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In this Janette’s TV & Podcast episode, Janette sits down with English actress and singer, Lisa O’Hare who played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and the title character of Mary Poppins on the West End and UK stage. Lisa has also appeared in several prime-time American television shows on TNT, ABC and NBC. Most recently, starring on Broadway in the musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
Lisa talks about how she landed the role of “Georgia Goodwin”, the wife of Dr. Max Goodwin (playing opposite actor Ryan Eggold), in the popular NBC & Netflix medical drama, New Amsterdam. The series, based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer, premiered on September 25, 2018, on NBC where it will continue this fall with Season 5. Netflix is currently airing Season 1 & 2 with plans to soon add Season 3 & 4.
She shares what is was like being on set with fellow British cast mates (Freema Agyeman, of BBC’s Doctor Who fame, who portrays oncologist “Dr. Helene Sharpe” and Janet Montgomery, who plays “Dr. Lauren Bloom”– how both she and Montgomery were pregnant in real life while Lisa’s character was also pregnant in the show. And how she returned to film the final episode of Season just 2 two-weeks after giving birth.
Adjusting to life back in the UK where her and her family have now been residing for nearly a year, Lisa recently completed filming another Netflix series (again in an American accent) and has been teaching young actors hoping to enter the acting profession.
A trained ballet dancer and singer, Lisa knew early on that she wanted to perform and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. She has consistently performed in dance-oriented shows such as Alice and the Others at Sadler's Wells and Defile at the Royal Opera House. She also played Sally Bowles in Cabaret for the Reprise Theatre Company at the Freud Playhouse where she won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance.