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Joan Sims (I) (1930–2001)


The First Lady of Carry On, was born Irene Joan Marion Sims on 9 May 1930. The daughter of an Essex railway station master, Joan was interested in pursuing show-business, and soon became a familiar face in a growing number of amateur productions. In 1946, Joan first applied to RADA, her audition was unsuccessful. She did succeed in being admitted ... See full bio »

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Carry on Camping
Carry on Camping Joan Fussey
(1969)
The Canterville Ghost
(1996)
Carry on Girls
Carry on Girls Connie Philpotts
(1973)

Filmography

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 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie)
Betty
 1997 Spark (TV Series)
Aunt Hattie
- Fourth Cousin Kimberley (1997) ... Aunt Hattie
 1997 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (TV Series)
Adele McCarthy
- A Rose by Any Other Name (1997) ... Adele McCarthy
 1995-1996 My Good Friend (TV Series)
Miss Byron
- Episode #2.7 (1996) ... Miss Byron
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Miss Byron
 1996 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Mrs. Umney
 1995 Just William (TV Series)
Mrs. Miggs
- William Clears the Slums (1995) ... Mrs. Miggs
 1995 Pie in the Sky (TV Series)
Harriet Coverly
- The Mild Bunch (1995) ... Harriet Coverly
 1994 Martin Chuzzlewit (TV Mini-Series)
Betsy Prig
- Episode Six (1994) ... Betsy Prig
- Episode Four (1994) ... Betsy Prig
- Episode Three (1994) ... Betsy Prig
 1994 Smokescreen (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Nash
- Episode #1.6 (1994) ... Mrs. Nash
- Episode #1.5 (1994) ... Mrs. Nash
- Episode #1.4 (1994) ... Mrs. Nash
- Episode #1.3 (1994) ... Mrs. Nash
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Mrs. Nash
 1994 Clue (Video Game)
Mrs. Blanche White
 1993 Screen One (TV Series)
Daisy Potter
- Tender Loving Care (1993) ... Daisy Potter
 1993 The Thief and the Cobbler
Mad and Holy Old Witch (voice)
 1992 Boys from the Bush (TV Series)
Grace
- If England Means as Much to You (1992) ... Grace
- There'll Always Be an England (1992) ... Grace
- Our Rellos (1992) ... Grace
 1991 Tonight at 8.30 (TV Series)
Mrs Rockett
- Fumed Oak (1991) ... Mrs Rockett
 1990 The Fool
Lady Daphne
 1989 Victoria Wood (TV Series)
Susan
- Val De Ree (Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha) (1989) ... Susan
 1987-1988 Simon and the Witch (TV Series)
Lady Fox-Custard
- Episode #2.12 (1988) ... Lady Fox-Custard
- Episode #2.11 (1988) ... Lady Fox-Custard
- Episode #2.10 (1988) ... Lady Fox-Custard
- Episode #2.9 (1988) ... Lady Fox-Custard
- Episode #2.8 (1988) ... Lady Fox-Custard
 1986-1987 Farrington of the F.O. (TV Series)
Annie Begley
- Every Time We Say Goodbye (1987) ... Annie Begley
- Sons and Lovers (1987) ... Annie Begley
- Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? (1987) ... Annie Begley
- We're Having a Heat Wave (1987) ... Annie Begley
- Too Darned Hot (1987) ... Annie Begley
 1987 Super Gran (TV Series)
Cat Burglar
- Supergran Snookered (1987) ... Cat Burglar
 1987 Drummonds (TV Series)
Mrs. Fordham
- Fathers and Sons (1987) ... Mrs. Fordham
 1985-1987 Tickle on the Tum (TV Series)
Connie Caper
- The Thing (1987) ... Connie Caper
- The Water Otter (1987) ... Connie Caper
- Rosie Moon and the Windy Day (1986) ... Connie Caper
- Sue Saves the Wedding (1986) ... Connie Caper
- Connie Tells the Time (1985) ... Connie Caper
 1979-1986 In Loving Memory (TV Series)
Annie Potter / Hilda Pardoe
- King of the Mountains (1986) ... Hilda Pardoe
- The Second Time Around (1986) ... Annie Potter
- Pork (1979) ... Annie Potter
 1985 Deceptions (TV Movie)
Mrs. Thirkell
 1984 Hay Fever (TV Movie)
Clara
 1984 Poor Little Rich Girls (TV Series)
Madge Henshawe
- Rainbows (1984) ... Madge Henshawe
 1984 Dramarama (TV Series)
Beryl
- Fowl Pest (1984) ... Beryl
 1984 Cockles (TV Series)
Gloria du Bois
- The Old French Packet (1984) ... Gloria du Bois
- Davy Jones's Locker (1984) ... Gloria du Bois
- King Neptune (1984) ... Gloria du Bois
- Mermaids (1984) ... Gloria du Bois
- Flotsam and Jetsam (1984) ... Gloria du Bois
 1983 Waters of the Moon (TV Movie)
Mrs. Ashworth
 1983 Hallelujah! (TV Series)
Ella Scratchitt
- A Goose for Mrs. Scratchitt (1983) ... Ella Scratchitt
 1983 Crown Court (TV Series)
Maureen Vairey
- Night Fever: Part 1 (1983) ... Maureen Vairey
 1982 Educating Marmalade (TV Series)
Signora Bandolini
- Marmalade in Venice (1982) ... Signora Bandolini
 1978-1980 Born and Bred (TV Series)
Molly Peglar
- Don't Cry for Me, Wandsworth High Street (1980) ... Molly Peglar
- Nothing to Spoil Our Joy (1980) ... Molly Peglar
- Next Day on Your Dressing Room (1980) ... Molly Peglar
- C'est Si Bon (1980) ... Molly Peglar
- Meeting Your Obligations (1980) ... Molly Peglar
 1980 Dick Turpin (TV Series)
Countess of Durham
- The Godmother (1980) ... Countess of Durham
 1978 Carry on Emmannuelle
Mrs. Dangle
 1977 Lord Tramp (TV Series)
Miss Pratt
- Episode #1.6 (1977) ... Miss Pratt
- Episode #1.5 (1977) ... Miss Pratt
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... Miss Pratt
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Miss Pratt
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Miss Pratt
 1976 East Lynne (TV Movie)
Joyce (servant)
 1976 The Howerd Confessions (TV Series)
Mrs. Beachum / The Matron / Nellie
- Episode #1.4 (1976) ... Mrs. Beachum
- Episode #1.3 (1976) ... The Matron
- Episode #1.1 (1976) ... Nellie
 1976 The Two Ronnies (TV Series)
Dowager Duchess of Arc
- Episode #5.3 (1976) ... Dowager Duchess of Arc
 1967-1975 Till Death Us Do Part (TV Series)
Gran
- Unemployment (1975) ... Gran
- Paki-Paddy (1974) ... Gran
- Gran's Watch (1974) ... Gran
- Party Night (1974) ... Gran
- The Royal Wedding (1974) ... Gran
 1975 Carry on Laughing! (TV Series)
Mrs. Breeches / Lady Guinevere / Dr. Janis Crunbitt / ...
- The Case of the Coughing Parrot (1975) ... Dr. Janis Crunbitt
- The Case of the Screaming Winkles (1975) ... Mrs. MacFlute
 1975 A Journey to London (TV Movie)
Lady Headpiece
 1975 Love Among the Ruins (TV Movie)
Fanny Pratt
 1973 Carry on Christmas (TV Movie)
Virginia's Mother / Senna Pod / Bishop's Wife / ...
 1973 Ooh La La! (TV Series)
Amandine
- A Pig in a Poke (1973) ... Amandine
 1973 7 of 1 (TV Series)
Mrs. Dawkins
- One Man's Meat (1973) ... Mrs. Dawkins
 1971-1973 The Goodies (TV Series)
Matron / Delia Capone
- Way Outward Bound (1973) ... Matron
- Wicked Waltzing (1971) ... Delia Capone
 1973 The Cobblers of Umbridge (TV Movie)
Lilian Beverly / Carol Begorrah / Norah Pepper / ...
 1972 Carry on Christmas: Carry on Stuffing (TV Movie)
Lady Rhoda Cockhorse / Miss Esmerelda / Princess Yo-Yo / ...
 1972 Jackanory Playhouse (TV Series)
Sycamore
- The Wednesday Wand (1972) ... Sycamore
 1971 A Christmas Carol (TV Short)
Mrs. Cratchit (voice)
 1971 The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins
Policewoman (segment "Avarice")
 1971 Father Dear Father (TV Series)
Miss Armitage
- A Domestic Comedy (1971) ... Miss Armitage
 1971 Decimal Five (TV Series) (voice)
 1971 Six Dates with Barker (TV Series)
Kitty Harriman
- 1970: The Odd Job (1971) ... Kitty Harriman
 1970 Doctor in Trouble
Russian Captain
 1970 Tarbuck's Luck (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1970)
 1970 The Kenneth Williams Show (TV Series) (Series 1) (1970)
 1969 The Very Merry Widow and How (TV Series)
Station Announcer
- How About Going Into Transports of Delight? (1969) ... Station Announcer
 1968-1969 According to Dora (TV Series)
Various
- Episode #2.5 (1969) ... Various
- Travel and Transport (1968) ... Various
- Home and Beauty (1968) ... Various
- Love and Marriage (1968) ... Various
 1969 The Jimmy Logan Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1969)
 1968 Iolanthe (TV Movie)
The Fairy Queen
 1968 Brian Rix Presents: Keep Your Wig On (TV Movie)
Gladys Pudney
 1968 Beryl Reid Says Good Evening (TV Series)
Freda
- Episode #1.6 (1968) ... Freda
 1967 Before the Fringe (TV Series)
- Episode #2.5 (1967)
- Episode #2.4 (1967)
- Episode #2.2 (1967)
- Episode #1.5 (1967)
- Episode #1.4 (1967)
 1956-1967 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Beryl Cockburn / Grace Harman / Phyllis / ...
- That Old Black Magic (1967) ... Beryl Cockburn
- Double Stakes (1963) ... Grace Harman
- Accolade (1957) ... Phyllis
- Traveller's Joy (1956) ... Eva
 1966 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Isabel 'Is' Conway
- Seven Year Hitch (1966) ... Isabel 'Is' Conway
 1966 Carnaby, M.D.
Matron Sweet
 1965 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Jill Watson
- Love in Triplicate (1965) ... Jill Watson
 1965 The Big Job
Mildred Gamely
 1965 San Ferry Ann
Mum
 1963-1964 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #3.6 (1964) ... Various Characters
- Episode #3.5 (1964) ... Various Characters
- Episode #3.4 (1964) ... Various Characters
- Episode #3.3 (1964) ... Various Characters
- Episode #3.2 (1964) ... Various Characters
 1964 Strictly for the Birds
Peggy Blessing
 1963 A Christmas Night with the Stars (TV Series)
Various
- Episode dated 25 December 1963 (1963) ... Various
 1963 The Stanley Baxter Show (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.3 (1963) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.2 (1963) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.1 (1963) ... Various Roles
 1962-1963 Dial RIX (TV Series)
Rita Haythorne / Shirley Rix
- Come Prancing (1963) ... Rita Haythorne
- Nose to Wheel (1962) ... Shirley Rix
 1963 Nurse on Wheels
Deborah Walcott
 1962 The Swingin' Maiden
Nellie Carter
 1962 Hugh and I (TV Series)
 1962 Twice Round the Daffodils
Harriet Halfpenny
 1962 A Pair of Briefs
Gale Tornado
 1961 No, My Darling Daughter
Second Typist
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Daphne Pepper / Mavis Hunter
- Off Centre (1961) ... Mavis Hunter
 1961 Carry on Regardless
Lily Duveen
 1961 I Like Money
Colette
 1960 Alice Through the Looking Box (TV Movie)
Chambermaid
 1960 Watch Your Stern
Ann Foster
 1960 Doctor in Love
Dawn
 1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Beatrice
- A Holiday Abroad (1960) ... Beatrice
 1959 Please Turn Over
Beryl
 1959 Upstairs and Downstairs
Blodwen
 1959 Carry on Teacher
Sarah Allcock
 1955-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Pepper / Daphne Wray / Audrey Fraser
- Brian Rix Presents #1: On Monday Next (1958) ... Daphne Wray
- The Makepeace Story #4: The New Executive (1955) ... Audrey Fraser
 1959 Life in Emergency Ward 10
Mrs. Pryor
 1959 Carry on Nurse
Student Nurse Stella Dawson
 1959 The Captain's Table
Maude Pritchett
 1958 Room 43
Miriam (Phone operator in taxi office) (uncredited)
 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Lily Thompson
- Breath of Spring (1958) ... Lily Thompson
 1958 Davy
Waitress
 1957 Your Past Is Showing
Ethel Ransom
 1957 Just My Luck
Phoebe
 1957 No Time for Tears
Sister O'Malley
 1957 The Ship Was Loaded
Mary
 1956-1957 The Buccaneers (TV Series)
Abigail
- Cutlass Wedding (1957) ... Abigail
- Dan Tempest and the Amazons (1956) ... Abigail
 1956 Stars in Your Eyes
Walter's Secretary
 1956 Dry Rot
Beth
 1956 Frankie Howerd (TV Mini-Series)
Various Characters (episode two)
 1956 The Silken Affair
Lady Barber
 1956 Theatre (TV Movie)
Miss Phillips
 1956 Man Alive! (TV Movie)
Jubilee
 1956/I Keep It Clean
Violet Tarbottom
 1955-1956 Here and Now (TV Series)
- Episode #1.8 (1956)
- Episode #1.7 (1956)
- Episode #1.6 (1956)
- Episode #1.5 (1956)
 1956 Tears for Simon
Ice Cream Seller in the Park (uncredited)
 1956 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Nell
- The Sheriff's Boots (1956) ... Nell
 1955 London Playhouse (TV Series)
Daffy Lovell
- The General's Mess (1955) ... Daffy Lovell
 1955 Curtains for Harry (TV Movie)
 1955 Doctor at Sea
Wendy Thomas
 1954 The Sea Shall Not Have Them
Hilda Tebbitt
 1954 Cash on Delivery
Telephone Operator
 1954 The Belles of St. Trinian's
Miss Dawn
 1954 Chance Meeting
Telephone Operator, American Embassy (uncredited)
 1953 Trouble in Store
Edna
 1953 Meet Mr. Lucifer
Fairy Queen
 1953 Hurrah for Halloween (TV Movie)
Mrs. Grouse
 1953 Will Any Gentleman...?
Beryl
 1953 The Square Ring
Bunty
 1951 John of the Fair (TV Movie)
Parlourmaid
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Other Works:

She acted in James Gilbert and Julian More's musical, "Good Time Johnny", at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Birmingham, Midlands, England with Ronnie Barker, Eric Flynn, Colette Gleeson, Adrian Lawson and Malcolm Rennie in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

[In reference to Sidney James and his death in 1976] "Sid was a darling man and that's the only way I can describe him. He was always very kind to the ladies and he was always very protective about the ladies. He was a very very sad loss." (1998) See more »

Trivia:

During Upstairs and Downstairs (1959) she bruised her leg during a scene after falling over a suitcase. The pain got worse during the filming of Carry on Teacher (1959), she developed thrombo-phlebitis, and had her bad leg propped up on off-camera cushions during filming. The first-aid unit were not able to treat the condition and she was then hospitalised for 10 days causing filming to be ... See more »

Nickname:

Queen of Puddings See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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