Doreen Mantle

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Doreen Mantle
Born 1926 (age 88–89)
Cape Town, South Africa
Occupation Actress
Years active 1964–present

Doreen Mantle (born 1926) is a South African-born[1] British actress who is probably best known for her role as Mrs 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, Chalk, Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, Holby City and Jonathan Creek. She played lollipop lady Queenie in Jam & Jerusalem (2006–2009).

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 done a lot of work on radio for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.

She starred as Mrs Shaemen in the 1983 film Yentl alongside Barbra Streisand

In 2011, Mantle appeared in Coronation Street as the mother of Colin Fishwick whose identity was taken by John Stape.[3]

She also had a part in an episode of My Family during series ten in 2010.

She is a Vice President of TACT, the Actors' Children's Trust.



  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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