12 December 1936 |
Aldershot, Hampshire, England
|Occupation||Actress, director, playwright|
After training at the Glasgow College of Dramatic Art, Coffey began a career in repertory at the Gateway Theatre in Edinburgh, then moved to the Palladium Theatre there. She later worked for the BBC as a radio interviewer, before appearing in London's West End.
Coffey has had a few supporting film roles. These have included Sidonia in Waltz of the Toreadors (1962), Peg in Georgy Girl (1966), Soberness in Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), and Mrs. E in Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980). Her television appearances include Do Not Adjust Your Set, the Stanley Baxter series (1968, 1971), Girls About Town (1970–71), Hold the Front Page (1974; which she also created), and End of Part One (1979).
On radio, Coffey featured in The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere, in the first series of The Burkiss Way and in The Next Programme Follows Almost Immediately and has made guest appearances on several programmes, including I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Just a Minute. She starred with Miriam Margolyes in two series of Alison and Maud.(2002-4).
She has also enjoyed success as a theatre director, including several notable productions at the Shaw Festival in Canada, where she now lives, such as Noël Coward's Private Lives and Shaw's Androcles and the Lion and Pygmalion.
- Brian MacFarlane (ed) The Encyclopedia of British Film, London: Methuen, 2003, p.128. The source gives the Glasgow College of Drama, but the names appear to be interchangeable.
- Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)
- The Wild and the Willing (1962)
- What a Crazy World (1963)
- Farewell Performance (1963)
- Georgy Girl (1966)
- Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)
- Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
- Percy (1971)
- Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980)
- Another Time, Another Place (1983)
- Saving Grace (2000)
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