GSOH, Shop Spank, National Trust Away Day, Halifax fp, Good Morning Australia, Oxy on the Spot and Living Dangerously.
Stephanie will be doing script-in-hand performances of Maddy in The Wet Peacock by Caroline Morrell and Florence Badger in her short play, Heart Broken at several Oxford residential care homes in May 2017 with Olivia Busby, Richard Ward in the cast, directed by Lizzy McBain, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Living the Drama and AgeUK Oxfordshire.
Stephanie won first prize for her short play Heart Broken at Actors & Writers London's Winter Competition in December 2016.
Stephanie is part of the Creative Team of Living the Drama and is involved in their Third Act project. Third Act is an exciting Community Project started in 2016, supported by AgeUK Oxfordshire, for aspiring playwrights between 50 and 90+. In March 2017, following crowd funding, one of the Third Act plays, Swallows by Bob Whorton was selected and professionally performed at the Old Fire Station in Oxford. Our crew included stage designer Rosie Motion, Stage Manager Jude Thorp and Director David Trevasksi.
Stephanie and Carolyn Lloyd-Davies have written Birds of Prey. Their play had a rehearsed reading on 20 June in London, the final script is now finished for production in 2017-18.
Stephanie was cast to play Gemma Briggs in Acting for Change and Living the Drama's production of Silent on the Matter at the Old Fire Station, in May 2015, with plans to tour 2017. Both the writer, Carolyn Lloyd-Davies and director, David Trevaskis, were so impressed with her audition, they wrote some more lines in the play for her.
As a medical role player, Stephanie has started working for Imperial College and Buckingham University and as a corporate role player for Acting for Change.
TVU Media Award 2007 for Best Actress for Like a Rolling Stone
Nominated for Best Actress for The Bold Girls, 1996 Waverley Festival, Melbourne
"Both Astrid Manfield, who played Cassie, and Stephanie Connell, who played Marie, were nominees for the Best Actress award. I would not have liked to have had to split them, they were both fantastic. Suspension of disbelief was very easy watching these two; it is impossible to say how much I enjoyed their performances. Astrid won, and I thought it was unfair. Had Stephanie won, I would also have thought it was unfair." George Bissett, Melbourne
"The casting too is superb, individually and when mixed together....and equally impressive....The production was marvellous." Jeremy Austin, The Stage on Table Manners, Wycombe Swan
"Stephanie, these three clips do you proud. You live up to your excellent reputation and even force us to think beyond what has been written... TWICE! We could go on and on about how great you are, but it's already been said. You are a fine, fine actor and a wonderful influence on this whole project." Eve Hawking (Producer) & Steve Nesbit (Director), Initial Screen Tests for three roles: Alek Bardici, Lena Kusta and Eshu, Rapture, Rok Motion.
"Your face is a picture of heartache. This is solid work that continues to prove your range and talent. Great stuff." Eve Hawking (Producer) & Steve Nesbit (Director), Screen Test: Alek Bardici, Rapture. This part was originally written for a man, but after Stephanie's two auditions, the producer and director were so impressed they changed the gender to female, and the character was renamed to Alika Bardici.
"Stephanie, this is a strong performance. Your Eshu reeks of authority, intelligence, sophistication and threat. You sell this performance alone with your eyes. Your best and bravest work yet." Eve Hawking (Producer) & Steve Nesbit (Director), Screen Test: Eshu, Crime Lord, Rapture
"Stephanie, good job. Just the right measure of pace and unflinching school mistress. You have also given thought to your relationship with Mendel in this clip, which is very subtle and was missed by most." Eve Hawking (Producer) & Steve Nesbit (Director), Screen Test: Lena Kusta, Rapture
"Stephanie, this was very enjoyable, well done. It's a difficult brief and you gave yourself a clever helping hand by adopting the school mistress style character. Excellent decision making here. You clearly knew there was a comedy moment in the whole "It's complicated" section and you went digging nicely for it. Great work." GSOH Reviewing Team, Screen Test: Patricia, GSOH
"Stephanie great work here, your Sandra was certainly flirty and sassy, but there was a definite edge to her that allowed us to understand the predator within – it was mainly in your eyes and how you used them as a tool. Having achieved this layering, the final notes of comedy were just missing or not pronounced enough. That’s a minor criticism of an great audition." GSOH Reviewing Team, Screen Test: Sandra, GSOH
"Wow. An awesome display of total commitment. No easy task to achieve such deep emotion, to 'live' the moment so fully. A casting director's dream, because clearly you could handle anything less demanding as well - which makes this type of "All-In" audition a wise, strategic approach. Best of luck to you! Cb" Christian Badami, Lead in The Interior, Audition: Karen, The Interior
"When you did the first reading of Betty I was completely 'knocked out'". Anthony Murphy, Writer, Play reading: Betty Taylor, Skating on Thin Ice
"You were absolutely wonderful on Monday night, a truly moving and beautifully realised performance, congratulations to you and the rest of the cast. A fine play." Martin Wimbush, Play reading: Betty Taylor, Skating on Thin Ice
"Many thanks for playing Cindy so beautifully last night. Just right and great fun. I thought the whole evening was excellent." Nicolas Ridley, Writer, Play reading: Cindy, The Mistress Bedroom
"You were unbelievable good last night – amazing acting in a great play. You had all the emotion and drama in there. Congratulations." Lea Sellers on Play reading: Liz Felding, Past Forward
"Oh yes that was some performance.. you did it, you did it all. The audience were hanging on every line ….So much raw emotion energy lightness, you had it all." Maurice Thorogood, Director, Play reading: Liz Felding, Past Forward
"You were so moving and very real and good... how great and utterly believable you were." Carolyn Pertwee, Writer, Play reading: Liz Felding, Past Forward
Stephanie is a professional medical role player, and works alongside training directors to help medical students obtain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to be able to communicate effectively with patients, relatives and colleagues in varying circumstances. She also works for the NHS, training clinicians to have a better understanding of patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, depression, chronic pain, COPD and patients with difficult lifestyle behaviours.