Geraldine Newman

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Geraldine Newman
Born Geraldine Newman
(1934-02-18) 18 February 1934 (age 84)
Brighton, Sussex, England, UK
Spouse(s) David Garth (died 1988)

Geraldine Newman (born 18 February 1934) is an English film and television actress who has acted in more than 30 television programmes and films.

Her most notable television performance was in the sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles.


Newman attended drama school in Brighton.[1] She is best known for her role as Hilda Hughes in the 1980s BBC TV series, Ever Decreasing Circles [2] which ran from 1984-87 with a special, extended Christmas series finale in December 1989.


She was married to fellow English actor, David Garth,[3] who was 14 years her senior, until his death in 1988. She continues to work actively in the media.



Year Title Role
1970 All the Way Up Makepiece's Secretary
1997 Breakout Neighbour


Year Title Role
1962–66 Dr. Finlay's Casebook Mary Davidson
1964 Crossroads Constance Merrow
1969–70 Dear Mother...Love Albert Mrs. McKewan
1977 Backs to the Land Miss Rainbow
1979 Lovely Couple Madge Dent
1984–89 Ever Decreasing Circles Hilda Hughes
1985–86 Mapp & Lucia Grosvenor
1987 Sleeping Murder Janet Erskine
1993 Keeping Up Appearances Women's Institute chairlady


  1. ^ Michael Bangerter interview at TV Heaven. Retrieved 30 March 2013
  2. ^ Vockins, Simon. "Hell's Bells!". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-07.
  3. ^ "BFI". Retrieved 2007-09-07.

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