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27 August 1939
Chichester, Sussex, England
Pauline "Polly" Adams (born 27 August 1939) is an English actress best known for her work on the stage both in England and in the United States, and for her portrayal of Mrs. Brown on the television series Just William.
She made her Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed 1975 revival of London Assurance as Grace Harkaway. For her portrayal she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Her other Broadway credits include Zalmen or The Madness of God and Bedroom Farce.
Life and career
Adams was born in Chichester, Sussex. She appeared in several productions on the London Stage appearing at such theatres as the Old Vic, the Oxford Stage Company, the Hampstead Theatre, the Royal National Theatre, the Greenwich Theatre, the Haymarket Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Globe Theatre, the Queen’s Theatre, the Piccadilly Theatre, the Savoy Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company among others.
Her theatre credits include Ida in The Chiltern Hundreds, Time and the Conways, A Month in the Country, Pygmalion, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, A Small Family Business, Tons of Money, Plunder, The Philanderer, Engaged, Troilus and Cressida, The Government Inspector, Benefactors, The Real Thing, Present Laughter, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hay Fever, The Merchant of Venice, Private Lives, The Complaisant Lover, and Relatively Speaking, among several others.
Adams worked on television in the United Kingdom, appearing in programmes including The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Element of Doubt, Just William, The Cinder Path, Inspector Alleyn, Bonjour la Classe, The Camomile Lawn, Executive Stress, The Murder at the Vicarage, Goodbye Darling, Tribute to the Lady, Upstairs, Downstairs, The First Churchills, The Spoils of Poynton, and Pride and Prejudice. Her film credits include Kisna and A Woman of the North.
Her daughters, Susannah and Caroline Harker are also actresses. Adams portrayed Jane Bennet in the 1967 television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, while Susannah Harker played the same role in the 1995 adaptation. She currently lives in Itchenor, just a few miles from her birthplace, Chichester, Sussex.