Anna Cropper

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Anna Cropper
Born 13 May 1938 (1938-05-13)
Brierfield, Lancashire,
Died 22 January 2007 (2007-01-23) (aged 68)
Tangmere, West Sussex, England
Other names Anna Roache
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–99
Spouse(s) William Roache (m. 1961–74) (divorced)
Children Linus Roache
Vanya Roache

Anna Cropper (13 May 1938 – 22 January 2007) was a British stage and television actress.


Cropper studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She made her television debut as Chrysalis in The Insect Play (1960), based on the 1921 play by Czech brothers Josef and Karel Čapek. She appeared in Emergency Ward 10 three times and on Coronation Street three times in 1962.[1] She came to prominence playing a young schizophrenic in the television play In Two Minds (The Wednesday Play, BBC, 1967) by David Mercer.[2] which won the Writers' Guild Award for the Best Television Play of 1967.[3]

Her film roles included appearances in All Neat in Black Stockings (1968), Cromwell (1970) and Nanou (1986). In 1972 she starred in the television production of The Exorcism and in 1975 took over the lead role in the West End stage version when actress Mary Ure died of an overdose following the play's opening night. She played Mary Hodgson, the nurse of the boys who inspired the creation of Peter Pan in the BBC docudrama The Lost Boys (1978). Other television roles included two episodes of the BBC's Play for Today, as Norah Palmer in the James MacTaggart-directed Robin Redbreast (1970), a Christmas supernatural thriller by John Bowen and Dennis Potter's play Schmoedipus (1974).

She appeared in The Jewel in the Crown (1984) and featured in Anna of the Five Towns (1985) a 4-part BBC period drama. Her last television credit is for an episode of Midsomer Murders entitled Death's Shadow (1999).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Cropper was born in Brierfield, Lancashire, the daughter of Margaret, a stage actress and director and Jack Cropper, a dentist.[4] The family lived on Todmorden Road in Burnley during her early life.[5] She was married to the Coronation Street actor William Roache in 1961. The marriage ended in divorce in 1974. They had two children, son Linus Roache and daughter Vanya.[6]

She died suddenly in January 2007, aged 68, at her home in Tangmere, West Sussex.[7]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ obituary in The (Burnley) Citizen
  2. ^ Philip Purser (2007-02-07). "Anna Cropper Insightful actor at her best in haunted roles". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  3. ^ a b Anthony Hayward (2007-02-02). "Anna Cropper Cutting-edge television actress". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Anna Cropper". The Independent. London. 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  5. ^ Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2010
  6. ^ "Anna Cropper". London: 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  7. ^ Hewitt, Andrew (5 February 2007). "Tributes to screen star Anna". Burnley Citizen. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 

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