Vivien Merchant (1929–1982)


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Vivien Merchant was an English actress, primarily known for dramatic roles on stage and on film. She was born in Manchester, Lancashire in 1929 as Ada Brand Thomson. Her stage name 'Vivien Merchant' was chosen by Ada herself. "Vivien" in reference to actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), and "Merchant" reportedly in reference to her brother who was a ... See full bio »

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(age 53) in London, England, UK

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Frenzy Mrs. Oxford
(1972)
Alfie Lily Clamacraft
(1966)
(1973)
The Maids Madame
(1975)

Filmography

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 1982 Crown Court (TV Series)
Judge
- Face Value: Part 1 (1982) ... Judge
 1980 A Tale of Two Cities (TV Mini Series)
Miss Pross
- Part 8 (1980) ... Miss Pross
- Part 7 (1980) ... Miss Pross
- Part 6 (1980) ... Miss Pross
- Part 5 (1980) ... Miss Pross
- Part 4 (1980) ... Miss Pross
 1980 Breakaway (TV Series)
Isabel Black
- The Local Affair: Part 4 (1980) ... Isabel Black
- The Local Affair: Part 2 (1980) ... Isabel Black
- The Local Affair: Part 1 (1980) ... Isabel Black
 1977 Secret Army (TV Series)
Mlle. Gunet
- Growing Up (1977) ... Mlle. Gunet
 1977 The Velvet Glove (TV Series)
Elizabeth Fry
- Beyond This Life (1977) ... Elizabeth Fry
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
Maria Theresa
 1977 The Lover (TV Movie)
Sarah
 1975 The Maids
Madame
 1973 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series)
Maggie Jarman
- Cover (1973) ... Maggie Jarman
 1973 The Homecoming
Ruth
 1968-1973 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Jane Noble / Dona Ana / Evelyn Daly
- The Common (1973) ... Jane Noble
- Don Juan in Hell (1971) ... Dona Ana
- Waters of the Moon (1968) ... Evelyn Daly
 1973 The Offence
Maureen
 1972 A War of Children (TV Movie)
Nora Tomelty
 1972 Frenzy
Mrs. Oxford
 1971 Under Milk Wood
Mrs. Pugh
 1971 Aquarius (TV Series documentary)
Anna in Old Times
- Episode dated 5 June 1971 (1971) ... Anna in Old Times
 1969-1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Audley / Augusta Fullam / Maureen Instance
- Skyscrapers (1970) ... Audley
- Wicked Women: Augusta Fullam (1970) ... Augusta Fullam
- The Full Cheddar (1969) ... Maureen Instance
 1970 Wicked Women (TV Series)
Augusta Fullam
- Augusta Fullam (1970) ... Augusta Fullam
 1969/I Alfred the Great
Freda
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
- Pinter People (1969) ... (voice)
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Tessa
- Funeral Games (1968) ... Tessa
 1967 Accident
Rosalind
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Ella
- Ella (1966) ... Ella
 1966 Seven Deadly Sins (TV Series)
Jane
- My Friend Corby (1966) ... Jane
 1966 Alfie
Lily Clamacraft
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Natalia Petrovna / Gertrude
- A Month in the Country (1966) ... Natalia Petrovna
- Focus (1966) ... Gertrude
 1965 Tea Party (TV Movie)
Wendy
 1960-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Kathy Grayson / Joan Brown
- The Fall of the Sparrow (1965) ... Kathy Grayson
- The Protest (1960) ... Joan Brown
 1960-1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Angela Fairbourne / Stella / Rose Blatchford / ...
- In Confidence (1963) ... Angela Fairbourne
- The Collection (1961) ... Stella
- The Honeymooners (1960) ... Rose Blatchford
- Night School (1960) ... Sally Gibbs
 1963 Maupassant (TV Series)
Henriette
- Wives and Lovers (1963) ... Henriette
 1963 The Lover (TV Movie)
Sarah
 1962 Studio 4 (TV Series)
Olivia
- The Weather in the Streets (1962) ... Olivia
 1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Girl
- A Night Out (1960) ... Girl
 1959 The Infamous John Friend (TV Mini Series)
Landlady of the 'Crown' Inn
- Episode #1.4 (1959) ... Landlady of the 'Crown' Inn
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Elsa Perkins
- The Fifty Mark (I) (1955) ... Elsa Perkins
 1948 Virtuoso (TV Movie)
Miss Coleman
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She acted in James Joyce's play, "Exiles," at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England with John Wood, David Parfitt, Timothy West, and Lynn Fairleigh in the cast. Harold Pinter was director. See more »

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Spouse:

Harold Pinter  (divorced)  (1 child)
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Trivia:

She has a prominent role in Alfred the Great (1969), but utters not one single word throughout. The critic Pauline Kael, panning the film savagely, suggested sarcastically that she had probably refused to say her lines as the dialogue in the film was so unspeakable. It turned out that this was, in fact, the truth. See more »

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