14 December 1935 |
Bath, Somerset, England, U.K.
|Spouse(s)||Richard Pasco (m. 1967; his death 2014)|
On stage, she has appeared in many productions as well those with the Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. Her early film roles have included Catherine Parr in Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972), Bequest to the Nation (1973), Oh Heavenly Dog (1980), and most famously in Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate film Frenzy (1972), as a woman raped and strangled by a serial killer.
In 1983 Leigh-Hunt appeared as the Queen of Bavaria in the mini-series Wagner sharing her scenes with Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud as court ministers. Richard Burton played the composer Richard Wagner and her husband Richard Pasco appeared also.
She also played Jean Lawrence in the controversial BBC drama Tumbledown (1988), and Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice (1995), and provided the voices of the farmer's wife in The Plague Dogs (1982), and Captain Mildred and Mary the Hover Fairy in the 1987 Children's BBC series Charlie Chalk. In 1999, Leigh starred as Lady Cumnor in BBC's four-part series adaptation of the novel Wives and Daughters (1999). More recently she has appeared in such films as Paper Mask (1990), Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1997), Billy Elliot (2000), The Martins (2001) and Vanity Fair (2004), and has had much work on television, mainly in guest character parts.
- Frenzy (1972) - Brenda Blaney
- Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) - Catherine Parr
- Bequest to the Nation (1973) - Catherine 'Catty' Matcham
- Oh Heavenly Dog (1980) - Margaret
- The Plague Dogs (1982) - Farmer's Wife (voice)
- Paper Mask (1990) - Celia Mumford
- Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1997) - Mrs. Wisbeach
- Billy Elliot (2000) - Vice-Principal
- The Martins (2001) - Mrs. Heath
- Vanity Fair (2004) - Lady Bareacres
- Noble 1982, p. 492
- Noble, Peter, ed. (1982). 1982–1983 Screen International Film And TV Year Book. London: King Publications.
- Barbara Leigh-Hunt on IMDb
- Barbara Leigh-Hunt at the Internet Broadway Database
- Barbara Leigh-Hunt at AllMovie
- Selected performances in Theatre Archive University of Bristol
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