Patricia Hodge

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Patricia Hodge
BornPatricia Ann Hodge
(1946-09-29) 29 September 1946 (age 68)
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Peter Douglas Owen
(1976–present; 2 children)
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Patricia Hodge
BornPatricia Ann Hodge
(1946-09-29) 29 September 1946 (age 68)
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Peter Douglas Owen
(1976–present; 2 children)

Patricia Ann Hodge (born 29 September 1946) is an English actress. She made her West End debut in 1972 and starred in the 1973 West End production of Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse. She received two Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical, before winning the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the play Money.

Her screen roles include the 1983 film version of Harold Pinter's play Betrayal (1978), the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992), the TV miniseries The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986) and the TV film Hotel du Lac (1986), for which she received a Best Actress BAFTA TV Award nomination. From 2009 to 2014, she starred in the BBC sitcom Miranda.

Early life[edit]

Hodge was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.[1] The daughter of the Royal Hotel owner/manager Eric and his wife Marion (née Phillips),[2] Hodge attended Wintringham Girls' Grammar School on Weelsby Avenue in Grimsby and then St. Helen's School, Northwood, Middlesex; before attending Maria Grey College (became West London Institute of Higher Education in 1976 then the Twickenham campus of Brunel University from 1995–2005), Twickenham to train as a teacher.[3] She taught English and drama at Russell County Primary School in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, whilst also applying to London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[4] She started at LAMDA when she was 22, being awarded on graduation the Eveline Evans Award for Best Actress.[5]


After graduation, she concentrated on theatre work and 18 months later worked with Bob Fosse on Pippin. However, she found when applying for television work she had become classed as a theatre actress. Having made the break-through in the role of Phyllida (Trant) Erskine-Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey, she found when trying to make the occasional return to theatre work that she had been classed as a television actress. Finding the need to have a flexible career to care for her young children, Hodge made the decision to focus her career on the stage, and hence is mainly seen on television in focus parts[clarification needed] and singular roles in-between chosen different theatre roles.[5]

She has appeared in roles as diverse as in The Naked Civil Servant opposite John Hurt, as Myra Arundel in the 1984 BBC version of Noël Coward's Hay Fever, as Margaret Thatcher in The Falklands Play, and in 2007 as Betty, the wife of tycoon Robert Maxwell, in the BBC TV drama Maxwell opposite David Suchet.[6] She took the female lead in the 1983 film, Betrayal (based on Harold Pinter's play Betrayal), a roman à clef derived from the playwright's affair with broadcaster Joan Bakewell.

She co-starred with Dame Judi Dench in the 1995 London revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music as Countess Charlotte Malcom.

She was nominated for a BAFTA for her role in a television adaptation of Anita Brookner's Hotel du Lac in 1987, and was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the production of Money at the Royal National Theatre.[7] Hodge is an Honorary Graduate (DLitt) of Brunel University and one of the founder members of the Brunel Club.[8] Since 2009, she has played a comedy role in the BBC sitcom Miranda, as the mother of the eponymous main character. She is joint President of Grimsby's Caxton Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

Hodge married music publisher Peter Douglas Owen on 31 July 1976 in Tonbridge. The couple have two children: Alexander Richard Charles (born March 1989); and Edward Frederick James (born January 1992).



2014You Can't Get The StaffNarrator
2013Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Big FourMadame Olivier
2007MaxwellBetty Maxwell
2007HustleVeronica Powell
2006Agatha Christie's MarpleMrs. Evadne Willett"The Sittaford Mystery"
2003Sweet MedicineGeorgina Sweet
2002Waking the DeadLady Alice Beattyepisodes: "Special Relationship part 1&2"
2002The Falklands PlayRt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP (Prime Minister)
1996The Legacy of Reginald PerrinGeraldine Hackstraw
1992The Cloning of Joanna MayJoanna May
1991Rich Tea and SympathyJulia Merrygrove
1989Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian FlemingLady Evelyn
1989Victoria WoodMoiraepisode: "Staying In"
1989The Shell SeekersOlivia
1989Inspector MorseLady Hanburyepisode: "Ghost in the Machine"
1988Heat of the DayStella
1986Hotel du LacMonica
1986Robin of SherwoodQueen Hadwisaepisode: "The Pretender"
1986The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesLady Hilda Trelawney Hop"The Second Stain"
1986The Life and Loves of a She-DevilMary Fisher
1986The Death of the HeartAnna Quayne
1985Time for MurderMargaret Tutting"Dust to Dust"
1984Hay FeverMyra Arundel
1983Jemima Shore InvestigatesJemima Shore
1981-1982NannyDorinda Sackville
1981Winston Churchill: The Wilderness YearsLady Londonderry
1980-1982Holding the FortPenny Milburn
1980-1981The Other 'ArfSybilla Howarth
1979The ProfessionalsAnn Hollyepisode: "Involvement"
1978Edward and Mrs SimpsonLady Diana Cooper
1978-1992Rumpole of the BaileyPhyllida Erskine-Brown
1975The Naked Civil ServantBallet Teacher
1975The Girls of Slender MeansAnne Baberton


2015N-DaySusan Jennings
2002Before You GoViolet Mary Heaney
1988Just Ask for DiamondBetty Charlady / Brenda von Falkenberg
1988Thieves in the Night
1988SunsetChristina Alperin
1985Behind Enemy LinesElizabeth Beaumont
1981Riding HighMiss Hemmings
1980The Elephant ManScreaming Mum
1978The Waterloo Bridge HandicapGossiping Girl
1978Rosie Dixon - Night NurseSister Belter
1977The DisappearanceYoung Wife


Awards and nominations[edit]

1981Olivier Award for Best Actress in a MusicalThe Mitford GirlsNominated
1987BAFTA TV Award for Best ActressHotel du LacNominated
1990Olivier Award for Best Actress in a MusicalNoel and GertieNominated
2000Olivier Award for Best Supporting ActressMoneyWon


  1. ^ "Miranda actress Patricia Hodge speaks at Everyman Club meeting". Grimsby Telegraph. September 12, 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Bio at
  3. ^ Lacey, Hester (May 9, 2014). "The Inventory: Patricia Hodge". Financial Times. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ LAMDA past
  5. ^ a b The Big Interview: Patricia Hodge London Theatre Guide – 2 May 2007
  6. ^ Dessau, B (2007-09-29). "A taste of plummy". Theatre (The Times). Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  7. ^ O'Toole honoured at Oliviers BBC News – 18 February 2000
  8. ^ Southbank Sinfonia and Patricia Hodge Brunel University – 2004

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