Phyllida Ann Law
8 May 1932
(m. 1957; died 1982)
|Honours||Honorary degree, Glasgow Caledonian University|
Phyllida Ann Law actress, known for her numerous roles in film and television.(born 8 May 1932) is a Scottish
Law was born in Glasgow, the daughter of Megsie "Meg" and William Law, a journalist. She was married to actor Eric Thompson from 1957 until his death in 1982. Their daughters, Emma and Sophie Thompson, are both actresses.
Law has worked extensively in television, including appearances in Dixon of Dock Green, Rumpole of the Bailey and the 1972 adaptation of the Lord Peter Wimsey tale The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. She appeared in films such as Peter's Friends (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) (playing Ursula, alongside daughter Emma as Beatrice) and The Winter Guest (1997) (playing Elspeth, alongside daughter Emma as Frances).
In 2004, she guest-starred in the Rosemary & Thyme episode entitled "Orpheus in the Undergrowth" as May Beauchamp. In 2007 she guest-starred in two Doctor Who spin-off adventures: as Bea Nelson-Stanley in The Sarah Jane Adventures story "Eye of the Gorgon" and as Beldonia in the audio drama Doctor Who: The Bride of Peladon. Also in 2007 she played Aunt Auriel in the drama Kingdom starring Stephen Fry. In 2008 she appeared as a guest star in Foyle's War.
In November 2009, Law published her first book. Notes to my Mother-In-Law concerns the 17 years Law's mother-in-law lived with the family from the mid-1960s until her death. In January 2010 she appeared with Tony Slattery on Ready Steady Cook. She starred alongside John Hurt in a short film entitled Love at First Sight which was shortlisted for an Oscar in 2012.
Film and television
- Play School (1964) (TV)
- Otley (1968)
- The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1972)
- A Picture of Katherine Mansfield (1973)
- Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)
- Come Back, Lucy (1978)
- The Barchester Chronicles (1982)
- Rumpole of the Bailey (1987)
- Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989)-Lady Carrington “The Incredible Theft”
- That's Love (1988–1992) (TV series)
- The House of Eliott (1991) (TV series)
- Peter's Friends (1992)
- Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
- Taggart (1994) (episode "Forbidden Fruit")
- Before the Rain (1994)
- The Blue Boy (1994) (TV film)
- Junior (1994)
- Heartbeat (1994)
- Under the Hammer (1994) (TV)
- Hamish Macbeth (1995) (TV)
- Emma (1996) - Mrs Bates
- Anna Karenina (1997)
- The Winter Guest (1997)
- The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999)
- Mad Cows (1999)
- Midsomer Murders (1999)- Felicity Dinsdale “Blood Will out”
- Saving Grace (2000)
- The Time Machine (2002)
- Monarch of the Glen(Series 4, Episode 2) (2002) (TV)
- Brush with Fate (2003) (TV film)
- I’ll Be There (2003) (film)
- Waking the Dead “The Hardest Word” S4:E9 (2004)
- Rosemary & Thyme (2004) (TV)
- Nanny McPhee (2005)
- Danny the Dog (2005)
- Mee-Shee: The Water Giant (2005)
- Afterlife (2005) (TV)
- Miss Potter (2006)
- Kingdom (2007–2009) (TV)
- The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007) (TV)
- The Waiting Room (2007)
- Miss Austen Regrets (2007)
- Foyle's War (2008) (TV)
- Agatha Christie’s Poirot (2010)- Mrs Llewellyn-Smythe “Hallowe’en Party”
- Ways to Live Forever (2010)
- Love at First Sight (2010)
- Doc Martin (2010) (TV)
- Arrietty (2011)
- Midsomer Murders (2011)- Mary Bingham “Dark Secrets”
- Albert Nobbs as Mrs. Cavendish (2011)
- The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (2011) (TV)
- New Tricks (2013) (TV)
- A Little Chaos (2014)
- Then Came You (2020)
- Law, Phyllida (2009). Notes to my Mother-in-Law. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0007338412.
- Law, Phyllida (2013). How Many Camels Are There in Holland?: Dementia, Ma and Me. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-0007485864.
- "Phyllida Law profile at FilmReference.com". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
- "La Cage aux Folles – 1986 West End – Original West End Cast". BroadwayWorld.com. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
- "The Bookseller". The Bookseller. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
- Ford, Rebecca (14 December 2011). "10 Live Action Short Films". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- "Actresses collect degrees together". BBC News. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
- "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b13.
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