|Born||21 July 1926
London, England, UK
|Died||25 January 1980
London, England, UK
Queenie Watts (21 July 1926, London, England – 25 January 1980 London, England) was an English actress and singer of film and television.
She appeared in many British films, including the Joan Littlewood production Sparrers Can't Sing (1963) as herself in scenes set in the Iron Bridge Tavern, Millwall, which she ran in real life and in which she starred in the TV series Stars and Garters (1963). She also appeared in the film version of Up the Junction (1968) and as a pub landlady in All Coppers Are.. (1972) and in television programmes through the 1960s and 1970s, including the successful, but critically panned, Romany Jones (1972–75) and its sequel Yus, My Dear (1976) in which Arthur Mullard featured as her husband. She appeared in three episodes of the Play for Today anthology series for the BBC, including Waterloo Sunset transmitted on 23 January 1979. There was also a documentary on her called "Portrait of Queenie" in which she sang original compositions by James Stevens. The film brought forth a vinyl record of the same name.
Watts appeared in Dad's Army in the role of Mrs Edna Peters, also in several episodes of Dixon of Dock Green in different roles, in two episodes of Callan (appearing as the Aunt of petty crook Lonely, played by Russell Hunter), and in the comedy-drama Beryl's Lot (1973–75) and one episode of Steptoe and Son (1972).
Watts also appeared with Arthur Mullard, again as a married couple, and the On the Buses cast in the 1973 film Holiday on the Buses as well as the popular sitcom George and Mildred as the former neighbours of the characters played by Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy.
She ran pubs (including the Iron Bridge Tavern, East India Dock Road, London and the Rose and Crown, Pennyfields, Poplar) with her husband, "Slim Watts", where she also sang and played piano with an eight-piece band to pull in more customers. She appeared in the 1966 film version of Alfie, singing "Goodbye, Dolly Gray" in a memorable, riotous bar-room brawl sequence.
Queenie Watts died from cancer in 1980, aged 53.
Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema by Simon Sheridan (Titan Books) (4th edition) (published 2011)
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