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Vivian Pickles

Vivian Pickles was born on October 21, 1931 in London, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Harold and Maude (1971), The Avengers (1961) and Nicholas and Alexandra (1971). She was previously married to Gordon Gostelow. See full bio »

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Harold and Maude
Harold and Maude Mrs. Chasen
The Avengers
The Avengers Betty Smythe
Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra Mme. Krupskaya
Elizabeth R
Elizabeth R Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots / Mary, Queen of Scots


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 1999 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Agnes Sampson
 1993 Chef! (TV Series)
Mrs. Courtenay
 1992 Uncle Jack and the Dark Side of the Moon (TV Series)
Cynthia Birdwood
 1990-1992 Birds of a Feather (TV Series)
Sylvie / Auntie Sylvie
 1991 Uncle Jack and the Loch Noch Monster (TV Series)
Cynthia Birdwood
 1991 Jeeves and Wooster (TV Series)
Aunt Dahlia
 1990 Uncle Jack and Operation Green (TV Series)
Cynthia Birdwood
 1990 Desmond's (TV Series)
Bag Lady
 1988 Rockliffe's Folly (TV Series)
Mrs. Dawson
 1988 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Isobel Sedbusk
 1988 Bergerac (TV Series)
Anne Granger
 1986 Screenplay (TV Series)
 1986 Screen Two (TV Series)
 1985 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Mrs. Telfer
 1983 A Pattern of Roses (TV Movie)
Mrs. Ingram
 1983 Jamaica Inn (TV Movie)
Martha Yellan
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Matron: Administration
 1981 Miss Morison's Ghosts (TV Movie)
Dr. Cecilia Hadley
 1980 Love in a Cold Climate (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Montdore
 1979 Rebecca (TV Mini-Series)
 1977 Candleshoe
 1977 Play for Today (TV Series)
Beth Bailey
 1977 The Velvet Glove (TV Series)
Marie Stopes
 1976 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Mother / Maria
 1976 Jackanory Playhouse (TV Series)
Bad Fairy / Old woman
 1975 Comedy Premiere (TV Series)
Margaret Warner
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Shipley / Mrs Shipley
 1974 Notorious Woman (TV Mini-Series)
 1974 Affairs of the Heart (TV Series)
Mrs. Churchley
 1973 O Lucky Man!
Good Lady
 1962-1973 Z Cars (TV Series)
Nellie Duggan / Beryl
 1971 Harold and Maude
Mrs. Chasen
 1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
Mme. Krupskaya
 1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday
Alva Hodson
 1971 Elizabeth R (TV Mini-Series)
Mary, Queen of Scots / Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
 1970 Vile Bodies (TV Movie)
Lottie Crump
 1970 Hello-Goodbye
 1970 The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dickens
 1970 The Looking Glass War
Mrs. King
 1969 Jackanory (TV Series)
 1969 Play Dirty
German Nurse
 1967 Pride and Prejudice (TV Series)
Mrs. Bennet
 1967 Seven Deadly Virtues (TV Series)
Jane Fielding
 1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Virginia Troy
 1966 Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (TV Movie documentary)
Isadora Duncan
 1964 Six (TV Series)
Mrs. James
 1964 First Night (TV Series)
 1964 The Avengers (TV Series)
Betty Smythe
 1962 Mess Mates (TV Series)
 1961 Harpers West One (TV Series)
Julie Wheeler
 1960-1961 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Casualty Sister / Nurse Greer
 1960 Played Upon a Stage (TV Series)
 1960 The Arthur Haynes Show (TV Series)
 1948 Wuthering Heights (TV Movie)
Catherine Linton
 1946 Jean's Plan
Jean Fairfax
 1946 Alice in Wonderland (TV Short)
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Other Works:

She acted in Dodie Smith's play, "I Capture the Castle," at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Richard Greene, Yvonne Furneaux, George Relph, Virginia McKenna, Georgina Cookson, Andrew Ray, Bill Travers, Cyril Luckham, and Victor Lucas in the cast. See more »

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Vivien Pickles


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British classical and contemporary stage actress best known for her hilarious role in the cult film Harold and Maude (1971) as suicidal prankster Harold's (Bud Cort) preoccupied mother. See more »


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