12 February 1934|
Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland
|Spouse(s)||Michael Griffiths (1966-1985) (divorced)|
Owen Griffiths |
Annette Crosbie, OBE (born 12 February 1934) is a Scottish actress. 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), Calendar Girls (2003) and Into the Woods (2014).
Early life and career
Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress. 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 British Academy 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.
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. 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 .
|1965||Sky West and Crooked||Mrs. White|
|1972||Follow Me!||Miss Framer|
|1976||The Slipper and the Rose||Fairy Godmother|
|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|
|2014||What We Did on Our Holiday||Doreen|
|2014||Into the Woods||Granny|
|2016||Dad's Army||Cissy Godfrey|
|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)|
|1984||East Lynne||Cornelia||TV film|
|1986||Paradise Postponed||Dorothy Simcox||TV mini-series, 10 episodes|
|1986-89||Screenplay||Mrs Holders / Cynthia||3 episodes|
|1987||Taggart||Maggie Davidson||Episode: "Funeral Rites"|
|1989||Take Me Home||Liz||3 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"|
|1993-96||Doctor Finlay||Janet MacPherson||27 episodes|
|1995-96||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|
|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"|
|2015||The Vicar of Dibley||Reverend Mavis Pipkin||Episode: "The Bishop of Dibley"|
|2017||Henry IX||Charlotte, The Queen Mother||4 episodes|
- Annette Crosbie filmography at the Bfi database accessed 7 January 2016.
- Unipro Limited. "Interview: Annette Crosbie". Blockbuster.co.uk. Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
- "BBC Inside Out - Postcode lottery". Bbc.co.uk. 2003-02-24. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
- About Annette Crosbie | Annette Crosbie's Blog