Miriam Margolyes

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Actress

Birth Date: May 18, 1941

Age: 82 years old

Birth Place: Oxford, England, UK

A British character actress, Margolyes has performed primarily on the stage and radio, generally in eccentric comedy roles. After studies at Cambridge, she began acting in radio with the BBC. Over the next decade Margolyes' ripe delivery could be heard everywhere in radio spots and TV commercial voiceovers, including a stint as a seductive rabbit plugging Cadbury's Carmel Bunny candy and as a charwoman chimp for a tea ad. Margolyes did not act regularly in film until the mid-1970s, and for a time most of her roles were in little-seen British films including "The Battle of Billy's Pond" (1976), "On a Paving Stone Mounted" (1978) and the experimental "Crystal Gazing" (1982), or small parts in the US-made "Yentl" (1983) and "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986). She gained critical and public attention with her performance as flirtatious spinster Flora Finching in the two-part film adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit" (1988). She followed with an amusing turn as Kevin Kline's outraged mother in the black comedy "I Love You to Death" (1990), a highly successful one-woman touring show, "Woomen, Lovely Woomen" (1991), spotlighting Dickensian females, and a sitcom, "Frannie's Turn" (1992). Margolyes received her greatest popular acclaim as the elderly, sharp-tongued Mrs. Mingott, the primary source of comic relief in "The Age of Innocence" (1993). The widely expected Oscar nomination for Margolyes' work as Mrs. Mingott surprisingly did not appear, but the actress continued in prominent roles in ambitious films like "Immortal Beloved" (1994). Voiceover work kept her busy as well, her most popular effort in this vein being Fly, the maternal but pragmatic dog who learns about not compromising one's dreams from a pig named "Babe" (1995). She returned for the sequel, "Babe: Pig in the City" (1998) and also lent her voice to the Matchmaker of "Mulan" (1998). Margolyes continued to work frequently, appearing in mainstream films such as "Magnolia" (1999) and "End of Days" (1999), but it was in 2002 that she nabbed the role that would make her a star, at least among juvenile moviegoers: Professor Sprout, the delightful proponent of mandrake in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." The actress continued to work in a variety of projects, most notably playing one of the circle surrounding the aging theater diva (Annette Bening) in "Being Julia" (2004) and actor Peter Sellers' frighteningly ambitious mother in the HBO biopic "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (2004).

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Miriam Margolyes Remembers... Cold Comfort Farm

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2024

Doctor Who

Voice
The Meep
Show
2023

Lady Gregory: Ireland's First Social Influencer

Self
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2023

My Happy EndingStream

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Judy
Movie
2023
38%

Mog's Christmas

Voice
Aunt
Movie
2023

Miriam's Dickensian Christmas

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2022

David Baddiel: Jews Don't Count

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2022

Dog Squad

Voice
Sylvie
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2022

How To Age Gracefully With Miriam Margolyes

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2022

The Fringe, Fame and Me

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2022

The Marvellous Maggie Smith: A Celebration

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2022

Miriam Margolyes: Australia Unmasked

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2022

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

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Prudence Stanley
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2022

Gentleman Jack Changed My Life

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2022

The Story of Queen Victoria

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2022

Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland and Beyond

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2021

Queen Victoria: In Her Own Words

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2021

Wings

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Audrey
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2020

Steph's Packed Lunch

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2020

Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian

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2020

The Last Leg: Locked Down Under

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2020

Miriam's Big Fat Adventure

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2020

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of TearsStream

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Prudence Stanley
Movie
2020
67%

The Big Scottish Book Club

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2019

Miriam's Dead Good Adventure

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2019

Let's Talk about Sex

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2019

101 Dalmatian Street: Shorts

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Bessie
Show
2019

H Is for Happiness

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Miss Bamford
Movie
2019

Armchair Britain

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2018

Tate Britain's Great Art Walks

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2018

Flipping Profit

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2018

Flipping Profit

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2018

Miriam's Big American Adventure

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2018

Early ManStream

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Queen Oofeefa
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2018
80%

Postcards From the 48 Percent

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2018

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

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2017

ASO Plays Peter and the Wolf

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2017

Tate Britain's Great British Walks

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2017

Bucket

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Mim
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2017

Dame Vera Lynn: Happy 100th Birthday

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2017

Peter and the Wolf

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2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas

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Mrs. Fisk
Movie
2017

Mirette

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Meme Gateau
Movie
2017

The Little VampireStream

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Wulftrud
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2017
14%

Ken Dodd... In My Own Words

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2016

The Real Marigold on Tour

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2016

The Real Marigold on Tour

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2016

Honeysuckle

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2016

Matron, Medicine and Me

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2016

The Best Bottoms in the Land

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2016

The Real Marigold Hotel

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2016

Bottersnikes and Gumbles

Voice
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2015

The Importance of Being Miriam

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2015

VE Day 70

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2015

Mother

Actor
Maria Aponte
Movie
2015

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

Guest
Talk
2014

Nina Needs to Go

Actor
Nana Sheila
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2014

Maya the Bee Movie

Voice
The Queen
Movie
2014

The Legend of Longwood

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Lady Thyrza
Movie
2014

Outlier

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Odamee Marshall
Movie
2014

Crackanory

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2013

The Last LegStream

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Talk
2013

The Cow That Almost Missed Christmas

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Mrs. Daniels / Mrs. Rat / Judith
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2012

Gloomsbury

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Vera Sackcloth-Vest
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2012

Miss Fisher's Murder MysteriesStream

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Prudence
Series
2012

Call the MidwifeStream

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Sister Mildred
Series
2012

Sir Billi

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Baroness Chantal McToff
Movie
2012

The Guilt Trip

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Anita
Movie
2012

The Wedding Video

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Patricia
Movie
2012

The Museum of Curiosity

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2011

Trollied

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Rose
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2011

Inheritance Tracks

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2011

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

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Mrs. Plithiver
Movie
2010

Bluestockings

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2009

The Project

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2009

A Closed Book

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Mrs. Kilbride
Movie
2009

MerlinStream

Guest Star
Series
2008
85%

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

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Mrs. Kowalski
Movie
2008

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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Talk
2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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Talk
2007

Coming of Age

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2007

Greatest Ever Rom-Com Movies

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2007

Kingdom

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2007

Kingdom

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2007

Mark Lawson Talks to...

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2007

The Dukes

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Aunt Vee
Movie
2007

Jam and Jerusalem

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Mrs. Joyce Midge
Show
2006

The One Show

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2006

Flushed AwayStream

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Rita's Grandma
Movie
2006
73%

Happy FeetStream

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Mrs. Astrakhan
Movie
2006
76%

Heroes of Comedy

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2005

American DadStream

Guest Voice
Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Series
2005

Wallis & Edward

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Aunt Bessie
Movie
2005

Another Audience With Ken Dodd

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2004

Doc MartinStream

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Shirley Dunwich
Series
2004

Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage

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Movie
2004

Being JuliaStream

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Dolly de Vries
Movie
2004
77%

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

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Peg Sellers
Movie
2004

Modigliani

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Gertrude Stein
Movie
2004

Ladies in Lavender

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Dorcas
Movie
2004

Alison and Maud

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Maud
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2002

Loose Women

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2002

With Great Pleasure

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2002

Loose Ends

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2002

The Andrew Marr Show

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2002

Alone

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Caseworker
Movie
2002

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsStream

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Professor Sprout
Movie
2002
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Undertaking Betty

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Thelma & Selma
Movie
2002

Cats & Dogs

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Sophie the Castle Maid
Movie
2001

Not Afraid, Not Afraid

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Movie
2001

House!

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Beth
Movie
2000

Dreaming of Joseph Lees

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Signora Caldoni
Movie
1999

Sunshine

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Rose Sonnenschein
Movie
1999

End of DaysStream

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Mabel
Movie
1999
11%

The First Snow of Winter

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Sean
Show
1998

Vanity Fair

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Miss Crawley
Show
1998

Left Luggage

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Mrs. Goldman
Movie
1998

Dharma & Greg

Guest Star
Series
1997

Supply and Demand

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CS Edna Colley
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1997

The Phoenix and the Carpet

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Cook
Movie
1997

The IMAX Nutcracker

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Sugar Plum
Movie
1997

The Cape

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1996

Different for Girls

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Pamela
Movie
1996

James and the Giant Peach

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The Glowworm/Aunt Sponge
Movie
1996

Romeo + JulietStream

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The Nurse
Movie
1996
73%

Just William

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1995

Cold Comfort FarmStream

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Mrs. Beetle
Movie
1995
83%

BabeStream

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Fly the Female Sheepdog
Movie
1995
97%

Balto

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Grandma Rosy/Extra Voices
Movie
1995

Una Fría y Confortable Granja

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Movie
1995

Immortal Beloved

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Nanette Streicher
Movie
1994

Liberation

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Movie
1994

Ed and His Dead Mother

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Mabel Chilton
Movie
1993

The Age of InnocenceStream

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Mrs. Mingott
Movie
1993
88%

Frannie's Turn

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Frannie Escobar
Series
1992
40%

As You Like It

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Audrey
Movie
1992

RugratsStream

Guest Voice
Shirley Finster
Series
1991

The Butcher's Wife

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Gina
Movie
1991

Echoes That Remain

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Movie
1991

I Love You to Death

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Joey's Mother
Movie
1990

Orpheus Descending

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Movie
1990

Old Flames

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Nellie
Movie
1989

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

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Queen Victoria
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1988

This Morning

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1988

Little Dorrit Part Two: Little Dorrit's Story

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Flora Finching
Movie
1988

Little Dorrit

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Flora Finching
Show
1987

A Little PrincessStream

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Miss Amelia
Miniseries
1987

The Life and Loves of a She-Devil

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1986

A Little Princess

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Miss Amelia
Movie
1986

Oliver Twist

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Mrs Bumble
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1985

The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere

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Stinking Iris
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1985

The Good Father

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Jane Powell
Movie
1985

BlackadderStream

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Series
1983

YentlStream

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Sarah
Movie
1983
68%

The Comic Strip Presents

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1982

Scrubbers

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Jones
Movie
1982

Take a Letter Mr. Jones ...

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Maria
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1981

The Awakening

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Dr. Kadira
Movie
1980

Tales of the Unexpected

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Mary Burge
Show
1979

On a Paving Stone Mounted

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Movie
1978

The Betty Witherspoon Show

Voice
Show
1974

Wimsey

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Mrs McGregor
Show
1973

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonStream

Guest
Talk
1962

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