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Endeavour on ITV1: John Thaw’s daughter Abigail stars as Dorothea Frazil but who is her real life mum?

John Thaw was the original Inspector Morse

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Endeavour returns to ITV1 this week and many viewers may well find actress Abigail Thaw familiar – but is she John Thaw’s daughter?

Actress Abigail plays dogged journalist Dorothea Frazil in the detective drama.

So who is she and who are her parents?

Abigail Thaw with Shaun Evans in Endeavour
Abigail Thaw stars opposite Shaun Evans in Endeavour (Credit: ITV1)

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Who is Abigail Thaw, who plays Dorothea Frazil in Endeavour?

Abigail Thaw is an English actress, who has been on our TV screens ever since her first role in 1995.

Her roles have included Jane Osborne in Vanity Fair, Abbie in I Want My Wife Back and Annabel Monroe in Housebound.

More recently, she’s appeared as Mrs Hundley opposite James Norton in The Nevers.

Abigail’s most significant role to date must surely be that of Dorothea Frazil in Endeavour.

She has appeared in the ITV1 series ever since the pilot episode in 2012.

She has since starred in 23 episodes of the popular drama.

Is Dorothea Frazil actress Abigail Thaw John’s daughter?

Abigail’s role in Endeavour continues in the footsteps of her very famous father John Thaw.

Of course, TV viewers will know that John Thaw was the original Inspector Morse in the series of the same name.

He played the role from 1987 until 2000.

So it’s a fitting tribute that Abigail now stars in the Morse prequel Endeavour.

John Thaw was also known for his roles in Kavanagh QC, Home to Roost and The Sweeney – among many others.

Tragically he died in 2001 of lung cancer.

Abigail has said: “Going to work on Endeavour doesn’t feel like a homage to my father, but it does give me a jolt every now and then it happens.

“Funnily enough, when I’m in Oxford, where I think about him a lot more.”

Abigail Thaw as Dorothy Frazil in Endeavour
Endeavour star Abigail Thaw is the daughter of TV legend John Thaw (Credit: ITV1)

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Abigail Thaw is John Thaw’s daughter but who is her mum?

Abigail Thaw was born in London to actor John Thaw and his first wife, Sally Alexander.

Sally is an academic/feminist activist who taught modern history at Goldsmiths College.

Their marriage latest four years.

John went on to marry actress Sheila Hancock, who is Abigail’s step-mother.

Thaw family dynasty

Abigail’s daughter Molly has also appeared in Endeavour.

In 2020, Molly Whitmey – Abigail’s daughter with actor husband Nigel Whitmey – appeared in Endeavour as Sally Alexander.

Sally was a post grad at Oxford University and early feminist campaigner, who helped newspaper editor Dorothea Frazil (played by Abigail) with one of her journalistic investigations.

Abigail and Nigel Whitmey, who played Marquis Childs in season three of Netflix’s The Crown, share two children Molly Mae Whitmey and Talia Whitmey.

How old is Abigail Thaw?

Abigail J. Thaw was born in London on October 1965.

She is currently 55 years old.

Endeavour returns to ITV1 on Sunday September 12 2021 at 8pm.

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