Reid in 1974
|Born||Beryl Elizabeth Reid
17 June 1919
Hereford, Herefordshire, England, UK
|Died||13 October 1996
South Buckinghamshire, England, UK
|Cause of death||pneumonia and osteoporosis|
Beryl Elizabeth Reid, OBE (17 June 1919 – 13 October 1996) was a British actress of stage and screen. She won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Killing of Sister George, the 1980 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance for Born in the Gardens, and the 1982 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Smiley's People. Her film appearances included The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), The Killing of Sister George (1968), The Assassination Bureau (1969) and No Sex Please, We're British (1973)
Leaving school at 16, she made her debut in 1936 as a music hall performer at the Floral Hall, Bridlington. Before and during the Second World War, she took part in variety shows and pantomimes. She had no formal training but later appeared at the Royal National Theatre in London as a comedy actress. Her first big success came in the BBC radio show Educating Archie as naughty schoolgirl Monica and later as the Brummie, "Marlene".
Her many film and television roles as a character actor were usually well received. She reprised her Tony Award-winning performance of a lesbian soap opera star in The Killing of Sister George for the screen version and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Drama. The tour of the play was not a success, people in shops refused to serve her and other performers due to the gay characters in the play.
In both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People Reid played Connie Sachs. For Smiley's People she won a BAFTA for Best Actress on Television. She also wrote an autobiography, So Much Love, which was well received. She played the part of an elderly feminist and political subversive in the 1987 television drama, The Beiderbecke Tapes.
Always a big personality, character actress, gifted in comedy, she appeared in many situation comedy and variety programmes on TV including BBC TV's long running music hall show, The Good Old Days.
She married twice but had no children.
An authorised biography, 'Roll Out the Beryl' is due for publication by Fantom Films on 22 August 2016. Written by Kaye Crawford, it is the first biography to be written of the actress and coincides with the twentieth anniversary of her death.
|1954||Belles of St Trinian's, TheThe Belles of St Trinian's||Miss Wilson|
|1956||Extra Day, TheThe Extra Day||Beryl|
|1960||Two-Way Stretch||Miss Pringle|
|1962||Dock Brief, TheThe Dock Brief||Doris Fowle, his late wife|
|1968||Inspector Clouseau||Mrs. Weaver|
|1968||Killing of Sister George, TheThe Killing of Sister George||June 'George' Buckridge||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama|
|1969||Assassination Bureau, TheThe Assassination Bureau||Madame Otero|
|1970||Entertaining Mr Sloane||Kath|
|1970||Beast in the Cellar, TheThe Beast in the Cellar||Ellie Ballantyne|
|1972||Father, Dear Father||Mrs. Stoppard|
|1972||Dr. Phibes Rises Again||Miss Ambrose, Harry's Cousin|
|1973||No Sex Please, We're British||Bertha Hunter|
|1977||Joseph Andrews||Mrs. Slipslop|
|1978||Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse||Matron|
|1978||Carry On Emmannuelle||Mrs Valentine|
|1979||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Connie Sachs||Episode "Smiley Tracks the Mole"
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
|1980||Rhubarb Rhubarb||Home Owner's Wife|
|1981||Late Flowering Love||segment "Invasion Exercise on the Poultry Farm"|
|1982||Doctor Who: Earthshock||Briggs||(Episodes Two, Three, Four)|
|1982||Smiley's People||Connie Sachs||(Episode No. 1.3)
British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
|1983||Wind in the Willows, TheThe Wind in the Willows||Ms. Carrington Moss|
|1983||The Irish R.M.||Mrs Knox of Aussolas Castle|
|1984||Minder||Ruby Hubbard||Series 5, Episode 4 "The Second Time Around"|
|1985||Doctor and the Devils, TheThe Doctor and the Devils||Mrs. Flynn|
|1985||Bergerac||Miss Broome||Series 4, Episode 4 "Low Profile"|
|1985||Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, TheThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole||May Mole||(5 episodes)|
|1987||Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, TheThe Growing Pains of Adrian Mole||Grandma Mole||(6 episodes)|
|1987||Beiderbecke Tapes, TheThe Beiderbecke Tapes||Sylvia||(1 episode)|
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
- GRO Register of Births: SEP 1919 6a 720 HEREFORD, Beryl E. Reid mmn=McDonald
- Daily Telegraph obituary, also featured in Chin Up Girls! (2005)
- GRO Register of Deaths: Oct 1996 B17A 59 Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire, Beryl Elizabeth Reid, DoB 17 June 1919, aged 77.
- MEL GUSSOWPublished: 15 October 1996 (15 October 1996). "Beryl Reid, Actress, 76, Dies; Gave Life to Varied Eccentrics - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
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