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|Born||Patricia Amy Rowlands
19 January 1931
Palmers Green, London, England, UK
|Died||22 January 2005
Hove, East Sussex, England, UK
|Television||Bless This House
Patsy Rowlands (19 January 1931 – 22 January 2005) was an English actress who is best remembered for her roles in the Carry On films series, and as Betty Lewis in the popular ITV Thames sitcom Bless This House, and as Alice Meredith in the Yorkshire Television sitcom Hallelujah!.
She was born in Seven Sisters, London and attended the Sacred Heart convent school at Whetstone. At one an elocution teacher spotted her potential and encouraged her to pursue a career in acting. She applied for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and won a scholarship aged fifteen
Rowlands began her career in the chorus of Annie Get Your Gun, followed by a summer season in Torquay. She then spent several years with the Players' Theatre in London, before making her West End debut in Sandy Wilson's musical Valmouth. It was at this time she met her future husband, the composer Malcolm Sircom. They divorced in 1967.
Other West End theatre credits included Semi-Detached with Laurence Olivier and directed by Tony Richardson (with whom she was to work often, appearing in his 1963 film Tom Jones), Shut Your Eyes and Think of England, with Donald Sinden, The Seagull and Ben Travers's The Bed Before Yesterday, both directed by Lindsay Anderson and When We Are Married for Ronald Eyre. She also starred in Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Oliver! in the mid-1990s as well as playing Jack's mother in the original London cast of Sondheim's Into the Woods alongside Julia McKenzie and Imelda Staunton. One of her final musical appearances in the West End was as Mrs Pearce in the National Theatre's production of My Fair Lady which also starred Jonathan Pryce.
Carry On films
She made her debut in the Carry On films in Carry On Again Doctor in 1969 and soon became a regular member of the team, usually playing the dowdy, put-upon wife or the long-suffering secretary. Between 1969 and 1975 she appeared in nine of the films, including Carry On Loving, Carry On at Your Convenience, Carry On Girls and Carry On Behind.
On 7 March 1971 she starred in a single episode (You've Really Landed Me In It This Time) of popular ITV sitcom Doctor at Large, with Barry Evans and George Layton, as a nymphomaniac secretary, a role she seemed to relish and had played similarly in Carry On Loving.
From 1971 to 1976, she played Betty, the feckless neighbour in the popular ITV sitcom Bless This House, which starred fellow Carry On star Sid James. Her other television credits at this time included appearances with comedians such as Les Dawson and Dick Emery. In the early 1980s, she appeared with Thora Hird in the sitcom Hallelujah!, in which they played an aunt and niece in The Salvation Army. In 1991 she appeared in an episode of Zorro filmed in Madrid, Spain.
Later television credits include The Cazalets, The Canterbury Tales, The Cater Street Hangman, Get Well Soon, Vanity Fair, Murder Most English, and Bottom for the BBC. In 2002 she was a guest on the paranormal series Most Haunted. Rowlands took part in several DVD audio commentaries along with other surviving stars of the Carry On films in 2003.
Juliet Bravo 1981 Episode #2.2 Arlene - Played "Muriel Davis" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0617656/
Rowlands developed breast cancer and had to abandon her plans to become an acting teacher, and quietly retire. She died of the disease in an East Sussex hospice, three days after her 74th birthday. She was survived by her only son, Alan.
|1959||Gert and Daisy||Bonnie|
|1964||Danger Man||Mrs. Farebrother|
|1971 to 1976||Bless This House||Betty Lewis|
|1974 to 1977||The Squirrels||Susan|
|1980||The Nesbitts Are Coming||WPC Naylor|
|1983 to 1984||Hallelujah!||Alice Meredith|
|1997||Get Well Soon||Mrs Clapton|
|1964||Danger Man||Mrs. Farebrother|
- Over the Odds (1961)
- On the Fiddle (1961)
- A Kind of Loving (1962)
- The Brain (1962)
- Tom Jones (1963)
- A Stitch in Time (1963)
- Dateline Diamonds (1965)
- Please Sir! (1971)
- Bless This House (1972)
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)
- Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980)