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Rita Tushingham

Rita Tushingham was born in Liverpool on March 14, 1942, and did her professional apprenticeship with the Liverpool Playhouse. In 1961, she made her film debut as a teenager in Tony Richardson's adaption of Shelagh Delaney's kitchen sink drama, A Taste of Honey (1961). For her work in that film, she won a BAFTA and the best actress award at the ... See full bio »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago The Girl
A Taste of Honey
A Taste of Honey Jo [Josephine]
The Bed Sitting Room


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 2017 My Name Is Lenny
Reenie Joyce
 2016 Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories (TV Mini-Series)
Effie Corvier
- Feeders and Eaters (2016) ... Effie Corvier
 2014 In the Flesh (TV Series)
Mrs. Lamb
- Episode #2.6 (2014) ... Mrs. Lamb
- Episode #2.5 (2014) ... Mrs. Lamb
- Episode #2.4 (2014) ... Mrs. Lamb
 2013 The Wee Man
Rita Thompson
 2011 Seamonsters
 2011 Bedlam (TV Series)
- Inmates (2011) ... Grace
 2009/III The Calling
Sister Gertrude
 2008 Sight Test (Short)
 2008 Telstar: The Joe Meek Story
Essex Medium
 2008 Broken Lines
 2008 Come Here Today (Short)
Alex's mother
 2007 Il nascondiglio
Paula Hardyn
 2006 Angel Cake (TV Movie)
 2005 Loneliness and the Modern Pentathlon (Short)
 2005 New Tricks (TV Series)
- Creative Problem Solving (2005) ... Elise
 2004 Being Julia
Aunt Carrie
 2003 Life Beyond the Box: Margo (TV Movie)
Celia Fishwick
 2002 The Stretford Wives (TV Movie)
Marilyn Massey
 2002 Helen West (TV Series)
Margaret Mellors
- Shadow Play (2002) ... Margaret Mellors
 2000 Home Ground (Short)
 2000 Out of Depth
Margaret Nixon
 1999 Swing
Mags Luxford
 1997 Under the Skin
 1996 The Boy from Mercury
May Cronin
 1992 Hamburger Gift (TV Movie)
 1992 A csalás gyönyöre
Dóra - ügyvédnõ
 1991 Dieter Gütt - ein Journalist (TV Movie)
 1990 Sunday Pursuit (Short)
Alice Fletcher
 1989 Resurrected
Mrs. Deakin
 1986 Flying
Jean Stoller
 1986 A Judgment in Stone
Eunice Parchman
 1984 Seeing Things (TV Series)
Dr. Jessica Edwards
- Seeing R.E.D. (1984) ... Dr. Jessica Edwards
 1982 Spaghetti House
Kathy Ceccacci
 1982 Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
 1980 Lady Killers (TV Series)
Charlotte Bryant
- Don't Let Them Kill Me on Wednesday (1980) ... Charlotte Bryant
 1978 Mysteries
Martha Gude
 1977 Gran bollito
 1977 Pane, burro e marmellata
Vera De Virdis
 1977 Green Eyes (TV Movie)
Margaret Sheen
 1975 The 'Human' Factor
 1974 Situation
 1974 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
- No Strings (1974) ... Leonora
 1974 Fischia il sesso
Carol Houston
 1973 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- Red Riding Hood (1973) ... Grace
 1972 Straight on Till Morning
Brenda Thompson
 1969 The Guru
 1968 Diamonds for Breakfast
Bridget Rafferty
 1967 Smashing Time
 1966 The Trap
 1965 Doctor Zhivago
The Girl
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Joy South
- The Man Who Fell Apart (1964) ... Joy South
 1964 Girl with Green Eyes
Kate Brady
 1964 The Leather Boys
 1963 A Place to Go
Catherine Donovan
 1961 A Taste of Honey
Jo [Josephine]
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Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple, and her play, "Haroun and the Sea of Stories," was performed in a Royal National Theatre production at the Cottesloe Theatre in London, England with Nitin Chandra Ganatra, Nabil Shaban, Sudha Bhuchar, Sam Dastor, and Robert Bowman in the cast. Tim Supple was also director. See more »

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