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Rosemary Leach (1935–2017)

English character actress with a penchant for genteel aristocrats and kindly mothers. The daughter of teachers, she "spent some time selling shoes in Reading" before entering the acting profession. Aged eighteen, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her debut in repertory theatre at Amersham in 1955. Rosemary Leach enjoyed a ... See full bio »


(age 81) in England, UK

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Known For

A Room with a View
A Room with a View Mrs Honeychurch
BBC Play of the Month
BBC Play of the Month Aldonza / Dulcinea / Gina Ekdal, Hedvig's mother / Mrs. Dangle
Turtle Diary
Turtle Diary Mrs. Charlie Inchcliff (landlady)
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 2012 May I Kill U?
 2011 The Great Ghost Rescue
The Queen
 2010 Mission London
Miss Cunningham
 2009 Margaret (TV Movie)
Queen Elizabeth II
 2008 The Royal (TV Series)
Hester Hindmarch
 2007 Casualty (TV Series)
Miranda Watts
 2003-2007 My Family (TV Series)
 2006 The Afternoon Play (TV Series)
HM The Queen
 2005 Afterlife (TV Series)
 2005 The Secretary Who Stole £4 Million (TV Movie)
Carol Samson
 2004-2005 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Dorothy Plum / Miss Plum
 2000-2005 Doctors (TV Series)
Josephine Barker / Meg Carpenter
 2004 Odd Socks (TV Series)
 2004 Holby City (TV Series)
Barbara Rush
 2004 Bosom Pals (TV Movie) (voice)
 2001-2003 Down to Earth (TV Series)
 2002 The Baroness and the Pig
 2002 Prince William (TV Movie)
Queen Elizabeth
 2001 Back Home (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dickinson
 2001 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Evelyn Pope
 2001 Perfect (TV Movie)
 2000 Ain't Misbehavin' (Short)
 2000 Breathtaking
Mrs. Henshaw
 1999 Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?
Harold's Mother
 1997-1999 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (TV Series)
Miss Markland
 1999 Tilly Trotter (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs Forefoot Meadows
 1997-1998 Brambly Hedge (TV Series)
Lady Daisy Woodmouse / Old Mrs Eyebright / Old Mrs. Eyebright
 1998 Berkeley Square (TV Mini-Series)
Nanny Collins
 1998 Bloodlines: Legacy of a Lord
Lady Osborne
 1997 Frighteners (TV Series)
 1996 Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's... (TV Series)
 1995 Stick with Me, Kid (TV Series)
 1995 Chiller (TV Series)
Mrs. Leslie
 1995 The Tomorrow People (TV Series)
Gladys Toms
 1995 The Buccaneers (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Brightlingsea
 1995 Blood and Peaches (TV Movie)
 1993 Screen One (TV Series)
 1993 The Hawk
Mrs. Marsh
 1992-1993 Growing Pains (TV Series)
Joan Craddock
 1992-1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (TV Series)
Tabitha Twitchit / Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit
 1993 The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Mrs. Tope
 1992 An Ungentlemanly Act (TV Movie)
Mavis Hunt
 1992 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV Mini-Series)
 1992 Bunch of Five (TV Series)
Mrs. Alcock
 1991 Titmuss Regained (TV Mini-Series)
Dot Curdle
 1991 Up the Garden Path (TV Series)
Aunt Vinny
 1990 Dark River (TV Movie)
Jane Audeby
 1990 The Children
Miss Scope
 1989 Summer's Lease (TV Mini-Series)
Nancy Leadbetter
 1989 Theatre Night (TV Series)
 1989 May to December (TV Series)
 1989 Boon (TV Series)
Marigold Sampson
 1988 Across the Lake (TV Movie)
Connie Robinson
 1988 Once in a Life Time (TV Movie)
Mrs. Walker
 1987 When We Are Married (TV Movie)
Clara Soppitt
 1987 The Charmer (TV Mini-Series)
Joan Plumleigh-Bruce
 1987 First Sight (TV Series)
 1987 Still Crazy Like a Fox (TV Movie)
Eleanor Trundle
 1987 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
Ann Cranley
 1985 Ha-Kala
 1985 A Room with a View
Mrs Honeychurch
 1985 Turtle Diary
Mrs. Charlie Inchcliff (landlady)
 1985 Dramarama (TV Series)
 1985 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Sister Agnes
 1984 This Office Life (TV Movie)
Widow Rashman
 1984 Sharing Time (TV Series)
 1984 Swallows and Amazons Forever!: The Big Six (TV Movie)
Mrs. Barrable
 1984 The Jewel in the Crown (TV Mini-Series)
Aunt Fenny
 1984 Swallows and Amazons Forever!: Coot Club (TV Movie)
Mrs. Barrable
 1982 The Plague Dogs
Vera (voice)
 1971-1982 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Mrs. Dangle / Dulcinea / Aldonza / ...
 1981 Othello (TV Movie)
 1981 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie)
Widow of Florence
 1969-1980 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Pam / Helen / Faith
 1978-1980 Life Begins at Forty (TV Series)
Katy Bunting
 1979 A Question of Faith
Mme. Petrovna
 1979 S.O.S. Titanic (TV Movie)
Mrs. Odgen (uncredited)
 1979 Rumpole of the Bailey (TV Series)
Mrs. Ida Tempest
 1978 Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic (TV Mini-Series)
Queen Victoria
 1978 The Sunday Drama (TV Series)
 1978 Just Between Ourselves (TV Movie)
 1977 The Velvet Glove (TV Series)
Annie Besant
 1976 Hindle Wakes (TV Movie)
Mrs. Jeffcote
 1976 Second Verdict (TV Series)
Lizzie Borden
 1976 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
 1976 Play for Today (TV Series)
 1974-1975 Sadie, It's Cold Outside (TV Series)
Sadie Potter
 1975 The Confederacy of Wives (TV Movie)
 1975 Armchair Cinema (TV Series)
Rosemary Warne
 1974 Brief Encounter (TV Movie)
Mrs. Gaines
 1974 The Prince of Denmark (TV Series)
 1974 To Sir, with Love (TV Movie)
 1974 Bedtime Stories (TV Series)
Ivy Burr
 1973 Armchair 30 (TV Series)
 1973 That'll Be the Day
Mrs. MacLaine
 1971-1973 Now Look Here (TV Series)
 1969-1972 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mary Nichols / Judy Williams
 1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Josie / Iris Purvis
 1972 Crime of Passion (TV Series)
 1964-1972 Love Story (TV Series)
Penelope / Marjorie Styles
 1971 Cider with Rosie (TV Movie)
 1968-1971 Jackanory (TV Series)
 1967-1970 No, That's Me Over Here! (TV Series)
 1970 Roads to Freedom (TV Series)
 1967-1970 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Shelley Mitchell / Jess / Jean Marfield / ...
 1970 Germinal (TV Mini-Series)
 1970 Kate (TV Series)
Georgina Dellow
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
Mary Hanson
 1969 Galton and Simpson Comedy (TV Series)
Olive Bunclark
 1969 Judge Dee (TV Series)
Madame Ko
 1969 For Schools and Colleges: Drama (TV Series)
Mrs. Holroyd
 1968 The Gamblers (TV Series)
 1963-1968 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Sheila / Jean Hobley
 1964-1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Claire / Margaret
 1967 Look and Read (TV Series)
Aunty Amy ("Spywatch" series) (1996)
 1965-1966 The Power Game (TV Series)
Susan Weldon
 1966 Court Martial (TV Series)
Giulia Lazzara
 1965 Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (TV Series)
 1965 Londoners (TV Series)
 1965 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Kitty Winter
 1965 Public Eye (TV Series)
Judy Manning
 1964 Face of a Stranger
Mary Bell
 1964 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Marion Grove
 1964 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Mary Bell
 1964 Catch Hand (TV Series)
Rose Studwick
 1962-1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Mrs. Outram / Ann Brown
 1960 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
Woman P C
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She acted in Helene Hanff's play, "84 Charing Cross Road", at the Ambassadors Theatre in London, England with David Swift and Charmian May in the cast. See more »

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She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1983 (1982 season) for Best Actress in a New Play, 84 Charing Cross Road. See more »

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