Annabel Leventon

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Annabel Leventon as a Transylvanian

Annabel Leventon (April 20, 1942) is an English actress who played a Transylvanian in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Annabel Leventon grew up in Hertfordshire and went to Oxford University from 1961-64, and got her first stage experience acting with Oxford Dramatic Society. She joined a pop group called the Fourbeats, and did other stage work, including 8 months with American director Tom O’Horgan’s La Mama Troupe in New York City before landing the role of Sheila in O’Horgan’s London stage version of Hair (where she met Tim Curry). Annabel was nominated as Actress of the Year, and continued in the role in the subsequent Paris production.

In 1974, Annabel and Gaye Brown formed a theatrical glam rock group called Rock Bottom, that was signed to RCA records. Through Annabel’s friendship with Michael White and others associated with the original London production of The Rocky Horror Show, the trio (which also included Diane Langton) landed a Sunday night concert spot at the King's Road Theater when Rocky was dark. Rock Bottom became the basis for the 1976/1977 television series Rock Follies, which starred Tim Curry and Nell Campbell, though the show became part of a lengthy legal battle for the original members who were shut out of the production. Ultimately they won the suit which gave them writing credit and a cash settlement.

Many television and film roles followed, including her role as a Transylvanian in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (credited as Annabelle Leventon) as well as an audience member in Shock Treatment.

On October 5, 2017, Leventon released the book The Real Rock Follies: The Great Girl Band Rip-Off of 1976 detailing the story of Rock Bottom and the legal battle that followed.

Filmography

2015: A Royal Night Out - Lady MacCloud
2014: Vera (TV Series) - Margaret Kraszewski
1995-2013: Casualty (TV Series) - Mrs. Morris / Louise Rathbone
2011: New Tricks (TV Series) - Felicite
2010: Lennon Naked (TV Movie) - Rich Woman
2005: Ian Fleming: Bondmaker (TV Movie) - Eve Fleming
2004: Wimbledon - Pauline Rossdale
2004: Doctors (TV Series) - Delia King
2000: North Square (TV Series) - Judge Amanda Styles
1999: Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (TV Movie)
1999: Touching Evil (TV Series) - Philippa Edwards
1996-1998: London Bridge (TV Series) - Nancy Parker
1996: Alive and Kicking - Paris Mourner
1996: The 10 Percenters (TV Series) - Sylvia
1994: A Business Affair - Literary Guest
1993: M. Butterfly - Frau Baden
1992: A Touch of Frost (TV Series) - Marion
1992: TV commercial for Bendicks mint chocolates (Mental Cruelty)
1992: Mistress of Suspense (TV Series) - Vicky
1989: Bergerac (TV Series) - Leonie Lemaire
1988: Rockliffe's Folly (TV Series) -Helena Pritchard
1987: Executive Stress (TV Series) - June Meredith
1987: Boon (TV Series) - Dierdre Lainchbury
1986: Dempsey and Makepeace (TV Series) - Christine Bayly
1986: Love and Marriage (TV Series) - Anne Blair
1986: Strike It Rich! (TV Series) - Jeanette Mayne
1986: Defense of the Realm - Trudy Markham
1985: Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Mini-Series) - Senora Petacci
1984: Smith & Jones (TV Series) - Various Roles
1984: Real Life - Carla
1981: Shock Treatment – Audience Member
1974-1982: Crown Court (TV Series) - Paula Carline / Margot Davitt / Sophie Mannering /Gloria Delaney
1982: Minder (TV Series) - Muriel Standen
1979: Penmarric (TV Series) - Janna
1979: BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series) - Journalist
1978: On a Paving Stone Mounted
1978: A Soft Touch (TV Series) - Carmen
1977: Van der Valk (TV Series) - Hannie Wijsman
1976: The New Avengers (TV Series) - Wendy Clifford
1976: Well Anyway (TV Series) - Angela
1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Transylvanian
1974: Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series) - Jill Swan
1974: Second City Firsts (TV Series) - Caro
1973: Armchair Theatre (TV Series) - Shirley
1973: The Pearcross Girls (TV Series) - Cynthia
1972: Comedy Playhouse (TV Series) - Saunders
1970: Atlantic Wall - Sybil
1970: Every Home Should Have One - Chandler's secretary
1969: ITV Playhouse (TV Series) -Chico
1969: Some Like It Sexy - Creampuff, Hippie
1967: A Series of Bird's (TV Series)
1967: The White Rabbit (TV Mini-Series) - German secretary

Stage Productions

2013: Dear World - Constance the Madwoman of the Flea Market (Charing Cross Theatre)
1989: Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (Apollo Theatre, London)
1982: Rocket to the Moon (Hampstead Theatre, London)
1977: Spokesong (Vaudeville Theatre, London)
1970: The Philanthropist (Mayfair Theatre, London)
1968: Hair – Sheila (Shaftesbury Theatre, London) + (Theatre de la Porte St Martin)

Unknown Dates
Larissa and the Merchants (Arcola)
Perchance To Dream (Finborough)
The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Hampstead Theatre)
Twelfth Night and Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Blithe Spirit (Theatre Luberon)
Pillars of the Community (National Theatre)
The Dresser (Duke of Yorks & Tour)
Jeffery Bernard Is Unwell (Apollo, Shaftesbury and Old Vic Theatres)
Noel and Gertie and Noel Coward Tonight (Jermyn Street Theatre)
Honk! The Ugly Duckling - (National Theatre)
Edward lll and Paris Match (Theatr Clwyd)
They Liked Me! (Kings Head and Pizza On The Park)
Rocket To The Moon (Apollo Theatre)
Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
The Philanthropist (Mayfair Theatre)
Oedipus Rex, Taming Of The Shrew and The Wakefield Nativity Plays (Young Vic)
The Duchess of Malfi and A Month In The Country (Oxford Playhouse)
A Flea In Her Ear and Ghosts and The Promise (Bristol Old Vic)
Othello – Desdemona (Oxford University Dramatic Society Touring Company)