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Thora Hird (1911–2003)

In a career than spanned eight decades, Thora Hird was widely-regarded as one of Britain's finest character actresses. She made over 100 films as well as starring in a host of TV comedies and, as a straight actress, excelled in the works of playwright Alan Bennett. Even in her 90s, she was working almost daily. Born in Morecambe, Lancashire, the ... See full bio »

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 1986-2003 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Edie / Edie Pegden
- All of a Florrie (2003) ... Edie (as Dame Thora Hird)
- The Second Husband and the Showgirls (2003) ... Edie (as Dame Thora Hird)
- The Man Who Invented Yorkshire Funny Stuff (2003) ... Edie (as Dame Thora Hird)
- The Frenchies Are Coming (2003) ... Edie (as Dame Thora Hird)
- The Miraculous Curing of Old Goff Helliwell (2003) ... Edie (as Dame Thora Hird)
 1999 Julie and the Cadillacs
Julie's grandmother
 1999 The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (TV Movie)
Ida (as Dame Thora Hird)
 1995-1999 The Queen's Nose (TV Series)
- Harmony's Return (1999) ... Postmistress (uncredited)
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Postmistress
 1999 Hilltop Hospital (TV Series)
Gracey Greyshell
- Gracey Greyshell ... Gracey Greyshell (voice)
 1999 Lost for Words (TV Movie)
Annie Longden (as Dame Thora Hird)
 1998 Dinnerladies (TV Series)
- Moods (1998) ... Enid (as Dame Thora Hird)
 1998 Talking Heads 2 (TV Mini-Series)
- Waiting for the Telegram (1998) ... Violet
 1994 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Hannah Stockdale
- Lost and Found (1994) ... Hannah Stockdale
 1993-1994 Screen One (TV Series)
Jim's Mother / Deric's Mother
- Pat and Margaret (1994) ... Jim's Mother
 1994 Under the Hammer (TV Series)
Nanny Tucker
- The Spectre at the Feast (1994) ... Nanny Tucker
 1993 Goggle Eyes (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Harrington
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Mrs. Harrington
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Jean Taylor
- Memento Mori (1992) ... Jean Taylor
 1992 The Good Guys (TV Series)
Edna Wood
- Her Finest Hour (1992) ... Edna Wood
 1991 Perfect Scoundrels (TV Series)
- Grandmother's Footsteps (1991) ... Martha
 1989-1990 All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series)
Mrs. Clarke / Mrs. Clarke (as Mrs Clarke also)
- Promises to Keep (1990) ... Mrs. Clarke
- The Best Time (1989) ... Mrs. Clarke (as Mrs Clarke also)
 1989 The Tailor of Gloucester (TV Movie)
Mrs. Speck
 1988 Talking Heads (TV Mini-Series)
 1988 Consuming Passions
 1985 Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (TV Series)
Grandmother (in photo)
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Grandmother (in photo) (uncredited)
 1983 Entry (Short)
 1982 Objects of Affection (TV Series)
Elizabeth Mary Rhodes
- Say Something Happened (1982) ... Elizabeth Mary Rhodes
 1971-1982 Play for Today (TV Series)
Aunty Kitty / Olive Major / Doris / ...
- Intensive Care (1982) ... Aunty Kitty
- The Mayor's Charity (1977) ... Olive Major
- The Villa Maroc (1972) ... Doris
- The Fox Trot (1971) ... Gwen
 1980-1982 Flesh and Blood (TV Series)
Mabel Brassington
- Episode #2.10 (1982) ... Mabel Brassington
- Episode #2.9 (1982) ... Mabel Brassington
- Episode #2.8 (1982) ... Mabel Brassington
- Episode #2.7 (1982) ... Mabel Brassington
- Episode #2.6 (1982) ... Mabel Brassington
 1979 Thomas and Sarah (TV Series)
Mrs. Entwistle
- Made in Heaven (1979) ... Mrs. Entwistle
 1979 Afternoon Off (TV Movie)
Mrs Beevers
 1978 Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (TV Movie)
Mrs. Hopkins
 1977 Young at Heart (TV Series)
Ethel Collyer
- Pilot (1977) ... Ethel Collyer
 1977 The Boys and Mrs B (TV Short)
Mrs. Battley
 1967-1975 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Clare Soppitt / Nurse
- Romeo and Juliet (1967) ... Nurse
 1975 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series)
Mary Meegan
- Dorothy's Birthday (1975) ... Mary Meegan
 1974 Billy Liar (TV Series)
Miss Duggins
- Billy and the Bed-Sit (1974) ... Miss Duggins
 1971 Seasons of the Year (TV Series)
Widow Butley
- The Three Graces (1971) ... Widow Butley
 1969-1970 Ours Is a Nice House (TV Series)
Thora Parker
- Judge for Yourself (1970) ... Thora Parker
- Uproar at the Opera (1970) ... Thora Parker
- Not in Front of the Dicky Birds (1970) ... Thora Parker
- Pretty Bubbles in the Air (1970) ... Thora Parker
- The Bella of the Ball (1970) ... Thora Parker
 1970 It's Tommy Cooper (TV Series)
- Episode #1.9 (1970) ... Guest
 1969 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs Ogden
- It Calls for a Great Deal of Love (1969) ... Mrs Ogden
 1966 Jackanory (TV Series)
- A Disappearing Trick (1966) ... Storyteller
- A Shopping Expedition (1966) ... Storyteller
- Paddington Goes Underground (1966) ... Storyteller
- A Bear in Hot Water (1966) ... Storyteller
- Please Look After This Bear (1966) ... Storyteller
 1966 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Alice Leggett
- Face at the Window (1966) ... Alice Leggett
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Blanche Hoskins
- Who's a Good Boy Then? (1966) ... Blanche Hoskins
 1964 Rattle of a Simple Man
Mrs. Winthram
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Mrs. Baines
- Say Nothing (1964) ... Mrs. Baines
 1964 First Night (TV Series)
- All Things Bright and Beautiful (1964) ... Queenie
 1963 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Thora Blacklock
- The Bed (1963) ... Thora Blacklock
 1963 Bitter Harvest
Mrs. Jessup
 1963 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Mrs. Hope
- Drama '63: Albert Hope (1963) ... Mrs. Hope
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Mrs. Edwards
- Nothing Serious (1963) ... Mrs. Edwards
 1962 Term of Trial
Mrs. Taylor
 1960-1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Aggie Thompson / Emmie Slee
- So Many Children (1962) ... Aggie Thompson
 1961 Over the Odds
Mrs. Carter
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Helen Curvis
- Hi Diddle Diddle (1961) ... Helen Curvis
 1960 Bootsie and Snudge (TV Series)
- Johnson's Retirement (1960) ... Emily
 1960 The Entertainer
Mrs. Ada Lapford
 1958 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
Aggie Thompson
- So Many Children (1958) ... Aggie Thompson
 1956-1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Momma Brodsky
 1958 Further Up the Creek
Mrs. Galloway
 1958 A Clean Sweep (Short)
Vera Watson
 1957 Dangerous Youth
Mrs. Larkin
 1956 Home and Away
Margie Groves
 1956 Blonde Bait
'Granny' Ramsey
 1956 Women Without Men
Granny Rafferty
 1956 Now and Forever
Maggie the Maid (uncredited)
 1956 Tears for Simon
Kelly's landlady
 1956 Home James (TV Series)
 1955 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
- A Husband for Marian (1955) ... Ada
 1955 Simon and Laura
 1955 The Quatermass Xperiment
Rosemary 'Rosie' Elizabeth Wrigley
 1955 Cross-Up
Mary, farm girl
 1955 The Queen Came By (TV Movie)
Emmie Slee, in Millinery
 1955 One Good Turn
 1954 Shop Spoiled
Eunice's Mother
 1954 Cocktails in the Kitchen
Mrs. Doyle
 1954 Don't Blame the Stork
Agnes O'Connor
 1953 A Day to Remember
Mrs. Trott
 1953 Edge of Divorce
Mrs. Humphries
 1953 Personal Affair
Mrs. Usher
 1953 The Love Match (TV Movie)
Sal Brown
 1953 Turn the Key Softly
Mrs. Rowan, landlady
 1953 Both Sides of the Law
Mrs. Perkins (woman at police station)
 1953 The Long Memory
Mrs. Pewsey
 1953 The Great Game
Miss Rawlings
 1952 The Big Frame
Hotel Maid
 1952 Time, Gentlemen, Please!
Alice Crouch
 1952 The Hundred Hour Hunt
Mrs. Cornelius
 1952 The Frightened Man
 1951 The Magic Box
Doctor's Housekeeper
 1951 What Happens to Love (TV Movie)
Mrs. Rowbotham
 1951 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Anna Priashkina
- The Bachelor (1951) ... Anna Priashkina
 1951 The Galloping Major
Bit part (uncredited)
 1950 The Magnet
Nannie's Friend
 1950 Once a Sinner
Mrs. James
 1949 The Cure for Love
Mrs. Dorbell
 1949 The Winslow Boy (TV Movie)
 1949 Boys in Brown
Mrs. Knowles
 1949 Madness of the Heart
 1949 Conspirator
 1949 Maytime in Mayfair
 1949 A Boy, a Girl and a Bike
Mrs. Bates
 1949 Fools Rush In
Mrs. Coot
 1949 Maniacs on Wheels
Ma Fox
 1948 Lost Daughter
Mrs. Skinner
 1948 The Blind Goddess
Derek's Charwoman (uncredited)
 1948 The Weaker Sex
Mrs. Gaye
 1948 Corridor of Mirrors
Visitor in Tussauds
 1948 My Brother Jonathan
 1947 Mary Rose (TV Movie)
Mrs. Otery
 1947 Kathy's Love Affair
 1947 Mock Auctions (TV Short)
 1947 Shipwreck (TV Movie)
 1944 Two Thousand Women
Mrs. Burtshaw
 1942 Go to Blazes (Short)
 1942 Went the Day Well?
 1942 The Foreman Went to France
Barmaid (uncredited)
 1942 The Next of Kin
ATS drover with puncture
 1942 The Big Blockade
German barmaid (uncredited)
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Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Walter Greenwood's play, "Saturday Night at the Crown", at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool, England with Richard Dare, John Jarvis and Mollie Sugden in the cast. Walter Greenwood was also the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Thora Hird


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

"Always start with the feet," she said, referring to being costumed.


For several years, she was presenter of the BBC1 religious programme, "Your Songs Of Praise Choice" (later retitled Praise Be (1981)), from the mid-1970s. See more »

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