Ann Emery

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Ann Emery (born 12 March 1930, London) is a British actress. She is the sister of actor and comedian Dick Emery.

Educated at Mrs Smith's School for Young Ladies and the Cone Ripman School, she excelled in tap dancing, which led to her first stage role as a Babe in Babes In The Wood at the King's Theatre, Hammersmith.

During her career she has performed in various theatre roles, including Sir Trevor Nunn's production of My Fair Lady (Royal National Theatre and The Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and as Grandma in the musical Billy Elliot from 2005 to 2010. Following her appearance in Betty Blue Eyes, Emery returned to the role of Grandma which she still plays to this day.

Emery is possibly best known for playing Ethel Meaker in the BBC children's television programme Rentaghost. She also played Ethel Rocket in Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde in 1995 and appeared in the 2007 film Wednesday.

Emery performed as Mother Dear in Cameron Mackintosh's West End musical comedy Betty Blue Eyes. Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith were her daughter and son-in-law Joyce and Gilbert Chilvers. The musical is based on the 1984 film A Private Function by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray, which starred Liz Smith as Joyce's mother alongside Maggie Smith and Michael Palin. Betty Blue Eyes ran at the Novello Theatre from April to September 2011, and was enthusiastically received by London critics, with many praising Emery's lively supporting turn.

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