Annette Crosbie

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Annette Crosbie

Born (1934-02-12) 12 February 1934 (age 86)
Years active1959–present
Michael Griffiths
(m. 1966; div. 1985)
Children2, including Selina Griffiths

Annette Crosbie, OBE (born 12 February 1934) is a Scottish actress.[1] In 1970, she appeared in an episode of Callan, “Amos Green must live”, as Mrs May Coswood. She is known for her role as Margaret Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000). She twice won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, for The Six Wives of Henry VIII in 1971 and Edward the Seventh in 1976, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the 1976 film The Slipper and the Rose. Her other film appearances include The Pope Must Die (1991), Shooting Fish (1997), The Debt Collector (1999), Calendar Girls (2003) and Into the Woods (2014).

Early life and career[edit]

Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress.[2] Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television series The Six Wives of Henry VIII, for which she won the 1971 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress. In 1973, she starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave in the BBC serial A Picture of Katherine Mansfield.

In 1975, Crosbie made a similar impact as another queen, Queen Victoria, in the ITV period drama Edward the Seventh, for which she won the 1976 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress. She played Cinderella's fairy godmother in The Slipper and the Rose, which was chosen as the Royal Film Première for 1976. In that film, Crosbie sang the Sherman Brothers' song, "Suddenly It Happens". Crosbie voiced the character of Galadriel in Ralph Bakshi's animated movie, The Lord of the Rings, filmed in 1978. In 1980, she played the abbess in Hawk the Slayer. In 1986, she appeared as the vicar's wife in Paradise Postponed.[1]

Crosbie's next major role was as Margaret Meldrew, the long-suffering wife of Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000) for which she is best known. She also played Janet, the housekeeper to Dr. Finlay, in the 1993–96 revival of A. J. Cronin's popular stories. She also had a poignant role in the thriller The Debt Collector (1999).

Crosbie's other roles include playing the monkey-lover Ingrid Strange in an episode of Jonathan Creek (1997), Edith Sparshott in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1997–2001), and Jessie in the film Calendar Girls (2003).

In 2008 she appeared in a BBC adaptation of Little Dorrit. In 2009 she played Sadie Cairncross in the BBC television series Hope Springs.[1] In 2010, Crosbie appeared in the Doctor Who episode "The Eleventh Hour" and in an episode of New Tricks. In 2014 Crosbie appeared in the movies What We Did on Our Holiday and Into the Woods. In 2015 she appeared in a BBC adaptation of Cider with Rosie. In 2016 she appeared in the new film version of Dad's Army. In 2019 she appeared in an episode of Call the Midwife.


Crosbie was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1998 New Year Honours for services to Drama.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Crosbie was married to Michael Griffiths, the father of her son Owen and daughter Selina, who is also an actress.[4]

She is a campaigner for greyhound welfare.[5] Since 2003, she has been President of the League Against Cruel Sports.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Sky West and Crooked Mrs. White
1972 Follow Me! Miss Framer
1976 The Slipper and the Rose Fairy Godmother
1976 Mr Smith Anon
1978 The Lord of the Rings Lady Galadriel of Lothlorien Voice
1980 Hawk the Slayer Abbess
1984 Ordeal by Innocence Kirsten Lindstrom
1991 Chernobyl: The Final Warning Dr. Galina Petrovna
1991 The Pope Must Die Mother Superior
1992 Leon the Pig Farmer Dr. Johnson
1995 Solitaire for 2 Mrs Dwyer
1997 Shooting Fish Mrs Cummins
1999 The Debt Collector Lana
2003 Calendar Girls Jessie
2014 What We Did on Our Holiday Doreen
2014 Into the Woods Granny
2016 Dad's Army Cissy Godfrey
Eat Locals Alice


Year Title Role Notes
1965–1968 Theatre 625 Various 4 episodes
1970 The Six Wives of Henry VIII Catherine of Aragon Episode: "Catherine Aragon"
1970 Callan May Coswood Episode: "Amos Green must live".
1973 A Picture of Katherine Mansfield Various 5 episodes
1973 Special Branch Sarah Lovett Episode: "The Other Man"
1975 Churchill's People Elizabeth Rush Episode: "March On, Boys!"
Edward the Seventh Queen Victoria 10 episodes
1978 Lillie Henrietta Labouchere TV serial, 2 episodes
1983 Crown Court Mrs Owen Episode: "Mother's Boy" (Part 1)
1984 East Lynne Cornelia TV film
1986 Paradise Postponed Dorothy Simcox TV mini-series, 10 episodes
1986–1989 Screenplay Mrs Holders / Cynthia 3 episodes
1987 Taggart Maggie Davidson Episode: "Funeral Rites"
1989 Take Me Home Liz 3 episodes
1989 Summer's Lease Connie Tapscott 2 episodes
1990–2000 One Foot in the Grave Margaret Meldrew 41 episodes plus Comic Relief sketches in 1993 (voice only) and 2001
1992 Heartbeat Penelope Stirling Episode: "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue"
1993–1996 Doctor Finlay Janet MacPherson 27 episodes
1995–1996 Screen Two Dr Elizabeth MacKay / Meg Kelso 2 episodes
1997 Jonathan Creek Dr Ingrid Strange Episode: "The House Of Monkeys"
1999 Oliver Twist Mrs Bedwin 4 episodes
2001 Waking the Dead Moira Bowen 2 episodes: ”The Blind Beggar”
2004 Black Books Moo-Ma Episode: "Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa"
2005 Midsomer Murders Amelia Plummer Episode: "Sauce for the Goos"
2008 Little Dorrit Mr F's Aunt 6 episodes
2009 Hope Springs Sadie Cairncross 8 episodes
2010 Doctor Who Mrs Angelo Episode: "The Eleventh Hour"
−2010 New Tricks Miss Jones Episode: "Coming Out Ball (New Tricks)"
2015 The Vicar of Dibley Reverend Mavis Pipkin Episode: "The Bishop of Dibley"
2017 Henry IX Charlotte, The Queen Mother 4 episodes
2019 Call the Midwife Clarice Millgrove Series 8 Episode 2
2020 After Life Rosemary Season 2 Episode 1


  1. ^ a b c Annette Crosbie filmography at the Bfi database Archived 15 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine accessed 7 January 2016.
  2. ^ Unipro Limited. "Interview: Annette Crosbie". Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  3. ^ United Kingdom list: "No. 54993". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 30 December 1997. pp. 1–28.
  4. ^ "Annette Crosbie OBE". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  5. ^ "BBC Inside Out – Postcode lottery". 24 February 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  6. ^ About Annette Crosbie | Annette Crosbie's Blog

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