Polly James (born 8 July 1941) is an English actress with a career in theatre, film, television and radio spanning nearly 50 years. She has worked extensively with leading directors including John Schlesinger and Peter Brook.
Blackburn, Lancashire, after graduating from RADA, her TV career began in BBC2's , followed by the role of a drug addict in Thirty-Minute Theatre Z-Cars in 1967. She played Audrey Hargreaves in in 1967. Coronation Street
She is best known for her role as Beryl Hennessey in the first four series of the British
sitcom (1969–74), with The Liver Birds Nerys Hughes (from the second series onwards). The series had started in April 1969 as an episode of , the BBC's breeding ground for sitcoms. She played Comedy Playhouse Cicely Courtneidge in the biographical musical of the actress in 1976, appeared as a soubrette in Once More with Music Alan Clarke's 1982 production of , and in Baal in 1984. She appeared, too, in the Doctor Who West End musicals, and I and Albert . In 1971 Polly James appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Anne of Green Gables The Merchant of Venice with Judi Dench
In conjunction with her acting career, James developed her directing and teaching skills both in the London theatre and in drama-based development workshops with the Skyros community.
Television Roles [ edit ]
Children's [ edit ]
2000 to 2001
The Worst Witch
Miss Lavinia Crotchet
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