Liz Smith (I) (1921–2016)


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Liz Smith found fame as an actress at an age when most people are considering retirement. It was a long road to eventual stardom, during which she struggled to raise a family after a broken marriage. She became best known for her roles in The Vicar of Dibley (1994) and The Royle Family but her talents encompassed serious drama too. And while she ... See full bio »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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(2005)
The Royle Family Norma Speakman
(1998-2006)
High Spirits Mrs Plunkett
(1988)
(1984)

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 2013 The Tunnel (TV Series)
Harriet Stone
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... Harriet Stone
- Episode #1.2 (2013) ... Harriet Stone
 2013 Common Ground (TV Series short)
Colin's Mum
- Colin (2013) ... Colin's Mum
 2009 The All Star Impressions Show (TV Special)
Queen Elizabeth II
 2009 The Antiques Rogue Show (TV Movie)
Olive Greenhalgh
 2008 City of Ember
Granny
 2008 Flick
Ma
 2008 Lark Rise to Candleford (TV Series)
Zillah
- Episode #1.10 (2008) ... Zillah
- Episode #1.9 (2008) ... Zillah
- Episode #1.8 (2008) ... Zillah
- Episode #1.7 (2008) ... Zillah
- Episode #1.6 (2008) ... Zillah
 2007 The Abbey (TV Movie)
Elsie
 2006 Keeping Mum: Funnies (Video short)
Mrs. Parker
 1998-2006 The Royle Family (TV Series)
Norma Speakman
- The Queen of Sheba (2006) ... Norma Speakman
- The Royle Family at Christmas (2000) ... Norma Speakman
- The Christening (2000) ... Norma Speakman
- London (2000) ... Norma Speakman
- Funeral (2000) ... Norma Speakman
 2006 The Magic Flute
The Old Papagena
 2005 Keeping Mum
Mrs. Parker
 2005 Oliver Twist
Old Woman
 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Grandma Georgina
 2004 Dead Cool
Liz
 2004 Nero (TV Movie)
Soothsayer
 2003 Between the Sheets (TV Mini Series)
Audrey Delany
- Episode #1.6 (2003) ... Audrey Delany
- Episode #1.5 (2003) ... Audrey Delany
- Episode #1.4 (2003) ... Audrey Delany
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... Audrey Delany
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Audrey Delany
 2003 Doctors (TV Series)
Agatha Clifford
- An English Woman's Home (2003) ... Agatha Clifford
 2003 Anna Spud (Short)
Gran
 1984-2002 The Bill (TV Series)
Harriet 'Tatsie' Wright / Edna Finch / Mrs. West / ...
- 041: Gone Native (2002) ... Harriet 'Tatsie' Wright
- 040: Jeopardy (2002) ... Harriet 'Tatsie' Wright
- Sucking Eggs (1998) ... Edna Finch
- Dead Man's Boots (1991) ... Mrs. West
- The Drugs Raid (1984) ... Maggie
 2002 A Good Thief (TV Movie)
Lizzie
 2002 Trial & Retribution (TV Series)
Mrs. Dorothy Norton
- Trial & Retribution V - Part Two (2002) ... Mrs. Dorothy Norton
- Trial & Retribution V - Part One (2002) ... Mrs. Dorothy Norton
 2002 Animated Tales of the World (TV Series)
Third Aunt
- A Story from Taiwan: Aunt Tiger (2002) ... Third Aunt (voice)
 2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (TV Movie)
Peg Sliderskew
 2000 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Joyce
 2000 Donovan Quick (TV Movie)
Granny
 2000 City Central (TV Series)
Megan Roberts
- Half Man Half Cop (2000) ... Megan Roberts
 1996-1999 The Queen's Nose (TV Series)
Grandma
- Harmony's Return (1999) ... Grandma
- Episode #2.6 (1996) ... Grandma
- Episode #2.5 (1996) ... Grandma
- Episode #2.4 (1996) ... Grandma
- Episode #2.3 (1996) ... Grandma
 1999 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dilber
 1991-1999 2point4 Children (TV Series)
Bette / Aunt Belle / Bette and Belle
- Enter the Dragon (1999) ... Bette
- Two Years Before the Mast (1996) ... Bette
- Vertigo (1996) ... Aunt Belle
- Mayday (1995) ... Bette
 1999 Tube Tales
Old Lady (segment "Horny")
 1999 Tom's Midnight Garden
Mrs. Willows
 1999 Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
Lena Finn
- The Lake of Darkness: Part 2 (1999) ... Lena Finn
- The Lake of Darkness: Part 1 (1999) ... Lena Finn
 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Miss Lory
 1998 Anthrakitis (Short)
Dolly
 1998 The Canterbury Tales (TV Series)
The Hag
- Leaving London (1998) ... The Hag (voice)
 1998 The Revengers' Comedies
Winnie
 1997 A Merry War
Mrs. Meakin
 1994-1997 Pirates (TV Series)
Gran (Abigail Blood)
- Episode #3.1 (1997) ... Gran (Abigail Blood)
- Episode #2.1 (1995) ... Gran (Abigail Blood)
- Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Gran (Abigail Blood)
 1996 Karaoke (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Baglin / Mrs.Baglin
- Friday (1996) ... Mrs.Baglin
- Wednesday (1996) ... Mrs. Baglin
- Tuesday (1996) ... Mrs. Baglin
 1996 Secrets & Lies
Cat Owner
 1994-1996 The Vicar of Dibley (TV Series)
Letitia Cropley
- The Easter Bunny (1996) ... Letitia Cropley
- Animals (1994) ... Letitia Cropley
- Election (1994) ... Letitia Cropley
- The Window & the Weather (1994) ... Letitia Cropley
- Community Spirit (1994) ... Letitia Cropley
 1995 Casualty (TV Series)
Tillie
- Hit and Run (1995) ... Tillie
 1995 Crapston Villas (TV Series)
Delia (voice)
 1995 Haunted
Old Gypsy Woman
 1994 Screen One (TV Series)
Mrs. Thompson
- Doggin' Around (1994) ... Mrs. Thompson
 1994 Takin' Over the Asylum (TV Mini Series)
Harriet
- Fly Like an Eagle (1994) ... Harriet
 1994 New Voices (TV Series)
Nana
- Bad Voodoo (1994) ... Nana
 1993 Piccolo grande amore
Queen Mother
 1993 Without Walls (TV Series documentary)
Maid
 1993 Son of the Pink Panther
Marta Balls
 1993 Cluedo (TV Series)
Mrs. White
- Publish & Be Damned (1993) ... Mrs. White
- Where There's a Will (1993) ... Mrs. White
- The Hanged Man (1993) ... Mrs. White
- The Word, the Flesh and the Devil (1993) ... Mrs. White
- Seven Deadly Sinners (1993) ... Mrs. White
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Florence
- God Helps Those (1993) ... Florence
 1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series)
Delfina
- Barcelona, May 1917 (1992) ... Delfina
 1991 Dakota Road
Joan Benson
 1990-1991 Making Out (TV Series)
Muriel
- Episode #3.6 (1991) ... Muriel
- Episode #2.4 (1990) ... Muriel
 1991 Performance (TV Series)
Anyula
- Nona (1991) ... Anyula
 1991 Bottom (TV Series)
Fortune Teller
- Apocalypse (1991) ... Fortune Teller
 1991 El C.I.D. (TV Series)
Mildred
- Paradise Mislaid (1991) ... Mildred
 1990 Dunrulin (TV Movie)
Mrs. Trodd
 1990 A Bit of Fry and Laurie (TV Series)
Woman Returning Suits
- Episode #2.4 (1990) ... Woman Returning Suits
 1987-1990 Screen Two (TV Series)
Agent / Gran / Mrs. Slatterthwaite
- Drowning in the Shallow End (1990) ... Agent
- Words of Love (1989) ... Gran
- On the Palm (1987) ... Mrs. Slatterthwaite
 1989 All Change (TV Series)
Aunt Mary
- The Bosom of the Family (1989) ... Aunt Mary
 1989 Singles (TV Series)
Mrs. Phelps
- Family Likeness (1989) ... Mrs. Phelps
 1989 Bert Rigby, You're a Fool
Mrs. Rigby
 1989 Young Charlie Chaplin (TV Series)
Mrs. Greenwood
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... Mrs. Greenwood
 1988 Jake's Journey (TV Movie)
Witch
 1988 High Spirits
Mrs Plunkett
 1988 Apartment Zero
Mary Louise McKinney
 1988 We Think the World of You
Millie Burney
 1987-1988 Valentine Park (TV Series)
Mrs. Giles
- Swarm! (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
- Heroes and Villains (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
- A Rose by Any Other Name (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
- Who's Minding the Marigolds? (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
- Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (1988) ... Mrs. Giles
 1988 All in Good Faith (TV Series)
Annie Freeman
- And He Fell Among Thieves (1988) ... Annie Freeman
 1987 When We Are Married (TV Movie)
Mrs Northrop
 1987 Little Dorrit
Mrs. Bangham, Midwife
 1987 Bust (TV Series)
Brenda Walsh
- Man of Property (1987) ... Brenda Walsh
 1987 Worlds Beyond (TV Series)
Mrs. Watts
- Undying Love (1987) ... Mrs. Watts
 1987 Imaginary Friends (TV Mini Series)
Milly Munger
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Milly Munger
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Milly Munger
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Milly Munger
 1986 The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Fisher
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Mrs. Fisher
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Mrs. Fisher
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Mrs. Fisher
 1986 King & Castle (TV Series)
Mrs. Chalmers
- Friends (1986) ... Mrs. Chalmers
 1986 Harem (TV Movie)
Mrs. Pendleton
 1985 Rainbow (TV Series)
Auntie Liz
- Overhelpfuls (1985) ... Auntie Liz
 1985 Mann's Best Friends (TV Series)
Mrs. Anstruther
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Mrs. Anstruther
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Mrs. Anstruther
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Mrs. Anstruther
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Mrs. Anstruther
 1985 Doctors' Dilemmas (TV Series documentary)
Edna Bryant
- Buying Time (1985) ... Edna Bryant
 1984 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dilber
 1984 A Private Function
Mother
 1984 The Lenny Henry Show (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Various Characters
 1983-1984 Now and Then (TV Series)
Gran
- Episode #2.6 (1984) ... Gran
- Episode #2.5 (1984) ... Gran
- Episode #2.4 (1984) ... Gran
- Episode #2.3 (1984) ... Gran
- Episode #2.2 (1984) ... Gran
 1984 One by One (TV Series)
Gran Turner
- Ends and Beginnings (1984) ... Gran Turner
- The Woman's Touch (1984) ... Gran Turner
- Doctor's Orders (1984) ... Gran Turner
- A Long Weekend (1984) ... Gran Turner
- Time and Motion (1984) ... Gran Turner
 1983 Partners in Crime (TV Mini Series)
Hannah Macpherson
- The House of Lurking Death (1983) ... Hannah Macpherson
 1983 The All Electric Amusement Arcade (TV Series)
Gran
- Episode #1.7 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.6 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.5 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.4 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Gran
 1983 Curse of the Pink Panther
Marta Balls
 1983 Fanny Hill
Mrs. Jones (uncredited)
 1983 Separate Tables (TV Movie)
Miss Meacham
 1983 Mr. Right (TV Series)
Gran
- Episode #1.4 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Gran
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Gran
 1982 Give Us This Day
Landlady
 1980-1982 In Loving Memory (TV Series)
Hilda Pardoe
- Special: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1982) ... Hilda Pardoe
- The Outing (1980) ... Hilda Pardoe
 1982 Russian Night... 1941 (TV Movie)
Frosya
 1982 Crystal Gazing
Lady in Pub
 1982 Britannia Hospital
Maisie
 1982 The Gentle Touch (TV Series)
Edna Slater
- One of Those Days (1982) ... Edna Slater
 1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman
Mrs. Fairley
 1981 Love Story: A Chance to Sit Down (TV Series)
Mrs. Barker
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Mrs. Barker
 1981 The Other 'Arf (TV Series)
Nora
- A Man of Property (1981) ... Nora
 1981 The Monster Club
Villager (uncredited)
 1980 Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
Lady Phillipa of Staines
 1980 Madhouse (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.7 (1980) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.6 (1980) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Various Characters
 1973-1980 Play for Today (TV Series)
Elfie / Keith's Granny / Mrs. Oxfam / ...
- Murder Rap (1980) ... Elfie
- Spend Spend Spend (1977) ... Keith's Granny
- Keep an Eye on Albert (1975) ... Mrs. Oxfam
- Breath (1975) ... Mrs. Pritchett
- Taking Leave (1974)
 1980 Bernie (TV Series)
- Episode #2.3 (1980)
 1979 Hazell (TV Series)
Mrs. Scroop
- Hazell and the Public Enemy (1979) ... Mrs. Scroop
 1975-1979 I Didn't Know You Cared (TV Series)
Mrs Brandon / Mrs. Brandon
- The Great Day (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
- What's in a Name (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
- The Great Escape (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
- Don't Answer That (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
- A Tip Top Day (1979) ... Mrs Brandon
 1979 Agatha
Flora
 1978 Within These Walls (TV Series)
Tottie Dowd
- Is There Anyone There? (1978) ... Tottie Dowd
- Nemesis (1978) ... Tottie Dowd
 1977 The Stick Up
Hotel Manageress
 1977 The Duchess of Duke Street (TV Series)
Nanny
- The Legion of the Living (1977) ... Nanny
- Winter Lament (1977) ... Nanny
 1977 Ripping Yarns (TV Series)
Mrs. Bag
- The Testing of Eric Olthwaite (1977) ... Mrs. Bag
 1977 The Duellists
Fortune Teller
 1977 Nicholas Nickleby (TV Mini Series)
Peg Sliderskew
- Episode #1.6 (1977) ... Peg Sliderskew
- Episode #1.5 (1977) ... Peg Sliderskew
 1977 The Punch Review (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Various Characters
 1976 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
La Falourdel
 1976 The Fortune Hunters (TV Movie)
Mrs. Eady
 1974-1976 Crown Court (TV Series)
Mrs. Flynn / Kitty Ross / Mrs. Fowkes
- Two in the Mind of One: Part 3 (1976) ... Kitty Ross
- Accepted Standards: Part 3 (1976) ... Mrs. Flynn
- Accepted Standards: Part 2 (1976) ... Mrs. Flynn
- Accepted Standards: Part 1 (1976) ... Mrs. Flynn
- Two in the Mind of One: Part 1 (1975) ... Kitty Ross
 1976 It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet
Mrs. Dodds
 1975 Emmerdale Farm (TV Series)
Hilda Semple
- Episode #1.278 (1975) ... Hilda Semple
- Episode #1.277 (1975) ... Hilda Semple
- Episode #1.276 (1975) ... Hilda Semple
- Episode #1.275 (1975) ... Hilda Semple
 1975 It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow (TV Movie)
Vi Bell
 1975 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #14.5 (1975)
 1975 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Mrs. Davies, Landlady
- Hit and Run (1975) ... Mrs. Davies, Landlady
 1974 David Copperfield (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Heep
- Episode #1.5 (1974) ... Mrs. Heep
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... Mrs. Heep
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Mrs. Heep
 1974 Second City Firsts (TV Series)
Mrs. Murphy
- The Festive Poacher (1974) ... Mrs. Murphy
 1974 South Riding (TV Mini Series)
Nellie Huggins
- Take What You Want and Pay for It (1974) ... Nellie Huggins
- The Powers That Be (1974) ... Nellie Huggins
 1974 No, Honestly (TV Series)
May
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1974) ... May
 1974 Bootsie and Snudge (TV Series)
Mrs. Partridge
- Up the Downstairs (1974) ... Mrs. Partridge
 1974 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Mrs. Smith
- Joseph Conrad (1974) ... Mrs. Smith
 1974 Village Hall (TV Series)
Mrs. Whalley
- There'll Almost Always Be an England (1974) ... Mrs. Whalley
 1974 Seven Faces of Woman (TV Series)
Madge
- Polly Put the Kettle On (1974) ... Madge
 1974 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
- Bird Alone (1974)
 1974 Bedtime Stories (TV Series)
Miss Long
- Jack and the Beanstalk (1974) ... Miss Long
 1973 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Housekeeper
- Compo's Suit (1973) ... Housekeeper
 1971 Bleak Moments
Pat's mother
 1970 Leo the Last
Raving tenant (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Liz

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)

Spouse:

Jack Thomas  (divorced)  (2 children)
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Personal Quote:

My advice is: Never peel potatoes. Think of the time that would be saved in this country if nobody peeled potatoes.

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She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to Drama. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently played eccentric or dotty old women

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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