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Peggy Ashcroft (1907–1991)


Academy Award-winning, legendary English actress - who maintained her status in the British acting elite for decades. Made a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. Almost always on stage, she appeared rarely in film, her first being The Wandering Jew (1933). On stage she was cast in many a Shakespearean role, but in film she ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 83) in London, England, UK

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps Crofter's Wife
(1935)
A Passage to India
A Passage to India Mrs. Moore
(1984)
When the Wind Blows
When the Wind Blows Hilda Bloggs
(1986)
The Nun's Story
The Nun's Story Mother Mathilde (Africa)
(1959)

Filmography

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 1989 The Heat of the Day (TV Movie)
Nettie
 1989 Screen One (TV Series)
Lillian Huckle
- She's Been Away (1989) ... Lillian Huckle
 1988 Madame Sousatzka
Lady Emily
 1987 A Perfect Spy (TV Mini-Series)
Miss Dubber
- Episode #1.7 (1987) ... Miss Dubber
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Miss Dubber
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Miss Dubber
 1987/II Murder by the Book (TV Movie)
Agatha Christie
 1986 When the Wind Blows
Hilda Bloggs (voice)
 1984 The Jewel in the Crown (TV Mini-Series)
Barbie Batchelor
- Travelling Companions (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
- The Towers of Silence (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
- The Day of the Scorpion (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
- Daughters of the Regiment (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
- Ordeal by Fire (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
 1980 Cream in My Coffee (TV Movie)
Jean Wilsher
 1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Frau Messner
- Caught on a Train (1980) ... Frau Messner
 1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson (TV Mini-Series)
Queen Mary
- The Abdication (1978) ... Queen Mary
- Proposals (1978) ... Queen Mary
- The Decision (1978) ... Queen Mary
- The New King (1978) ... Queen Mary
- Venus at the Prow (1978) ... Queen Mary (as Dame Peggy Ashcroft)
 1977 Joseph Andrews
Lady Tattle
 1976 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Winnie
- Theatre (1976) ... Winnie
 1973 The Pedestrian
Lady Gray
 1972 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Sonya
- The Last Journey (1972) ... Sonya
 1968 Secret Ceremony
Hannah
 1968 From Chekhov with Love (TV Movie)
Olga Knipper
 1967 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
The Mother
- Days in the Trees (1967) ... The Mother
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Rebecca West
- Rosmersholm (1965) ... Rebecca West
 1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Julia Rajk
- Shadow of Heroes (1959) ... Julia Rajk
 1959 The Nun's Story
Mother Mathilde (Africa) (as Dame Peggy Ashcroft)
 1941 Quiet Wedding
Flower Lisle
 1940 Channel Incident (Short)
The Woman
 1939 The Tempest/II (TV Movie)
Miranda
 1939 The Tempest (TV Movie)
Miranda
 1939 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
Viola
 1936 Rhodes
Anna Carpenter
 1933/I The Wandering Jew
Olalla Quintana
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Other Works:

She acted in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with John Gielgud, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Leon Quartermaine, Anthony Quayle, Harry Andrews, Andrew Cruickshank, and Barbara Jefford in the cast. Anthony Quayle was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Peggy Ashcroft

Height:

5' 4½" (1.64 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

They told me if I wanted to be a film star, I'd have to have my nose straightened and my teeth fixed, but I've never really wanted to be a film star - it seems to lead only to tax problems. See more »

Trivia:

When she was named Dame of the British Empire in 1956, she (along with Sybil Thorndike who received the honor in 1931) became the youngest actress to be so honored. However, she seldom or ever uses the title for billing purposes. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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