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Joan Sanderson (1912–1992)


Joan Sanderson was a well known British television and stage actress. During several seasons at Stratford Upon Avon, she played the roles of Goneril in King Lear, Constance in King John, and Queen Margaret in Richard III. In a single season at the Old Vic she appeared in The Mousetrap, and in 1981 ended her stage career in the production of "... See full bio »

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St. Ives Miss Gilchrist
(1955)
Please Sir! Doris Ewell
(1971)
Fawlty Towers Mrs. Alice Richards
(1979)

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 1988-1992 After Henry (TV Series)
Eleanor Prescott
- The Other Married Man (1992) ... Eleanor Prescott
- The Married Man (1992) ... Eleanor Prescott
- Yes and No (1992) ... Eleanor Prescott
- A Fully Extended Family (1992) ... Eleanor Prescott
- Poor Relations (1992) ... Eleanor Prescott
 1992 Land of Hope and Gloria (TV Series)
Nancy Princeton
- Country House Murders (1992) ... Nancy Princeton
- The Authentic Taste of England (1992) ... Nancy Princeton
- Running Before Walking (1992) ... Nancy Princeton
- Getting It Taped (1992) ... Nancy Princeton
- The Guided Tour (1992) ... Nancy Princeton
 1988 Thompson (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1988)
 1984-1988 Me and My Girl (TV Series)
Nell Cresset
- A Bit of Overtime (1988) ... Nell Cresset
- When You're Smiling (1988) ... Nell Cresset
- Only the Lonely (1988) ... Nell Cresset
- Mundane Monday (1988) ... Nell Cresset
- The Story of Foxy-Features and Melon-Head (1988) ... Nell Cresset
 1987 Prick Up Your Ears
Anthea's Mother
 1987 Screen Two (TV Series)
Miss Wilbraham
- East of Ipswich (1987) ... Miss Wilbraham
 1986 Mixed Doubles (TV Series)
Mrs. Hatfield
- If at First You Don't Succeed (1986) ... Mrs. Hatfield
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Series)
The Queen of Hearts
- A Mad Tea Party and the Queen's Croquet Ground (1985) ... The Queen of Hearts (voice)
 1984 The Fainthearted Feminist (TV Series)
Mother
 1983 Partners in Crime (TV Mini-Series)
Miss Logan
- The House of Lurking Death (1983) ... Miss Logan
 1983 All for Love (TV Series)
Mrs. Davidson
- Down at the Hydro (1983) ... Mrs. Davidson
 1982 Anyone for Denis? (TV Movie)
Rear Admiral
 1982 Play for Today (TV Series)
Miss Tunstall
- Intensive Care (1982) ... Miss Tunstall
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper
Dorcas
 1981 Janet and Company (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1981)
 1981 Barriers (TV Series)
Miss Morton
- Episode #1.8 (1981) ... Miss Morton
 1980 How's Your Father? (TV Series)
- The Promotion (1980)
 1978-1980 Mixed Blessings (TV Series)
Aunt Dorothy
- The Anniversary (1980) ... Aunt Dorothy
- Up in the World (1980) ... Aunt Dorothy
- Raising the Roof (1979) ... Aunt Dorothy
- You're Going to Have a What! (1978) ... Aunt Dorothy
- Your Money or Your Life (1978) ... Aunt Dorothy
 1979 Ripping Yarns (TV Series)
Lady Bartlesham
- Roger of the Raj (1979) ... Lady Bartlesham
 1979 Fawlty Towers (TV Series)
Mrs. Alice Richards
- Communication Problems (1979) ... Mrs. Alice Richards
 1978 Doris and Doreen (TV Movie)
Dorothy Binns (uncredited)
 1978 Rising Damp (TV Series)
Mother
- Pink Carnations (1978) ... Mother
 1978 The Ghosts of Motley Hall (TV Series)
Alexandra
- Skeleton in the Cupboard: Part 2 (1978) ... Alexandra
- Skeleton in the Cupboard: Part 1 (1978) ... Alexandra
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Aunt Sophie
- Silver Lining (1977) ... Aunt Sophie
 1976 Well Anyway (TV Series)
The Countess
- Be That as It May (1976) ... The Countess
 1976 The Fortune Hunters (TV Movie)
Katherine Underwood
 1976 Wodehouse Playhouse (TV Series)
Lady Bassett
- Strychnine in the Soup (1976) ... Lady Bassett
 1976 Yus My Dear (TV Series)
Mrs. Hartington
- Brother Benny (1976) ... Mrs. Hartington
 1975 Upstairs, Downstairs (TV Series)
Mrs. Waddilove
- Noblesse Oblige (1975) ... Mrs. Waddilove
 1975 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #14.2 (1975)
 1975 One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
1st Park Nanny (uncredited)
 1975 Crown Court (TV Series)
Susan Halls
- Matron: Part 1 (1975) ... Susan Halls
 1968-1972 Please Sir! (TV Series)
Doris Ewell
- The Fixer (1972) ... Doris Ewell
- The Price War (1972) ... Doris Ewell
- Blodwyn All Over (1972) ... Doris Ewell
- Please Give Generously (1972) ... Doris Ewell
- Cup Fever (1972) ... Doris Ewell
 1971 Please Sir!
Doris Ewell
 1970-1971 All Gas and Gaiters (TV Series)
Grace Pugh-Critchley
- The Bishop Loses His Chaplain (1971) ... Grace Pugh-Critchley
- The Bishop Has a Rest (1971) ... Grace Pugh-Critchley
- The Bishop Shows His Loyalty (1971) ... Grace Pugh-Critchley
- The Bishop Gives a Present (1971) ... Grace Pugh-Critchley
- The Bishops Entertains (1971) ... Grace Pugh-Critchley
 1970 Never Say Die (TV Series)
Sister Brooding
- The New Sister (1970) ... Sister Brooding
 1970 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Smythe
- Meter Maids (1970) ... Smythe
 1970 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
Lady Brancaster
- The Human Element (1970) ... Lady Brancaster
 1969 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Movie)
Doris Ewell
 1969 The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (TV Series)
The Countess of Pagwell
- Branestawm and Time (1969) ... The Countess of Pagwell
 1969 Wild, Wild Women (TV Series)
Mrs. Harcourt
- Episode #1.6 (1969) ... Mrs. Harcourt
- Episode #1.4 (1969) ... Mrs. Harcourt
- Episode #1.1 (1969) ... Mrs. Harcourt (uncredited)
 1968 Ooh La La! (TV Series)
Mme. Trujadin
- The Missing Person (1968) ... Mme. Trujadin
 1965-1967 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Isobel / Angela Walker
- Fall of the Goat (1967) ... Isobel
- The Confidence Course (1965) ... Angela Walker
 1967 Boy Meets Girl (TV Series)
Germaine
- Goodnight Pelican (1967) ... Germaine
 1966 Who Killed the Cat?
Mrs. Sandford
 1966 Brian Rix Presents ... (TV Series)
Mrs. Austin
- Good Old Summertime (1966) ... Mrs. Austin
 1966 Seven Deadly Sins (TV Series)
Hotel Receptionist
- A Temporary Typist (1966) ... Hotel Receptionist
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Mrs. Hadfield
- Semi-Detached (1966) ... Mrs. Hadfield
 1963-1965 Laughter from the Whitehall (TV Series)
Mrs. Leverett / Aunt Cicely
- Rookery Nook (1965) ... Mrs. Leverett
- High Temperature (1963) ... Aunt Cicely
 1965 Night Train to Surbiton (TV Mini-Series)
Manageress
- Episode #1.1 (1965) ... Manageress
 1964 Detective (TV Series)
Mrs. Blayne
- End of Chapter (1964) ... Mrs. Blayne
 1963 Maigret (TV Series)
Juliette Boynet
- Poor Cecile! (1963) ... Juliette Boynet
 1962 Dial RIX (TV Series)
Mrs. Hathaway
- No Plums in the Pudding (1962) ... Mrs. Hathaway
 1962 Hotel Paradiso (TV Movie)
Angélique
 1962 Raise Your Glasses (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1962)
 1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Mrs. Hollyman
- The Slip (1962) ... Mrs. Hollyman
 1962 A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing (TV Movie)
Mrs. Blandford
 1962 She Knows Y' Know
Euphemia Smallhope
 1962 In the Doghouse
PA (uncredited)
 1961 The Pocket Lancer (TV Mini-Series)
Countess of Clarencourt
- A Million Pounds (1961) ... Countess of Clarencourt
- Cry "Thief"! (1961) ... Countess of Clarencourt
- The Robbery (1961) ... Countess of Clarencourt
- The Runaway (1961) ... Countess of Clarencourt
 1961 Bonehead (TV Series)
Lady Rufflet
- Dig That Treasure (1961) ... Lady Rufflet
 1959 The Pocket Lancer (TV Mini-Series)
Countess of Clarencourt
- A Million Pounds (1959) ... Countess of Clarencourt
- Cry "Thief"! (1959) ... Countess of Clarencourt
- The Robbery (1959) ... Countess of Clarencourt
- The Runaway (1959) ... Countess of Clarencourt
 1954-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Miss Barraclough / Mrs. Ralston / Mrs. Evans / ...
- Brian Rix Presents #3: Wanted - One Body! (1958) ... Miss Barraclough
- Love in a Mist (1956) ... Mrs. Evans
- Halcyon Days (1954) ... Mrs. Dangerfield
 1956 The Goose Girl (TV Movie)
Queen Beatrice
 1956 Rex Milligan (TV Series)
Mrs. Pinkney
- The Bogus Formula (1956) ... Mrs. Pinkney
 1956 Lord Emsworth and the Little Friend (TV Movie)
Lady Constance
 1956 The Gordon Honour (TV Series)
American tourist
- The Prisoner's Candlestick (1956) ... American tourist
 1955 St. Ives (TV Series)
Miss Gilchrist
- The Assembly Ball (1955) ... Miss Gilchrist
- Amersham Place (1955) ... Miss Gilchrist
- A la Belle Flora (1955) ... Miss Gilchrist
- Lion Rampant (1955) ... Miss Gilchrist
 1955 Robinson and Co. (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mole
 1954 The Golden Toy (TV Movie)
The Nurse
 1954 Pig-Hoo-o-o-o-ey (TV Short)
Lady Constance
 1952 The Man in Armour (TV Series)
Mrs. Lusty
- Fancy Dress (1952) ... Mrs. Lusty
 1951 Young Wives' Tale
Nurse
 1951 The Secret of the Sampler (TV Short)
Mrs. Saunders
 1951 The Inch Man (TV Series)
Mrs. Hudson
- Wedding Night (1951) ... Mrs. Hudson
 1951 The Secret of the Snowstorm (TV Short)
Mrs. Saunders
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(January, April, June-December 1980) She acted in the British National Theatre Season Repertoire of Athol Fugard's play, "A Lesson From Aloes," Peter Shaffer's play, "Amadeus," William Shakespeare's plays, "As You Like It," "Othello," and Richard III;" Arthur Miller's plays, "Death of a Salesman and "The Crucible;" David ... See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Trademark:

Playing formidable dragon-like roles

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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