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Liz Smith was born on December 11, 1921 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England as Betty Gleadle. She is an actress, known for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Keeping Mum (2005). She was previously married to Jack Thomas. See full bio »
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 2013 The Tunnel (TV Series)
Harriet Stone
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... Harriet Stone
- Episode #1.2 (2013) ... Harriet Stone
 2013 Common Ground (TV Mini-Series)
Colin's Mum
- Colin (2013) ... Colin's Mum
 2009 The Antiques Rogue Show (TV Movie)
Olive Greenhalgh
 2008 Flick
Ma
 2008 City of Ember
Granny
 2008 Lark Rise to Candleford (TV Series)
Zillah
- Episode #1.10 (2008) ... Zillah
- Episode #1.9 (2008) ... Zillah
- Episode #1.8 (2008) ... Zillah
- Episode #1.7 (2008) ... Zillah
- Episode #1.6 (2008) ... Zillah
 2007 The Abbey (TV Movie)
Elsie
 2006 Keeping Mum: Funnies (Video short)
Mrs. Parker
 2005 Keeping Mum
Mrs. Parker
 2005 Oliver Twist
Old Woman
 2004 Dead Cool
Liz
 2004 Imperium: Nero (TV Movie)
Soothsayer
 2003 Between the Sheets (TV Mini-Series)
Audrey Delany
 2003 Doctors (TV Series)
Agatha Clifford
- An English Woman's Home (2003) ... Agatha Clifford
 2003 Anna Spud (Short)
Gran
 1984-2002 The Bill (TV Series)
Harriet 'Tatsie' Wright / Edna Finch / Mrs. West / ...
- 041 (2002) ... Harriet 'Tatsie' Wright
- 040 (2002) ... Harriet 'Tatsie' Wright
- Sucking Eggs (1998) ... Edna Finch
- Dead Man's Boots (1991) ... Mrs. West
- The Drugs Raid (1984) ... Maggie
 2002 A Good Thief (TV Movie)
Lizzie
 2002 Trial & Retribution (TV Series)
Mrs. Dorothy Norton
- Episode #5.2 (2002) ... Mrs. Dorothy Norton
- Episode #5.1 (2002) ... Mrs. Dorothy Norton
 2000 Animated Tales of the World (TV Series)
Third Aunt
- A Story from Taiwan: Aunt Tiger ... Third Aunt (voice)
 2000 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Joyce
 2000 Donovan Quick (TV Movie)
Granny
 2000 City Central (TV Series)
Megan Roberts
- Half Man Half Cop (2000) ... Megan Roberts
 1996-1999 The Queen's Nose (TV Series)
Grandma
- Harmony's Return (1999) ... Grandma
- Episode #2.1 (1996) ... Grandma
 1999 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dilber
 1991-1999 2point4 Children (TV Series)
Bette / Aunt Belle / Bette and Belle
- Enter the Dragon (1999) ... Bette
- Vertigo (1996) ... Aunt Belle
- Mayday (1995) ... Bette
 1999 Tube Tales
Old Lady (segment "Horny")
 1999 Tom's Midnight Garden
Mrs. Willows
 1999 Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
Lena Finn
- The Lake of Darkness (1999) ... Lena Finn
 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Miss Lory
 1998 Anthrakitis (Short)
Dolly
 1998 The Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
The Hag
- Leaving London (1998) ... The Hag (voice)
 1998 The Revengers' Comedies
Winnie
 1997 A Merry War
Mrs. Meakin
 1996 Bottom Fluff (Video)
Fortune Teller
 1996 Secrets & Lies
Cat Owner
 1996 Karaoke (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Baglin / Mrs.Baglin
- Friday (1996) ... Mrs.Baglin
- Wednesday (1996) ... Mrs. Baglin
- Tuesday (1996) ... Mrs. Baglin
 1995 Casualty (TV Series)
Tillie
- Hit and Run (1995) ... Tillie
 1995 Crapston Villas (TV Series)
Delia (voice)
 1995 Haunted
Old Gypsy Woman
 1994 Doggin' Around (TV Movie)
Mrs. Thompson
 1994/II Pirates (TV Series)
Gran (Abigail Blood)
 1994 Takin' Over the Asylum (TV Series)
Harriet
- Fly Like an Eagle (1994) ... Harriet
 1994 New Voices (TV Series)
Nana
- Bad Voodoo (1994) ... Nana
 1993 Piccolo grande amore
Queen Mother
 1993 Without Walls (TV Series documentary)
Maid
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Florence
- God Helps Those (1993) ... Florence
 1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series)
Delfina
- Barcelona, May 1917 (1992) ... Delfina
 1992 Dakota Road
Joan Benson
 1991 Making Out (TV Series)
- Episode #3.6 (1991)
 1991 Performance (TV Series)
Anyula
- Nona (1991) ... Anyula
 1991 Bottom (TV Series)
Fortune Teller
- Apocalypse (1991) ... Fortune Teller
 1991 El C.I.D. (TV Series)
Mildred
- Paradise Mislaid (1991) ... Mildred
 1990 Dunrulin (TV Movie)
Mrs. Trodd
 1990 A Bit of Fry and Laurie (TV Series)
Woman Returning Suits
- Episode #2.4 (1990) ... Woman Returning Suits
 1987-1990 Screen Two (TV Series)
Agent / Gran / Mrs. Slatterthwaite
- Drowning in the Shallow End (1990) ... Agent
- Words of Love (1989) ... Gran
- On the Palm (1987) ... Mrs. Slatterthwaite
 1989 All Change (TV Series)
Aunt Mary
- The Bosom of the Family (1989) ... Aunt Mary
 1989 Singles (TV Series)
Mrs. Phelps
- Family Likeness (1989) ... Mrs. Phelps
 1989 Bert Rigby, You're a Fool
Mrs. Rigby
 1989 Wonderworks: Young Charlie Chaplin (TV Series)
Mrs. Greenwood
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... Mrs. Greenwood
 1988 Apartment Zero
Mary Louise McKinney
 1987-1988 Valentine Park (TV Series)
Mrs. Giles
- Swarm! (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
- Heroes and Villains (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
- A Rose by Any Other Name (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
- Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
- No Particular Place to Go (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
 1988 Little Dorrit
Mrs. Bangham, Midwife
 1987 Bust (TV Series)
Brenda Walsh
- Man of Property (1987) ... Brenda Walsh
 1987 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
Mrs. Watts
- Undying Love (1987) ... Mrs. Watts
 1987 Imaginary Friends (TV Mini-Series)
Milly Munger
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Milly Munger
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Milly Munger
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Milly Munger
 1986 King & Castle (TV Series)
Mrs. Chalmers
- Friends (1986) ... Mrs. Chalmers
 1986 Harem (TV Movie)
Mrs. Pendleton
 1985 Rainbow (TV Series)
Auntie Liz
- Overhelpfuls (1985) ... Auntie Liz
 1985 Mann's Best Friends (TV Series)
Mrs. Anstruther
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Mrs. Anstruther
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Mrs. Anstruther
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Mrs. Anstruther
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Mrs. Anstruther
 1984 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dilber
 1984 The Lenny Henry Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1984)
 1983-1984 Now and Then (TV Series)
Gran
- Episode #2.6 (1984) ... Gran
- Episode #2.5 (1984) ... Gran
- Episode #2.4 (1984) ... Gran
- Episode #2.3 (1984) ... Gran
- Episode #2.2 (1984) ... Gran
 1984 One by One (TV Series)
Gran Turner
- Ends and Beginnings (1984) ... Gran Turner
- The Woman's Touch (1984) ... Gran Turner
- Doctor's Orders (1984) ... Gran Turner
- A Long Weekend (1984) ... Gran Turner
- Pastures New (1984) ... Gran Turner
 1983 Separate Tables (TV Movie)
Miss Meacham
 1983 Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (TV Series)
Hannah Macpherson
- The House of Lurking Death (1983) ... Hannah Macpherson
 1983 The All Electric Amusement Arcade (TV Series)
Gran
- Episode #1.7 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.6 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.5 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.4 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Gran
 1983 Sex, Lies and Renaissance
Mrs. Jones (uncredited)
 1983 Mr. Right (TV Series)
Gran
 1980-1982 In Loving Memory (TV Series)
Hilda Pardoe
- Special: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1982) ... Hilda Pardoe
- The Outing (1980) ... Hilda Pardoe
 1982 Russian Night... 1941 (TV Movie)
Frosya
 1982 Crystal Gazing
Lady in Pub
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Maisie
 1982 The Gentle Touch (TV Series)
Edna Slater
- One of Those Days (1982) ... Edna Slater
 1982 Give Us This Day
Landlady
 1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman
Mrs. Fairley
 1981 Love Story: A Chance to Sit Down (TV Series)
Mrs. Barker
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Mrs. Barker
 1981 The Other 'Arf (TV Series)
Nora
- A Man of Property (1981) ... Nora
 1981 The Monster Club
Villager (uncredited)
 1980 Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
Lady Phillipa of Staines
 1980 Russ Abbot's Saturday Madhouse (TV Series)
 1973-1980 Play for Today (TV Series)
Elfie / Keith's Granny / Mrs. Oxfam / ...
- Murder Rap (1980) ... Elfie
- Spend Spend Spend (1977) ... Keith's Granny
- Keep an Eye on Albert (1975) ... Mrs. Oxfam
- Breath (1975) ... Mrs. Pritchett
- Taking Leave (1974)
 1980 Bernie (TV Series)
- Episode #2.3 (1980)
 1979 Hazell (TV Series)
Mrs. Scroop
- Hazell and the Public Enemy (1979) ... Mrs. Scroop
 1975-1979 I Didn't Know You Cared (TV Series)
Mrs Brandon / Mrs. Brandon
- The Great Day (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
- What's in a Name (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
- The Great Escape (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
- Don't Answer That (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
- A Tip Top Day (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
 1979 Agatha
Flora
 1978 Within These Walls (TV Series)
Tottie Dowd
- Is There Anyone There? (1978) ... Tottie Dowd
- Nemesis (1978) ... Tottie Dowd
 1977 The Stick Up
Hotel Manageress
 1977 The Duchess of Duke Street (TV Series)
Nanny
- The Legion of the Living (1977) ... Nanny
- Winter Lament (1977) ... Nanny
 1977 Ripping Yarns (TV Series)
Mrs. Bag
- The Testing of Eric Olthwaite (1977) ... Mrs. Bag
 1977 The Duellists
Woman reading tarot cards
 1977 Nicholas Nickleby (TV Mini-Series)
Peg Sliderskew
 1976 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
La Falourdel
 1974-1976 Crown Court (TV Series)
Kitty Ross / Mrs. Fowkes
- Two in the Mind of One: Part 3 (1976) ... Kitty Ross
- Two in the Mind of One: Part 1 (1975) ... Kitty Ross
- Hidden Scars: Part 1 (1974) ... Mrs. Fowkes
 1975 It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow (TV Movie)
Vi Bell
 1975 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Mrs. Davies, Landlady
- Hit and Run (1975) ... Mrs. Davies, Landlady
 1974 David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Heep
- Episode #1.5 (1974) ... Mrs. Heep
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... Mrs. Heep
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Mrs. Heep
 1974 Second City Firsts (TV Series)
Mrs. Murphy
- The Festive Poacher (1974) ... Mrs. Murphy
 1974 South Riding (TV Series)
Nellie Huggins
- Take What You Want and Pay for It (1974) ... Nellie Huggins
- The Powers That Be (1974) ... Nellie Huggins
 1974 No, Honestly (TV Series)
May
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1974) ... May
 1974 Bootsie and Snudge (TV Series)
Mrs. Partridge
- Up the Downstairs (1974) ... Mrs. Partridge
 1974 Village Hall (TV Series)
Mrs. Whalley
- There'll Almost Always Be an England (1974) ... Mrs. Whalley
 1974 Seven Faces of Woman (TV Series)
Madge
- Polly Put the Kettle On (1974) ... Madge
 1974 Bedtime Stories (TV Series)
Miss Long
- Jack and the Beanstalk (1974) ... Miss Long
 1973 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Housekeeper
- Compo's Suit (1973) ... Housekeeper
 1972 Emmerdale (TV Series)
Hilda Semple
 1971 Bleak Moments
Pat's Mother
 1970 Leo the Last
Raving tenant (uncredited)
Show Show Self (30 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (6 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Alan Ayckbourn's play, "Just Between Ourselves", at the Palace Theatre in Watford, England with Warren Clarke, Susie Blake, Susan Hanson and Colin Higgins in the cast. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | See more »
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Personal Quote:

My advice is: Never peel potatoes. Think of the time that would be saved in this country if nobody peeled potatoes.

Trivia:

She had roles in two "Oliver Twist" films - the 2005 Roman Polanski adaptation, Oliver Twist (2005), and the 1999 I.T.V. mini-series, Oliver Twist (1999). She portrayed separate characters in both versions. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently plays eccentric or dotty old women

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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