Judy Cornwell

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Judy Cornwell
Born Judy Valerie Cornwell
(1940-02-22) 22 February 1940 (age 77)
Hammersmith, London, England
Other names Judy Cornwall
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959–present
Spouse(s) John Kelsall Parry (m. 1960)
Children Edward
Relatives Sarah Bonner (grandmother)
Website http://www.judycornwell.com/

Judy Valerie Cornwell (born 22 February 1940) is an English actress best known for her role as Daisy in the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances (1990–95). She played Anya Claus in the 1985 film Santa Claus: The Movie.


Cornwell's father served in the RAF and she grew up in Britain, where she attended a convent school and Saint Michael Boarding school in Heacham, Norfolk, before moving to Australia, to which country her family emigrated. She has written about her childhood experiences in her autobiography Adventures of a Jelly Baby. She returned to Britain, and there became a professional dancer and comedian in her teens, working her act between the nudes at the Irving Theatre before becoming an actress. Her long career includes roles in radio's The Navy Lark, the controversial play Oh! What A Lovely War,[1] her own TV comedy series Moody and Pegg,[1] and several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Films and television[edit]

Cornwell's film roles include Santa Claus: The Movie (as Mrs. Claus) and Mad Cows. On television she has appeared in Dixon of Dock Green, Cakes and Ale, Bergerac, Doctor Who (the episode Paradise Towers), several episodes of Farrington of the F.O., The Famous Five, The Bill, Heartbeat, Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders. She also appeared on radio as WREN Cornwell in The Navy Lark. Judy also appeared in BBC soap opera EastEnders as Queenie Trott, the mean tyrant mother of lovable loser Heather Trott. In 1987, she appeared as the English spinster Lady Rosemary Tuttle in the episode 'Rumpole and the Official Secret' from Season 4 of Rumpole of the Bailey. She is best known, however, for her portrayal of lovable working class housewife Daisy in the popular sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, which ran from 1990 to 1995. She also appeared in the new series of Birds of a Feather as a sister shopping in a supermarket in episode 8.

Published works[edit]

Cornwell has published a number of books, including her autobiography Adventures of a Jelly Baby (ISBN 0-283-07001-3) that was published in 2005 which describes her childhood growing up in Britain during the war, and then in Australia where her family emigrated.

She has also published several novels, including Cow and Cow Parsley in 1985, Fishcakes at the Ritz in 1989, The Seventh Sunrise in 1994, and Fear and Favour in 1996.

Personal life[edit]

Cornwell married John Kelsall Parry on 18 December 1960, and they have a son, Edward. The couple reside in Brighton.[2]

Her grandmother was music hall singer Sarah Bonner.

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1974 Moody and Pegg Daphne Pegg
1976 Cakes and Ale Rosie
1980–81 The Good Companions
1982 Look and Read "Fairground" Mrs Watson
1983 Jane Eyre Mrs. Reed
1985 There Comes a Time, Vanessa James
1987 Doctor Who "Paradise Towers" Maddy
1987 Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries "Strong Poison" Miss Booth
1987 Bergerac "The Memory Man" Belle Young
1990–95 Keeping Up Appearances Daisy
1992 Nice Town Aunt Peggy
1992 The Mirror Crack'd Heather Badcock
1996 Famous Five "Five on a Hike Together" Mrs. Baker
1997 Midsomer Murders, "Death in Disguise" episode May Cuttle
1998 The Life and Crimes of William Palmer Mrs. Palmer
1999 Heartbeat Isabelle Sheba Christie
2007–08 EastEnders Queenie Trott
2014 Birds Of A Feather, 1 episode Lady in Supermarket

Film roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1959 Friends and Neighbours 4th Girl
1965 Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Nurse
1967 Two for the Road Pat
1967 Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon Lady Electra
1968 The Wild Racers Pippy
1969 Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? Filigree Fondle
1970 Every Home Should Have One Liz Brown
1970 Paddy Breeda
1970 Country Dance Rosie
1970 Wuthering Heights Nelly Dean
1971 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? Clarine
1985 Santa Claus: The Movie Anya
1987 Cry Freedom Receptionist
1995 Persuasion Mrs. Musgrove
1999 Mad Cows Maddy's Mother
2000 David Copperfield Peggotty


  1. ^ a b Jones, Alison (29 October 2001). "Judy's latest touch of fate; Historic events run hand in hand with Judy Cornwell's career". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Actress Judy Cornwell and husband John Parry celebrate their Golden Wedding". Sussex Life. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 

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