Celia Williams was born and educated in England. From 1978 she lived in Brazil for over two years and learned to speak Portuguese. Celia began to forge her career in the theatre after moving to Portugal in 1981.
She has acted on stage in both English and Portuguese and has performed all over Portugal, from Bragança in the far north, to the Algarve in the south as well as in Madeira and the Azores.
In recent years she has increasingly worked in the UK, having worked in various locations, including the Edinburgh Fringe, on tour, in several theatres in London and also in the West End. She originally studied music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, so has been able to put this training to good use in performances such as the Devil in Stravinsky’s The Soldiers Tale and the narrator for Peter & the Wolf, as well as several contemporary works. Most of her performances have been on the stage, but she has also worked in television, in film and on radio.
Aside from acting, she has done extensive voice-over work, radio journalism, translation, and teaching English as a foreign language. She taught on a two-year course for television and film actors funded by the Institut Franco-Portugais and for a few years ran a business importing English children’s books into Portugal.
She is married to the composer Christopher Bochmann and has two daughters.