Patricia Greene

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Patricia Honor Greene MBE (born 1931) is an English television and radio actress, who is best known for her long-standing role as Matriarch Jill Archer in the radio serial The Archers. She is the world's longest serving actor in a soap opera, in any medium; coincidentally, the record was previously held by her colleague Norman Painting, who received a listing in Guinness World Records for his feat.

Early life[edit]

Greene was born in Allenton, Derby, England. Her family moved to Campion Street in the New Zealand part of the city, where she attended Ashgate Infants School on Ashbourne Road. Later she moved to Kirk Street, Chester Green, attending St Paul’s Junior School and the Parkfields Cedars Grammar School.[1]


After working as a ward orderly at the Derbyshire Children's Hospital and in the sheet metal factory of Hawk Industries, she went to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London in 1951.

She has had a lengthy career in radio and film, she is best known for portraying matriarch Jill Archer in the BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers since 1957, joining as Jill Patterson. She has also appeared in Casualty and Doctors both in 2000.

Personal life[edit]

Greene married English actor George Selway in 1959. They were later divorced and she married Cyril Austen Richardson in 1972, by whom she has a son, Charles, born in 1972. She was widowed in 1986.


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