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Penelope A. Wilton, Lady Holm OBE (born 3 June 1946) is an English actress.

Biography

Wilton was born in Scarboroughmarker, North Riding of Yorkshire to a former actress mother and a businessman father. She is a niece of actors Bill Travers and Linden Travers and a cousin of the actor Richard Morant. She and her sisters, Rosemary and Linda, attended the convent school in Newcastle at which their mother had previously taught. Penelope had a successful stage career before breaking into television, and her West Endmarker debut was opposite Sir Ralph Richardson.

Her television career began in 1972, playing Vivie Warren in Mrs. Warren's Profession opposite Robert Powell. She then had several major TV roles, including two of the BBC Television Shakespeare productions (as Desdemona in Othello and Regan in King Lear).

However she did not become a household name until she appeared with Richard Briers in the 1984 BBC situation comedy, Ever Decreasing Circles which ran for five years. In it she played Anne, long suffering wife of Martin (Briers), an obsessive pedant 'do-gooder'. Throughout the run Anne seeks a more adventurous lifestyle than that offered as a pillar of the community, and mildly flirts with their considerably more charismatic neighbour Paul (Peter Egan) but ultimately she remains faithful to Martin.

Between 1975 and 1984 she was married to the actor Daniel Massey who, following their divorce, married her sister Lindy; between 1991 and 2001 she was married to Sir Ian Holm (and in 1998 after he was knighted became Lady Holm) and they appeared together as Pod and Homily in the BBC's 1993 adaptation of The Borrowers. Her film appearances include Cry Freedom (1987), Iris (2001), Calendar Girls (2003) and Shaun of the Dead (2004).

In 2005, Wilton guest starred as Harriet Jones, MP for two episodes in the BBC's revival of the popular science-fiction series Doctor Who. This guest role was written especially for her by the programme's chief writer and executive producer Russell T Davies, with whom she had previously worked on Bob and Rose (ITV, 2001). The character of Jones returned as Prime Minister in "The Christmas Invasion", the Doctor Who 2005 Christmas special. In the first part of the 2008 series finale, The Stolen Earth, she made a final appearance, now as the former Prime Minister who sacrifices herself to the Daleks so that the Doctor's companions can contact him. She appeared in four episodes overall.

Wilton has also appeared on television as Barbara Poole, the mother of a missing woman, in the BBC television drama series Five Days in 2005; and in ITV's drama Half Broken Things (October 2007) and the BBC production of The Passion (Easter 2008).

Wilton's film career includes roles in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice , in Woody Allen's film Match Point (2005) and in The History Boys (2006). She appeared on Desert Island Discs in April 2008.

Awards and recognition

She has twice won the Critics Circle Theatre Award, in 1981 for her performance in Much Ado About Nothing, and in 1993 for The Deep Blue Sea. In 2001 she was nominated for the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for her performance in The Little Foxes at the Donmar Warehouse. In 2004 she was made an Officer of the British Empire for her services to drama.

Filmography

Cinema



Television



Stage

  • Mary, West of Suez, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1971
  • Araminta, The Philanthropist, Royal Court Theatre, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Maud, The Great Exhibition, Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1972
  • Sophia, The Director of the Opera, Chichester Festival, Chichester, England, 1973
  • Masha, The Seagull, Chichester Festival, 1973
  • Dikson, Something's Burning, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1974
  • Ruth, The Norman Conquests, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1974
  • Dora Carrington, Bloomsbury, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1974
  • Second woman, "Play," Play and Others, Royal Court Theatre, 1976
  • Prudence Malone, Plunder, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1978
  • Julia Craven, The Philanderer, National Theatre Company, LytteltonTheatre, 1978
  • Emma, Betrayal, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, 1978
  • Barbara, Tishoo, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1979
  • Ann Whitefield and Dona Ana, Man and Superman, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, London, 1981
  • Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing, National Theatre Company, Olivier Theatre, 1981
  • Barbara Undershaft, Major Barbara, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, 1982
  • Marion French, The Secret Rapture, National Theatre Company, Lyttelton Theatre, 1988
  • Hermione, Andromache, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1988
  • Piano, National Theatre Company, Cottesloe Theatre, London, 1990
  • Deborah, A Kind of Alaska, The Collection, and The Lover, Donmar Warehouse, London, 1999
  • Arkadina, The Seagull, Barbican Theatre, London, 2000
  • Regina, Lillian Hellman's Little Foxes, Donmar Warehouse, October 2001
  • Sonya, Afterplay play by Brian Friel, Gielgud Theatre, London, England, UK/ Gate Theatre, Dublin, September 2002
  • Bernada, Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernada Alba, Nation Theatre Lyttelton, March 2005
  • Female voice, Samuel Beckett's Eh Joe at the Gate Theatre, Dublin and the Duke of York's in the West End. 2006
  • Livia, Thomas Middleton's Women Beware Women at the Swan Theatre, Stratford, for the RSC. February 2006
  • Ella Rentheim, Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman at the Donmar Warehouse, February 2007
  • Agatha, The Family Reunion, Donmar Warehouse, London, 2008
  • Gertude, Hamlet, Donmar Warehouse's West End season - Wyndhams Theatre, London, 2009


Notes

  1. BFI | Film & TV Database | WILTON, Penelope
  2. Penelope Wilton, the winner of discontent - Times Online
  3. What'sOn: Wicked role for Penelope means it's Women Beware Wilton; Theatre.(Features) | Article from Coventry Evening Telegraph (England) | HighBeam Research


References

  • Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings - (2001) - Tiny Tim's Mother


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