Janet Henfrey

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Janet Henfrey
Born (1935-08-16) 16 August 1935 (age 87)
Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Alma mater St Anne's College, Oxford
Smith College
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1963–present
Known for As Time Goes By

Janet Ethne Anne Henfrey [1] (born 16 August 1935) is a British stage and television actress. She is best known for playing Mrs. Bale on As Time Goes By , and for her role as the schoolteacher in the Dennis Potter television play Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965), and Potter's serial The Singing Detective (1986), also as a schoolteacher.


Early life

Before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, and spent a graduate year at Smith College reading History. [2]


Other TV credits include: Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985); As Time Goes By, The Jewel in the Crown ; Reilly, Ace of Spies ; Doctor Who (in the serial The Curse of Fenric and the episode "Mummy on the Orient Express"); Jeeves and Wooster ; Casualty ; Lovejoy ; One Foot in the Grave ; My Uncle Silas and Simon and the Witch . Henfrey also played a minor character in an episode of the 1996 series of The Famous Five , "Five Get into Trouble" and Mistress Hecate Broomhead in two episodes of The Worst Witch ("The Inspector Calls" and "Just Like Clockwork"). She appeared in the 2002 adaption of the British miniseries Tipping The Velvet playing the character Mrs Jex, based on the novel by Sarah Waters. She also appeared in the 2015 British miniseries adaptation of Wolf Hall .

Personal life

Janet Henfrey lives in Islington, north London. She is a member of the Labour Party and a trustee of the International Performers Aid Trust.


1963 It's All Happening April
1974 The Tamarind Seed Embassy Section Head
1981 Reds Emma Goldman's Jail GuardUncredited
1983 Fanny Hill Lady in Intelligence OfficeUncredited
1985 She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas Lucy
1986 Lady Jane Housekeeper
Foreign Body Landlady
1989 The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover Alice
1990 The Fool Unknown
1994 Dragonworld Miss Twittingham
A Pin for the Butterfly Mrs. Veverka
1997 Mrs Dalloway Miss Pym
Amy Foster Mrs. Rigby
The Man Who Knew Too Little Ms. Goldstein
1998 Les Misérables Mme. Gilot
Ever After Celeste
Jilting JoeMiss Doughty
1999 An Ideal Husband Miss Prism
2000 The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Janice Waily
2001 Blow Dry Aerobics Teacher
2006 The Omen Mrs. Horton
2009Season of MistsMary
National Theatre Live: All's Well That Ends Well The Widow
2012 Metamorphosis The Cleaner
2014 Mr. Turner JanetUncredited
2015 London Road Ivy
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Dowager
Bridget Jones's Baby Mavis Enderbury
2021 Cruella Society Maven
2022 Persuasion Viscountess Lady Dalrymple


1961Comedy MatineeUnknownEpisode: "Thark"
1964 Martin Chuzzlewit Bridesmaid/Second Daughter2 episodes
Silas Marner Miss Gunn2 episodes
1965 A Tale of Two Cities Mrs. Cruncher2 episodes
The Wednesday Play Miss TillingsEpisode: "Stand Up, Nigel Barton"
1968The Jazz AgeFrau TonnEpisode: "Black Exchange"
1973 Wessex Tales MaryEpisode: "Barbara of the House of Grebe"
1975 Churchill's People CharlotteEpisode: "Silver Giant, Wooden Dwarf"
1981 Great Expectations CamillaEpisode: "Episode Two: Part 1"
Mark Gertler: An Autobiography Lady Ottoline Morrell Television film
1983JuryMiss WoodEpisode: "Julian"
Reilly: Ace of Spies ReceptionistEpisode: "Shutdown"
The Weather in the Streets Lady BlancheTelevision film
1984 The Jewel in the Crown Edwina CraneEpisode: "Crossing the River"
Chocky Cranky WomanEpisode: "Episode #1.5"
1984-1992 Screen Two Mlle. Debierre/Teacher2 episodes
1985 Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV Mrs HenniganEpisode: "Episode #1.2"
Honour, Profit & Pleasure Hop-PoleTelevision film
Oliver Twist Martha3 episodes
1986 Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts 2 episodes
Henry's LegMrs. SnellEpisode: "Episode #1.1"
The Singing Detective Schoolteacher5 episodes
1987 Boon University RegistrarEpisode: "A Fistful of Pesetas"
1987-1988 Simon and the Witch Tombola6 episodes
1988 Mr. Majeika Dilys Sherwood GreeneEpisode: "He Came From Walpurgis"
Wild ThingsSophie BuchananTelevision film
1989Ticket to RideOlgaEpisode: "A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course"
Young Charlie ChaplinSister MillsEpisode: "Episode #1.6"
Capstick's Law Miss PriceEpisode: "Episode #1.5"
Doctor Who Miss Hardaker2 episodes
1990 The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries Mrs. HipkinsEpisode: "Artists in Crime"
1991 The Upper Hand Dorothy CooperEpisode: "Common Entrance"
Jeeves and Wooster Miss MapletonEpisode: "Wooster with a Wife (or, Jeeves the Matchmaker)"
Casualty Sister JoanEpisode: "Making the Break"
Bernard and the Genie Miss PurseTelevision film
1992 Moon and Son Madame LefebreEpisode: "The Horns of Capricorn"
InmatesUnknownTelevision film
Crime Story Kay CalhaemEpisode: "Deadly Obsession"
1993 One Foot in the Grave Miss LanderEpisode: "Hearts of Darkness"
Just a Gigolo CynthiaEpisode: "Episode #1.6"
Lovejoy Miss FrobisherEpisode: "The Price of Fish"
1993-2005 As Time Goes By Mrs. Bale16 episodes
1994 Downwardly Mobile AnnaEpisode: "Grapefruit and Roses"
1995 Mike & Angelo Mrs. HardacreEpisode: "Mrs Shoutfire"
The Famous Five AggieEpisode: "Five Get Into Trouble"
1996 Delta Wave ReceptionistEpisode: "The Light Fantastic: Part 2"
No Bananas Miss Cardew6 episodes
The Prince and the Pauper Goody Watson3 episodes
The Moonstone Mrs. YollandTelevision film
The Treasure Seekers GovernessTelevision film
1997Cone ZoneTwiggEpisode: "High Flyer"
Scene DanushaEpisode: "Skinny Marink"
Dual BallsUnknownShort film
1999 Doomwatch: Winter Angel JulieTelevision film
1999-2000 The Worst Witch Miss Hecate Broomhead2 episodes
2001 Attila the Hun Palcharia2 episodes
Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Hettie CravenEpisode: "Whatever Possessed You?"
I Was a Rat Mrs. Cribbins3 episodes
Mr. Thompson's CarnationMiss SimmonsShort film
2001-2003 Uncle Silas Aunt Tibby2 episodes
2002 Tipping the Velvet Mrs. Jex2 episodes
2003 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Mrs. RobeyTelevision film
2004 The Basil Brush Show Aunt QuartermassEpisode: "Basil's Christmas Turkey"
2009Scouting for RudeboysScout LeaderShort film
2010Fairytale of London TownElsie GrindellTelevision film
2010-2014 Doctors Martha Bidwell/Poppy Heppel2 episodes
2012Our Life TogetherAliceShort film
2013Quick CutsCustomerEpisode: "Episode #1.3"
Marple Mrs. LeeEpisode: "Endless Night"
2014 Father Brown Vera ThimbleEpisode: "The Daughters of Jerusalem"
Doctor Who Mrs. PittEpisode: "Mummy on the Orient Express"
Toast of London Penny TraitorEpisode: "The Moose Trap"
2015 Wolf Hall Lady Margaret Pole 2 episodes
2017 The Crown Vita Sackville-West Episode: "Vergangheit"
2018Nutritiously NicolaTherapist2 episodes
Dirty Little RascalsNanShort film
2019 Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor The AdjudicatorTelevision film
2019-2020 The New Pope Lady Brannox2 episodes

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