Rita Tushingham


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Rita Tushingham was born in Liverpool on March 14, 1942, and did her professional apprenticeship with the Liverpool Playhouse. In 1961, she made her film debut as a teenager in Tony Richardson's adaption of Shelagh Delaney's kitchen sink drama, A Taste of Honey (1961). For her work in that film, she won a BAFTA and the best actress award at the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

A Taste of Honey Jo [Josephine]
(1961)
Doctor Zhivago The Girl
(1965)
(1969)

Filmography

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  Cold Sun (pre-production)
Vivian
 2021 The Responder (TV Series) (post-production)
- Episode #1.2 (2021)
- Episode #1.1 (2021)
 2021 Ridley Road (TV Series)
Nettie Jones
- Episode #1.4 (2021) ... Nettie Jones
- Episode #1.3 (2021) ... Nettie Jones
- Episode #1.2 (2021) ... Nettie Jones
- Episode #1.1 (2021) ... Nettie Jones
 2021 Last Night in Soho
Peggy
 2020 The Owners
Ellen Huggins
 2020 The Pale Horse (TV Mini Series)
Bella Webb
- Part Two (2020) ... Bella Webb
- Part One (2020) ... Bella Webb
 2018 Still Open All Hours (TV Series)
Annie
- Christmas Special (2018) ... Annie
 2018 Vera (TV Series)
Audrey Latham
- Home (2018) ... Audrey Latham
 2017 My Name Is Lenny
Reenie Joyce
 2016 Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories (TV Mini Series)
Effie Corvier
- Feeders and Eaters (2016) ... Effie Corvier
 2014 In the Flesh (TV Series)
Mrs Lamb
- Episode #2.6 (2014) ... Mrs Lamb
- Episode #2.5 (2014) ... Mrs Lamb
- Episode #2.4 (2014) ... Mrs Lamb
 2013 The Wee Man
Rita Thompson
 2012 Outside Bet
Martha
 2011 Seamonsters
Rose
 2011 Bedlam (TV Series)
Grace
- Inmates (2011) ... Grace
 2009/III The Calling
Sister Gertrude
 2008 Sight Test (Short)
Rita
 2008 Telstar: The Joe Meek Story
Essex Medium
 2008 Broken Lines
Rae
 2008 Come Here Today (Short)
Alex's mother
 2007 The Hideout
Paula Hardyn
 2006 Angel Cake (TV Movie)
Millie
 2006 Marple (TV Series)
Miss Elizabeth Percehouse
- The Sittaford Mystery (2006) ... Miss Elizabeth Percehouse
 2005 Loneliness and the Modern Pentathlon (Short)
Headmistress-trainer
 2005 New Tricks (TV Series)
Elise
- Creative Problem Solving (2005) ... Elise
 2004 Being Julia
Aunt Carrie
 2003 Life Beyond the Box: Margo (TV Movie)
Celia Fishwick
 2002 The Stretford Wives (TV Movie)
Marilyn Massey
 2002 Helen West (TV Series)
Margaret Mellors
- Shadow Play (2002) ... Margaret Mellors
 2000 Home Ground (Short)
Nellie
 2000 Out of Depth
Margaret Nixon
 1999 Swing
Mags Luxford
 1998 Spending Nights with Joan (TV Movie)
Bette Davis
 1997 Under the Skin
Mum
 1996 The Boy from Mercury
May Cronin
 1995 An Awfully Big Adventure
Aunt Lily
 1992 A csalás gyönyöre
Dóra - ügyvédnõ
 1990 Sunday Pursuit (TV Short)
Alice Fletcher
 1989 The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway (TV Movie)
Alice Toklas
 1989 Resurrected
Mrs. Deakin
 1988 Bread (TV Series)
Celia Higgins
- Christmas with the Boswells (1988) ... Celia Higgins
- Episode #4.13 (1988) ... Celia Higgins
- Episode #4.11 (1988) ... Celia Higgins
- Episode #4.10 (1988) ... Celia Higgins
- Episode #4.9 (1988) ... Celia Higgins
 1986 Teenage Dream
Jean Stoller
 1986 A Judgment in Stone
Eunice Parchman
 1985 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series short)
Mrs. Prysselius
- Pippi Longstocking (1985) ... Mrs. Prysselius
 1984 Seeing Things (TV Series)
Dr. Jessica Edwards
- Seeing R.E.D. (1984) ... Dr. Jessica Edwards
 1982 Spaghetti House
Kathy Ceccacci
 1982 The Confessions of Felix Krull (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Mrs. Twentyman
 1980 Ladykillers (TV Series)
Charlotte Bryant
- Don't Let Them Kill Me on Wednesday (1980) ... Charlotte Bryant
 1978 Mysteries
Martha Gude
 1977 Black Journal
Maria
 1977 Pane, burro e marmellata
Vera De Virdis
 1977 Green Eyes (TV Movie)
Margaret Sheen
 1975 Rachel's Man
Leah
 1975 The 'Human' Factor
Janice
 1974 No Strings (TV Series)
Leonora
- Look Before You Eat (1974) ... Leonora
- The Morning After the Party Before (1974) ... Leonora
- Is There a Patient in the House? (1974) ... Leonora
- Say It with a Flower (1974) ... Leonora
- Grow and Let Grow (1974) ... Leonora
 1974 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Leonora
- No Strings (1974) ... Leonora
 1974 Fischia il sesso
Carol Houston
 1973 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Grace
- Red Riding Hood (1973) ... Grace
 1972 Slaughter Day
Rita
 1972 Straight on Till Morning
Brenda Thompson
 1969 The Bed Sitting Room
Penelope
 1969 The Guru
Jenny
 1968 Diamonds for Breakfast
Bridget Rafferty
 1967 Smashing Time
Brenda
 1966 The Trap
Eve
 1965 Doctor Zhivago
The Girl
 1965 The Knack... and How to Get It
Nancy Jones
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Joy
- The Man Who Fell Apart (1964) ... Joy
 1964 Girl with Green Eyes
Kate Brady
 1964 The Leather Boys
Dot
 1963 A Place to Go
Catherine Donovan
 1961 A Taste of Honey
Jo [Josephine]
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Other Works:

She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with Colin Blakely, Lynn Redgrave OBE, Corin Redgrave, Ronnie Barker OBE, Nicol Williamson, David Warner, James Bolam MBE, Samantha Eggar, and Alfred Lynch in the cast. Toby Robertson was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Spouse:

Ousama Rawi  (divorced) | See more »

Children:

Dodonna Bicknell | See more »

Parents:

Tushingham, John | Tushingham, Enid
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Trivia:

Since the mid 1990s, she has divided her time between London and Germany, with her partner Hans-Heinrich Ziemann. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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