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Date of Birth August1926Cape Town, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Birth NameDoreen J. Mantle

Mini Bio (1)

Doreen Mantle was born in August 1926 in Cape Town, South Africa and is a character actress who is probably best known for her role as Mrs Jean Warboys in One Foot in the Grave (1990-2000).

She has appeared in many British television series from the 1960s to the present, such as The Duchess of Duke Street, The Wild House, Chalk, Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, Holby City, Love Soup and Jonathan Creek. She played lollipop lady Queenie in Jam & Jerusalem (2006-09).

Mantle has worked extensively on the stage in such productions as My Fair Lady, Keep It in the Family, The Seagull and Hamlet. She also toured Britain in Billy Liar in the role of Florence Boothroyd and performed at the National Theatre in The Voysey Inheritance. In 1979 she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Death of a Salesman. She has also done a great deal of radio work for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.

Mantle played "Mrs Shaemen" in the film Yentl in 1983.

In 2011 Mantle appeared in Coronation Street as the mother of Colin Fishwick whose identity was taken by John Stape.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

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Trivia (2)

In January 2002 Doreen appeared on a 'Classic British Sitcom Stars' special of TV quiz The Weakest Link (2000). When asked by host Anne Robinson what her most memorable moment was on the crazy sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990) Doreen replied very matter-of-factly: 'I was rolled down a hill and mounted by a dog'. The studio audience erupted in hysterics.
Became an Associate Member of RADA.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on her One Foot in the Grave (1990) character] It began in a very minor way, but I remember how beautifully the episode was written, right from the beginning. She always wanted to help and meant well all the time; it's just that she was tactless and not very bright, although occasionally she'd have these strange streaks of knowledge, like the time she knew all the answers while playing Trivial Pursuit.
We were young and poor, and needed to earn some money. I decided with the wonderful ignorance of youth to earn a living by acting - and luckily, I did.
I don't see myself as a comedian at all, I'm happier when I'm playing tragedy. Going Home was a sad play. I've been most successful when there have been tears in the audience.
People often come up to me and say: 'I know you from the bridge club' or 'Don't you go to my church?'. They can't place me - but I look familiar.

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