Patricia Rouledge



Real name: Katherine Patricia Routledge
Born: 17 February 1929, Birkenhead, Cheshire
Parents: Catherine and Isaac Routledge


Contact: c/o Marmont Management

Played: Mrs Snape ()

Her father was a haberdasher, and during WWII, the family lived weeks at a time living in the basement of her father's shop. She attended Birkenhead High School, where she sang in the choir and ran the Sunday School. She studied English at Liverpool University, and after graduation worked without pay at the Liverpool Playhouse. She was asked to join the company, and later studied at Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol. She then moved to London where she built an impressive stage career over the next several years, also appearing on Broadway in 1966 - 1968.

She's best known, of course, as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances but her career has encompassed a huge variety of roles - from Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues and Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, to Shakespeare, Sheridan and musicals such as Carousel. She can also be seen as the subject of the BBC series, Funny Women. And there are plans to translate her one-woman stage-show about Beatrix Potter to the screen. Other highlights have included: a Tony Award in 1967 for her performance on Broadway in Darling Of The Day; a triumph in the title role of Offenbach's opera The Duchess of Gerolstein (1978); an acclaimed Queen Margaret in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Richard III (1984); an Olivier Award for her 'Old Lady' in Candide (1988). In 1991, she received a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Actress for Keeing Up Appearances. In 1992, she was voted BBC Television Personality of the Year, and a year later was awarded the OBE. In the 60th anniversary awards for the BBC, she was also voted by viewers as the nation's favourite actress.

She has never married or had children, has said that she will not retire, and lives in Kensington and Surrey when not working. TV credits include: Steptoe and Son (BBC1, 1974,"Seance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard") as Madame Fontana; The Beggar's Opera (BBC); The Imitation Game (BBC1 'Play for Today'); The Old Wive's Tale; Home Video as Aunt Dodo; Green Forms (LWT); Five to Eleven (BBC); First and Last (BBC, 1989) as Ivy; Face the Music (YTV); David Copperfield (BBC); Crown Court (Granada); Cost of Loving (YTV); A Woman of No Importance; A Visit from Mrs. Protheroe (BBC); When We Are Married (BBC) as Maria Halliwell; Victoria Wood - As Seen On TV (BBC1, 1986 - 1990) as Kitty; Jackanory (BBC1); Talking Heads (BBC1, 1997, 'A Lady of Letters') as Miss Ruddock; Sophia and Constance (BBC, 1988) as Mrs Baines; Plain Jane (BBC); Omnibus: Hildegarde of Bingen (BBC, 1994) as Sister Hildegard; Nicholas Nickleby (BBC1); Let's; Miss Pym's Day Out (BBC1, 1991) as Barbara Pym; Marjorie and Men (Anglia) as Marjorie; Keeping up Appearances (BBC1, 1990 - 1996) as Hyacinth Bucket; Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (BBC1, 1996 - 1998) as Hetty Wainthropp; Alas Smith & Jones (BBC1, 1990); Tales of the Unexpected (Anglia, 1988 'The Verger'); Talking Heads 2 (BBC1, 1998 'Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet') as Miss Fozzard;






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