Peggy Ashcroft (1907–1991)


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Academy Award-winning, legendary English actress - who maintained her status in the British acting elite for decades. Made a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. Almost always on stage, she appeared rarely in film, her first being The Wandering Jew (1933). On stage she was cast in many a Shakespearean role, but in film she ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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A Passage to India Mrs. Moore
(1984)
The 39 Steps Crofter's Wife
(1935)
(1978)
Sunday Bloody Sunday Mrs. Greville
(1971)

Filmography

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 1990 The Heat of the Day (TV Movie)
Nettie
 1989 Screen One (TV Series)
Lillian Huckle
- She's Been Away (1989) ... Lillian Huckle
 1988 Madame Sousatzka
Lady Emily
 1987 A Perfect Spy (TV Mini Series)
Miss Dubber
- Episode #1.7 (1987) ... Miss Dubber
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Miss Dubber
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Miss Dubber
 1987/II Murder by the Book (TV Movie)
Agatha Christie
 1986 When the Wind Blows
Hilda Bloggs (voice)
 1984 A Passage to India
Mrs. Moore
 1984 Six Centuries of Verse (TV Series)
Reader
- Shakespeare 1564-1616 (1984) ... Reader
- Medieval to Elizabethan 1400-1600 (1984) ... Reader
 1984 The Jewel in the Crown (TV Mini Series)
Barbie Batchelor
- Travelling Companions (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
- The Towers of Silence (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
- The Day of the Scorpion (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
- Daughters of the Regiment (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
- Ordeal by Fire (1984) ... Barbie Batchelor
 1982 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
The Rat Wife
- Little Eyolf (1982) ... The Rat Wife
 1980 Cream in My Coffee (TV Movie)
Jean Wilsher
 1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Frau Messner
- Caught on a Train (1980) ... Frau Messner
 1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson (TV Mini Series)
Queen Mary
- The Abdication (1978) ... Queen Mary
- Proposals (1978) ... Queen Mary
- The Decision (1978) ... Queen Mary
- The New King (1978) ... Queen Mary
- Venus at the Prow (1978) ... Queen Mary (as Dame Peggy Ashcroft)
 1977 Joseph Andrews
Lady Tattle
 1976 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Winnie
- Theatre (1976) ... Winnie
 1973 The Pedestrian
Lady Gray
 1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Sonya
- The Last Journey (1972) ... Sonya
 1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday
Mrs. Greville
 1968 Secret Ceremony
Hannah
 1968 From Chekhov with Love (TV Movie)
Olga Knipper
 1967 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
The Mother
- Days in the Trees (1967) ... The Mother
 1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mrs. Patrick Campbell
- Dear Liar (1966) ... Mrs. Patrick Campbell
 1965-1966 The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini Series)
Margaret / Queen Margaret
- Edward of York (1966) ... Margaret
- The Kingmaker (1966) ... Margaret
- The Fearful King (1966) ... Margaret
- The Council Board (1966) ... Margaret
- The Lord Protector (1965) ... Queen Margaret
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Rebecca West
- Rosmersholm (1965) ... Rebecca West
 1962 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie)
Madame Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevsky, a landowner
 1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Julia Rajk
- Shadow of Heroes (1959) ... Julia Rajk
 1959 The Nun's Story
Mother Mathilde (Africa) (as Dame Peggy Ashcroft)
 1942 We Serve (Short)
Ann
 1941 Quiet Wedding
Flower Lisle
 1940 Channel Incident (Short)
She
 1939 The Tempest/II (TV Movie)
Miranda
 1939 The Tempest (TV Movie)
Miranda
 1939 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
Viola
 1936 Rhodes
Anna Carpenter
 1935 The 39 Steps
Crofter's Wife
 1933/I The Wandering Jew
Olalla Quintana
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in the English and European Tour of the Stratford Theatre Festival with John Gielgud, George Devine, Claire Bloom, Moira Lester, Helen Cherry, Anthony Ireland and Anthony Nicholls in the cast. They performed in Brighton, England in June 1955. They toured Vienna, Austria; Zurich, Switzerland; The Hague, Netherlands; ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Peggy Ashcroft

Height:

5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Spouse:

Jeremy Hutchinson  (divorced)  (2 children) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

I do think I'm very, very fortunate that just at the age when playing a stage role night after night is becoming difficult, I've had these opportunities to play in film and TV. You still have to have a lot of concentration. Acting is the same whatever you're doing, but that long sustaining of energy is not demanded of you. See more »

Trivia:

When she was named Dame of the British Empire in 1956, she (along with Sybil Thorndike who received the honor in 1931) became the youngest actress to be so honored. However, she seldom or ever uses the title for billing purposes. See more »

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