Annette Crosbie

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Annette Crosbie
Born (1934-02-12) 12 February 1934 (age 82)
Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–present
Spouse(s) Michael Griffiths (divorced)
Children Owen Griffiths
Selina Griffiths

Annette Crosbie, OBE (born 12 February 1934) is a Scottish actress.[1]

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". In Ralph Bakshi's animated movie, The Lord of the Rings, filmed in 1978, Crosbie voiced the character of Galadriel, Lady of the Elves. In 1980, she played the abbess in Hawk the Slayer. In 1986, she appeared as the vicar's wife in Paradise Postponed.[1]

After appearing in the BBC1 drama Take Me Home, 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 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 2004, Crosbie appeared alongside Sam Kelly in an episode of the third series of Black Books, as the mother of the character Manny Bianco. In the series six and seven of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Old Harry's Game, she played a recently deceased historian named Edith.

In 2008 she appeared in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit and an AXA Sun Life television advertisement for the over-50s. In 2009, she portrayed Sadie Cairncross in the BBC television series Hope Springs.[1] In 2010 Crosbie appeared in the Doctor Who episode "The Eleventh Hour" and in the New Tricks episode "Coming Out Ball". 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 the novel Cider with Rosie. In 2016 she appeared in the new film version of Dad's Army .

Crosbie was awarded an OBE in 1998 for services to drama.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Crosbie is divorced from Michael Griffiths, the father of both her children, Owen and Selina.[citation needed]

She is a campaigner for greyhound welfare. Since 2003, she has been President of the League Against Cruel Sports.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Slipper and the Rose Fairy Godmother
1978 The Lord of the Rings Lady Galadriel of Lothlorien Voice
1997 Shooting Fish Mrs Cummins
2003 Calendar Girls Jessie
2014 Into the Woods Little Red Riding Hood's Grandmother
2016 Dad's Army Cissy Godfrey
Eat Local Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1965-68 Theatre 625 Various 4 episodes
1970 The Six Wives of Henry VIII Catherine of Aragon Episode: Catherine Aragon
1973 A Picture of Katherine Mansfield Various 5 episodes
1975 Churchill's People Elizabeth Rush Episode: March On, Boys!
Edward the Seventh Queen Victoria 10 episodes
1983 Crown Court Mrs Owen Episode: Mother's Boy (Part 1)
1986 Paradise Postponed Dorothy Simcox TV mini-series, 10 episodes
1986-89 Screenplay Mrs Holders / Cynthia 3 episodes
1989 Take Me Home Liz 3 episodes
1990-2001 One Foot in the Grave Margaret Meldrew 43 episodes
1992 Heartbeat Penelope Stirling Episode: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
1993-96 Doctor Finlay Janet MacPherson 27 episodes
1995-96 Screen Two Dr Elizabeth MacKay / Meg Kelso 2 episodes
1999 Oliver Twist Mrs Bedwin 4 episodes
2004 Black Books Moo-Ma Episode: Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa
2005 Midsomer Murders Amelia Plummer Episode: Sauce for the Goose
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
2015 The Vicar of Dibley Reverend Mavis Pipkin Episode: The Bishop of Dibley


  1. ^ a b c Annette Crosbie filmography at the Bfi database accessed 7 January 2016.
  2. ^ Unipro Limited. "Interview: Annette Crosbie". Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ About Annette Crosbie | Annette Crosbie's Blog

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