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Billie Whitelaw (1932–2014)


Billie Whitelaw first appeared on the radio aged 11. She made her theatrical debut in 1950 and in films from 1953. She has made a speciality of playing intense, single-purposed women. Also, (on stage), she has appeared in many of the stranger plays by Samuel Beckett. See full bio »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Omen
The Omen Mrs. Baylock
(1976)
Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz Joyce Cooper
(2007)
The Krays
The Krays Violet Kray
(1990)
Charlie Bubbles
Charlie Bubbles Lottie Bubbles
(1967)

Filmography

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 2007 Hot Fuzz
Joyce Cooper
 2002 Judge John Deed (TV Series)
Dorothy Lomax
- Nobody's Fool (2002) ... Dorothy Lomax
 2000 A Dinner of Herbs (TV Mini-Series)
Kate Makepeace
- Episode #1.4 (2000) ... Kate Makepeace
- Episode #1.3 (2000) ... Kate Makepeace
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Kate Makepeace
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Kate Makepeace
 1998-2000 The Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
The Wife of Bath
- The Journey Back (2000) ... The Wife of Bath (voice)
- Leaving London (1998) ... The Wife of Bath (voice)
 2000 Quills
Madame LeClerc
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie)
Evelyn
 1999 The Lost Son
Mrs. Spitz
 1999 Shooting the Past (TV Movie)
Veronica
 1998 Merlin (TV Mini-Series)
Ambrosia
- Part 2 (1998) ... Ambrosia
- Part 1 (1998) ... Ambrosia
 1997 Born to Run (TV Series)
Lili Flitch
- Episode #1.6 (1997) ... Lili Flitch
- Episode #1.5 (1997) ... Lili Flitch
- Episode #1.4 (1997) ... Lili Flitch
- Episode #1.3 (1997) ... Lili Flitch
- Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Lili Flitch
 1996 Jane Eyre
Grace Poole
 1992-1994 Firm Friends (TV Mini-Series)
Rose Gutteridge
- Episode #2.4 (1994) ... Rose Gutteridge
- Episode #2.3 (1994) ... Rose Gutteridge
- Episode #2.2 (1994) ... Rose Gutteridge
- Episode #2.1 (1994) ... Rose Gutteridge
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Rose Gutteridge
 1994 Deadly Advice
Kate Webster
 1989-1994 Screen Two (TV Series)
Margaret / Margie
- Skallagrigg (1994) ... Margaret
- The Picnic (1989) ... Margie
 1993 Performance (TV Series)
Phoebe Rice
- The Entertainer (1993) ... Phoebe Rice
 1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7.
Messina (voice)
 1992 The Cloning of Joanna May (TV Movie)
Mavis
 1991 A Murder of Quality (TV Movie)
Mad Janie
 1991 Duel of Hearts (TV Movie)
Dorcas
 1990 Lorna Doone (TV Movie)
Sarah Ridd
 1990 The Krays
Violet Kray
 1989 The Fifteen Streets (TV Movie)
Beatrice Llewellyn
 1988 The Dressmaker
Margo
 1988 Joyriders
Tammy O'Moore
 1987 The Secret Garden (TV Movie)
Mrs. Medlock
 1987 Maurice
Mrs. Hall
 1987 Imaginary Friends (TV Mini-Series)
Elsie Novar
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Elsie Novar
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Elsie Novar
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Elsie Novar
 1985 Murder Elite
Margaret Baker
 1985 Shadey
Doctor Cloud
 1985 Tangiers
Louise
 1984 Camille (TV Movie)
Prudence Duvorney
 1984 The Chain
Mrs. Andreos
 1983 Slayground
Madge
 1983 Jamaica Inn (TV Movie)
Aunt Patience
 1982 The Dark Crystal
Aughra (voice)
 1982 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
Elizabeth Leaming
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Rose Marriott
- Last Summer's Child (1981) ... Rose Marriott
 1981 Private Schulz (TV Series)
Bertha Freyer
- Episode #1.6 (1981) ... Bertha Freyer
- Episode #1.4 (1981) ... Bertha Freyer
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Bertha Freyer
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Bertha Freyer
 1980 A Tale of Two Cities (TV Movie)
Madame Therese Defarge
 1979 Oresteia (TV Mini-Series)
Leader of the Women
- Grave Gifts (1979) ... Leader of the Women
 1978 Leopard in the Snow
Isabel James
 1978 The Water Babies
Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby / Old Crone / Mrs. Tripp / ...
 1977 Eustace and Hilda (TV Series)
Lady Nelly
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Lady Nelly
- The Sixth Heaven (1977) ... Lady Nelly
 1977 Supernatural (TV Mini-Series)
Countess Ilona
- The Werewolf Reunion (1977) ... Countess Ilona
- Countess Ilona (1977) ... Countess Ilona
 1977 ...but the clouds... (TV Short)
 1977 Ghost Trio (TV Short)
 1976 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
Zamara
- One Moment of Humanity (1976) ... Zamara
 1976 The Omen
Mrs. Baylock
 1975 Ten from the Twenties (TV Series)
Lally
- The Fifty Pound Note (1975) ... Lally
 1974 Whodunnit? (TV Series)
Panellist
- Goodbye Sarge (1974) ... Panellist
 1974 Napoleon and Love (TV Mini-Series)
Josephine
- The End of Love (1974) ... Josephine
- Louise (1974) ... Josephine
- Maria Luisa (1974) ... Josephine
- Eleonore (1974) ... Josephine
- Georgina (1974) ... Josephine
 1973 Not I (Short)
Auditor / Mouth
 1973 Wessex Tales (TV Mini-Series)
Rhoda
- The Withered Arm (1973) ... Rhoda
 1973 Night Watch
Sarah Cooke
 1972 The Sextet (TV Series)
Stella Ramsdale / Valerie Goodis / Katherine / ...
- Blur and Blank via Cleckheaton (1972) ... Stella Ramsdale
- Disappearing Trick (1972) ... Valerie Goodis
- Stanley's Style (1972) ... Katherine
- Stoker Leishman's Diaries (1972) ... Dora
- Follow the Yellow Brick Road (1972) ... Judy Black
 1972 Frenzy
Hetty Porter
 1972 Poet Game (TV Movie)
Jeanne Saunders
 1972 Eagle in a Cage
Madame Bertrand
 1971 Gumshoe
Ellen
 1956-1971 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Ruth / Joyce / Nancy Harper / ...
- You and Me (1968)
- A World of Time (1967) ... Joyce
- The Pity of It All (1966) ... Nancy Harper
- Lena, O My Lena (1960) ... Lena
 1970 Leo the Last
Margaret
 1970 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Madeleine July
- Wicked Women: Madeleine July (1970) ... Madeleine July
 1970 Wicked Women (TV Series)
Madeleine Jury
- Madeleine Jury (1970) ... Madeleine Jury
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
Queen Marie Antoinette
 1969 The Adding Machine
Daisy Devore
 1968 Twisted Nerve
Joan Harper
 1968 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie)
Gwyn Thomas
 1967 Charlie Bubbles
Lottie Bubbles
 1967 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (TV Series)
Mrs. Janetta O'James
- The Chemistry of Love (1967) ... Mrs. Janetta O'James
 1966 Love Story (TV Series)
Margaret
- Two's Company (1966) ... Margaret
 1966 Knock on Any Door (TV Series)
Queenie Swann
- The Ballad of Queenie Swann (1966) ... Queenie Swann
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Greta
- 'Twas on a Sunday (1966) ... Greta
 1964 The Comedy Man
Judy
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Marguerite Gautier
- The Lady of the Camellias (1964) ... Marguerite Gautier
 1963 First Night (TV Series)
Veronica
- Veronica (1963) ... Veronica
 1963 Espionage (TV Series)
Doreen McBride
- He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday (1963) ... Doreen McBride
 1963 Anna Christie (TV Movie)
Anna Christopherson
 1962 The Devil's Agent
Piroska Maslov
 1962 A Matter of Conscience (TV Movie)
Katerina Maslova
 1957-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Middie Paradock / Liz Anderson / Joan Thomas
- A Resounding Tinkle (1961) ... Middie Paradock
- The House Next Door (1959) ... Liz Anderson
- One of Us (1957) ... Joan Thomas
 1961 Stryker of the Yard (TV Series)
 1961 I Like Money
Ernestine
 1961 No Love for Johnnie
Mary
 1961 I Promised to Pay
Jackie Parker
 1960 Make Mine Mink
Lily
 1960 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Magna
- The Case of Paul Danek (1960) ... Magna
 1957-1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Ruth Mayo / Monica Twigg
- Beyond the Horizon (1960) ... Ruth Mayo
- Mr. Kettle and Mrs. Moon (1957) ... Monica Twigg
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Sally Hardcastle
- Twentieth Century Theatre: Love on the Dole (1960) ... Sally Hardcastle
 1960 Hell Is a City
Chloe Hawkins
 1960 The Flesh and the Fiends
Mary Patterson
 1959 Bobbikins
Lydia Simmons
 1959 Breakout
Rose Munro
 1958-1959 Time Out for Peggy (TV Series)
Peggy Spencer
- The Efficiency Expert (1959) ... Peggy Spencer
- Episode #2.12 (1959) ... Peggy Spencer
- Episode #2.11 (1958) ... Peggy Spencer
- The Duel (1958) ... Peggy Spencer
- The Family (1958) ... Peggy Spencer
 1953-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Chloe Hornblower / Nancy / Nan Middleton / ...
- The Skin Game (1959) ... Chloe Hornblower
- Gaslight (1957) ... Nancy
- The Makepeace Story #2: A New Generation (1955) ... Nan Middleton
- Love and Miss Figgis (1954) ... Myra
- Britannia of Billingsgate (1953) ... Gladys
 1958 Television Playwright (TV Series)
Betty Coogan
- This Day in Fear (1958) ... Betty Coogan
 1958 Gideon of Scotland Yard
Christine (uncredited)
 1958 You're a Long Time Dead (TV Movie)
Stella
 1957 Flight of the Dove (TV Movie)
Maxine Hart
 1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Brenda
- The Bride of Robin Hood (1957) ... Brenda
 1957 Small Hotel
Caroline Mallet
 1957 Miracle in Soho
Maggie
 1957 Hindle Wakes (TV Movie)
Fanny Hawthorn
 1957 My Pal Bob (TV Series)
Jill
- Episode #1.4 (1957) ... Jill
- Episode #1.3 (1957) ... Jill
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... Jill
- Episode #1.1 (1957) ... Jill
 1956 Without Love (TV Movie)
Betty
 1956 Tales from Soho (TV Series)
Eileen
- Set a Thief (1956) ... Eileen
- Slippy Fives (1956) ... Eileen
 1955 Lilli Palmer Theatre (TV Series)
Elsie - Wife
- The Stocking (1955) ... Elsie - Wife
 1955 Othello (TV Movie)
Bianca
 1955 The Slackering Field (TV Movie)
Brenda Thwaites
 1955 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Mary Dixon
- London Pride (1955) ... Mary Dixon
- Dixie (1955) ... Mary Dixon
- The Dock Green Desperado (1955) ... Mary Dixon
- Night Beat (1955) ... Mary Dixon
- Needle in a Haystack (1955) ... Mary Dixon
 1955 Terminus (TV Series)
Ellie
- Hour of Decision (1955) ... Ellie
 1954 The Sleeping Tiger
Receptionist at Pearce & Mann
 1954 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Sheila
- A Lesson in Love (1954) ... Sheila
 1953 In Search of Maitland (TV Movie)
Primrose
 1953 The Fake
Waitress
 1953 The Pattern of Marriage (TV Series)
Peggy
- For Better or for Worse (1953) ... Peggy
- A Son (1953) ... Peggy
- Two's Company (1953) ... Peggy
- A Home of Their Own (1953) ... Peggy
 1953 Little Red Monkey (TV Movie)
Receptionist
 1952 Huckleberry Finn (TV Series)
Neighbour
- Back to the River (1952) ... Neighbour
 1952 Without the Prince (TV Movie)
Mary Weatherhead
 1952 The Secret Garden (TV Series)
Martha
- When the Sun Went Down (1952) ... Martha
- It Has Come (1952) ... Martha
- A Tantrum in the Night (1952) ... Martha
- Colin (1952) ... Martha
- The Door in the Wall (1952) ... Martha
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in David Mercer's play, "After Haggerty", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Place Theatre in London, England with Frank Finlay, Leslie Sands and David Wood in the cast. David Hugh Jones was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Personal Quote:

About how she found her cottage in Suffolk: "I ended up at an estate agent's in Sudbury and the chap, knowing I was an actress and imagining that I had Elizabeth Taylor finances, brought out details of all these places that Paul Getty would have been happy with. I said to him: 'Now, listen. Most of my parts are played at the Royal Court or the RSC and I barely make enough to pay my parking ... See more »

Trivia:

Commutes between her apartment in London-Hampstead and her cottage in Suffolk. See more »

Trademark:

Playing intensely independent, often fearsome women.

Star Sign:

Gemini

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