penny5BIOGRAPHY   >> VIEW SHOWREEL

Penelope was born in Surrey and spent the latter half of her childhood growing up in the States.
It was while training as a dancer at Elmhurst Ballet School that she discovered acting – and the lightbulb went on! It was the acting in dance that she loved so much! So she then trained at Guildford School of Acting and completed the three year acting course with Distinction.  (She later went on to gain a Degree in Performance Studies – with her specialised subject being on Terence Rattigan.)

Penelope is an award winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks encompassing many accents and ages as well as voicing for animation, computer games, English Language tapes, ADR, corporate and commercial. Recent audiobooks recorded from a range of genres include: The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory, Fox Friend by Michael Morpurgo, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The House of the Wind by Titania Hardie, Blood Loss by Alex Barclay, Homeland: Carries Run, Homeland: Saul’s Game – based on the award winning American television series.

In 2013 she was nominated for Narrator of the Year by Audible.

Penelope works as a mentor for the voiceover training company Gravy for the Brain alongside Hugh Edwards and Peter Dickson. She also works as a voice coach training accent reduction for actors in English and American English.

Animation highlights include the title role voices of animation series Lulu Zipadoo and Mini Wolf, Chris & Mas and the voice of Takako in Hubert & Takako.

On leaving drama school, Penelope played opposite Tommy Steele in Chaplin: The Musical.  Other theatre credits include: National tours of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, Present Laughter, Brief Encounter, The Railway Children (Middle Ground Theatre Company), the title role in Pinocchio (Torch Theatre, Milford Haven), Butterflies Are Free (Vienna’s English Theatre), the title role in Move Over Mrs Markham, Agatha Christie’s Love From a Stranger, Crooked Wood, The Browning Version, Dick Barton:Special Agent, Climbing the Walls, Murder Mistaken and The Lady Vanishes (Southwold / Aldeburgh summer repertory), Joan of Arc in Forward to the Right (Greenwich Playhouse), and Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and How the Other Half Loves at The Mill at Sonning Theatre.
Her favourite radio credits include: In Search of Lost Time, The Professor, The Portrait of a Lady, The American Senator (all for BBC Radio Drama).

She is married to actor/director/writer Dugald Bruce-Lockhart and mother to their son, Mackenzie.