Patricia Bredin

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Patricia Bredin (born 1935) is a British actress and one-time singer from Hull, England, who was best known as the very first United Kingdom representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. She took part in the 1957 contest, held in Frankfurt, and finished in seventh place out of ten entries with the song "All", the first ever song sung in English at the Eurovision. According to The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History by John Kennedy O'Connor[1] at 1:52, this is the shortest performance in the history of the contest.

She took the part of Molly, the island girl, in the original cast of the musical Free as Air in 1957. In 1959, she starred in the British comedy film Left Right and Centre with Ian Carmichael. This saw British exhibitors vote her one of the most promising British new stars along with Peter Sellers and Hayley Mills.[2] On Boxing Day in 1959 she also appeared in the BBC TV's long running variety show The Good Old Days, which was rescreened on Boxing Day 2016 on BBC4 as part of the BBC's celebration of the programme.

The following year she had a leading part in another film, the period adventure The Treasure of Monte Cristo, and starred with Sid James in Desert Mice.[3]

Bredin had the distinction of succeeding Julie Andrews as Guenevere in the Broadway production of Camelot. She played the role from 16 April 1962 until she was replaced by Janet Pavek three months later.

Personal life[edit]

In 1964, she married singer Ivor Emmanuel,[4] but they had no children, and divorced within two years.

On her second marriage, she married the Canadian businessman Charles MacCulloch and became Patricia Bredin-McCulloch, but he died on their honeymoon. She built up a herd of cows on their estate and looked after them for almost ten years before financial complications brought her cow-womanship to an end. She published some entertaining reminiscences about this period of her life in My Fling on the Farm (1989).

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, John Kennedy O'Connor. Carlton Books, UK, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3,
  2. ^ "Year Of Profitable British Films." Times [London, England] 1 January 1960: 13. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Patricia Bredin". Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Obituary - Ivor Emmanuel". The Independent. 24 July 2007. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2013l. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Debut entry
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson
with "Sing, Little Birdie"