Leonie Mellinger, effective speaking coach, quit acting and set her heart on improving people’s communication skills
I enjoyed a wonderful acting career, portraying interesting characters, and thought I would be an actress for the rest of my life. Then one day, I realised I wanted to do more. I decided acting alone for the rest of my life wasn’t going to make me happy. I thought, I have to find another field where I can put my skills to good [...]
The successful businesswoman explains how she ended up working as a Personal Impact Coach, a job far removed from her initial career as an actress.
Having wowed audiences throughout the 1980s and ’90s with a number of high-profile roles in various films and television series, including Sons & Lovers, Memoirs of a Survivor, The New Statesman and Lovejoy, Leonie Mellinger fell into her present job, helping mainly corporate executives in maximising their potential as effective communicators, almost by accident.
The English actress talks to Suite 101 about her role as Clarissa in series two, episode six, of the classic Rik Mayall vehicle, The New Statesman.
Before she appeared as the captivating upper class fiancée of Alan B’stard’s put-upon sidekick, Piers Fletcher-Dervish, in the above-mentioned ITV sitcom in 1989, Leonie Mellinger had been a highly successful actress for nearly a decade, having made her sparkling TV debut in 1981 in the BBC mini series, Sons and Lovers, [...]