Patricia Hodge

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Patricia Hodge
Born (1946-09-29) 29 September 1946 (age 67)
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Peter Douglas Owen
(1976–present; 2 children)

Patricia Ann Hodge (born 29 September 1946) is an English actress. She made her West End debut in 1972 and in 1973 starred in the West End production of Pippin directed by Bob Fosse. In 2000, she won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the play Money.

Her screen roles include the film adaptation of Harold Pinter's play Betrayal (1983), the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992), the TV miniseries The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986) and the TV film Hotel du Lac (1986), for which she received a BAFTA nomination. Since 2009, she has starred in the BBC sitcom Miranda.

Early life[edit]

Hodge was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. The daughter of the Royal Hotel owner/manager Eric and his wife Marion (née Phillips),[1] Hodge attended Wintringham Girls' Grammar School on Weelsby Avenue in Grimsby and then St. Helen's School, Northwood, Middlesex; before attending Maria Grey College (became West London Institute of Higher Education in 1976 then the Twickenham campus of Brunel University from 1995–2005), Twickenham to train as a teacher. She taught English and drama at Russell County Primary School in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, whilst also applying to London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[2] She started at LAMDA when she was 22, being awarded on graduation the Eveline Evans Award for Best Actress.[3]

Career[edit]

After graduation, she concentrated on theatre work and 18 months later worked with Bob Fosse on Pippin. However, she found when applying for television work she had become classed as a theatre actress. Having made the break-through in the role of Phyllida (Trant) Erskine-Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey, she found when trying to make the occasional return to theatre work that she had been classed as a television actress. Finding the need to have a flexible career to care for her young children, Hodge made the decision to focus her career on the stage, and hence is mainly seen on television in focus parts[clarification needed] and singular roles in-between chosen different theatre roles.[3]

She has appeared in roles as diverse as in The Naked Civil Servant opposite John Hurt ,as Myra Arundel in the 1984 BBC version of Noël Coward's Hay Fever, as Margaret Thatcher in The Falklands Play, and in 2007 as Betty, the wife of tycoon Robert Maxwell, in the BBC TV drama Maxwell opposite David Suchet.[4] She took the female lead in the 1983 film, Betrayal (based on Harold Pinter's play Betrayal), a roman à clef derived from the playwright's affair with broadcaster Joan Bakewell.

She co-starred with Dame Judi Dench in the 1995 London revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music as Countess Charlotte Malcom.

She was nominated for a BAFTA for her role in a television adaptation of Anita Brookner's Hotel du Lac in 1987, and was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the production of Money at the Royal National Theatre.[5] Hodge is an Honorary Graduate (DLitt) of Brunel University and one of the founder members of the Brunel Club.[6] Since 2009, she has played a comedy role in the BBC sitcom Miranda, as the mother of the eponymous main character. She is joint President of Grimsby's Caxton Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

Hodge married music publisher Peter Douglas Owen on 31 July 1976 in Tonbridge. The couple have two children: Alexander Richard Charles (born March 1989); and Edward Frederick James (born January 1992).

Television[edit]

Films[edit]

Stage[edit]

  • No-One Was Saved, 1971
  • Rookery Nook, 1972
  • Popkiss, 1972
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1973
  • Pippin, 1973
  • Hair, 1974
  • The Beggar's Opera, 1975
  • Pal Joey, 1976
  • Look Back in Anger, 1976
  • Then and Now, 1979
  • The Mitford Girls, 1981
  • As You Like It, 1983
  • Benefactors, 1984
  • Lady in the Dark, 1988
  • Noël and Gertie, 1989–90
  • Shades, 1992
  • Separate Tables, 1993
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1994
  • A Little Night Music, 1995
  • Money, 1999–2000
  • "Summerfolk", 1999–2000
  • "Noises Off", 2001–02
  • "His Dark Materials", 2003–04
  • Dream Me a Winter, 2006 (part of the Old Vic's '24 Hour Plays')
  • Boeing Boeing, 2007
  • The Country Wife, 2007–08
  • "The Clean House", 2008
  • Calendar Girls, 2008
  • The Breath of Life, 2011
  • Dandy Dick, 2012
  • Relative Values, 2013-14

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
1981 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical The Mitford Girls Nominated
1987 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress Hotel du Lac Nominated
1990 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical Noel and Gertie Nominated
2000 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress Money Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bio at filmreference.com
  2. ^ LAMDA past
  3. ^ a b The Big Interview: Patricia Hodge London Theatre Guide – 2 May 2007
  4. ^ Dessau, B (2007-09-29). "A taste of plummy". Theatre (The Times). Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  5. ^ O'Toole honoured at Oliviers BBC News – 18 February 2000
  6. ^ Southbank Sinfonia and Patricia Hodge Brunel University – 2004

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