Barbara Jefford (1930–2020)


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Distinguished Devon-born British actress, acclaimed for her commanding performances on the classical stage. Jefford did her initial training at the Hartly-Hodder School of Speech and Drama and graduated from RADA in 1949. Following her professional acting debut that same year, she spent a year on the repertory stage before joining the Royal ... See full bio »

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(age 90) in UK

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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The Ninth Gate Baroness Kessler
(1999)
Philomena Sister Hildegarde
(2013)
The Saint Academic Woman
(1997)
(1968)

Filmography

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 2013 Philomena
Sister Hildegarde
 2011 The Deep Blue Sea
Collyer's Mother
 2000-2009 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Elizabeth Chettham / Barbara Drinkwater
- The Creeper (2009) ... Elizabeth Chettham
- Judgement Day (2000) ... Barbara Drinkwater
 2000 Madame Bovary (TV Movie)
Marquise
 1999 The Ninth Gate
Baroness Kessler
 1997 The Saint
Academic Woman
 1997 Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
Aunt June
- Thornapple (1997) ... Aunt June
 1995 A Village Affair (TV Movie)
Lady Unwin
 1994 Screen Two (TV Series)
Else Bicknall
- Return to Blood River (1994) ... Else Bicknall
 1994 Alleyn Mysteries (TV Series)
Constance Cartell
- Hand in Glove (1994) ... Constance Cartell
 1991 The House of Eliott (TV Series)
Lady Lydia Eliott
- Episode #1.12 (1991) ... Lady Lydia Eliott
- Episode #1.11 (1991) ... Lady Lydia Eliott
- Episode #1.10 (1991) ... Lady Lydia Eliott
- Episode #1.9 (1991) ... Lady Lydia Eliott
- Episode #1.8 (1991) ... Lady Lydia Eliott
 1991 Where Angels Fear to Tread
Mrs. Herriton
 1989 When the Whales Came
Auntie Mildred
 1989 Reunion
Frau Strauss
 1989 Mystery!: Campion (TV Series)
Mrs. Shannon
- Look to the Lady: Part 2 (1989) ... Mrs. Shannon
- Look to the Lady: Part 1 (1989) ... Mrs. Shannon
 1987 Porterhouse Blue (TV Mini Series)
Lady Mary
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Lady Mary
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Lady Mary
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Lady Mary
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Lady Mary
 1985 Claudia
Rosa
 1985 Time for Murder (TV Series)
Monica Dawes
- The Murders at Lynch Cross (1985) ... Monica Dawes
 1983 The Ship Sails On
Ildebranda Cuffari
 1983 Nelly's Version (TV Movie)
Ms. Wyckham
 1982 Walter (TV Movie)
Sarah - Walter's mother
 1977 The Spy Who Loved Me
Naomi (voice, uncredited)
 1970-1974 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Amy Hillcrist / Barbara, Duchess of Cleveland
- The Skin Game (1974) ... Amy Hillcrist
- In Good King Charles's Golden Days (1970) ... Barbara, Duchess of Cleveland
 1964-1974 Love Story (TV Series)
Lucy / Clair / Sheila Edmunds
- Second Partner (1974) ... Lucy
- We Never Went to Cheddar Gorge (1968) ... Clair
- Spare the Tears for Happiness (1964) ... Sheila Edmunds
 1973 Then and Now (TV Series)
- Over (1973)
 1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days
Magda Goebbels
 1972 The Visitors (TV Mini Series)
Sophie Bielska
- Episode #1.5 (1972) ... Sophie Bielska
- Episode #1.4 (1972) ... Sophie Bielska
- Episode #1.3 (1972) ... Sophie Bielska
- Episode #1.2 (1972) ... Sophie Bielska
- Episode #1.1 (1972) ... Sophie Bielska
 1972 Justice (TV Series)
Joyce Ramsdell
- A Duty to the Court (1972) ... Joyce Ramsdell
 1971 Play for Today (TV Series)
Josie, of 'Jesus Saves'
- Edna, the Inebriate Woman (1971) ... Josie, of 'Jesus Saves'
 1971 Lust for a Vampire
Countess Herritzen
 1970 The Sinners (TV Series)
Anna Mohan
- In the Bosom of the Country (1970) ... Anna Mohan
 1969 Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
Wife of Bath
- The Merchant's Tale/The Manciple's Tale (1969) ... Wife of Bath
- The Wife of Bath's Tale/The Clerk's Tale (1969) ... Wife of Bath
- The Friar's Tale/The Pardoner's Tale (1969) ... Wife of Bath
- The Shipman's Tale/The Nun's Priest's Tale (1969) ... Wife of Bath
 1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Hippolyta
 1968 The Sex Game (TV Series)
Miriam
- A Quartet at Sheila's (1968) ... Miriam
 1968/I The Shoes of the Fisherman
Dr. Ruth Faber
 1968 Journey to the Unknown (TV Series)
Miss Belle Weston
- Miss Belle (1968) ... Miss Belle Weston
 1968 The Bofors Gun
NAAFI Girl
 1967 Erin éreintée (Short)
 1965-1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Anna / Elizabeth Melville
- Play with a Tiger (1967) ... Anna
- The Minister (1965) ... Elizabeth Melville
 1967 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Erlynne
- Lady Windermere's Fan (1967) ... Mrs. Erlynne
 1967 Trapped (TV Series)
Claire Weston
- Journey Into Nowhere (1967) ... Claire Weston
 1967 Ulysses
Molly
 1965-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Kathy Potter / Olive Latimer
- A Tot at the Local (1966) ... Kathy Potter
- The Edwardians #3: Olive Latimer's Husband (1965) ... Olive Latimer
 1966 Conflict (TV Series)
Jennet Jourdemayne
- The Lady's Not for Burning (1966) ... Jennet Jourdemayne
 1965 Thunderball
Patricia Fearing (voice, uncredited)
 1965 The Liquidator
Corale / French Desk Clerk (voice, uncredited)
 1965 The Man in Room 17 (TV Series)
Ursula Dallendorf
- The Millions of Muzafariyah (1965) ... Ursula Dallendorf
 1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Ella Cartwright
- A Little Temptation (1965) ... Ella Cartwright
 1965 Redcap (TV Series)
Wendy Stateland
- A Place of Refuge (1965) ... Wendy Stateland
 1964 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
Smilja Darde
- Captain Carvallo (1964) ... Smilja Darde
 1963 The Plane Makers (TV Series)
- One Out, All Out! (1963) ... (uncredited)
- Strings in Whitehall (1963) ... (uncredited)
 1963 From Russia with Love
Tatiana Romanova (voice, uncredited)
 1963 Theatres and Temples (TV Series)
Medea
- Medea Part 1: In a Foreign Land (1963) ... Medea
 1960-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Elisabeth Rousset / Marceline
- Boule de Suif (1961) ... Elisabeth Rousset
- The Unquiet Spirit (1960) ... Marceline
 1959 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Titania (voice)
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Ophelia
- Hamlet (1959) ... Ophelia
 1955 Omnibus (TV Series)
Kate Hardcastle (segment)
- She Stoops to Conquer (1955) ... Kate Hardcastle (segment)
 1953-1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Desdemona / Katherine Howard
- We Live to Please (1954) ... Desdemona
- The Rose Without a Thorn (1953) ... Katherine Howard
 1952 Tess of the D'Urbervilles (TV Movie)
Tess Durbeyfield
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Other Works:

She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Much Ado About Nothing," in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, Leon Quartermaine, Alan Badel, Andrew Cruickshank, Paul Hardwick, Robert Shaw, George Rose, Robert Hardy, and Maxine Audley ... See more »

Official Sites:

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Spouse:

John Turner  (her death) | See more »

Parents:

Jefford, Elizabeth Mary Ellen | Jefford, Percival Francis
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Trivia:

In 1949, fresh from drama school, she was understudy for Maureen Toal in the London production of 'King of Friday's Men'. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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