Anna Dawson

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Anna Dawson
Born (1937-07-27) 27 July 1937 (age 79)
Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1965–1995

Anna Dawson (born 27 July 1937) is an English actress and singer.

Born in Bolton, Lancashire, Dawson spent part of her childhood in Tanganyika, where her father worked. She attended the Elmhurst Ballet School and after training at the Central School of Speech and Drama she learned her craft by playing in repertory theatre companies.[1]

Dawson went on to star in several West End musicals. She featured in episodes of Dixon of Dock Green during the 1960s, The Benny Hill Show during the 1980s,[2] and played Hyacinth's sister Violet ("the one with the Mercedes, sauna and room for a pony") in the final series of the sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, though her character was only featured on screen briefly in four episodes.

Dawson is married to former Black and White Minstrel Show soloist John Boulter.

TV credits[edit]

Year Title Role
1964–1966 Dixon of Dock Green Mary Crawford
1965 Mother Goose (Television film) Squire's daughter
1971 Slapstick and Old Lace (TV series) Various
1971 Brian Rix presents: Reluctant Heroes Penny Raymonde
1973 Z-Cars Episode: 'Domestic' Sheila Clowes
1975–1977 Larry Grayson (TV series) Various
1975–1989 The Benny Hill Show Various
1976–1978 What's on Next? (TV series) Various
1977 Miss Jones and Son Episode: 'Baby Talk' Carole
1978 Bernie (TV series)
1978 The Morecambe & Wise Show
Episode: 'Eric & Ernie's Xmas Show 1978'
Bandaged Newsreader
/ Lola
1978–1979 Rings on Their Fingers Deirdre
1979 The Dick Emery Special Various
1980 Robin's Nest
Episode: 'Just an Old-Fashioned Girl'
Atalanta
1980 Life Begins at Forty (TV series) Jill Simpson
1980 The Crowther Collection Various
1980 The Dick Emery Hour Various
1980 The Allan Stewart Show
1980–1981 The Kenny Everett Video Show Carla / Various
1980–1982 Keep It in the Family Mrs Morgan / Woman Juror
1981 The Jim Davidson Show
1981 The Paul Squire Show (TV series)
1981 The Kenny Everett Video Cassette Carla
1983 All for Love (TV series)
Episode: 'Down at the Hydro'
Wife
1984 The New Statesman Enid Vance
1984 The Steam Video Company Various
1986 Smith & Jones Various
1986 Super Gran
Episode: 'Supergran and the World's Worst Circus'
Wendy Whiplash
1988 Bad Boyes
Episode: 'In Danger'
Bonnie
1991 Benny Hill: Unseen (Television film) Various
1995 Keeping Up Appearances Violet

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1973 O Lucky Man! Becky
1973 Love Thy Neighbour Betty
1975 The Sexplorer a.k.a.
The Girl From Starship Venus
Store
Manageress
1977 Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers Glam #1
1981 If You Go Down in the Woods Today Courting woman
1984 Gabrielle and the Doodleman Wicked Witch
1984 Bloodbath at the House of Death Nurse

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Unsung Heroines". musical-theatre.net. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Ross, Robert (1999). Benny Hill: merry master of mirth; the complete companion. London: Batsford. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-7134-8422-9. Retrieved 17 January 2011.