Doreen Mantle

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Doreen Mantle
Born Doreen Mendel
(1926-08-01) 1 August 1926 (age 91)
Cape Town, Cape Province
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–present

Doreen Mantle (born 1 August 1926) is a South African-born[1] English actress who is probably best known for her role as Jean Warboys in One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000).

She has appeared in many British television series from the 1960s to the present, such as The Duchess of Duke Street, The Wild House, Sam Saturday, Chalk, Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, Holby City and Jonathan Creek. She played lollipop lady Queenie in Jam & Jerusalem (2006–09).

Mantle has worked extensively on the stage in such productions as My Fair Lady, Keep It in the Family, The Seagull and Hamlet. She also toured Britain in Billy Liar in the role of Florence Boothroyd and performed at the National Theatre in The Voysey Inheritance. In 1979 she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Death of a Salesman.[2] She has also done a great deal of radio work for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.

Mantle played "Mrs Shaemen" Yentl (1983). In 2011, Mantle appeared in Coronation Street as the mother of Colin Fishwick whose identity was taken by John Stape.[3]



  1. ^ Webber, Richard (2006). The Complete One Foot in the Grave. London: Orion. p. 48; ISBN 0-7528-7357-1.
  2. ^ "The Laurence Olivier Awards: Full List of Winners, 1976-2008" (PDF). The Society of London Theatre. 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (27 October 2010). "'One Foot in the Grave' star joins Corrie". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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