Tara Cressida Frances “Finty” Williams always seemed destined to have an acting career with both parents – Dame Judi Dench and Michael Williams – well established in the business. In a Telegraph interview Dame Judi said they did try and dissuade Finty from following them, but “Finty is very much her own woman”.
She has appeared on screen with her mother a number of times, including Mrs Brown (1997), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) and the award winning TV series Cranford (2007).
I first met Finty at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London when she featured in Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce in October 2009. She played Kate, who WhatsOnStage described as, “a ball of exuberant energy,” which this sketch is based on. Dame Judi and Finty joined an all star cast of 50 in Donmar Warehouse’s The Vote this month. Set in a fictional London polling station during the final ninety minutes before the polls close in this year’s general election, the final performance on the actual polling Day (7 May ) was televised live on More4.
They play, appropriately, mother and daughter who stroll on stage at 9.42pm and remain there for the final 18 minutes until curtain call. Even though things go a little hectic after the election night show, Flinty stopped to sign my sketch for me.