Essell is an accomplished 81-year-old actress in film, television and theater although she did take an unusual path. After working in theater for 13 years, she met her playwright husband and decided to settle down and have a family. He died seven years ago and two years later, she took a part in a play by a family friend and was discovered by an agent. She has worked steadily since. The English native has appeared in Mark Boyd's film, Ali G in Da House and was featured in Danny DeVito's Duplex. She recently began production on Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where she will be reunited with Depp and Highmore. Her television work includes appearances on The Bill, Doctors and Dotcomedy for Thames, BBC, and Channel 4 respectively. Essell's stage work was last seen in Hedda Gabler for director Braham Murray, King Kong's Daughter and The Girl With Roses. Prior to her acting career, Essell taught drama at The Central School of Music and Drama and at The City University.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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