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Judy Parfitt


Of regal bearing and imposing stance, British classical actress Judy Parfitt is the possessor of the chilliest blue orbs in all of London and has used them to her advantage over the years with her portrayals of haughty, bossy, scheming and deliciously malevolent patricians. Born in Yorkshire, she was originally trained at the Royal Academy of ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne Vera Donovan
(1995)
Girl with a Pearl Earring
(2003)
Little Dorrit
Little Dorrit Mrs. Clennam
(2008)

Filmography

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 2012-2017 Call the Midwife (TV Series)
Sister Monica Joan
- Christmas Special (2017) ... Sister Monica Joan
- Episode #6.8 (2017) ... Sister Monica Joan
- Episode #6.7 (2017) ... Sister Monica Joan
- Episode #6.6 (2017) ... Sister Monica Joan
- Episode #6.5 (2017) ... Sister Monica Joan
 2013-2015 Up the Women (TV Series)
Myrtle
- Panto (2015) ... Myrtle
- Vote (2015) ... Myrtle
- Train (2015) ... Myrtle
- Bowls (2015) ... Myrtle
- Strike (2015) ... Myrtle
 2014 The Game (TV Mini-Series)
Hester Waterhouse
- Episode Five (2014) ... Hester Waterhouse
- Episode Four (2014) ... Hester Waterhouse
- Episode Three (2014) ... Hester Waterhouse
- Episode Two (2014) ... Hester Waterhouse
- Episode One (2014) ... Hester Waterhouse
 2013 Hello Carter
Aunt Miriam
 2013 Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series)
Cicely Beauclerk
- Greenshaw's Folly (2013) ... Cicely Beauclerk
 2012 Vera (TV Series)
Maggie
- A Certain Samaritan (2012) ... Maggie
 2012 The Syndicate (TV Series)
Maureen
- Episode #1.2 (2012) ... Maureen
 2012 Beautiful Day (TV Series)
 2011 The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (TV Series)
Aunt Chastity
- Christmas Special (2011) ... Aunt Chastity
 2011 The Moth Diaries
Mrs. Rood
 2011 W.E.
Queen Mary
 2010 Just William (TV Series)
Aunt Augusta
- The School Report (2010) ... Aunt Augusta
 2009 Jonathan Creek (TV Series)
Constance Gessler
- The Grinning Man (2009) ... Constance Gessler
 2008 Little Dorrit (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Clennam
- Episode #1.14 (2008) ... Mrs. Clennam
- Episode #1.13 (2008) ... Mrs. Clennam
- Episode #1.12 (2008) ... Mrs. Clennam
- Episode #1.11 (2008) ... Mrs. Clennam
- Episode #1.10 (2008) ... Mrs. Clennam
 2008 Dean Spanley
Mrs. Brimley
 1999-2008 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Caroline Halsey / Angela Wentworth
- Days of Misrule (2008) ... Caroline Halsey
- Death's Shadow (1999) ... Angela Wentworth
 2008 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Lady Veronique Victor
- Danse Macabre (2008) ... Lady Veronique Victor
 2005 Funland (TV Mini-Series)
Mercy Woolf
- Episode #1.9 (2005) ... Mercy Woolf
- Episode #1.8 (2005) ... Mercy Woolf
- Episode #1.11 (2005) ... Mercy Woolf
- Episode #1.10 (2005) ... Mercy Woolf
- Episode #1.7 (2005) ... Mercy Woolf
 2005 Asylum
Brenda Raphael
 2004 The Aryan Couple
Rachel Krauzenberg
 2004 The Long Firm (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Thursby
- Teddy's Story (2004) ... Lady Thursby
 2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot (TV Series)
Miss Van Schuyler
- Death on the Nile (2004) ... Miss Van Schuyler
 2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring
Maria Thins
 2003 Hearts of Gold (TV Movie)
Isobel John
 2000-2002 ER (TV Series)
Isabelle Corday
- Chaos Theory (2002) ... Isabelle Corday
- April Showers (2001) ... Isabelle Corday
- Under Control (2000) ... Isabelle Corday
- Be Patient (2000) ... Isabelle Corday
- All in the Family (2000) ... Isabelle Corday
 2001 Murder in Mind (TV Series)
Margaret Collins
- Mercy (2001) ... Margaret Collins
 2001/I The Hunt (TV Movie)
Lady Diana
 2000 Falling Through
Ambassador
 1998 Ever After: A Cinderella Story
Queen Marie
 1998 Berkeley Square (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Harmonsworth
- Ladybird, Ladybird (1998) ... Lady Harmonsworth
 1997 The Ruby Ring (TV Movie)
Mrs. Puxley
 1997 Wilde
Lady Mount-Temple
 1997 Holding the Baby (TV Series)
Margaret
- Episode #1.7 (1997) ... Margaret
 1996 Element of Doubt
Genevieve
 1996 Goodbye My Love
Ruth
 1996 Screen Two (TV Series)
Mrs. Tennant
- Loving (1996) ... Mrs. Tennant
 1996 Masterpiece Classic (TV Series)
Lady Constance Keeble
- Heavy Weather (1996) ... Lady Constance Keeble
 1996 September (TV Movie)
Verena
 1995 Heavy Weather (TV Movie)
Lady Constance Keeble
 1995 Dolores Claiborne
Vera Donovan
 1994 The Lifeboat (TV Series)
Lady Myers Lloyd
- Troubled Waters (1994) ... Lady Myers Lloyd
 1993 The Return of the Borrowers (TV Series)
Mrs. Platter
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Mrs. Platter
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... Mrs. Platter
 1993 Alleyn Mysteries (TV Series)
Lady Cecily O'Callaghan
- The Nursing Home Murder (1993) ... Lady Cecily O'Callaghan
 1993 Medics (TV Series)
Elizabeth Hoyt
- Episode #3.5 (1993) ... Elizabeth Hoyt
 1993 Silent Cries
Beryl Stacton
 1993 Eye of the Storm (TV Mini-Series)
Martha
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Martha
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... Martha
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... Martha
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Martha
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Martha
 1992 The Blackheath Poisonings (TV Mini-Series)
Harriet Collard
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Harriet Collard
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Harriet Collard
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Harriet Collard
 1992 Midnight's Child (TV Movie)
Convent School Head Teacher
 1991 The Gravy Train Goes East (TV Mini-Series)
Hilda Spearpoint
- Episode #1.4 (1991) ... Hilda Spearpoint
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Hilda Spearpoint
 1991 King Ralph
Queen Katherine
 1990 Made in Heaven (TV Series)
Georgina
- A Fair Mix Up (1990) ... Georgina
 1990 The Gravy Train (TV Mini-Series)
Hilda / Hilda Spearpoint
- Episode #1.4 (1990) ... Hilda
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Hilda
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Hilda Spearpoint
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Hilda Spearpoint
 1989 Dark Obsession
Lady Crewne
 1989 Act of Will (TV Mini-Series)
Alicia Drummond
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Alicia Drummond
 1989 Getting It Right
Lady Stella Munday
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Peggy Brooks
- From Russia... with Blood (1989) ... Peggy Brooks
 1987-1988 The Charmings (TV Series)
Queen Lillian White
- The Woman of His Dreams (1988) ... Queen Lillian White
- Lillian's Protege (1988) ... Queen Lillian White
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1988) ... Queen Lillian White
- Birth of a Salesman (1988) ... Queen Lillian White
- The Charmings Get Robbed (1988) ... Queen Lillian White
 1987 The Charmer (TV Mini-Series)
Alison Warren
- Gorse at the End (1987) ... Alison Warren
- Gorse the Imposter (1987) ... Alison Warren
 1987 Maurice
Mrs. Durham
 1986 Mr Pye (TV Mini-Series)
Miss. Dredger
- Made for the Moonlight (1986) ... Miss. Dredger
- The Perjured Soul (1986) ... Miss. Dredger
- The First Martyr (1986) ... Miss. Dredger
- Preparing the Way (1986) ... Miss. Dredger
 1985 Bon Voyage (TV Movie)
Lola Widmeyer
 1985 Covenant (TV Movie)
Renata Beck
 1985 Deceptions (TV Movie)
Lady Chasson
 1984 The Chain
Deidre
 1984 Weekend Playhouse (TV Series)
Daphne Mayhew
- Grand Duo (1984) ... Daphne Mayhew
 1984 The Jewel in the Crown (TV Mini-Series)
Mildred Layton
- The Moghul Room (1984) ... Mildred Layton
- Travelling Companions (1984) ... Mildred Layton
- The Towers of Silence (1984) ... Mildred Layton
- The Day of the Scorpion (1984) ... Mildred Layton
- Daughters of the Regiment (1984) ... Mildred Layton
 1984 Champions
Dr. Merrow
 1975-1984 Crown Court (TV Series)
Gillian Forrest QC / Gillian Forrest / Gilllan Forrest QC / ...
- Gingerbread Girl: Part 3 (1984) ... Gillian Forrest QC
- Gingerbread Girl: Part 2 (1984) ... Gillian Forrest QC
- Gingerbread Girl: Part 1 (1984) ... Gillian Forrest QC
- Too Bad for Tobias: Part 1 (1982) ... Gillian Forrest QC
- The Deep End: Part 1 (1979) ... Gillian Forrest QC
 1983 Office Romances (TV Movie)
Pam Ivygale
 1983 The Bloody Chamber (Short)
 1983 Live from Pebble Mill (TV Series)
Esther
- Redundant! Or the Wife's Revenge (1983) ... Esther
 1982 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Dorothy Granger
- The Breadwinner (1982) ... Dorothy Granger
 1982 The Brack Report (TV Series)
Ella Smitherson
- Chapter 4 (1982) ... Ella Smitherson
 1981 Plays for Pleasure (TV Series)
Meg
- The Concubine (1981) ... Meg
 1981 Yes Minister (TV Series)
Betty Oldham
- A Question of Loyalty (1981) ... Betty Oldham
 1980 A Tale of Two Cities (TV Mini-Series)
Madame Defarge
- Part 8 (1980) ... Madame Defarge
- Part 7 (1980) ... Madame Defarge
- Part 6 (1980) ... Madame Defarge
- Part 5 (1980) ... Madame Defarge
- Part 4 (1980) ... Madame Defarge
 1976-1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Roma / Anne Reeve
- The Unborn (1980) ... Roma
- The Mind Beyond: Stones (1976) ... Anne Reeve
 1980 Pride and Prejudice (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Lady Catherine de Bourgh
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Lady Catherine de Bourgh
 1979 Secret Orchards (TV Movie)
Muriel Perry
 1979 Heartland (TV Series)
Alice Pearson
- Alice Trying (1979) ... Alice Pearson
- Repent at Leisure (1979) ... Alice Pearson
 1979 Mystery!: Malice Aforethought (TV Series)
Julia Bickleigh
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Julia Bickleigh
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Julia Bickleigh
 1978 Rumpole of the Bailey (TV Series)
Anna Aspen
- Rumpole and the Honourable Member (1978) ... Anna Aspen
 1978 Saturday, Sunday, Monday (TV Movie)
Aunt Meme
 1977 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Mrs. Clandon
- You Never Can Tell (1977) ... Mrs. Clandon
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Marion Curtis
- The White Elephant (1977) ... Marion Curtis
 1977 Two Stars for Comfort (TV Movie)
 1976 Red Letter Day (TV Series)
Miss Shepherd
- Well Thank You, Thursday (1976) ... Miss Shepherd
 1975 Centre Play (TV Series)
Helen Anstey
- Post Mortem (1975) ... Helen Anstey
 1975 Galileo
Angelica Sarti
 1974 Shoulder to Shoulder (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Constance Lytton
- Lady Constance Lytton (1974) ... Lady Constance Lytton
 1973 The Protectors (TV Series)
Lena Haydon
- Lena (1973) ... Lena Haydon
 1973 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
Red Queen
 1966-1973 Love Story (TV Series)
Barbara / Tanya Palmer
- My Brother Peter (1973) ... Barbara
- Duggie (1966) ... Tanya Palmer
 1973 Then and Now (TV Series)
May
- Equal Terms (1973) ... May
 1973 Play for Today (TV Series)
Elizabeth Hulme
- Edward G: Like the Filmstar (1973) ... Elizabeth Hulme
 1973 A Picture of Katherine Mansfield (TV Series)
Josephine
- Episode #1.5 (1973) ... Josephine
 1972 The Edwardians (TV Mini-Series)
E. Nesbit
- E. Nesbit (1972) ... E. Nesbit
 1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
The Woman
- The Argument (1972) ... The Woman
 1971 The Ten Commandments (TV Series)
Vivien
- Husband and Friend (1971) ... Vivien
 1971 Journey to Murder
Faith Wheeler (Do Me a Favor and Kill Me)
 1971 Shadows of Fear (TV Series)
Emmy Erikson
- The Death Watcher (1971) ... Emmy Erikson
 1970 Biography (TV Series)
Josephine Deym
- Beethoven (1970) ... Josephine Deym
 1970 Diamond Crack Diamond (TV Series)
Joyce Diamond
- Diamond Alone (1970) ... Joyce Diamond
- Not for Sale (1970) ... Joyce Diamond
- Diamonds and Spades (1970) ... Joyce Diamond
- Diamond c/o Terson (1970) ... Joyce Diamond
- Diamond v. Diamond (1970) ... Joyce Diamond
 1970 The Mind of Mr. Soames
Jenny Bannerman
 1970 Villette (TV Series)
Lucy Snowe
- Apple of Discord (1970) ... Lucy Snowe
- Breakfast in the Country (1970) ... Lucy Snowe
- A Mighty Revelation (1970) ... Lucy Snowe
- The Long Summer (1970) ... Lucy Snowe
- Crossing the Styx (1970) ... Lucy Snowe
 1969 Hamlet
Gertrude
 1968 Journey to the Unknown (TV Series)
Faith Wheeler
- Do Me a Favor and Kill Me (1968) ... Faith Wheeler
 1962-1968 The Avengers (TV Series)
Loris / Vesta / Brenda Paterson / ...
- Escape in Time (1967) ... Vesta
- The White Elephant (1964) ... Brenda Paterson
- Bullseye (1962) ... Miss Ellis
 1963-1968 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Mary Dewar / Nancy Wills / Julie Gordon
- The Attack (1968) ... Mary Dewar
- You Just Walk Away (1965) ... Nancy Wills
- A Woman Named Julie (1963) ... Julie Gordon
 1967 Les Misérables (TV Mini-Series)
Mme. Thenardier
- The Trap (1967) ... Mme. Thenardier
- Marius (1967) ... Mme. Thenardier
- Cosette (1967) ... Mme. Thenardier
- Cold Weather (1967) ... Mme. Thenardier
- Fantine (1967) ... Mme. Thenardier
 1967 Angel Pavement (TV Series)
Lilian Matfield
- They Go Home (1967) ... Lilian Matfield
- Arabian Nights (1967) ... Lilian Matfield
- Up and Up (1967) ... Lilian Matfield
- They Arrive (1967) ... Lilian Matfield
 1962-1967 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Giulia Donelli / Toni Jeffries
- Quite an Ordinary Knife (1967) ... Giulia Donelli
- Girl in a Bird Cage (1962) ... Toni Jeffries
 1967 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Wendy Cooper
- The Loser (1967) ... Wendy Cooper
 1967 Girl in a Black Bikini (TV Series)
Ann Napier
- Episode #1.5 (1967) ... Ann Napier
- Episode #1.4 (1967) ... Ann Napier
- Episode #1.3 (1967) ... Ann Napier
 1967 Conflict (TV Series)
Cariola
- The Duchess of Malfi (1967) ... Cariola
 1963-1967 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Libby Cronin / Angela Kemp / Emily Pinnegar / ...
- A Drug on the Market (1967) ... Libby Cronin
- Time and the Conways (1963) ... Madge Conway
 1967 Adam Adamant Lives! (TV Series)
Ireyna
- Black Echo (1967) ... Ireyna
 1967 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Margaret
- Drama '67: Myopia (1967) ... Margaret
 1967 The Saint (TV Series)
Anne Liskard
- The Persistent Patriots (1967) ... Anne Liskard
 1966 The Marriage Lines (TV Series)
Mrs. Wheeler
- First House (1966) ... Mrs. Wheeler
 1966 The Man in Room 17 (TV Series)
Yvonne Cass
- First Steal Six Eggs (1966) ... Yvonne Cass
 1966 David Copperfield (TV Series)
Rosa Dartle
- Toll of the Sea (1966) ... Rosa Dartle
- The Proposal (1966) ... Rosa Dartle
- Courtship (1966) ... Rosa Dartle
- Old Acquaintances (1966) ... Rosa Dartle
 1966 This Man Craig (TV Series)
Anne MacGregor
- A Wise Father (1966) ... Anne MacGregor
 1962-1965 Z Cars (TV Series)
Christine Haines / Mrs. Palmer / June Clifford
- But the Crying... (1965) ... Christine Haines
- The Whole Truth... (1964) ... Mrs. Palmer
- Information Received (1962) ... June Clifford
 1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Dorothy Gorbet
- Tomorrow, Just You Wait (1965) ... Dorothy Gorbet
 1965 Out of the Unknown (TV Series)
Marie
- Time in Advance (1965) ... Marie
 1965 Londoners (TV Series)
Lavender
- Common Ground (1965) ... Lavender
 1965 Undermind (TV Series)
Marion Gordon
- The New Dimension (1965) ... Marion Gordon
 1965 Front Page Story (TV Series)
June Small
- Stateless (1965) ... June Small
 1965 A Man Called Harry Brent (TV Series)
Jacqueline Dawson
- The Third Person (1965) ... Jacqueline Dawson
- Tolly Changes His Mind (1965) ... Jacqueline Dawson
- The Pen (1965) ... Jacqueline Dawson
- Jacqueline (1965) ... Jacqueline Dawson
 1965 It's Dark Outside (TV Series)
Geraldine Hadlow
- Specimens Walk on Their Hind Legs, Too (1965) ... Geraldine Hadlow
 1965 Public Eye (TV Series)
Marion Hordern
- But the Joneses Never Get Letters (1965) ... Marion Hordern
 1964 Hide and Seek
Chauffeur
 1964 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Peggy Drummond
- The Whole Truth (1964) ... Peggy Drummond
 1963 The Sentimental Agent (TV Series)
Sally Clare
- The Height of Fashion (1963) ... Sally Clare
 1963 The Queen and the Rebels (TV Series)
Argia
- Episode #1.3 (1963) ... Argia
- Episode #1.2 (1963) ... Argia
- Episode #1.1 (1963) ... Argia
 1963 The Odd Man (TV Series)
Lisa Kapp
- Portrait of Caroline (1963) ... Lisa Kapp
 1963 The Plane Makers (TV Series)
Amy Skinner
- The Blunt Approach (1963) ... Amy Skinner
 1962-1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Cathy Dawson / Ella Marsham
- I'm Not Stopping (1963) ... Cathy Dawson
- Dackson's Wharf (1962) ... Ella Marsham
 1956 A Likely Tale (TV Movie)
Ursula Bludgeon
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She acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Apple Cart," at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in Bristol, England with Peter O'Toole, David Ryall, Nigel Stock, John Warner, Timothy Kightley, June Barrie, Thelma Whiteley, and Edward Hardwicke in the cast. See more »

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Has two granddaughters; Annabel (b. 2002) and Georgina (b. 2005). See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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