Sheila Reid

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Sheila Reid
Born (1937-12-21) 21 December 1937 (age 79)
Bridge of Weir, Glasgow, Scotland[1]
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Julian Curry
Terry Bullen (2008-)

Sheila Reid (born 21 December 1937) is a Scottish actress, best known for her performance as Madge Harvey in Benidorm, Reid was one of the longest serving characters.


Reid was educated at Moreton Hall School,[2] a boarding independent school for girls, near the market town of Oswestry in Shropshire, in central England.


Reid has had a long and distinguished career in theatre, film and television, and worked with Laurence Olivier at the Royal National Theatre. In 1980, she played the long-suffering wife of Trevor Howard in Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry at Rawlinson End.

She played Mrs. Buttle in Terry Gilliam's 1985 cult classic Brazil the same year she appeared as Etta in the dystopian Doctor Who serial Vengeance on Varos, years later in the revived incarnation of the series she twice appeared as the grandmother of companion Clara Oswald The Time of the Doctor in 2013 and Dark Water in 2014, appeared in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small as Mrs Donavan, a rather eccentric woman offering treatments to animals in rivalry to James Herriot and Siegried Farnon, and also had a brief appearance in the first series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

She appeared as loud-mouth Madge Harvey in the ITV sitcom Benidorm from 2007–2015. It was confirmed that Reid would return in Series 8 (2016), however it was only for one episode.

She made an appearance in the final episode of series 1 of BBC Two's 2009 sitcom Psychoville as an old crone; and as an old lady in the 2012 Christmas special edition of Call the Midwife.

She plays Bob Servant's mother in the BBC4 production Bob Servant

She also appeared as the wife of D.C.I. Frank Haskins in the last series of The Sweeney in the episode "Victims".

Reid's musical theatre credits include the roles of the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd in 1993 at the National Theatre, and Jack's Mother in Into the Woods in 1998 at the Donmar Warehouse.

In 2014 she appeared in Ghost From A Perfect Place by Philip Ridley at the Arcola Theatre and in 2015 as Gower in Pericles at Shakespeare's Globe.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Reid was formerly married to actor Julian Curry. On 11 April 2008, after 32 years together, she and partner Terry Bullen were married in London, at a private ceremony watched by 12 close friends.[4]

She is involved with charity Plan International.[4]

Select TV and filmography[edit]

Select National Theatre credits[edit]

Other selected theatre credits[edit]


External links[edit]

Sheila Reid at the Internet Movie Database