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13 July 1933 |
Ashford, Kent, England
Patsy Byrne (born 13 July 1933 in Ashford, Kent) is an English actress.
She was educated at Ashford School for Girls, and attended the school around the same time as Lorna Fendall, and Joanna Brough, daughter of Arthur Brough. After that she studied drama at the Rose Bruford School before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company playing parts such as Maria in Twelfth Night and Gruscha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Aldwych Theatre in the early 1960s. In the 1980s she also worked at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Patsy is famous for playing round, jolly, often slightly insane old women. Probably the most famous of these is Nursie in the popular BBC sitcom Blackadder II. She once again starred alongside Tony Robinson in a Series 3 episode of Maid Marian and her Merry Men. She also starred as Betty the Tea Lady in the BBC children's programme Playdays.
She is also famous for being able to do the splits well into her 60s, which she showed off when she played Malcolm's domineering mother in Watching.
1990 The Chronicles of Narnia The Silver Chair as Giant Nanny
- The Treasure Seekers (1996)
- Slide, Anthony (1996) Some Joe You Don't Know: American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities, Greenwood Press, ISBN 978-0-313-29550-8, p. 11