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Frances de la Tour


Frances de la Tour (born 30 July 1944) is an English actress, known for her role as Miss Ruth Jones in the television sitcom Rising Damp from 1974 until 1978. She is a Tony Award winner and three-time Olivier Award winner. She performed as Mrs. Lintott in the play The History Boys in London and on Broadway, winning the 2006 Tony Award for Best ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The History Boys
The History Boys Mrs. Lintott
(2006)
Into the Woods
(2014)
The Book of Eli
(2010)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland Aunt Imogene
(2010)

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 2017 The Highway Rat (TV Short)
The Rabbit (voice)
 2017 Man in an Orange Shirt (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. March
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... Mrs. March
 2016 The Collection (TV Series)
Yvette Sabine / Yvette
- The Offer (2016) ... Yvette Sabine
- The Betrayal (2016) ... Yvette Sabine
- The Weekend (2016) ... Yvette Sabine
- The Afterglow (2016) ... Yvette Sabine
- The Launch (2016) ... Yvette Sabine
 2013-2016 Vicious (TV Series)
Violet Crosby
- The Finale (2016) ... Violet Crosby
- Wedding (2015) ... Violet Crosby
- Flatmates (2015) ... Violet Crosby
- Stag Do (2015) ... Violet Crosby
- Ballroom (2015) ... Violet Crosby
 2016 Outlander (TV Series)
Mother Hildegarde
- Faith (2016) ... Mother Hildegarde
- Best Laid Schemes... (2016) ... Mother Hildegarde
- La Dame Blanche (2016) ... Mother Hildegarde
- Useful Occupations and Deceptions (2016) ... Mother Hildegarde
 2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass
Aunt Imogene (uncredited)
 2015 Miss You Already
Jill the Wigmaker
 2015 The Lady in the Van
Mrs Vaughan Williams
 2015/I Survivor
Sally
 2015 Mr. Holmes
Madame Schirmer (as Frances De La Tour)
 2014 Into the Woods
Giant
 2013-2014 Big School (TV Series)
Ms Baron
- Episode #2.6 (2014) ... Ms Baron
- Episode #2.5 (2014) ... Ms Baron
- Episode #2.4 (2014) ... Ms Baron
- Episode #2.3 (2014) ... Ms Baron
- Episode #2.2 (2014) ... Ms Baron
 2013 Fifty Years on Stage (TV Movie)
Kay
 2013 Trap for Cinderella
Aunt Elinor
 2012 Private Peaceful
Grandma Wolf
 2012 National Theatre Live: People
Dorothy Stacpoole
 2011 Hugo
Madame Emilie
 2010 The Nutcracker in 3D
Frau Eva / The Rat Queen
 2010/I Alice in Wonderland
Aunt Imogene
 2010 The Book of Eli
Martha (as Frances De La Tour)
 2006 3 lbs. (TV Series)
Dr. Haliday
- The Cutting Edge (2006) ... Dr. Haliday
 2006 The History Boys
Mrs. Lintott
 2006 New Tricks (TV Series)
Professor Styles
- Old Dogs (2006) ... Professor Styles
 2006 Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series)
Mrs. Maud Dane Calthrop
- The Moving Finger (2006) ... Mrs. Maud Dane Calthrop (as Frances De La Tour)
 2005 Sensitive Skin (TV Series)
Sarah Thorne
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Sarah Thorne
 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Madame Olympe Maxime
 2004 Waking the Dead (TV Series)
Alice Taylor-Garnett
- False Flag: Part 2 (2004) ... Alice Taylor-Garnett
- False Flag: Part 1 (2004) ... Alice Taylor-Garnett
 2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot (TV Series)
Salome Otterbourne
- Death on the Nile (2004) ... Salome Otterbourne (as Frances De La Tour)
 2003 Love Actually
Lesbian Lover (uncredited)
 2003 Born and Bred (TV Series)
Eugenia Maddox
- The Last Hurrah: Part 2 (2003) ... Eugenia Maddox
- The Last Hurrah: Part 1 (2003) ... Eugenia Maddox
 2001 Eddy and the Bear (TV Series)
The Narrator (voice)
 1999 The Cherry Orchard
Charlotte Ivanovna
 1998 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Tessa
- Bad Penny (1998) ... Tessa
 1997 The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (TV Mini-Series)
Aunt Western
- Episode #1.5 (1997) ... Aunt Western
- Episode #1.4 (1997) ... Aunt Western
- Episode #1.3 (1997) ... Aunt Western
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Aunt Western
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Aunt Western
 1996 Cold Lazarus (TV Mini-Series)
Emma Porlock
- Episode #1.4 (1996) ... Emma Porlock
- Episode #1.3 (1996) ... Emma Porlock
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Emma Porlock
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... Emma Porlock
 1994 Downwardly Mobile (TV Series)
Rosemary
- Grapefruit and Roses (1994) ... Rosemary
- Troubles with My Aunt (1994) ... Rosemary
- A Slow Buck (1994) ... Rosemary
- Out of Their Depth (1994) ... Rosemary
- Underarm Combat (1994) ... Rosemary
 1993 Genghis Cohn
Dr. Helga Feuchtwanger
 1993 Stay Lucky (TV Series)
Paddy Bysouth
- One Jump Ahead (1993) ... Paddy Bysouth
 1993 Every Silver Lining (TV Series)
Shirley Silver
- And... (1993) ... Shirley Silver
- Funny Valentine (1993) ... Shirley Silver
- Free Lunch (1993) ... Shirley Silver
- Brotherhood (1993) ... Shirley Silver
- No Cappuccino (1993) ... Shirley Silver
 1991 Bejewelled (TV Movie)
Beatrice
 1990 Strike It Rich
Mrs. de Vere
 1988 A Kind of Living (TV Series)
Carol Beasley
- Episode #2.7 (1988) ... Carol Beasley
- Episode #2.6 (1988) ... Carol Beasley
- Episode #2.5 (1988) ... Carol Beasley
- Episode #2.4 (1988) ... Carol Beasley
- Episode #2.3 (1988) ... Carol Beasley
 1987 Clem (TV Movie)
Mother
 1986 Unnatural Causes (TV Series)
Marcia
- Partners (1986) ... Marcia
 1985 Duet for One (TV Movie)
Stephanie Anderson
 1985 Murder with Mirrors (TV Movie)
Miss Bellaver
 1984 Ellis Island (TV Mini-Series)
Millie Renfrew
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Millie Renfrew
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Millie Renfrew
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Millie Renfrew
 1983 The Bounder (TV Series)
Celia
- Raffles (1983) ... Celia
- Matchmaker (1983) ... Celia
 1982 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Jean
- Skirmishes (1982) ... Jean
 1980 Flickers (TV Mini-Series)
Maud
- Episode #1.6 (1980) ... Maud
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Maud
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Maud
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Maud
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Maud
 1980 Rising Damp
Miss Ruth Jones (as Frances De La Tour)
 1979 Leave It to Charlie (TV Series)
Miss Grimshaw
- ...And Harry's Just Wild About Me (1979) ... Miss Grimshaw
 1978 Wombling Free
Julia Frogmorton
 1974-1978 Rising Damp (TV Series)
Ruth
- Come on in the Water's Lovely (1978) ... Ruth
- Under the Influence (1978) ... Ruth
- Pink Carnations (1978) ... Ruth
- Great Expectations (1978) ... Ruth
- Fire and Brimstone (1978) ... Ruth
 1977 Cottage to Let (TV Series)
Elsie Pope
- Pipe Dreams (1977) ... Elsie Pope
 1977 Maggie: It's Me (TV Movie)
Maggie
 1977 The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (TV Series)
The Woman
- Variations on a Theme (1977) ... The Woman
 1974-1976 Play for Today (TV Series)
Marcia / Maria
- Housewives' Choice (1976) ... Marcia
- All Good Men (1974) ... Maria
 1976 Crown Court (TV Series)
Anne Scofield
- Pigmented Patter: Part 1 (1976) ... Anne Scofield
 1976 To the Devil a Daughter
Salvation Army Major
 1973 Crime of Passion (TV Series)
Marie Villars
- Emile (1973) ... Marie Villars
 1972 Our Miss Fred
Miss Lockhart
 1971 The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.8 (1971) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.4 (1971) ... Various Characters
 1970 Brotherly Love
District Nurse
 1970 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
Relief Secretary
- The Engagement (1970) ... Relief Secretary
 1970 Every Home Should Have One
Maud Crape
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She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Eric Porter, Paul Rogers, Peter Eyre, Gemma Jones, Clive Russell, Jasper Britton, Ian Hogg, and Peter Bayliss in the cast. Jonathan Miller was director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

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Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

I didn't think that Rising Damp (1974) would have quite the longevity it's enjoying, actually, because at the time we knew it was good because it was very well written by Eric Chappell, and he wrote characters as well as situations. In fact very little situation happens in this particular situation comedy, it's character based. And we knew it was good but there were a lot of very popular and good... See more »

Trivia:

She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (then called SWET Award) for Best Actress for her role in 'Duet For One' in 1980. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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