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Rachel Roberts (I) (1927–1980)

Beautiful, swift and tough-tongued British character actress Rachel Roberts gained notice for her roles on the English stage, before she hit it largely in films. Born in Wales and married to actor Rex Harrison in 1962, Roberts made her film debut in a key role in J. Lee Thompson's Young and Willing (1954) a drama film about the life of women in ... See full bio »

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 1982 The Wall (TV Movie)
Regina Kowalska
 1980 The Hostage Tower (TV Movie)
 1979 3 by Cheever (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Henlein
- The Sorrows of Gin (1979) ... Mrs. Henlein
 1979 Yanks
Mrs. Clarrie Moreton
 1979 The Old Crowd (TV Movie)
 1979 Family (TV Series)
Angela Brown
- Exits and Entrances (1979) ... Angela Brown
 1978 The Wilds of Ten Thousand Islands (TV Movie)
Clara Mooney
 1977 A Circle of Children (TV Movie)
 1976 Alpha Beta
Nora Elliot
 1975 Picnic at Hanging Rock
Mrs. Appleyard
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
Mrs. Gargery
 1974 Play for Today (TV Series)
- Back of Beyond (1974) ... Olwen
 1974 Late Night Drama (TV Series)
- Graceless Go I (1974)
 1973 O Lucky Man!
Gloria Rowe / Madame Paillard / Mrs. Richards
 1973 Baffled! (TV Movie)
Mrs. Farraday
 1973 The Belstone Fox
Cathie Smith
 1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Gladys Taylor
- You're Free (1972) ... Gladys Taylor
 1971 Wild Rovers
 1971 Doctors' Wives
Della Randolph
 1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Victoria Thorson
- A Woman's Place (1971) ... Dr. Victoria Thorson
 1970 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Rebecca Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
- The House/Certain Shadows on the Wall (1970) ... Rebecca Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
 1970 The Reckoning
Joyce Eglington
 1969 Happy Ever After (TV Series)
Joanna Bulstrode
- The Party Piece (1969) ... Joanna Bulstrode
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Megan Thomas
 1968 A Flea in Her Ear
Suzanne de Castilian
 1966 Blithe Spirit (TV Movie)
Ruth Condomine
 1966 Out of the Unknown (TV Series)
Anna Preston
- Frankenstein Mark 2 (1966) ... Anna Preston
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Mary Newell
- This Wonderful Madman Calls Me Beauty (1963) ... Mary Newell
 1961 Girl on Approval
Anne Howland
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Mrs. Rogerson
- The Dilke Case (1960) ... Mrs. Rogerson
 1959 Our Man in Havana
Prostitute (uncredited)
 1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Catherine Bailey
- Release (1959) ... Catherine Bailey
 1958-1959 Our Mutual Friend (TV Series)
Lizzie Hexam
- Part 12 (1959) ... Lizzie Hexam
- Part 11 (1959) ... Lizzie Hexam
- Part 10 (1959) ... Lizzie Hexam
- Part 8 (1958) ... Lizzie Hexam
- Part 6 (1958) ... Lizzie Hexam
 1954 Shop Spoiled
 1954 Young and Willing
Pat, pregnant inmate
 1953 The Limping Man
 1953 Valley of Song
Bessie Lewis
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She acted in Dmitry Makaroff's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play, "Platonov," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with Rex Harrison, Graham Crowden, Ronald Barker, Nicholas Selby, Frank Finlay, Rosalind Knight, Elvi Hale, George Murcell, James Bolam, Peter Bowles, and Susan Engel in the cast. George Devine and John ... See more »

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5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Whenever I act well, my head clears. Always a bit frail I was personally, but never professionally. See more »


Making her debut as Ceres in Twelfth Night with Sir Michael Redgrave in 1951, she performed at the Old Vic Company in 1954 and 1955 with Shakespearean roles in Macbeth, Love's Labour's Lost, Othello and Henry V. See more »

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