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Siân Phillips


Born on May 14, 1933 in Bettws, Wales, veteran stage actress Sian Phillips is forever identified on television as the tarantula mother/empress Livia in the classic BBC series I, Claudius (1976), and as the Reverend Mother in the science fiction epic film Dune (1984). Her broad range of roles went from endearing to downright deadly. Sian was ... See full bio »
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 2014 Under Milk Wood (TV Movie)
Mrs. Pugh
 2013 Playhouse Presents (TV Series)
May
- Gifted (2013) ... May
 2012 Bella Fleace Gave a Party (Short)
Bella
 2011 Inspector Lewis (TV Series)
Adele Goffe
- Wild Justice (2011) ... Adele Goffe
 2010 New Tricks (TV Series)
Lady Elizabeth Linden Warner
- Coming Out Ball (2010) ... Lady Elizabeth Linden Warner (as Sian Phillips)
 2010 Missing (TV Series)
Beth Murphy
- Episode #2.7 (2010) ... Beth Murphy (as Sian Phillips)
 2008 Shortland Street (TV Series)
Vivienne Lindstrom
- Episode #17.217 (2008) ... Vivienne Lindstrom
- Episode #17.216 (2008) ... Vivienne Lindstrom
 2008 Agatha Christie: Poirot (TV Series)
Mrs Upward
- Mrs McGinty's Dead (2008) ... Mrs Upward
 2007 Holby City (TV Series)
Lily Sinclair
- Something's Gotta Give (2007) ... Lily Sinclair
 2007 Kitchen (TV Movie)
Morag White
 2006 The Gigolos
Baroness James
 2006 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Lady Annabel Butler
- Vixen's Run (2006) ... Lady Annabel Butler (as Sian Phillips)
 2005 The Murder Room (TV Mini-Series)
Marie Strickland
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Marie Strickland
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Marie Strickland
 2003 The Last Detective (TV Series)
Vera Dulciman
- Moonlight (2003) ... Vera Dulciman
 2001 Ballykissangel (TV Series)
Consuela Dunphy
- Getting Better All the Time (2001) ... Consuela Dunphy
 2001/I Attila (TV Movie)
Grandmother
 2000 Come and Go (TV Short)
Ru (as Sian Phillips)
 1998-2000 La Femme Nikita (TV Series)
Adrian
- Into the Looking Glass (2000) ... Adrian (as Sian Phillips)
- View of the Garden (2000) ... Adrian (as Sian Phillips)
- There Are No Missions (2000) ... Adrian (as Sian Phillips)
- End Game (1998) ... Adrian
- Adrian's Garden (1998) ... Adrian
 2000/II Cinderella (TV Movie)
The Evil Baroness
 1999 The Magician's House (TV Series)
Meg Lewis
 1999 Aristocrats (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.6 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.5 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.4 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.3 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
 1998 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
Red Queen (as Sian Phillips)
 1998 The Scold's Bridle (TV Movie)
Mathilda Gillespie
 1997 House of America
Mam
 1997 Ivanhoe (TV Mini-Series)
Queen Eleanor
- Part Six (1997) ... Queen Eleanor
- Part Five (1997) ... Queen Eleanor
 1997 Network First: Victoria and Albert (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- A Queen Alone (1997) ... Narrator
- He Influenced Me in Everything (1997) ... Narrator
 1995 The Vacillations of Poppy Carew (TV Movie)
Calypso
 1995 A Mind to Kill (TV Series)
Rachel Hardcastle
- Rachel Hardcastle (1995) ... Rachel Hardcastle
 1994 The Mousehole Cat (TV Short)
Narrator
 1993 Heidi (TV Movie)
Frau Sesemann
 1992 Covington Cross (TV Series)
Lady Isabel
- The Trial ... Lady Isabel
 1991 The Black Candle (TV Movie)
Daisy Barnett
 1991 The Chestnut Soldier (TV Mini-Series)
Nain
- Out of the Forest (1991) ... Nain
- Fiery Dreams (1991) ... Nain
- Broken Horses (1991) ... Nain
- A Prince Returns (1991) ... Nain
 1991 Tonight at 8.30 (TV Series)
Olive Lloyd-Ransome / Barbara Faber / Clare Wedderburn
- Ways and Means (1991) ... Olive Lloyd-Ransome
- The Astonished Heart (1991) ... Barbara Faber
- Hands Across the Sea (1991) ... Clare Wedderburn
 1991 Perfect Scoundrels (TV Series)
Mother Aloysius
- Ah, the Sisters of Mercy (1991) ... Mother Aloysius
 1990 Dark River (TV Movie)
Mrs. Blessington
 1990 Freddie and Max (TV Series)
Ursula Blythe
- Episode #1.6 (1990) ... Ursula Blythe
 1990 Emlyn's Moon (TV Series)
Nain
- Orchard of the Moon (1990) ... Nain
- The Wrong Reflection (1990) ... Nain
- Cold Flowers (1990) ... Nain
- A Fight (1990) ... Nain
- The Move (1990) ... Nain
 1989 Valmont
Madame de Volanges (as Sian Phillips)
 1989 Shadow of the Noose (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Scott
- Noblesse Oblige (1989) ... Lady Scott
 1988 The Snow Spider (TV Mini-Series)
Nain Griffiths
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Nain Griffiths
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Nain Griffiths
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Nain Griffiths
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Nain Griffiths
 1988 David Macaulay: Pyramid (TV Movie)
Mersyankh (voice)
 1987 A Killing on the Exchange (TV Mini-Series)
Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
 1985 The Doctor and the Devils
Annabella Rock
 1984 Dune
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (as Sian Phillips)
 1984 A Painful Case (TV Movie)
Emily Sinico
 1982 Smiley's People (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Ann Smiley
 1977-1982 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Alicia Moore / Janet Achurch
- How Many Miles to Babylon? (1982) ... Mrs. Alicia Moore
- The Achurch Letters (1977) ... Janet Achurch
 1981-1982 Barriers (TV Series)
Mrs Dalgleish
- Episode #2.6 (1982) ... Mrs Dalgleish
- Episode #1.11 (1981) ... Mrs Dalgleish
 1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Hermione
- Back for Christmas (1980) ... Hermione
 1980 Nijinsky
Lady Ripon
 1979 Crime and Punishment (TV Mini-Series)
Katerina Ivanovna
- Part 3 (1979) ... Katerina Ivanovna
- Part 2 (1979) ... Katerina Ivanovna
- Part 1 (1979) ... Katerina Ivanovna
 1979 Oresteia (TV Mini-Series)
Leader of the Furies
- Furies (1979) ... Leader of the Furies
 1978 Off to Philadelphia in the Morning (TV Series)
Lina Van Elyn
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Lina Van Elyn
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Lina Van Elyn
 1976 I, Claudius (TV Series)
Livia
- Old King Log (1976) ... Livia
- Queen of Heaven (1976) ... Livia
- Some Justice (1976) ... Livia
- Poison Is Queen (1976) ... Livia
 1975 The Puritan Experience: Making of a New World (Short)
Anne Higgins
 1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Sally Stirling
- Sharing the Honours (1972) ... Sally Stirling
 1972 The Man Outside (TV Series)
Sarah Pelow
- Intruders (1972) ... Sarah Pelow
 1971 Murphy's War
Hayden (as Sian Phillips)
 1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Ursula Mossbank
 1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
May Bartram
 1969 Laughter in the Dark
Lady Elizabeth More
 1968 The Sex Game (TV Series)
 1968 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
A Girl
- Thief (1968) ... A Girl
 1968 City 68' (TV Series)
Jo
- It's Dearer After Midnight (1968) ... Jo
 1966 Eh, Joe? (TV Movie)
 1965 Young Cassidy
Ella
 1959-1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Kate Grant / Dona Ana / Imogen Gresham
- The Other Man (1964) ... Kate Grant
- Don Juan in Hell (1962) ... Dona Ana
- The Tortoise and the Hare (1959) ... Imogen Gresham
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
Anna
- A Free Agent (1964) ... Anna
 1964 Becket
Gwendolen (as Sian Phillips)
 1963 It Happened Like This (TV Series)
Paula
- Coincidence (1963) ... Paula
 1962 The Longest Day
WREN (uncredited)
 1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
 1960 Siwan: The King's Daughter (TV Movie)
Siwan
 1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
 1959 A Quiet Man (TV Movie)
Megan
 1958 Granite (TV Movie)
Judith
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She acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "You Can Never Tell", at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with Paul Rogers, Peter Egan, Cheryl Campbell, David Waller and Frank Middlemass in the cast. David Giles was the director. Their October 18, 1979 debut performance was attended by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II,... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sian Phillips

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on playing Madame Armfeldt in "A Little Night Music in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in 2010, some 15 years after first playing the role in London]: Fifteen years later the idea of mortality isn't as academic. The part is short, but quite tricky technically. There's never time to build. You have to come on and hit the right note in each scene precisely. And you have to figure out who she is. She has... See more »

Trivia:

Performing in "The Importance of Being Earnest", Trafalgar Studios, London 2014. See more »

Trademark:

Husky resonant voice See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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