Photo: Geoff Shields, 1981
Rosemary Anne Leach
18 December 1935
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England
|Died||21 October 2017 (aged 81)|
Rosemary Anne Leach (18 December 1935 – 21 October 2017) was a British stage, television and film actress. She won the 1982 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a New Play for 84, Charing Cross Road and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her roles in the films That'll Be the Day (1973) and A Room with a View (1986).
She appeared in several TV mini-series, including Germinal (1970), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), The Charmer (1987), The Buccaneers (1995) and Berkeley Square (1998), and had a recurring role on the sitcom My Family (2003–07).
Leach was born at Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Her parents were teachers, related to the social anthropologist Edmund Leach, she attended grammar school and RADA. After appearing in repertory theatres and the Old Vic she became well known to UK TV viewers between 1965 and 1969 for playing Susan Wheldon, the mistress of building tycoon John Wilder (Patrick Wymark) in the TV boardroom drama The Power Game.
In 1973, she played Aldonza/Dulcinea in the BBC production of Don Quixote (retitled The Adventures of Don Quixote), starring Rex Harrison and Frank Finlay. In 1978, she played Queen Victoria in the four-part TV edition of Disraeli. In 1981, she played Emilia opposite Bob Hoskins's Iago in the BBC Shakespeare production of Othello.
In 1982, she played Aunt Fenny in The Jewel in the Crown and 1986 in a Jack Rosenthal British television Christmas play Day To Remember. She played a leading role as smitten Joan Plumleigh-Bruce in the six-part ITV 1987 production of The Charmer which starred Nigel Havers.
Her film roles included David Essex's mother in That'll Be the Day (1973), Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973), the TV remake of Brief Encounter (1974), S.O.S. Titanic (1979), and a voice role in the animated film of The Plague Dogs (1982).
In 1987, she was nominated for BAFTA's Best Supporting Actress for A Room with a View (1985). In 1992, Leach starred in An Ungentlemanly Act, a BBC television film about the first days of the invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982, portraying the real-life Lady Mavis Hunt, wife of the islands' then governor, Sir Rex Hunt. In 1995, Leach participated in the popular BBC miniseries The Buccaneers a five-part television adaptation of Edith Wharton's unfinished novel. Leach appeared as Selina Marable, Marchioness of Brightlingsea.
Leach played the part of Anna in BBC Radio 4's No Commitments, and Susan Harper's mother Grace in My Family. She made a guest appearance as 'Bessie' on Waterloo Road (the TV series), in Series 3 Spring Term. Since 1994, she made occasional appearances in The Archers as Ellen Rogers, the ex-pat aunt of Nigel Pargetter. She portrayed Miss Twitterton in the Radio 4 adaptation of the Lord Peter Wimsey story Busman's Honeymoon, first broadcast in 1983.
In 2001, she played a leading role in Destroying Angel, an episode of Midsomer murders. She played Queen Elizabeth II three times: in the 2002 television movie Prince William; in a 2006 updated edition of The Afternoon Play entitled Tea with Betty; and in 2009's Margaret. She played "Miss Plum" in an episode of Heartbeat called "Strangers on a Train" in 2004.
Leach died in a London hospital, aged 81, following a short but undisclosed illness.
|1973||That'll Be the Day||Mrs. MacLaine|
|1973||Ghost in the Noonday Sun||Kate|
|1979||A Question of Faith|
|1981||Turtle Diary||Mrs. Charlie Inchcliff|
|1982||The Plague Dogs||Vera||Voice|
|1985||A Room with a View||Mrs. Honeychurch|
|1985||Ha-Kala||Esther||Also known as The 17th Bride|
|1990||The Children||Miss Scope|
|1993||The Mystery of Edwin Drood||Mrs. Tope|
|1993||The Hawk||Mrs. Marsh|
|1998||Bloodlines: Legacy of a Lord||Lady Osborne|
|1999||Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?||Harold's Mother|
|2002||The Baroness and the Pig||Margaret|
|2010||Mission London||Miss Cunningham|
|2011||The Great Ghost Rescue||The Queen|
|2012||May I Kill U?||Mags|
|1962–63||Z-Cars||Mrs Outram/Ann Brown||2 episodes|
|1964||Edgar Wallace Mysteries||Mary Bell||"Episode: Face of a Stranger"|
|1964||Gideon's Way||Marion Grove||"Episode: The Lady-Killer"|
|1967–70||No – That's Me Over Here!||Rosemary||25 episodes|
|1970||The Roads to Freedom||Marcelle||8 episodes|
|1972||Cider with Rosie||Mother||TV film|
|1973||BBC Play of the Month||Episode: The Adventures of Don Quixote|
|1974||The Prince of Denmark (BBC sitcom)||Laura||6 episodes|
|1974||Brief Encounter||Mrs Gaines||TV film|
|1975||Sadie its cold outside (tv series)||Sadie||6 episodes|
|1978–80||Life Begins at Forty (1978 TV series)||Katy Bunting||ITV sitcom, 2 series 14 episodes|
|1984||The Jewel in the Crown||Aunt Fenny||TV mini-series, 7 episodes|
|1987||The Charmer||Joan Plumleigh-Bruce||TV mini-series, 6 episodes|
|1995||The Buccaneers||Lady Brightlingsea||5 episodes|
|The Tomorrow People||Gladys Toms||5 episodes|
|1989||The Winslow Boy||Violet||BBC Playhouse|
|1998||Berkeley Square||Nanny Collins||10 episodes|
|2000–05||Doctors||Josephine Barker/Meg Carpenter||2 episodes|
|2001||Midsomer murders||Evelyn Pope||Episode: Destroying Angel|
|2003–07||My Family||Grace||6 episodes|
|2004||Holby City||Barbara Rush||Episode: One More Chance|
|2004–05||Heartbeat||Dorothy Plum||2 episodes|
|2006||The Afternoon Play||HM the Queen||Episode: Tea with Betty|
|2007||Casualty||Miranda Watts||Episode: Strangers When We Meet|
|2009||Margaret||Queen Elizabeth II||TV film|
- Shirley Gee: Moonshine (1977)
Awards and nominations
|1971||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||Germinal / The Roads to Freedom||Nominated|||
|1972||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||ITV Playhouse / Cider with Rosie||Nominated|
|1974||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||The Adventures of Don Quixote||Nominated|
|1974||BAFTA Film Award||Best Supporting Actress||That'll Be the Day||Nominated|||
|1977||Olivier Award||Best Actress in a New Play||Just Between Ourselves||Nominated|
|1982||Olivier Award||Best Actress in a New Play||84 Charing Cross Road||Won|
|1987||BAFTA Film Award||Best Supporting Actress||A Room with a View||Nominated|
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