Award-nominating British actress Caroline Goodall is globally recognized as a leading actress who has starred in several of the major blockbusters of the last fifteen years, including the Steven Spielberg films Hook (1991) and Schindler’s List (1993), Cliffhanger (1993, with Sylvester Stallone), Disclosure (1994, opposite Michael Douglas), White Squall (1996, along side Jeff Bridges), as well as The Princess Diaries (2001) and its continuation The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). The blonde performer received two Australian Film Institute nominations for her bright work in the made-for-TV film Cassidy (1989) and in the film Hotel Sorrento (1995). She also netted a Logie nomination thanks to her memorable starring turn of Dr. Anne Harriman in the drama miniseries “A Difficult Woman” (1998).
More recently, Goodall teamed up with Carrie-Anne Moss, Ralph Fiennes and Glenn Close in the ensemble comedy The Chumscrubber (2005), and appeared in guest roles in a few TV series. Additionally, she played a part in German fantasy film The Thief Lord (2006).
Out of the limelight, Goodall is the mother of two children from her marriage to Nicola Pecorini. Her husband is the co-founder of the Steadicam Operators Association, Inc. (SOA), with the inventor of the steadicam Garrett Brown. She was formerly married to Derex Hoxby (early 1990s until September 1994).
Mother of 2
Childhood and Family:
In London, England, Caroline Goodall was born on November 13, 1959 to Australian parents. She earned a B.A degree in Drama and English Literature from Bristol University in England. Caroline’s sister, Victoria Goodall, is a producer who married actor/director Dallas Campbell.
Caroline dated Derex Hoxby in 1989 and decided to marry him in the early 1990s. However, the marriage ended in separation in 1993. In September 1994, she tried to build a new family with Nicola Pecorini, whom she met on the set of 1993’s Cliffhanger. Caroline and Nicole have two children, daughter Gemma Pecorini (born in 1994) and son Leo Pecorini (born in 1997).
Caroline Goodall made her first TV series debut as Estelle in the British children’s serial “The Moon Stallion” in 1978 after BBC director discovered the 18-year-old girl in school play and in 1982, she had her first major American television credit with the ABC film Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story. By 1986, she had made the leap into the big screen with the so-so Tom Hanks romantic drama Every Time We Say Goodbye, playing the feature role of Sally. However, her efforts did little to launch a feature career. Meanwhile, the veteran stage actress performed in numerous plays both on her native land and in international tours by working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and the Royal National Theatre.
In 1990, Goodall attracted the attention of Australian public with her co-starring role opposite Bill Hunter in the thriller made-for-TV film Cassidy (1989), where she took home a Best Actress Australian Film Institute (AFI) nomination, and she portrayed Sally Raglan on the ten-part “Masterpiece Theatre” dramatic miniseries “After the War,” that same year. The following year, her film career started to gain momentum when renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg tapped her to star as the adult Peter Pan’s wife in his fantasy movie Hook, opposite Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts. She reunited with the director for the biopic film Schindler’s List (1993), in which she was cast as the wife of the eponymous hero (played by Liam Neeson). Still in 1993, Goodall found herself acting with Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger, where she enjoyed a substantial role as an aircraft pilot in cahoots with the ill-famed John Lithgow, starred with Russell Crowe in the Australian family film The Silver Brumby, and appeared in the British television film Royal Celebration, with Minnie Driver.
Goodall portrayed Michael Douglas’ wife in the Barry Levinson-helmed Disclosure (1994) and co-starred with Jason Flemyng the French war film Diamond Swords (1995), before receiving her next AFI nod for her fine starring role as Meg, one of three sisters hailed from a small seaside town in Australia, Sorrento, who emerged as an acclaimed novelist in the drama film Hotel Sorrento (1995). After providing the voice of Vanessa Fisk in two episodes of the animated TV series “Spider-Man” (1995), she co-starred as Rosalind ‘Roz’ Leigh in the BBC drama The Sculptress (1996, broadcast on PBS in 1997), played the physician wife of Jeff Bridges in the adventure White Squall (1996) and took on another wife role, this time as Jon Gries’ scruffy wife who has an affair with an attractive, but psychotic man (Mark Harmon) from her cooking class in the psychological thriller Casualties (1997).In drama/mystery miniseries “A Difficult Woman” (1998), Goodall received a Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actress as Dr. Anne Harriman. Later that same year, she was cast in the supporting role of a career woman engaged to a widower in Rhapsody in Bloom (1998, TV), and rounded out the decade with performances in the romantic dramedy The Secret Laughter of Women (1999) and the British sitcom Sex ‘n’ Death (1999, starred as a producer of a live late night TV show).
Entering the new millennium, Goodall was seen in Love and Murder (2000, TV), drama Harrison’s Flowers (2000, starred Andie MacDowell), The Mists of Avalon (2001, TV), and guest starred in one episode of “Murder in Mind” (2001). She again came to the attention of a wide audience with the highly successful family comedy The Princess Diaries (2001), where she appeared as the eccentric and playful artist mother of Anne Hathaway. After Me & Mrs Jones (2002, TV), Shattered Glass (2003), the romantic comedy Easy (2003) and Chasing Liberty (2004, with Mark Harmon and Mandy Moore), the actress returned to her role as Anne Hathaway’s mom in the 2004 installment The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.
In 2005, Goodall joined a great cast, which included Carrie-Anne Moss, Ralph Fiennes and Glenn Close, for Arie Posin’s ensemble The Chumscrubber, a dark comedy about life breakdown in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia. She followed it up by making guest appearances in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Alias” (both 2005) and “Midsomer Murders” (2006). Recently, she had supporting part in the German-made fantasy film The Thief Lord (2006).