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Judy Parfitt (born 7 November 1935) is a BAFTA-nominated Englishmarker theatre, film and television actress who began her career on stage in 1954.

Life and work

Parfitt was born in Sheffieldmarker, South Yorkshiremarker, the daughter of Catherine Josephine (née Caulton) and Lawrence Hamilton Parfitt. As a teenager, she attended Notre Dame High School for Girls in Sheffieldmarker.

In 1987, she played the mother of Clive Durham for Merchant Ivory's Maurice.In 1995, she portrayed Kathy Bates' former, domineering employer in Dolores Claiborne, who is dying in present-time, but is seen as a vibrant, glowing woman in flashback sequences. Two of her most notable past roles are Mildred Layton in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), and Lady Catherine de Bourgh in 1980's TV serial version of Pride and Prejudice. She has appeared in some Americanmarker films and television shows, most notably as the mother of Dr Elizabeth Corday (played by Alex Kingston) on several episodes of ER.


She is the widow of actor Tony Steedman (died 2001); they had one son, David.

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  1. Judy Parfitt Biography

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