Beryl Reid

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Beryl Reid
Beryl Reid Allan Warren.jpg
Reid in 1974
BornBeryl Elizabeth Reid
(1919-06-17)17 June 1919
Hereford, Herefordshire, England, UK
Died13 October 1996(1996-10-13) (aged 77)
South Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Cause of death
pneumonia and osteoporosis
OccupationActress
 
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Beryl Reid
Beryl Reid Allan Warren.jpg
Reid in 1974
BornBeryl Elizabeth Reid
(1919-06-17)17 June 1919
Hereford, Herefordshire, England, UK
Died13 October 1996(1996-10-13) (aged 77)
South Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Cause of death
pneumonia and osteoporosis
OccupationActress

Beryl Elizabeth Reid, OBE (17 June 1919[1] – 13 October 1996) was a British actress of stage and screen.

Early life[edit]

Born in Hereford, England in 1919,[2] Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents, and grew up in Manchester, where she attended Withington and Levenshulme High Schools.

Career[edit]

Leaving school at 16, she made her debut in 1936 as a music hall performer at the Floral Hall, Bridlington. Before and during World War II, she took part in variety shows and pantomimes. She had no formal training but later appeared at the Royal National Theatre in London as a comedy actress. Her first big success came in the BBC radio show Educating Archie as naughty schoolgirl Monica and later as the Brummie, "Marlene".

Her many film and television roles as a character actor were usually well received. She reprised her Tony Award-winning performance of a lesbian soap opera star in The Killing of Sister George for the screen version and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Drama. The former tour of the play was not a success, people in shops refused to serve her and other performers due to the gay characters in the play.[3]

She was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1976 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the car park of Thames Television’s Teddington Studios.

In both Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People Reid played Connie Sachs. For Smiley's People she won a BAFTA for Best Actress on Television. She also wrote an autobiography, So Much Love, which was well received. She played the part of an elderly feminist and political subversive in the 1987 television drama, The Beiderbecke Tapes.

She married twice but had no children.

Death[edit]

Beryl Reid died on 13 October 1996 from pneumonia and osteoporosis at a South Buckinghamshire hospital following knee surgery. She was 77 years old.[4][5]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1954Belles of St Trinian's, TheThe Belles of St Trinian'sMiss Wilson
1956Extra Day, TheThe Extra DayBeryl
1960Two-Way StretchMiss Pringle
1962Dock Brief, TheThe Dock BriefDoris Fowle, his late wife
1968Inspector ClouseauMrs. Weaver
1968Star!Rose
1968Killing of Sister George, TheThe Killing of Sister GeorgeJune 'George' BuckridgeNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1969Assassination Bureau, TheThe Assassination BureauMadame Otero
1970Entertaining Mr SloaneKath
1970Beast in the Cellar, TheThe Beast in the CellarEllie Ballantyne
1971PsychomaniaMrs. Latham
1972Father, Dear FatherMrs. Stoppard
1972Dr. Phibes Rises AgainMiss Ambrose, Harry's Cousin
1973No Sex Please, We're BritishBertha Hunter
1977Joseph AndrewsMrs. Slipslop
1978Rosie Dixon - Night NurseMatron
1978Carry On EmmannuelleMrs Valentine
1979Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyConnie SachsEpisode "Smiley Tracks the Mole"
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1980Rhubarb RhubarbHome Owner's Wife
1981Late Flowering Lovesegment "Invasion Exercise on the Poultry Farm"
1982Doctor Who: EarthshockBriggs(Episodes Two, Three, Four)
1982Smiley's PeopleConnie Sachs(Episode #1.3)
British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1983YellowbeardLady Lambourn
1983Wind in the Willows, TheThe Wind in the WillowsMs. Carrington Moss
1983The Irish R.M.Mrs Knox of Aussolas Castle
1984MinderRubySeries 5, Episode 4 "The Second Time Around"
1985Doctor and the Devils, TheThe Doctor and the DevilsMrs. Flynn
1985BergeracMiss BroomeSeries 4, Episode 4 "Low Profile"
1985Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, TheThe Secret Diary of Adrian MoleMay Mole(5 episodes)
1987Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, TheThe Growing Pains of Adrian MoleGrandma Mole(6 episodes)
1987Beiderbecke Tapes, TheThe Beiderbecke TapesSylvia(1 episode)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  2. ^ GRO Register of Births: SEP 1919 6a 720 HEREFORD, Beryl E. Reid mmn=McDonald
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph obituary, also featured in Chin Up Girls! (2005)
  4. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: Oct 1996 B17A 59 Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire, Beryl Elizabeth Reid, DoB 17 June 1919, aged 77.
  5. ^ By MEL GUSSOWPublished: 15 October 1996 (15 October 1996). "Beryl Reid, Actress, 76, Dies; Gave Life to Varied Eccentrics - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 

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