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Leach, RosemaryEdit

Leach, Rosemary
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Rosemary Leach

birth name

Rosemary A. Leach[1]

birth date

1935/12/18

birth place

Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England

death date

No information

death place

No information

occupation

Actress, Singer

years active

1960-present

spouse

Colin Starkey (1981-present)

Rosemary Leach (born 18 December 1935) is a British stage, television and film actress and singer.

Personal LifeEdit

She was born at Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Her parents were teachers related to Edmund Leach. She attended grammar school and RADA. She married Colin Starkey a fellow actor on 18 December 1981.

CareerEdit

After only a long line of theatre work, she finally got her big break and became very well known. Her major roles include Susan Wheldon, Queen Elizabeth II (whom she has portrayed four times) and Grace Riggs in My Family.

Early Career (1960-1987)Edit

After appearing in repertory theatres and the Old Vic she became well known to UK TV viewers between 1965-69 for playing Susan Wheldon, the mistress of building tycoon John Wilder (Patrick Wymark) in the TV boardroom drama The Power Game.

Subsequently she became a familiar face on British television. In 1973, she played Aldonza/Dulcinea in the BBC production of Don Quixote (retitled The Adventures of Don Quixote), starring Rex Harrison and Frank Finlay. In 1981 she played Emilia opposite Bob Hoskins's Iago in the BBC Shakespeare's production of Othello. In 1982 she played Aunt Fenny in The Jewel in the Crown.

Rosemary played a leading role as smitten Joan Plumleigh-Bruce in the six part ITV 1987 production of The Charmer (TV series) which starred Nigel Havers.

In 1987, she was nominated for BAFTA's Best Supporting Actress for A Room with a View (1985). In 1992, Leach starred in An Ungentlemanly Act, a BBC television film about the first days of the invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982, portraying the real-life Lady Mavis Hunt, wife of the islands' then-governor, Sir Rex Hunt.

Later Career (1988-present)Edit

Leach plays the part of Anna in BBC Radio 4's No Commitments, and Susan Harper's mother Grace in My Family. She made a guest appearance as 'Bessie' on Waterloo Road (the TV series), in Series 3 Spring Term. Since 1994, she has made occasional appearances in The Archers as Ellen Rogers, the ex-pat aunt of Nigel Pargetter.

In 2001 Leach played a leading role as a charming murderess in Destroying Angel, an episode of Midsomer Murders. [2][3]

Recently she has played Queen Elizabeth II three times: in the 2002 television movie Prince William; in a 2006 updated edition of The Afternoon Play (entitled Tea with Betty), in 2009's Margaret and will be portraying her again in The Great Ghost Rescue.

Elgar, AvrilEdit

Elgar, Avril
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Avril Elgar

birth name

Avril Elgar

birth date

1932/04/01

birth place

Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK

death date

No information

death place

No information

occupation

Actress

years active

1958-present

Spouse

James Maxwell

Avril Elgar (born 1 April 1932, in Halifax, Yorkshire) is an English stage, radio and television actress. She trained at the London Old Vic Theatre School. At the National Theatre she has appeared in productions of Victoria Benedictsson's The Enchantment, Pam Gems' Stanley, and Julian Mitchell's Half Life.[4]

She has appeared in a wide variety of roles from drama to comedy, and in many popular series on British television including Dixon of Dock Green, Midsomer Murders, and Tales of the Unexpected. She played Mildred's sister Ethel in George and Mildred.

She was married to the actor/director James Maxwell, (two sons), and he directed her in a production of The Corn is Green at the Royal Exchange Theatre.[5]

CareerEdit

FilmographyEdit

Her roles on Television and Radio include:

TheatreEdit

Her roles in the theatre include: [6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Index entery
  2. Midsomer Murders Characters
  3. Midsomer Murders epguide
  4. nt-online.org.uk/27021/company-members/avril-elg
  5. The Independent, James Maxwell obituary by Adam Benedick 28 August 1995
  6. Murray, Braham "The Worst It Can Be Is A Disaster", A & C Black,2007, ISBN 978-0713484902
  7. The Royal Exchange Theatre Company Words & Pictures 1976-1998, 1998, ISBN 0 9512017 1 9

External LinksEdit

Rosemary Leach at the Internet Movie Database

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