Born May 15, 1961, in London, England; died of complications from pneumonia,September 7, 2002, in London, England. Actress. An intense and talented British actress whose promising career was cut short by her death, Cartlidge nonetheless appeared in a number of memorable performances. Cartlidge began her acting career on the stage in 1979 in a Hammersmith production of One Rule. That same year she made her London stage debut, playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Cartlidge appeared in the successful television series Brookside for a year in 1982 and continued to work occasionally in television, but her primary focus was on the stage, and she appeared frequently inLondon productions. A cameo appearance in Eat the Rich in 1987 markedCartlidge's feature film debut, but her first major role was in the 1993 filmNaked, directed by acclaimed British director Mike Leigh. Cartlidge appeared in several more Mike Leigh films, including Career Girls, in which she played one of the female leads, and Topsy-Turvy. Though Cartlidge was introduced to U.S. audiences in the television movie Nobody's Children in 1994, she became a more familiar face with the 1996 release of the award-winning film Breaking the Waves, in which Cartlidge starred as the sister-in-law of the female protagonist. Cartlidge continued to appearon stage, in television, and in films in the late 1990s and in the early 2000s. Her final appearances included the London production of the play Boy Gets Girl and the films From Hell and No Man's Land, all 2001.