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Patricia Phoenix (1923–1986)

Bold, brassy and larger than life, Pat Phoenix was television's favourite scarlet woman. For nearly 25 years, she dominated the soap opera Coronation Street (1960) in the role of Elsie Tanner and sent shivers down the spines of Britain's menfolk twice a week. With her low cut cleavage, she was known as "the working man's Raquel Welch" and was once... See full bio »

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Known For

Coronation Street Elsie Tanner / Elsie Howard
Cup-Tie Honeymoon Mrs. Butler


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (14 credits)
 1986 Unnatural Causes (TV Series)
- Hidden Talents (1986) ... Nellie (as Pat Phoenix)
 1986 Constant Hot Water (TV Series)
Phyllis Nugent
- Full House (1986) ... Phyllis Nugent
- Chef's Special (1986) ... Phyllis Nugent
- The Germans Are Coming (1986) ... Phyllis Nugent
- One Night in Portofino (1986) ... Phyllis Nugent
- Sunday Lunch (1986) ... Phyllis Nugent
 1960-1984 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Elsie Tanner / Elsie Howard
- Episode #1.2369 (1984) ... Elsie Tanner
- Episode #1.2361 (1983) ... Elsie Tanner
- Episode #1.2359 (1983) ... Elsie Tanner
- Episode #1.2351 (1983) ... Elsie Tanner
- Episode #1.2350 (1983) ... Elsie Tanner
 1977 Mr & Mrs (TV Series)
 1974 Charles Dickens' World of Christmas (TV Movie) (as Pat Phoenix)
 1969 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Movie)
Elsie Tanner
 1962 The L-Shaped Room
 1960 Coronation Street: First Dry Run (TV Movie)
Elsie Tanner
 1959 The Artful Dodger (TV Series)
- Taxi! (1959)
 1959 Blackpool Show Parade (TV Series)
- Happy Days (1959) ... (as Pat Phoenix)
 1959 Jack the Ripper
Rowdy Woman in the Crowd (uncredited)
 1958 Blood of the Vampire
Woman (uncredited)
 1948 Cup-Tie Honeymoon
Mrs. Butler (as Patricia Pilkington)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Stunts (1 credit)
Show Show Self (13 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (14 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Performed the 7" HMV Records single "The Rovers Chorus/Coronation Street Monologue". The former was a pub singalong performed with fellow castmembers, notably Peter Adamson, the latter a spoken word paean to Northern life backed by Eric Spear's theme tune to the soap.

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Pat Phoenix | Patricia Pilkington


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Born Patricia Frederica Manfield at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester to Anna Maria Josephine (née Noonan), originally of County Galway, Ireland, and Thomas Manfield. Phoenix claimed she had been born in County Galway but later stated she had merely been agreeing with something her mother had already told the press. See more »


Flaming red hair



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