Barbara Hicks

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Barbara Hicks
Born (1924-08-12)12 August 1924
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Died 6 September 2013(2013-09-06) (aged 89)
Little Maplestead, Essex, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1953—2000

Barbara Hicks (12 August 1924 – 6 September 2013) was an English film actress.[1] She appeared in Terry Gilliam's 1985 cult film Brazil and Merchant Ivory Productions's 1992 Bafta award-winning Howards End.[2]


Hicks was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, and lived at Little Maplestead, Essex. She was educated at Adcote School, Shropshire. She was married for forty years to Lt-Colonel Peter Taylor (25 January 1913 – 26 March 2010). He was an outstanding front line commander who won two MCs in Italy in 1944.

Hicks appeared in a National Theatre 80th birthday tribute to Lord Olivier, Happy Birthday, Sir Larry on 31 May 1987 in the presence of Olivier.[3]

She was the mother of actor Giles Taylor.[4]


Year Title Role
1953 Background Mrs. Young
1954 Conflict of Wings Mrs. Thompson
1956 Sailor Beware! Little Girl's Mother
1958 I Was Monty's Double Hester
1959 Operation Bullshine Sergeant Merrifield
1960 Hand in Hand Miss Roberts
1961 Petticoat Pirates Physical Training Instructress
A Matter of WHO Margery
1964 Smokescreen Miss Breen
1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade Mrs. Duberly's maid
1978 Death on the Nile Village schoolmistress
1980 The Wildcats of St Trinian's Miss Coke
1981 Memoirs of a Survivor Woman on Waste Ground
1982 A Shocking Accident Aunt Joyce
Britannia Hospital Miss Tinker
Evil Under the Sun Flewitt's Secretary
1983 Dombey and Son Mrs. Pipchin
1985 Brazil Mrs. Alma Terrain
Morons from Outer Space Stenographer
Cover Her Face Miss Molpass
1986 The Murder at the Vicarage Miss Hartnell
1989 Wilt Ms Clinch
1990 The Witches Regina
1992 Howards End Miss Avery
1992 The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side Miss Hartnell
1994 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Emily Garrideb
2000 Up at the Villa Lulu Good


  1. ^ Michael Coveney. "Barbara Hicks obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  2. ^ IMDb Biography
  3. ^ Cast list from Happy Birthday, Sir Larry theatre programme, 31 May 1987
  4. ^ Interview with Giles

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