|Spouse(s)||Michael Griffiths (1966-1985) (divorced)|
|Children||Owen Griffiths |
Annette Crosbie, OBE (born 12 February 1934) is a Scottish actress. She is known for her role as Margaret Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000). She twice won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, for The Six Wives of Henry VIII in 1971 and Edward the Seventh in 1976, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the 1976 film The Slipper and the Rose . Her other film appearances include The Pope Must Die (1991), Shooting Fish (1997), Calendar Girls (2003) and Into the Woods (2014).
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.
One Foot in the Grave is a British television sitcom written by David Renwick. There were six series and seven Christmas specials over a period of eleven years from early 1990 to late 2000. The first five series were broadcast between January 1990 and January 1995. For the next five years, the show appeared only as Christmas specials, followed by one final series in 2000.
This is a list of the British Academy Television Awards for Best Actress. The British Academy Television Awards began in 1955. The Best Actress award was initially given as an 'individual honour' without credit to a particular performance until 1969 when Wendy Craig won for her performance in Not in Front of the Children. Since 1970, nominees have been announced in addition to the winner and are listed with the winner highlighted in blue. The Actress category was split into Leading Actress and Supporting Actress starting in 2010.
Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress.Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television series The Six Wives of Henry VIII , for which she won the 1971 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress. In 1973, she starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave in the BBC serial, A Picture of Katherine Mansfield .
Gorebridge is a former mining village in Midlothian, Scotland. The village gets its name from the bridge across the River Gore, a tributary of the South Esk. It was the home of Scotland's first gunpowder mill, at the Gore Water, that started operating in 1794.
Midlothian is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, UK. It borders Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders council areas.
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, with a border with England to the southeast, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
In 1975, Crosbie made a similar impact as another Queen, Queen Victoria, in the ITV period drama Edward the Seventh , for which she won the 1976 British Academy Television Award for Best Actress. She played Cinderella's fairy godmother in The Slipper and the Rose , which was chosen as the Royal Film Première for 1976. In that film, Crosbie sang the Sherman Brothers' song, "Suddenly It Happens". Crosbie voiced the character of Galadriel in Ralph Bakshi's animated movie, The Lord of the Rings , filmed in 1978. In 1980, she played the abbess in Hawk the Slayer . In 1986, she appeared as the vicar's wife in Paradise Postponed .
Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. On 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India.
"Cinderella" or The Little Glass Slipper, is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world. The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances, that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. The story of Rhodopis, recounted by the Greek geographer Strabo around 7 BC, about a Greek slave girl who marries the king of Egypt, is usually considered to be the earliest known variant of the Cinderella story. The first literary European version of the story was published in Italy by Giambattista Basile in his Pentamerone in 1634; the version that is now most widely known in the English-speaking world was published in French by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697. Another version was later published by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1812.
In fairy tales, a fairy godmother is a fairy with magical powers who acts as a mentor or parent to someone, in the role that an actual godparent was expected to play in many societies. In Perrault's Cinderella, he concludes the tale with the cynical moral that no personal advantages will suffice without proper connections.
After appearing in the BBC1 drama Take Me Home , Crosbie's next major role was as Margaret Meldrew, the long-suffering wife of Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000) for which she is best known. She also played Janet, the housekeeper to Dr. Finlay , in the 1993 revival of A. J. Cronin's popular stories. She also had a poignant role in the thriller The Debt Collector (1999).
Take Me Home was a British television drama series that originally aired from 2–16 May 1989. The show starred Keith Barron, Maggie O'Neill, Reece Dinsdale, and Annette Crosbie. It was created and written by Tony Marchant and was shown in three episodes on BBC One. The lead character, Kathy, was one of the first television roles for actress Maggie O'Neill. Reece Dinsdale was also known for his role opposite John Thaw in the comedy Home to Roost.
Richard Wilson is a Scottish actor, theatre director and broadcaster. He played Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave. A later role was Gaius, the court physician of Camelot, in the BBC drama Merlin.
A sitcom, short for "situation comedy", is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.
Crosbie's other roles include playing the monkey-lover Ingrid Strange in an episode of Jonathan Creek (1997), Edith Sparshott in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1997-2001), and Jessie in the film Calendar Girls (2003). In 2004, Crosbie appeared alongside Sam Kelly in an episode of the third series of Black Books , as the mother of the character Manny Bianco. In the series six and seven of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Old Harry's Game , she played a recently deceased historian named Edith.
Jonathan Creek is a British mystery crime drama series produced by the BBC and written by David Renwick. It stars Alan Davies as the title character, who works as a creative consultant to a stage magician while also solving seemingly supernatural mysteries through his talent for logical deduction and his understanding of illusions.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman is the title of a 1972 detective novel by P. D. James and of a TV series of four dramas developed from that novel.
Calendar Girls is a 2003 British comedy film directed by Nigel Cole. Produced by Buena Vista International and Touchstone Pictures, it features a screenplay by Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi based on a true story of a group of middle-aged Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research under the auspices of the Women's Institutes in April 1999 after the cancer death of one of their members' husband. The film stars an ensemble cast headed by Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, with Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Geraldine James and Philip Glenister playing key supporting roles.
In 2008 she appeared in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit and an AXA Sun Life television advertisement for the over-50s. In 2009, she portrayed Sadie Cairncross in the BBC television series Hope Springs .In 2010, Crosbie appeared in the Doctor Who episode "The Eleventh Hour" and in the New Tricks episode "Coming Out Ball". In 2014, Crosbie appeared in the movies What We Did on Our Holiday and Into the Woods . In 2015 she appeared in a BBC adaptation of the novel Cider with Rosie . In 2016 she appeared in the new film version of Dad's Army . In 2019 she appeared as an old lady who'd been a suffragette in Call the Midwife .
Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today.
Little Dorrit is a 2008 British miniseries based on Charles Dickens’s serial novel of the same title, originally published between 1855 and 1857. The screenplay is by Andrew Davies and the episodes were directed by Adam Smith, Dearbhla Walsh, and Diarmuid Lawrence.
Hope Springs is a British television comedy-drama series following the lives of four female ex-cons in hiding following a multimillion-pound robbery. Produced by Shed Productions, the company behind Bad Girls, Footballers' Wives, and Waterloo Road, the 8-part series began airing on BBC One on 7 June 2009 and finished on 26 July 2009. After a single series, the BBC cancelled Hope Springs, because it "did not find its audience in the way that [they] had hoped."
Crosbie became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998, "for services to drama".
Crosbie was previously married to Michael Griffiths, the father of her son Owen and daughter Selina who is also an actress.
She is a campaigner for greyhound welfare.Since 2003, she has been President of the League Against Cruel Sports.
|1965||Sky West and Crooked||Mrs. White|
|1972||Follow Me!||Miss Framer|
|1976||The Slipper and the Rose||Fairy Godmother|
|1978||The Lord of the Rings||Lady Galadriel of Lothlorien||Voice|
|1980||Hawk the Slayer||Abbess|
|1984||Ordeal by Innocence||Kirsten Lindstrom|
|1991||Chernobyl: The Final Warning||Dr. Galina Petrovna|
|1991||The Pope Must Die||Mother Superior|
|1992||Leon the Pig Farmer||Dr. Johnson|
|1995||Solitaire for 2||Mrs Dwyer|
|1997||Shooting Fish||Mrs Cummins|
|1999||The Debt Collector||Lana|
|2014||What We Did on Our Holiday||Doreen|
|2014||Into the Woods||Granny|
|2016||Dad's Army||Cissy Godfrey|
|1965-68||Theatre 625||Various||4 episodes|
|1970||The Six Wives of Henry VIII||Catherine of Aragon||Episode: "Catherine Aragon"|
|1973||A Picture of Katherine Mansfield||Various||5 episodes|
|1975||Churchill's People||Elizabeth Rush||Episode: "March On, Boys!"|
|Edward the Seventh||Queen Victoria||10 episodes|
|1983||Crown Court||Mrs Owen||Episode: "Mother's Boy" (Part 1)|
|1984||East Lynne||Cornelia||TV film|
|1986||Paradise Postponed||Dorothy Simcox||TV mini-series, 10 episodes|
|1986-89||Screenplay||Mrs Holders / Cynthia||3 episodes|
|1987||Taggart||Maggie Davidson||Episode: "Funeral Rites"|
|1989||Take Me Home||Liz||3 episodes|
|1990-2000||One Foot in the Grave||Margaret Meldrew||41 episodes plus comic relief sketches in 1993 (voice only) and 2001|
|1992||Heartbeat||Penelope Stirling||Episode: "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue"|
|1993-96||Doctor Finlay||Janet MacPherson||27 episodes|
|1995-96||Screen Two||Dr Elizabeth MacKay / Meg Kelso||2 episodes|
|1997||Jonathan Creek||Dr Ingrid Strange||Episode: "The House Of Monkeys"|
|1999||Oliver Twist||Mrs Bedwin||4 episodes|
|2004||Black Books||Moo-Ma||Episode: "Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa"|
|2005||Midsomer Murders||Amelia Plummer||Episode: "Sauce for the Goos"|
|2008||Little Dorrit||Mr F's Aunt||6 episodes|
|2009||Hope Springs||Sadie Cairncross||8 episodes|
|2010||Doctor Who||Mrs Angelo||Episode: "The Eleventh Hour"|
|2015||The Vicar of Dibley||Reverend Mavis Pipkin||Episode: "The Bishop of Dibley"|
|2017||Henry IX||Charlotte, The Queen Mother||4 episodes|
|2019||Call the Midwife||Clarice Millgrove||Series 8 Episode 2|
Jennifer Jane Saunders is an English comedian, screenwriter, singer and actress. She has won three BAFTAs, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival Award, two Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards, and a People's Choice Award.
Dame Penelope Anne Constance Keith, is an English actress, active in all genres, including radio, stage, television and film and primarily known for her roles in the British sitcoms The Good Life and To the Manor Born. She succeeded Lord Olivier as president of the Actors' Benevolent Fund after his death in 1989, and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the arts and to charity.
Dame Julia Mary Walters is an English actress and writer. She is the recipient of four BAFTA TV Awards, two BAFTA Film Awards, a BAFTA Fellowship, and a Golden Globe. She has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, in the categories of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
Katherine Lucy Bridget Burke is an English actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director. She achieved fame with her appearances on sketch shows such as French and Saunders (1988–99) and her recurring role as Magda on the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992–96), as well as her frequent collaborations with fellow comedian Harry Enfield. For her portrayal of Valerie in the 1997 film Nil by Mouth, she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Pauline Collins,, is an English actress of stage, television, and film, who first came to prominence portraying Sarah Moffat in Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–73) and its spin-off, Thomas & Sarah (1979). In 1992, she released her autobiography, titled Letter to Louise.
Sheila Cameron Hancock, is an English actress and author. Hancock trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before starting her career in repertory theatre. Hancock went on to perform in plays and musicals in London, and her Broadway debut in Entertaining Mr Sloane (1966) earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in Play. She won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role in Cabaret (2007) and was nominated at the Laurence Olivier Awards four other times for her work in Sweeney Todd (1980), The Winter's Tale (1982), Prin (1989) and Sister Act (2010).
Sophie Okonedo is an English film, theatre and television actress. She began her film career in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) before appearing in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and Stephen Frears's Dirty Pretty Things (2002).
Frances de la Tour, also Frances J. de Lautour, is an English actress, known for her role as Miss Ruth Jones in the television sitcom Rising Damp from 1974 until 1978. She is a Tony Award winner and three-time Olivier Award winner.
Selina Jane Griffiths is an English actress mostly known for her performance of Pauline Maltby in Benidorm.
Ashley Jensen is a Scottish actress and narrator. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role on the television series Extras, in which she appeared from 2005–2007. She was also a cast member of the ABC show Ugly Betty and the short-lived CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose.
Gwen Taylor is an English actress who has appeared in many British television programmes. She is known for her roles as Amy Pearce in the sitcom Duty Free (1984–86); Barbara Liversidge in the sitcom Barbara (1999–2003); Peggy Armstrong in the drama series Heartbeat (2005–09), and Anne Foster in the soap opera Coronation Street (2011–12). She was nominated for the 1990 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her role as Rita Simcock in the comedy series A Bit of a Do (1989). Her film appearances include Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) and The Lady in the Van (2015).
Brenda Bruce OBE was a British actress. She had a long and successful career in the theatre, radio, film and television.
Alison Steadman, is an English actor. She won the 1991 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for the Mike Leigh film Life is Sweet, and the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Mari in the original production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. In a 2007 Channel 4 poll, the "50 Greatest Actors" voted for by other actors, she was ranked No. 42.
Rosemary Anne Leach was a British stage, television and film actress. She won the 1982 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a New Play for 84, Charing Cross Road and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her roles in the films That'll Be the Day (1973) and A Room with a View (1986).
Ruth Alexandra Elisabeth Jones, is a Welsh television actress, novelist and screenwriter. She co-starred in and co-wrote the award-winning British comedy Gavin & Stacey and has appeared in many television comedies and dramas, such as Jimmy McGovern’s The Street with Timothy Spall (2009), and starring as Hattie Jacques in Hattie for BBC Four.
Cynthia Julian Harris is an American film, television, and stage actress. She is best known for her roles in the television series Edward & Mrs. Simpson and the sitcom Mad About You, the former of which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination in 1979.
Nicola Walker is an English actress, known for her starring roles in various British television programmes from the 1990s onwards, including Ruth Evershed in the spy drama Spooks from 2003 to 2011. She has also worked in theatre, radio and film. She won the 2013 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and has twice been nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress for the BBC drama Last Tango in Halifax.
Lesley Ann Manville is an English actress, known for her frequent collaborations with director Mike Leigh, winning the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for Leigh's All or Nothing (2002) and Another Year (2010), and the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress for the latter film. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Phantom Thread (2017). Other film roles include Maleficent (2014).