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Date of Birth 11 December 1921Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Birth NameBetty Gleadle

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (1)

Jack Thomas (1945 - 1959) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Frequently plays eccentric or dotty old women

Trivia (9)

Has been in three different versions of "A Christmas Carol," twice as the same character. Played Ms. Dilber in two TV versions of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (1984), with George C. Scott and A Christmas Carol (1999) with Patrick Stewart.
Did not work professionally as an actress until the age of 50 and from that point, became one of the most recogniseable faces on television and film, being named as the nation's favourite fictional grandmother. Previous to acting, she lived a difficult life of relative poverty, working in dead-end jobs while raising two children on her own.
Was actually christened Betty, rather than Elizabeth.
She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Drama.
[5 July 2009] Announced that she was retiring, at the age of 87, because she had suffered a stroke which left her unable to accept any further acting roles.
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.
East Finchley, London, England. [December 2008]
Played the same role of "Peg Sliderskew" in two different adaptations of "Nicholas Nickleby", in 1977 and 2001.
She twice played roles intended for Beryl Reid - Apartment Zero (1988) and High Spirits (1988).

Personal Quotes (1)

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

Salary (1)

Bleak Moments (1971) £10 a day (over 3 days)

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