Christine Winter (nee Jones)
Christine Jones was born on Ascension Island, an island in the Atlantic Ocean just under the Equator and half way between South America and South Africa . She was the 50th child to be born there since they started keeping records.
At the age of 6 her father was posted back to England and they lived in various places until finally settling in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. While growing up Christine loved to put on shows at home for her parents so it was no surprise to them that she longed for a career in Show Business. At the age of 17 she auditioned for Italia Conti and spent the next few years training in Acting , Singing and Dance. (1975 – 77)
Her first job was playing the lead part of Tracy Briggs in ‘Bridges’ a TV series set in Bristol but made for Germany (Radio Bremen) while still at Italia Conti. She also worked on stage with David Essex at The Dominion Theatre in London, a musical at Watford Palace Theatre called ‘Foxy’, and a children’s series called ‘Bunch of Fives’.
On leaving Italia Conti Christine appeared in a film called ‘Killer’s Moon’, the stage production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat, and played the title role Dick Whittington at Derby Playhouse (1978) – where she met her future husband George Winter!
Christine worked on a pilot show with Rowan Atkinson at Thames TV – he was currently doing another pilot for the BBC which he eventually decided to go ahead with called ‘Not The Nine O’clock News’. She also appeared in TV programmes called ‘We’ll Meet Again’, LWT. ‘Time of My Life’, BBC. And ‘Radio’, TVS.
After doing several seasons at Westcliff Palace Theatre, and shows at Windsor and Bristol Christine found herself in a hit show called ‘One Night Stand’ by Mike Harding which transferred to the West End at the Apollo Theatre. It was during the run in 1981 that Christine married George Winter (Actor and Artist www.georgewinter.co.uk ). Christine and George went on to have four children, Tom and Katherine (who are twins), and Bethanie, and James.
In November 1993 Christine committed her life to God and made a public commitment the following year in June 94. Since then she has offered her gifts to God’s service and been very involved in church life and community events – organising a promenade Passion Play performance in Taunton in the year 2000.
Christine’s last professional acting jobs were an episode of Tracy Beaker, Series 4, episode 17, (can be seen on YouTube), and playing Aunt Julian in the film of Hedda Gabler.
While the children were growing up Christine managed to complete a Degree in English Literature with the Open University gaining a 2:1, and in 2014 Christine received an MA in Theology at Exeter University (Merit).
Along with her passion for learning Christine loves to encourage and help others. She has been giving lessons in acting – helping students to gain places at Drama School, and voice lessons for the past twenty years; and been involved in lay ministry in the local hospital, and more recently as a Pastoral Care Coordinator at a retirement village in Winscombe.