Ann Sidney

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Ann Sidney
Ann Sidney 1965.jpg
Ann Sidney in 1965
Born (1944-03-27) 27 March 1944 (age 75)
Poole, England
OccupationActress, model
Spouse(s)Duncan Weldon (m. 2005–2019)
AwardsMiss United Kingdom 1964
Miss World 1964

Ann Sidney (born 27 March 1944) is a British actress, TV Host and beauty queen who won the 1964 Miss World contest representing the United Kingdom.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sidney moved to Poole when very young. She went to Martin Road School in Parkstone and then Martin Kemp-Welch secondary school, which later became St Aldhelm's Academy, leaving school at the age of 15.[2] At first she took an apprenticeship in hairdressing, working in salons in Bournemouth, but then decided that she would rather be a model.

Miss World[edit]

Sidney became the second woman from her country to win the title, after Rosemarie Frankland had won the title in 1961. The pageant was held in London, United Kingdom on 12 November 1964. It was watched on TV by a reported 27.2 million people in the UK alone.[2] During her reign as Miss World, she travelled around the world five times and joined Bob Hope on his USO tour of Asia.


After relinquishing the Miss World title, Sidney had many acting roles on TV, including The Avengers and Are You Being Served?, and in films, including the spy thriller Sebastian (1968) with Dirk Bogarde and Susannah York, and Nicolas Roeg's cult film Performance in (1970) with James Fox and Mick Jagger, as well as forming a touring cabaret act. In 1967 she appeared in the long-running West End farce Not Now, Darling opposite Donald Sinden and Bernard Cribbins.

Sidney has appeared in numerous stage musicals such as Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and as Maria von Trapp in the Sound of Music. She has also appeared in several Christmas pantomimes in the UK, such as Prince Charming in Cinderella with Brian Conley and as Dick in Dick Whittington with Les Dawson. She also spent six years as a lead singer at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Sidney also featured in the Australian-based comedy series Birds In The Bush (1972) and later co-hosted an Australian version of the game show, The Better Sex (1978).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Both before and during her reign as Miss World, Sidney was dating Bruce Forsyth, who at the time was married to Penny Calvert.[4]

In 2005 Sidney married the West End producer Duncan Weldon.[2] He died in 2019.


  1. ^ "Miss World 1964 – Ann Sidney – United Kingdom". Archived from the original on 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-10-10..
  2. ^ a b c "When Parkstone was at the centre of the world: Ann Sidney on being crowned Miss World 50 years ago".
  3. ^ Talking TelevisionAU: The Better Sex[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Bruce Forsyth: The Autobiography. Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. (2001) ISBN 978-0-283-07338-0

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