Anita Carey



Real name:




  1. Brenda Summers (17 - 26 July 1978)
  2. Joyce Smedley (23 February 1996 - 14 February 1997)

Anita Carey trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has had a long successful career on stage and screen. She is a famous face on Britsh TV in both comedies and drama.

Her stage work includes Soundings, Under The Web, Other Worlds, Other Worlds, Hobson's Choice, Semi Detached, Shirley Valentine, A Monfrel's Heart, Richard III, Crown Matrimonial, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Birthday Party, The Rivals, Present Laughter, School for Scandal, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Sisters; Guys and Dolls; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Death of a Salesman;

Her television work has been extensive including Peter Tinniswood's 1975 BBC comedy I Didn't Know You Cared, playing Pat, Carter Brandon's wife; The Ripping Years, Heartbeat, The Bill, The Good Guys, Collision Course, Poirot, Very Big Very Soon, Ladies, Crimes From The Watch Tower, Joey, Frankie and Johnnie, Some Enchanting Evening, Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads ? (BBC1, 1973 -74) as Susan Chambers - Thelma's sister; Oneupmanship; Beryl's Lot, A Kind Of Living, Napoleon and Love (1974) as Françoise; Virtual Murder (1992) as Chief Inspector Grant; The Spoils of War, Band of Gold (ITV, 1995) as Glennis Minkin; First Among Equals; The Wyvern Mysteries (BBC1, 2000);

Film credits include: Ordeal by Innocence (1984) as Martha Jessup; Still Crazy (1999)

In July 1978 she appeared in four episodes of Coronation Street as battered wife Brenda Summers, who sought refuge with Emily Bishop. In 1996 she returned to the soap as Judy Mallett's light fingered mother Joyce Smedley until the character was killed in a car crash on 14 February 1997.

Anita lives with actor/director Mark Wing-Davey and spends a lot of time working in America.






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