|Born||Gillian Nancy Davies
2 March 1938
Bridgend, Wales, UK
|Died||21 December 2016(aged 78)|
Davies was born in Bridgend, Wales. She trained at RADA and is most familiar to television viewers for comedy roles in a host of series, including The Rag Trade, That's My Boy, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and Chance in a Million.
She appeared in non-comedic roles in series such as The Bill, Upstairs, Downstairs, The Forsyte Saga and Grange Hill. Her film roles include that of Nell Perks in The Railway Children (1970), and The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972).
In her later life, Davies was concerned for issues facing the elderly. In May 2007 she had musical success as a member of superannuated pop group The Zimmers. Their cover version of "My Generation" highlighted the plight of the elderly, and reached number 26 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2008, Davies investigated the quality of life in elderly care facilities by posing as the aunt of a BBC reporter, being admitted to a rest home, and spending five days there. She recorded her experiences and treatment and concluded that life in many facilities was a "slow death", featuring inactivity, loneliness and minimal interpersonal interaction. Davies' research was reported on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. She became a trustee and recorded a video for UK registered charity Compassion in Care.
She died on 21 December 2016, aged 78.
|1973||Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em||Miss Thomas||BBC One||Series 1|
|1978||The Mayor of Casterbridge||Nancy||BBC Two||Series of 7 episodes; also broadcast in the U.S.|
|1984–1986||Chance in a Million|||
|1985–1986||That's My Boy||Miss Parfitt||Yorkshire Television|
|1993||Time After Time||Auntie Dot||London Weekend Television|||
|2007||Sensitive Skin||Deddie||BBC Two||Series 2|
|2011||The Catherine Tate Show||BBC Two|||
|2012||The Neighbourhood||BBC North||Comedy pilot, screened at BBC’s Salford Comedy Festival|
|2012-2016||Stella||Marj||Sky 1||Series 1-5|
|1970||The Railway Children||Nell Perks|
|1972||The Amazing Mr Blunden||Miss Meakin|||
|1986||The Canterville Ghost||Aunt Caroline|||
|Murder at the Vicarage||Mrs Salisbury||BBC film based on the novel by Agatha Christie|
|1990||The Purity of the Turf (U.S)
The Village Sports Day at Twing (U.K.)
|Serving Lady||Based on stories by P.G. Wodehouse|
|1988||Consuming Passions||Mrs Coot|
|2010||Bad Night for the Blues||Dorothy||Short film|
|2011||Swinging with the Finkels||Older woman|
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