Siân Phillips


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Veteran stage actress Sian Phillips is forever identified on television as the tarantula mother/empress Livia in the classic BBC series I, Claudius (1976), and as the Reverend Mother in the science fiction epic film Dune (1984). Her broad range of roles went from endearing to downright deadly. Phillips was born Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Dune Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
(1984)
I, Claudius Livia
(1976)
Clash of the Titans Cassiopeia
(1981)
Valmont Madame de Volanges
(1989)

Filmography

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 2019/III A Christmas Carol (post-production) (voice)
 2019/I Time & Again (Short)
Eleanor [LEAD]
 2018 To Provide All People (TV Movie)
Patient
 2018 Doctors (TV Series)
Joan Bartlett
- Face-Off (2018) ... Joan Bartlett (as Dame Siân Phillips)
 2018 Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Video Game)
Boddly (English version, voice)
 2018 Miss Dalí
Anna Maria Dalí
 2018 Voyageuse
Erica
 2017 Hochelaga, Land of Souls
Sarah Walker
 2017 C.B. Strike (TV Series)
Lady Yvette Bristow
- The Cuckoo's Calling: Part 3 (2017) ... Lady Yvette Bristow
- The Cuckoo's Calling: Part 2 (2017) ... Lady Yvette Bristow
 2017 Casualty (TV Series)
Bridget Haas
- Reap the Whirlwind - Part One (2017) ... Bridget Haas
 2016 La Lune Folle (Short)
Miss Dubois
 2014 Under Milk Wood (TV Movie)
Mrs. Pugh
 2013/V Stray (Short)
Mary
 2013 Playhouse Presents (TV Series)
May
- Gifted (2013) ... May
 2012/II Love Song
Maggie
 2012 Bella Fleace Gave a Party (Short)
Bella
 2011 Inspector Lewis (TV Series)
Adele Goffe
- Wild Justice (2011) ... Adele Goffe
 2010 New Tricks (TV Series)
Lady Elizabeth Linden Warner
- Coming Out Ball (2010) ... Lady Elizabeth Linden Warner (as Sian Phillips)
 2010 Missing (TV Series)
Beth Murphy
- Episode #2.7 (2010) ... Beth Murphy (as Sian Phillips)
 2008 Shortland Street (TV Series)
Vivienne Lindstrom
- Episode #17.217 (2008) ... Vivienne Lindstrom
- Episode #17.216 (2008) ... Vivienne Lindstrom
 2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot (TV Series)
Mrs. Upward
- Mrs McGinty's Dead (2008) ... Mrs. Upward (as Siân Philips)
 2007 Holby City (TV Series)
Lily Sinclair
- Something's Gotta Give (2007) ... Lily Sinclair
 2007 Kitchen (TV Movie)
Morag White
 2006 The Gigolos
Baroness James
 2006 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Lady Annabel Butler
- Vixen's Run (2006) ... Lady Annabel Butler (as Sian Phillips)
 2005 The Murder Room (TV Mini-Series)
Marie Strickland
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Marie Strickland
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Marie Strickland
 2003 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Alec Guinness: A Secret Man (2003) ... Narrator (voice)
 2003 The Last Detective (TV Series)
Vera Dulciman
- Moonlight (2003) ... Vera Dulciman
 2001 Ballykissangel (TV Series)
Consuela Dunphy
- Getting Better All the Time (2001) ... Consuela Dunphy
 2001 Attila (TV Mini-Series)
Grandmother
 2000 Come and Go (TV Short)
Ru (as Sian Phillips)
 2000 The Magician's House II (TV Series)
Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.6 (2000) ... Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.4 (2000) ... Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.5 (2000) ... Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.3 (2000) ... Meg Lewis
 1998-2000 La Femme Nikita (TV Series)
Adrian
- Into the Looking Glass (2000) ... Adrian (as Sian Phillips)
- View of the Garden (2000) ... Adrian (as Sian Phillips)
- There Are No Missions (2000) ... Adrian (as Sian Phillips)
- End Game (1998) ... Adrian
- Adrian's Garden (1998) ... Adrian
 2000/II Cinderella (TV Movie)
The Evil Baroness
 1999 The Magician's House (TV Series)
Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.6 ... Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.5 ... Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.4 ... Meg Lewis
- Episode #1.3 ... Meg Lewis
 1999 Aristocrats (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.6 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.5 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.4 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.3 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Narrator / Older Lady Emily
 1998 Alice Through the Looking Glass (TV Movie)
Red Queen (as Sian Phillips)
 1998 The Scold's Bridle (TV Series)
Mathilda Gillespie
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Mathilda Gillespie
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Mathilda Gillespie
 1997 House of America
Mam
 1997 Ivanhoe (TV Mini-Series)
Queen Eleanor
- Part Six (1997) ... Queen Eleanor
- Part Five (1997) ... Queen Eleanor
 1995 The Vacillations of Poppy Carew (TV Movie)
Calypso
 1995 A Mind to Kill (TV Series)
Rachel Hardcastle
- Rachel Hardcastle (1995) ... Rachel Hardcastle
 1994 The Mousehole Cat (TV Short)
Narrator
 1993 The Return of the Borrowers (TV Series)
Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.6 (1993) ... Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.5 (1993) ... Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Mrs. Driver
 1993 Scene (TV Series documentary)
Judge
- Pig Boy (1993) ... Judge (voice)
 1993 The Age of Innocence
Mrs. Archer
 1993 Heidi (TV Mini-Series)
Frau Sesemann
- Part II (1993) ... Frau Sesemann
- Part I (1993) ... Frau Sesemann
 1992 The Borrowers (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.6 (1992) ... Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.5 (1992) ... Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Mrs. Driver
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Mrs. Driver
 1992 Covington Cross (TV Series)
Lady Isabel
- The Trial ... Lady Isabel
 1991 The Black Candle (TV Movie)
Daisy Barnett
 1991 The Chestnut Soldier (TV Mini-Series)
Nain
- Out of the Forest (1991) ... Nain
- Fiery Dreams (1991) ... Nain
- Broken Horses (1991) ... Nain
- A Prince Returns (1991) ... Nain
 1991 Tonight at 8.30 (TV Series)
Olive Lloyd-Ransome / Barbara Faber / Clare Wedderburn
- Ways and Means (1991) ... Olive Lloyd-Ransome
- The Astonished Heart (1991) ... Barbara Faber
- Hands Across the Sea (1991) ... Clare Wedderburn
 1991 Perfect Scoundrels (TV Series)
Mother Aloysius
- Ah, the Sisters of Mercy (1991) ... Mother Aloysius
 1990 Dark River (TV Movie)
Mrs. Blessington
 1990 Freddie and Max (TV Series)
Ursula Blythe
- Episode #1.6 (1990) ... Ursula Blythe
 1990 Emlyn's Moon (TV Series)
Nain
- Orchard of the Moon (1990) ... Nain
- The Wrong Reflection (1990) ... Nain
- Cold Flowers (1990) ... Nain
- A Fight (1990) ... Nain
- The Move (1990) ... Nain
 1989 Valmont
Madame de Volanges (as Sian Phillips)
 1989 Ffizz (TV Series)
Duchess of Monmouth
- Mother Knows Best (1989) ... Duchess of Monmouth
 1989 Shadow of the Noose (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Scott
- Noblesse Oblige (1989) ... Lady Scott
 1988 The Snow Spider (TV Mini-Series)
Nain Griffiths
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Nain Griffiths
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Nain Griffiths
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Nain Griffiths
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Nain Griffiths
 1987 Vanity Fair (TV Series)
Miss Matilda Crawley
- Widow and Mother (1987) ... Miss Matilda Crawley
- A Marriage and Part of a Honeymoon (1987) ... Miss Matilda Crawley
- Who Played on the Piano? (1987) ... Miss Matilda Crawley
- Arcadian Simplicity (1987) ... Miss Matilda Crawley
 1987 A Killing on the Exchange (TV Mini-Series)
Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Isobel Makepeace
 1987 The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (TV Mini-Series)
Duchess of Windsor
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Duchess of Windsor
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Duchess of Windsor
 1985 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (TV Movie)
Charal
 1985 The Doctor and the Devils
Annabella Rock
 1984 Dune
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (as Sian Phillips)
 1984 A Painful Case (TV Movie)
Emily Sinico
 1982 Smiley's People (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Ann Smiley
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Lady Ann Smiley
 1977-1982 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Alicia Moore / Janet Achurch
- How Many Miles to Babylon? (1982) ... Mrs. Alicia Moore
- The Achurch Letters (1977) ... Janet Achurch
 1981-1982 Barriers (TV Series)
Mrs Dalgleish
- Episode #2.6 (1982) ... Mrs Dalgleish
- Episode #1.11 (1981) ... Mrs Dalgleish
 1981 Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (TV Mini-Series)
Clementine Churchill
- What Price Churchill? (1981) ... Clementine Churchill
- The Long Tide of Surrender (1981) ... Clementine Churchill
- His Own Funeral (1981) ... Clementine Churchill
- The Flying Peril (1981) ... Clementine Churchill
- A Menace in the House (1981) ... Clementine Churchill
 1981 Clash of the Titans
Cassiopeia
 1980 Hammer House of Horror (TV Series)
Mrs. Henska
- Carpathian Eagle (1980) ... Mrs. Henska
 1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Hermione
- Back for Christmas (1980) ... Hermione
 1980 Nijinsky
Lady Ripon
 1979 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (TV Mini-Series)
Ann Smiley
- Flushing Out the Mole (1979) ... Ann Smiley
 1979 Crime and Punishment (TV Mini-Series)
Katerina Ivanovna
- Part 3 (1979) ... Katerina Ivanovna
- Part 2 (1979) ... Katerina Ivanovna
- Part 1 (1979) ... Katerina Ivanovna
 1979 Oresteia (TV Mini-Series)
Leader of the Furies
- Furies (1979) ... Leader of the Furies
 1978 Off to Philadelphia in the Morning (TV Series)
Lina Van Elyn
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Lina Van Elyn
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Lina Van Elyn
 1978 Warrior Queen (TV Series)
Queen Boudicca
- Episode #1.6 (1978) ... Queen Boudicca
- Episode #1.5 (1978) ... Queen Boudicca
- Episode #1.4 (1978) ... Queen Boudicca
- Episode #1.3 (1978) ... Queen Boudicca
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Queen Boudicca
 1971-1977 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Hesione Hushabye / The Duchesse of Berwich / Anna Voinitseva, widow
- Heartbreak House (1977) ... Hesione Hushabye
- Lady Windermere's Fan (1972) ... The Duchesse of Berwich
- Platonov (1971) ... Anna Voinitseva, widow
 1976 I, Claudius (TV Mini-Series)
Livia
- Old King Log (1976) ... Livia
- Queen of Heaven (1976) ... Livia
- Some Justice (1976) ... Livia
- Poison Is Queen (1976) ... Livia
 1975-1976 How Green Was My Valley (TV Mini-Series)
Beth Morgan
- Episode #1.6 (1976) ... Beth Morgan
- Episode #1.5 (1976) ... Beth Morgan
- Episode #1.4 (1976) ... Beth Morgan
- Episode #1.3 (1976) ... Beth Morgan
- Episode #1.2 (1976) ... Beth Morgan
 1975 The Puritan Experience: Making of a New World (Short)
Anne Higgins
 1974 Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Patrick Campbell
- His Borrowed Plumes (1974) ... Mrs. Patrick Campbell
 1974 Shoulder to Shoulder (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
- Sylvia Pankhurst (1974) ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
- Outrage (1974) ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
- Christabel Pankhurst (1974) ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
- Lady Constance Lytton (1974) ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
- Annie Kenney (1974) ... Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst
 1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Sally Stirling
- Sharing the Honours (1972) ... Sally Stirling
 1972 The Man Outside (TV Series)
Sarah Peplow
- Intruders (1972) ... Sarah Peplow
 1971 Under Milk Wood
Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard
 1971 Murphy's War
Hayden (as Sian Phillips)
 1970 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
Martha Jones
- The Vessel of Wrath (1970) ... Martha Jones
 1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Ursula Mossbank
 1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
May Bartram
- Beast in the Jungle (1969) ... May Bartram
 1969 Laughter in the Dark
Lady Pamela More
 1968 The Sex Game (TV Series)
 1968 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
A Girl
- Thief (1968) ... A Girl
 1968 City '68 (TV Series)
Jo
- It's Dearer After Midnight (1968) ... Jo
 1966 Eh, Joe? (TV Movie)
 1965 Young Cassidy
Ella
 1959-1964 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Kate Grant / Dona Ana / Imogen Gresham
- The Other Man (1964) ... Kate Grant
- Don Juan in Hell (1962) ... Dona Ana
- The Tortoise and the Hare (1959) ... Imogen Gresham
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
Anna
- A Free Agent (1964) ... Anna
 1964 Becket
Gwendolen (as Sian Phillips)
 1963 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
 1963 It Happened Like This (TV Series)
Paula
- Coincidence (1963) ... Paula
 1962 The Longest Day
WRNS Officer (uncredited)
 1961 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Bertha
- Ondine (1961) ... Bertha
 1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
 1960 Siwan: The King's Daughter (TV Movie)
Siwan
 1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
 1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Countess Else von Dietlof
- Treason (1959) ... Countess Else von Dietlof
 1959 A Quiet Man (TV Movie)
Megan
 1958 Granite (TV Movie)
Judith
 1958 Television Playwright (TV Series)
Alice Blackwell
- A Game for Eskimos (1958) ... Alice Blackwell
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Other Works:

She acted in Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's musical, "Pal Joey", at the Albery Theatre in London, England with Denis Lawson in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Siân Philips | Dame Siân Phillips | Sian Phillips | Sîan Phillips

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on her mid-career slowdown and Peter O'Toole] I think there was only one person who could have thrown me off course, and I happened to marry him. It was partly his mind. It wasn't the charm. I find charm fairly resistible. I never noticed that he was particularly good-looking even. He looked like an Irish gypsy. It was what he needed and what I needed. See more »

Trivia:

She was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to drama. She is an actress in London, England. See more »

Trademark:

Severe chiseled looks See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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