Dee Cannon, Longtime British Acting Teacher, Dies at 58

Dee Cannon
Julia Benjamin Salleres

Dee Cannon

Her clients included Cynthia Erivo, Tom Hiddleston, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Ben Whishaw.

Dee Cannon, the British acting teacher who schooled the likes of Cynthia Erivo, Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth, Tom Hiddleston and Andrea Riseborough, died Sept. 28 of myeloma, her rep announced. She was 58.

A onetime student of Uta Hagen who spent 17 years as a senior acting teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Cannon also worked with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Simon Callow, James McArdle and Jason Momoa, among many others.

She recently supported directors as an on-set coach on the Netflix projects Jingle Jangle and The English Game and on the Hulu reboot of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Cannon held masterclasses in London, Los Angeles, New York, Stockholm, Berlin, Beijing and elsewhere around the world during her career and published three books about acting.

Born in London on June 6, 1962, Cannon studied at the Arts Educational Drama School and then with Hagen at the HB Studio in New York.

Her late mother, Doreen Cannon, was a New York-born actress, director and head of acting at RADA and Drama Centre London who also trained with Hagen.

Survivors include her brother, Desmond, nephew Dexter and niece Lola.