19 February 1939 |
Derby, Derbyshire, England
Gwen Taylor (born 19 February 1939 in Derby, England) is an actress who has appeared in many British television programmes, including Z-Cars, Murder Most Horrid, Yes, Prime Minister, Inspector Morse, Midsomer Murders Coronation Street and Belonging. However, she is most famous for her roles in two sitcoms: as Amy Pearce in Duty Free (1984–86), and as Barbara Liversidge in Barbara (1995–2003).
Her initial career was in banking, but when she was an assistant area manager for the National Provincial Bank in Derby she became increasingly interested in amateur dramatics. Her first professional acting role was as a Green Bean in 'Jack and the Beanstalk' at Derby Playhouse.
Gwen Taylor trained at East 15 Acting School, London. She played Pamela Dean, the sister of the murder victim Victor Dean, in Murder Must Advertise (1973), and later in the 1970s she was one of the regulars on Eric Idle's Rutland Weekend Television. She also appeared in other Monty Python spin-offs such as The Life of Brian and Ripping Yarns, and as Chastity and Mrs. Mountbatten in the Beatles parody The Rutles. On The Rutles DVD commentary Eric Idle described her as "the best comedy actress I ever worked with. She could do anything." However, she turned down a role in The Meaning of Life as she thought that being covered in intestines as a man exploded in a restaurant would be "tasteless".
In 1990 she was nominated for a Bafta TV award in the best actress category for her role in A Bit of a Do opposite David Jason.
In July 2011 it was announced that Gwen Taylor would be joining the cast of Coronation Street, playing Anne, the mother of Frank Foster. She departed the series after her character was revealed as the killer of her rapist son on 19 March 2012.
In November 2012 she appeared with Don Warrington in the stage version of "Driving Miss Daisy" on a UK-wide tour.
Television Roles 
|1980||Sounding Brass||Cynthia Wildgoose|
|1981||Only When I Laugh (TV series)||Victoria Plumtree|
|1984 to 1986||Duty Free||Amy Pearce|
|1989||A Bit of a Do||Rita Simcock|
|1991||The Sharp End||Celia Forrest|
|1993||Conjugal Rites||Gen MasefieldItalic text|
|1997||A Perfect State||Laura Fitzgerald|
1999 to 2003
|2011–12||Coronation Street||Anne Foster||Regular role|
Selected filmography 
- Richard's Things (1980)
- "Actress Gwen shows naked ambition at 72 as she lands a role in Corrie" Derby Telegraph (21 July 2011). Accessed 27 September 2011.
- Gwen Taylor at the Internet Movie Database