Born in 1934 in Bettws, Carmarthenshire, Sian Phillips has played a broad range of roles in her distinguished career. She was brought up bilingually in English and Welsh and performed on Welsh radio at age 11. Touring extensively for the arts council in Wales, Phillips performed in Welsh plays and translated English classics. By her late teens, Phillips had successfully made the transition to television to great acclaim. Phillips attended the University of Wales and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1957, she made her London debut as Hedda Gabler. Two years later, she met and married the actor, Peter O'Toole after making many stage and screen appearances with him in productions such as "Man and Superman" (1965), "Becket" (1964), "Murphy's War" (1971) and the Dylan Thomas classic "Under Milk Wood" (1972). Whilst her resonant voice used in announcing, news reading and narration served her career well, it is perhaps her stern looks and majestic bearing that shot Phillips into stardom. Roles in "Saint Joan", "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Duchess of Malfi" are just a few examples of her acclaimed classical performances. Sadly, her marriage with O'Toole broke up after 20 years and since then, Phillips has made numerous stage appearances, including her musical debut in "Pal Joey". Her one-woman cabaret tribute to the legendary Marlene Dietrich, "A Little Night Music", opened to excellent reviews in 1997. Phillips has served on the Welsh National Council and as a governor of the National Theatre of Wales. For her services to Welsh drama, she received membership of the Honorary Order of Druids (highest theatrical honour in Wales).