Doris Hare



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Born: 1st March 1905, Bargoed, Glamorganshire, Wales
Parents: Herbert and Kate Edwin
Married: Dr Fraser Roberts


  1. Susan
  2. Catherine


Played: Alice Pickens (1969)

Doris Hare was born in Bargoed, South Wales on 1st March 1905 the daughter of Herbert Edwin and his wife Kate. At the age of three she made her professional debut at the Alexander Portable Theatre in their production of Current Cash. She continued working in music halls and choruses before making her West End debut at The Palace as Sally in The Scarlet Clue in 1916. In a packed career that spanned almost ninety years she has toured Ireland, Australia and South Africa as well as appearing in America in various productions including Night Must Fall. She has also played a principal boy in pantomimes and has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre.

During the second World War she broadcast regually as Compere of Shipmates Ashore and was awarded an MBE for her services to the Merchant Navy. Her film work has been very extensive including Opening Night (1935); Discoveries (1939); North Sea Patrol (1939); She Couldn't Say No (1939); The History of Mr Polly (1949); Double Exposure (1954); Tiger By The Tail (1955); No Smoking (1955); Stangers Meeting (1957); Another Time Another Place (1958); The League of Gentlemen (1959).

Other stage work includes Fiddlers Three, Birds of Paradise, No Sex Please We're British, Romeo and Juliet, Waters of the Moon, Gas and Candles, Forty Years On, Night Must Fall and It Runs in The Family. She has also worked on radio on Waggoners Walk, All Gas and Gaiters and Mr Willo's Wife. On television she is best remembered for her long running role as Mrs Butler in the comedy series On The Buses and in various films such as Mutiny On The Buses, Holiday On The Buses, Confessions of a Performer, Confessions of A Holiday Camp and Confessions of a Driving Instructor. She also recreated the Mrs Butler role on stage in a long running tour of Canada.

Other television appearances include The House That Jack Built, Mr Digby Darling, Her Majesty's Pleasure, Sez Les, Mums The Word, Three Piece Suite, She'll Have To Go, Diamonds, Nanny, Sharing The Time, Adrian Mole, Cellar Show, Never The Twain, Comrade Dad, Done Thievin, First Things First, The Alexei Sayle Show and the Agatha Christie film Why Didn't They Ask Evans. She returned to the big screen as Sister Mary in the comedy film Nuns On The Run and in 1994 she played Mrs Hawkins in Second Best. During her extensive career she made a guest appearance in Coronation Street as Albert Tatlock's fiancee Alice Pickins in 1969. She had previously rejected an offer to play Ena Sharples in 1960 saying she didn't want to be tied down to a series.

Doris married Dr Fraser Roberts and they had two daughters Susan and Catherine. Doris retired from acting in 1995 at the age of ninety having spent all her life in full employment.






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