Anna Quayle

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Anna Quayle
Anne Veronica Maria Quayle

(1932-10-06)6 October 1932
Died16 August 2019(2019-08-16) (aged 86)
EducationConvent of Jesus and Mary Language College
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active1956–1999
Donald Baker
(m. 1976)

Anne Veronica Maria Quayle (6 October 1932 – 16 August 2019),[1] known professionally as Anna Quayle, was an English actress.[2] In 1963, she received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in the original production of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off.

Early and personal life[edit]

Quayle was educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Quayle debuted in East Lynne at age 3 and played other children's roles thereafter.[3]

In 1976, she married Donald Baker, but the marriage ended in divorce.[4]


Quayle appeared on film, on stage and on television. After her graduation from RADA, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Better Late (1956). Her film appearances include A Hard Day's Night (1964, in a short, but memorable scene with John Lennon), Smashing Time (1967), the German expressionist sequence of Casino Royale (1967), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).[4]

Quayle appeared on Broadway in 1963 in the original production of Stop the World - I Want to Get Off opposite Anthony Newley, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Musical Actress.[5] She also appeared in productions of that musical in London and South Africa.[6]

Her other television work includes the comedy drama series Mapp and Lucia, the children's science fiction series The Georgian House, and Grange Hill where she played the role of Mrs Monroe between 1990 and 1994. She also appeared as a regular panellist on the popular BBC2 panel game show What's My Line? in 1973.[4]


In 2012, Quayle was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia; she died on 16 August 2019 at the age of 86.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]




  1. ^ a b Quinn, Michael (2 October 2019). "Obituary: Anna Quayle – 'versatile actor admired for her dramatic panache and comedic subtlety'". The Stage. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Anna Quayle". familiar unknown. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  3. ^ Glover, William (28 October 1962). "Anna Quayle Stops Show In 'Stop the World' Hit". Battle Creek Enquirer. Associated Press. p. 29. Retrieved 5 June 2019 – via
  4. ^ a b c Hadoke, Toby (4 October 2019). "Anna Quayle obituary". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Winners and Honorees: Anna Quayle". Tony Awards. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Anna Quayle Stays In Play". The Troy Record. Associated Press. 15 August 1964. p. 36. Retrieved 5 June 2019 – via

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