Carol Drinkwater is an Anglo-Irish actress, author and filmmaker, best known for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the first series of the television adaptation of the James Herriot books, All Creatures Great and Small, which led to her receiving the Variety Club Television Personality of the Year award in 1985.
She was a member of the National Theatre Company under the leadership of Laurence Olivier and has acted in numerous television series and films including the highly successful Bouquet of Barbed Wire and Another Bouquet. Drinkwater won a Critics' Circle Best Screen Actress award for her role, Anne, in the feature film Father in which she starred opposite Max von Sydow. Amongst many other film and television series, she has appeared in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and the film adaptation of Beryl Bainbridge's novel An Awfully Big Adventure, directed by Mike Newell.
She has written a number of children's books, including her first, The Haunted School, which was produced as a television mini-series and film. Bought by Disney, it won the Chicago Film Festival Gold Award for Children's Films. Her books for adults include commercial fiction and a series of best-selling memoirs about her experiences on her olive farm in Provence. Drinkwater is currently at work on a series of five documentary films inspired by her two Mediterranean travel books, The Olive Route and The Olive Tree. They were completed in February 2013 and have already been broadcast on several international networks.