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 the Waltz of the Toreadors (1962), Peg in Georgy Girl (1966), Soberness in Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), and Mrs. E in Viv 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. Most recently she starred with Miriam Margolyes in Alison and Maud.
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.
She has also recently appeared (4 November 2011) in a lottery advert on ITV.
- 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.
- Percy (1971)
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