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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 14 December 1935Bath, Somerset, England, UK [now Bath and North East Somerset, England, UK]

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Barbara trained for the theatre at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school then joined the Old Vic Company in London. After working in provincial repertory theatres she returned to the Bristol Old Vic to play Rosemary in 'The Severed Head' and transferred with the play to the west end. She returned again to Bristol to appear in 'Love's Labour's Lost' and 'Henry V' then toured Europe and Israel with them. She returned again to bristol for further productions then went on an American tour in 'Measure For Measure' and as Ophelia opposite her husband, Richard Pasco, in the title role of 'Hamlet' After her return to England she had a big success in the 1968 West End production of 'Mrs Mouse Are You Within'. since then she's made many appearances at the Old Vic, the National Theatre and the R.S.C. at the Aldwych. She made her television debut in 1965 in a episode of 'No Hiding Place' followed over the years with appearances in episodes of such as 'Callan', 'Special Branch', Inspector Morse','Ruth Rendell Mysterie' and 'Kavanagh Q.C.' along with mini series of 'The Brontes of Haworth', 'A Perfect Hero' and 'Wives and Daughters'. Her film debut was made in 1972 in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Frenzy' which was quickly followed by 'Henry VIII and His Six Wives, in which she played Catherine Parr, and 'Bequest to the Nation'. Since then to date (2013) she's only made 6 other films the best known being 'Billy Elliot' in which she only had a small part

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tonyman5

Spouse (1)

Richard Pasco (1967 - present)

Trivia (3)

She is godmother to Dame Judi Dench and Michael Williams' daughter, Finty Williams.
She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1993 (1992 season) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in "An Inspector Calls", at the Royal National Theatre.
In Inspector Morse: The Infernal Serpent (1990) she plays a piano teacher. The student in one scene is playing the same tune that Elizabeth Bennet plays at "Rosings" in Pride and Prejudice (1995), when Lady Catherine (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) says (referring to the pianoforte) "If I had ever learnt, I should be a true proficient".

Personal Quotes (1)

[July 14th, 2012] I adored Hitch and making Frenzy was a wonderful time. He went out of his way and was kindness personified, he knew I was exceedingly nervous. If I had a question he would always courteously explain something to me. Every day he would give me a lift home where I was staying in Baker Street before going onto Claridges. Alma was of ill health and he was very concerned about her, but it impressed me how he was so considerate towards me at the time.

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