Peter Douglas Owen
(m. 1976; died 2016)
Patricia Ann Hodge, OBE (born 29 September 1946) is an English actress. She is best known on-screen for playing Phyllida Erskine-Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992), the title role in Jemima Shore Investigates (1983), Penny in Miranda (2009–2015) and Mrs Pumphrey in All Creatures Great and Small (2021–present).
Patricia made her West End debut in 1972 and the next year starred in the West End production of Pippin directed by Bob Fosse. Hodge has received two nominations for the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and in 2000, she won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the play Money.
Her other screen credits include the 1983 film Betrayal, the 1986 TV adaptation of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, and the TV film Hotel du Lac (1986). For her role in Hotel du Lac, Hodge received a nomination for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress.
Hodge was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. The daughter of Eric and his wife Marion (née Phillips), the manager and manageress of the Royal Hotel in Grimsby, Hodge attended Wintringham Girls' Grammar School in Weelsby Avenue in Grimsby and then St Helen's School, Northwood, Middlesex, before attending Maria Grey College in Twickenham (later becoming part of Brunel University London), to train as a teacher. She taught English and drama at Russell County Primary School in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, while also applying to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She started at LAMDA when she was 22, and was awarded the Eveline Evans Award for Best Actress on graduation.
Hodge made her professional stage debut in the Howard Barker play No-One Was Saved at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 1971. She made her West End debut in Rookery Nook in 1972, and worked with Bob Fosse in 1973 on Pippin. However, when applying for television work she found she had become classed as a theatre actress. Having made the breakthrough in the role of Phyllida (Trant) Erskine-Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey, she found when trying to make the occasional return to theatre work that she had been classed as a television actress.
She has appeared in roles as diverse as in The Naked Civil Servant opposite John Hurt, shortly after she featured in the BBC's 1975 Christmas production Great Big Groovy Horse, a rock opera based on the story of the Trojan Horse shown on BBC2 starring Julie Covington, Bernard Cribbins and Paul Jones. It was later repeated on BBC1 in 1977. She featured as Myra Arundel in the 1984 BBC version of Noël Coward's Hay Fever, as Margaret Thatcher in The Falklands Play, and in 2007 as Betty, the wife of tycoon Robert Maxwell, in the BBC TV drama Maxwell opposite David Suchet. She took the female lead in the 1983 film, Betrayal (based on Harold Pinter's play Betrayal), a roman à clef derived from the playwright's affair with broadcaster Joan Bakewell.
She was nominated for a BAFTA for her role in a television adaptation of Anita Brookner's Hotel du Lac in 1987, and was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the production of Money at the National Theatre.
She co-starred with Dame Judi Dench in the 1995 London revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, at the National Theatre, as Countess Charlotte Malcom. In 2003, Hodge featured in His Dark Materials, one of Nicholas Hytner's early productions as its Artistic Director, her third role on the Olivier Theatre stage.
Hodge is an Honorary Graduate (DLitt) of Brunel University and one of the founder members of the Brunel Club. From 2009 to 2015, she played a comedy role in the BBC sitcom Miranda, as the mother of the eponymous main character. Hodge reprised the role alongside the rest of the cast for the 2017 Royal Variety Performance. In 2012 she toured in Christopher Luscombe's revival of Dandy Dick, starring alongside Nicholas Le Provost. She is Joint President of Grimsby's Caxton Theatre and a Trustee of LAMDA, her alma mater.
In 2008, she guest starred in an episode of Hustle within the 4th series, playing the character of Veronica Powell. After the BBC confirmed the show would release a 5th series in June of 2008, it was planned Hodge would make an additional appearance, however due to on-set filming issues the episode her character appeared in never aired. The cancellation of which subsequently delayed the release of the 5th series.
Delayed for a year from autumn 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Hodge was invited by Nigel Havers to star opposite him in Noël Coward's Private Lives, the inaugural production of the Nigel Havers Theatre Company, directed by one of her previous collaborators Christopher Luscombe.
Hodge married music publisher Peter Douglas Owen on 31 July 1976 in Tonbridge. The couple had two sons. Douglas died in May 2016, according to Hodge, from heart complications.
|1977||The Disappearance||Young Wife|
|1978||Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse||Sister Belter|
|Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang||Courtroom Choir Singer|
|1980||The Elephant Man||Screaming Mum|
|Riding High||Miss Hemmings|
|Just Ask for Diamond||Betty Charlady/Brenda von Falkenberg|
|1996||The Leading Man||Delevene|
|Prague Duet||Olivia Walton|
|2002||Before You Go||Violet Mary Heaney|
|2018||Surviving Christmas with the Relatives||Aunt Peggy|
|2021||The Laureate||Amy Graves|
|1975||The Girls of Slender Means||Anne Baberton||All 3 episodes|
|1975||Quiller||Kate||Episode: "Night of the Father"|
|1975||The Naked Civil Servant||Ballet Teacher||TV film|
|1975||Great Big Groovy Horse||TV film|
|1976||Softly, Softly: Taskforce||Chris Stroud||Episode: "A Shot in the Dark"|
|1977||Jackanory Playhouse||Tisiphone||Episode: "The Apple of Discord"|
|1978||Target||Laura Bentley||Episode: "Figures of Importance"|
|1978–1992||Rumpole of the Bailey||Phyllida Erskine-Brown||17 episodes|
|1978||Disraeli||Rosina Bulwer Lytton||2 episodes|
|1978||Edward and Mrs Simpson||Lady Diana Cooper||3 episodes|
|1978||The One and Only Phyllis Dixey||Maisie||TV film|
|1979||Lieutenant Kije||Princess Sasha||Voice; TV film|
|1980||The Professionals||Ann Holly||Episode: "Involvement"|
|1980–1981||The Other 'Arf||Sybilla Howarth||6 episodes|
|1980–1982||Holding the Fort||Penny Milburn||All 20 episodes|
|1981||Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years||Lady Londonderry||Episode: "His Own Funeral"|
|1981–1982||Nanny||Dorinda Sackville||4 episodes|
|1983||Jemima Shore Investigates||Jemima Shore||All 12 episodes|
|1984||Hay Fever||Myra Arundel||TV film|
|1985||Time for Murder||Margaret Tutting||Episode: "Dust to Dust"|
|1985||Behind Enemy Lines||Elizabeth Beaumont||TV film|
|1986||The Life and Loves of a She-Devil||Mary Fisher||All 4 episodes|
|1986||The Return of Sherlock Holmes||Lady Hilda Trelawney Hope||Episode: "The Second Stain"|
|1986||Robin of Sherwood||Queen Hadwisa||Episode: "The Pretender"|
|1986||Screen Two||Monica||Episode: "Hotel du Lac"|
|1987||The Death of the Heart||Anna Quayne||TV film|
|1987||First Sight||Estelle||Episode: "Exclusive Yarns"|
|1988||Thieves in the Night||Lady Joyce||TV film|
|1989||Inspector Morse||Lady Hanbury||Episode: "Ghost in the Machine"|
|1989||The Shell Seekers||Olivia||TV film|
|1989||Victoria Wood||Moira||Episode: "Staying In"|
|1989||Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming||Lady Evelyn||TV film|
|1990||Heat of the Day||Stella||TV film|
|1991||Rich Tea and Sympathy||Julia Merrygrove||All 6 episodes|
|1992||The Cloning of Joanna May||Joanna May||Both 2 episodes|
|1996||The Legacy of Reginald Perrin||Geraldine Hackstraw||All 7 episodes|
|1996||The Moonstone||Lady Julia Verinder||TV film|
|1999||The People's Passion||Procula Pilate||TV film|
|2002||The Falklands Play||Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP||TV film|
|2002||Waking the Dead||Lady Alice Beatty||2 episodes|
|2003||Sweet Medicine||Georgina Sweet||All 10 episodes|
|2006||Agatha Christie's Marple||Mrs. Evadne Willett||Episode: "The Sittaford Mystery"|
|2007||Hustle||Veronica Powell||Episode: "Getting Even"|
|2007||Maxwell||Betty Maxwell||TV film|
|2009–2015||Miranda||Penny||All 20 episodes|
|2012||In Love With...||Clare||Episode: "In Love with Coward"|
|2013||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Madame Olivier||Episode: "The Big Four"|
|2015||Downton Abbey||Mrs. Miranda Pelham||Episode: "The Finale"|
|2018||A Very English Scandal||Ursula Thorpe||3 episodes|
|2019||Four Weddings and a Funeral||Mrs. Thorpe-Blood||Episode: "The Winner Takes It All"|
|2020||Roadkill||Lady Roche||2 episodes|
|2021–||All Creatures Great and Small||Mrs. Pumphrey||Series 2 onwards|
|2022||Murder in Provence||Florence Bonnet||Recurring|
- No-One Was Saved, 1971
- Rookery Nook, 1972
- Popkiss, 1972
- Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1973
- Pippin, 1973
- Hair, 1974
- The Beggar's Opera, 1975
- Pal Joey, 1976
- Look Back in Anger, 1976
- Then and Now, 1979
- The Mitford Girls, 1981
- As You Like It, 1983
- Benefactors, 1984
- Lady in the Dark, 1988
- Noël and Gertie, 1989–90
- Shades, 1992
- Separate Tables, 1993
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1994
- A Little Night Music, 1995
- Money, 1999–2000
- Summerfolk, 1999–2000
- Noises Off, 2000–01
- His Dark Materials, 2003–04
- Dream Me a Winter, 2006 (part of the Old Vic's '24 Hour Plays')
- Boeing Boeing, 2007
- The Country Wife, 2007–08
- The Clean House, 2008
- Calendar Girls, 2008–09
- The Breath of Life, 2011
- Dandy Dick, 2012
- Relative Values, 2013–14
- Travels with My Aunt, 2016
- Copenhagen, 2018
- A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, 2019
- Private Lives, 2021
Awards and nominations
|1981||Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical||The Mitford Girls||Nominated|
|1987||BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress||Hotel du Lac||Nominated|
|1990||Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical||Noel and Gertie||Nominated|
|2000||Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress||Money||Won|
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