Leigh mainstay dies in London

Cartlidge noted for eclectic role choices

Actress Katrin Cartlidge, best known for her roles in British director Mike Leigh’s films, died over the weekend of Sept. 7-8 in London from complications of pneumonia and septicemia. She was 41.

She was recently cast in the Focus Features pic “21 Grams,” to be directed by Alejandro Inarritu and starring Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts.

The thesp was noted for her eclectic and often daring role choices and for working with directors early in their careers. She appeared in such films as Leigh’s “Naked,” “Career Girls” and “Topsy Turvy”; this year’s best foreign-film Oscar winner by Panis Tanovic, “No Man’s Land”; Lars von Trier’s “Breaking the Waves”; Johnny Depp starrer “From Hell”; Milcho Manchevsky’s “Before the Rain,” which won the Golden Lion in Venice in 1994; and Lodge Kerrigan’s “Clare Dolan.”

The London native did hundreds of readings at the Royal Court and performed at the National in “Apart From George,” was also a dresser for Jill Bennett at that same theater and later starred in that venue in “Boy Meets Girl.”

She began her non-legit career on the Channel 4 soap “Brookside” in 1982, staying with the show six years. Most recently, she played Katerina Ivanovna in BBC2’s adaptation of “Crime and Punishment.”

She won best cinema actress in the Evening Standard Awards for 1997’s “Career Girls.”

She is survived by her parents, sister, brother and partner Peter.