Billie Whitelaw Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK
Died in Hampstead, London, England, UK
Birth NameBillie Honor Whitelaw
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Billie Whitelaw first appeared on the radio aged 11. She made her theatrical debut in 1950 and in films from 1953. She has made a speciality of playing intense, single-purposed women. Also, (on stage), she has appeared in many of the stranger plays by Samuel Beckett.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Spouse (2)

Robert Muller (1967 - 27 May 1998) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Peter Vaughan (1952 - 1966) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Playing intensely independent, often fearsome women.

Trivia (17)

Billie is a member of the Society of Friends.
Had dubbed Paola Mori's role in Orson Welles's Mr. Arkadin (1955).
Her second husband was the playwright, drama critic and occasional screenwriter Robert Muller (now deceased). They had one son, Matthew Muller.
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
Commutes between her apartment in London-Hampstead and her cottage in Suffolk.
When her son Matthew (born 1968) was five years old, he developed an appalling form of meningitis. The doctors gave him three days to live, but miraculously he pulled through. However, it took about two years for him to get entirely well again.
Met her husband Robert Muller at a party given by Bob Monkhouse. She said it had been a very calm, very quiet understanding of the fact that this was the man who would be the father of her child. And she added she hadn't doubted it for a second.
Has two stepdaughters (both her husband Robert's children by his first marriage): Clare (born 1962) and Sophie (born 1964)
Associate Member of Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Graduated from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Samuel Beckett referred to her as "The perfect actress".
Was a member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1970.
Her son's apartment was used as a location in Shaun of the Dead (2004). As he had probably seen the film and enjoyed it, he encouraged his mother to be a part of Hot Fuzz (2007) by Pegg/Wright.
Made her acting debut on radio at the age of eleven, playing the boy detective Henry Bones on BBC's "Children's Hour". She first appeared on stage at the Bradford Civic Playhouse in 1950 in "Pink String and Sealing Wax".
She spent the last four years of her life living in a nursing home in Hampstead, London.
Gave up smoking in 1975.
She was replaced by Sylvia Syms in The Punch and Judy Man.

Personal Quotes (5)

About how she found her cottage in Suffolk: "I ended up at an estate agent's in Sudbury and the chap, knowing I was an actress and imagining that I had Elizabeth Taylor finances, brought out details of all these places that Paul Getty would have been happy with. I said to him: 'Now, listen. Most of my parts are played at the Royal Court or the RSC and I barely make enough to pay my parking tickets. What I'm after is something totally run down, something that no one else would touch.' - He said: 'Get in the car.' And he drove me here."
I could have easily have become a nun, or a prostitute, or both.
[on Samuel Beckett] Like many men the older he got the more attractive he became -- at least as seen through a woman's eyes.
I'm not really interested in acting anymore. It's not the centre of my life. I always thought it was a bit of a flibbertigibbety occupation. (1996)
Death's not one of those things that frighten the life out of me. Getting up on stage with the curtain going up frightens me more.

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