Issy van Randwyck

Issy van Randwyck (born in Hong Kong) is an English singer and actress. She is a former member of British comedy singing group and satirical cabaret act Fascinating Aïda.


Of Dutch descent, Baroness Isabelle van Randwyck grew up in Kent and was educated at West Heath School and Queensgate, London. She appeared as the only "real" girl in the drag cabaret at Madame Jojo's from 1989 to 1991. She was vocalist alongside Hugh Lindsay (equerry to HM The Queen) in the Sweatband. In 1990 she was a featured vocalist, along with Robin Wright, on a dance version of "California Dreamin'" by the studio group The Midnight Shift, reaching no 1 in the Hi Energy charts. She sang with the jazz harmonica player Larry Adler from 1991, touring worldwide with him. She can be heard on the album The Glory of Gershwin, featuring Larry Adler and produced by George Martin. As an actress she has appeared at the National Theatre, the West End, Regents Park Open Air Theatre (nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance for Kiss Me, Kate); in television series including Waiting for God, Spooks, Trial & Retribution, Numbertime; and in the films The Danish Girl and Christopher and His Kind. She is the curator of The Festival at Hampstead Theatre, a drama and literary festival started in 2015.

She was also a part of Fascinating Aïda for five years from 1994 to 1999, and was nominated for two Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment.

Personal life

She is married to the director Edward Hall, with whom she worked on Spooks, Kingdom, Trial & Retribution and Partners in Crime. They have two daughters. Both van Randwyck and her elder daughter appeared in the TV series Kingdom in early 2008.

Selected theatre

  • Dirty DancingAldwych Theatre
  • The Go-BetweenApollo Theatre
  • For Services RenderedWatermill Theatre
  • Raving, No Naughty Bits and A Further EducationHampstead Theatre
  • Aladdin – Guildford Panto, O2 and Richmond Theatre
  • ''A Little Night Music - (Petra) and Once in a Life time – Royal National Theatre
  • The Boy Friend – (Lady Brockhurst) – Menier Chocolate Factory, 2019