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Biography

 

 

 

>>> After long weeks spent in a basement during the war, Patricia, nicknamed "Pat", attended Birkenhead high school where her big and loud personality did not stay unnoticed. She there sang in the choir and successfully ran the Sunday school which made her want to become a school headmistress. Patricia then worked as an unpaid assistant stage manager at the Liverpool playhouse where she observed with passion and envy actors at work. She secretly learned from them before finally and unexpectedly end up on the stage herself. More fascinated than ever by the acting world, she decided

 to push her study further at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol and moved to London where she started an impressive career. Talented in many ways, Patricia Routledge is not only a wonderful actress but also an excellent singer. Her strong and beautiful voice can reach low and high notes which bought her to the world of musicals and earned her numerous prizes. Always curious, she was constantly seduced by challenges and did a wide range of  awarded jobs for the theatre, cinema, television and radio. She even appeared in her One Woman Show (Come for the Ride in 1988) and recorded her own song CD. Patricia's success did not stop on London stages, she also appeared on Broadway before becoming worldwide famous and loved for her most successful role in "Keeping up appearances" as Hyacinth Bucket. Sadly for KUA fans, Patricia decided to leave the show, giving it a definite end, to explore even more horizons and not being seen as Hyacinth Bucket for the rest of her life.

Patricia never married or had children and now lives in Kensington London and Surrey when not working. For the enjoyment of all her fans, she does not want to hear about retirement and says: "As long as there are exciting invitations, and as long as I feel i can respond to them properly, on we go!".

 

Filmography

 

 

   

 

   Click on the hyperlinks bellow for more info on each performance

   (articles, theatre brochures, video and sound clips...)

 

 

Year

Title

Character

Cathegory

1952

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Hippolyta

Theatre/Musical

1954

The Duenna

Carlotta

Theatre/Musical

1956

The Comedy Of Errors

Adriana

Theatre/Musical

1957

Zuleika

Aunt Mabel

Theatre/Musical

1959

The Love Doctor

Henriette Argan

Theatre/Musical

1960

Follow that Girl

Mrs. Gilchrist

Theatre/Musical

1961

Come As You Are

 

Theatre/Musical

1961

Out Of My Mind

 

Theatre/Musical

1961

Coronation Street

Sylvia Snape

TV series

1962

Little Mary Sunshine

 

Theatre/Musical

1962

Z Cars. Search. (Episode 2.15)

Madge Kenton

TV series

1963

Virtue In Danger

Berinthia

Theatre/Musical

1964

Victoria Regina

Queen Victoria

Movie

1964 Home and Beauty Victoria Theatre/Musical

1965

Radio Time. Cover photo. (14 Aug).

Herself

Magazine Interview (UK)

1965

Britons To The Rescue

Our Mary Theatre

1965

Hello Dolly!

 

Theatre/Musical

1966

How's The World Treating You?

Violet, Nell, Rover

Theatre/Musical

1966

The Sound Of Music

Mother Abbess

Theatre/Musical

1967

Pretty Polly

Miss Gudgeon

TV

1967

A Matter of Innocence

Miss Gudgeon

Movie

1967

Don't Raise The Bridge,
Lower The River

Lucile Beatty

Movie

1967

To Sir With Love

Clinty

Movie

1967

Thirty Minute Theatre. An Absolute Treasure. (Episode 1.58)

Actress

TV series

1967

Androcles' wife

Androcles And The Lion

Megaera

TV

1967

Thirty-Minute Theater

 

TV

1967

Kiss Me Kate

 

 

1968

Darling Of The Day

Alice Challixe

Theatre/Musical

1968

30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia

Mrs. Woolley

 

1968

The Bliss Of Mrs. Blossom

Mrs. Reece

 

1969

If it's Tuesday, This Must
Be Belgium

Mrs. Featherstone

Movie

1969 The Caucasian Chalk Circle Mother-in-law Theatre/Musical

1969

Lock Up Your Daughters!

Nurse

Movie

1969

Love Match

Queen Victoria

Theatre/Musical

1969

The Country Wife

Lady Fidget

Theatre/Musical

1969

The Magistrate

Agatha Posket

Theatre/Musical

1969

American Musical First
Impressions

Mrs Bennet

 

1970

Egghead's Robot

Mrs. Wentworth

Movie

1971

Girl Stroke Boy

Pamela Hovendon

Movie

1971

Doctor at Large. It's all in the mind. (Episode 1.16)

Audrey Watt

TV

1971

Sense and Sensibility

Mrs. Jennings

TV

1971 First Impression Mrs Bennet Theatre/Musical

1972

Cowardly Custard

 

 

1973

Desert Island Discs

 

Radio

1973

Dandy Dick

Georgiana Tidman

Theatre/Musical

1974

And Mother Makes Five

Mrs Fletcher

Movie

1974

Steptoe And Son. Seance in a wet rag and bone yard. (Episode 8.6)

Madam Fontana

TV

1974

David Coppperfield

Mrs. Micawber

TV series

1975 The Cherry Orchard Madame Ranevsky Theatre/Musical

1975

Actress

Maria Helliwell

TV

1975 Made in Heaven Martha Avon Theatre/Musical

1975

Othello

Emilia

Theatre/Musical

1976 Zack Mrs Munnings Theatre/Musical
1976 The Rivals Mrs. Malaprop Theatre/Musical

1976

Crown Court

Dr. Barbara Baxter

TV series. Ep2

1976

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

First Ladies

Theatre/Musical

1977 On Approval Maria Wislack Theatre/Musical

1977

Nicholas Nickleby

Madam Mantalini

TV series

1978 Semmelweiss Julia Theatre/Musical
1978 Gracious Living Daisy Tuttle Theatre/Musical

1978

Doris and Doreen

Doreen Bidmead

Movie

1978

Say Hello To Harvey

Veta Dowd

Theatre/Musical

1978

The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein

 

Theatre/Musical

1978

A Visit From Miss Prothero

Miss Prothero

TV

1979 The Schoolmistress Miss Dyott Theatre/Musical
1979 And a Nightingale Sang Peggy Stott Theatre/Musical
1980 The Imitation Game ATS Officier  
1980 Guest at the Endymion Ensemble Herself Concert

1980

The Pirates of Penzance

Ruth

Movie

1980

The Curse of King Tut's Tomb

a Posh Lady

TV

1981

Noises Off

Dotty Otley

Theatre/Comedy

1982

A Woman of no Importance

Miss Schofield

TV

1983 When the Wind Blows Theatre/Musical

1983

The Beggar's Opera

Mrs Peachum

TV

1983

Objects of Affe

 

 

1984

Royal Shakespeare Company's
Richard III

Queen Margaret

Theatre/Musical

1985

Marjorie and Men

Marjorie Belton

TV series

1985

Victoria Wood: As seen on TV

Kitty

TV series

1985

I Remember Mama

Aunt Jenny

Theatre/Musical

1987

When We Are Married

Maria Helliwell

Theatre

1987

Talking Heads 1

A Lady Of Letters

Irene Ruddock

TV series

1997 Ladies Of Letters (to 2006) Vera Small Radio Play

1988

Come For The Ride

One Woman Show

Theatre/Musical

1988

Tales of the Unexpected. The verger. (Episode 9.4)

Milly Dobson

TV series

1988

Sophia and Constance

Mrs. Baines

TV series

1988 Candide   Theatre/Musical

1989

First and Last

Ivy

TV

1990

Alas Smith & Jones. (Episode 6.2)

 

TV

1990

Missing Persons

Hetty Wainthropp

TV

1990

Keeping Up Appearances

Hyacinth Bucket

TV series

1991

Miss Pym's Day Out

Barbara Pym

TV series

1992

Carousel

Nettie Fowler

Theatre/Musical

1993

The Tale of Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle-Duck (The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends).

Cousin Ribby

Voice

1993

Pebble Mill Interview with Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift.

Herself

TV Interview

1993 Short episode of KUA with Mr Blobby Hyacinth Bucket TV

1994

The Rivals

Mrs. Malaprop

Theatre/Musical

1994 Mr. and Mrs. Nobody   Theatre/Musical

1994

The Schoolmistress

Miss Dyott

Theatre/Musical

1994

Hildegard Of Bingen

Sister Hildegard

TV Documentary

1996

Presenting Patricia Routledge

Own CD album

Music CD

1996

Radio Time. Cover photo. "The making of Britain Favorite actress".(30 Nov).

Herself

Magazine Interview (UK)

1996

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

Hetty Wainthropp

TV series

1996

Beatrix

 

 

1997

On Air Magazine. Cover photo. "Investigating Patricia R". (Vol 28, Iss 12).

 

Magazine Interview (USA)

1998 Christams With Kiri Te Kanawa    

1998

Funny Woman

Herself

TV Documentary

1998

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
Series 4

Hetty Wainthropp

TV series

1998

Talking Heads 2

Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet

Miss Fozzard

TV series

1999

Desert Island Discs

 

Radio

1999

The Importance Of Being Earnest

Lady Bracknell

Theatre/Musical

2001

Anybody's Nightmare

Sheila Bowler

TV

2001

Breakfast (23 Jan)

Herself

TV appearance

2001

100 Greatest TV Characters

Hyacinth Bucket

TV Documentary

2003

Total Cops

Hetty Wainthropp

TV Documentary

2003

In Search of the Brontes

Narrator

TV series

2004

Britain's best sitcom

Hyacinth Bucket

TV Documentary

 

2004

GMTV (22 Sept)

Herself

TV appearance

2004

Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute

Herself

Movie

2004

GMTV

Herself

TV

2004

The Funny Ladies Of
British Comedy

Herself

TV Documentary

2004

Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA tribute

Herself

TV Documentary

2004

Theatre Goers. (The Solid Gold Cadillac).

Herself

Interview

2004

The Solid Gold Cadillac

Mrs Laura Partridge

Theatre

2006

The Best Of Friends

Dame Laurentia McLachlan

Theatre

2007

Office Suite

Miss Prothero

Doreen

Theatre

2008

Crown Matrimonial

Queen Mary

Theatre

?

Alice In Wonderland

 

Radio

?

Alice Through The Looking Glass

 

Radio

?

Beachcomber By The Way

 

Radio

?

Present Daughter

 

Radio

?

Private Life

 

Radio

?

Woman's Hour

 

Radio

?

Wuthering Height

 

Radio

?

Take Care of this House

 

 

?

Duet for one

? The Years Between
 

Awards

 

Year Award For
1966 Whitbread Award How's The World Treating You
1968 Tony Award Darling Of The Day
1982 Broadcasting Press Guild Award A Woman Of No Importance

1984

Nominated,

Laurence Oliver Award

Royal Shakespeare Company
1989 Laurence Oliver Theatre Award Candide
1989 Nominated, BAFTA TV Award Best Actress for "Talking Heads": A Lady of Letter
1991 Tiltle of top TV comedy actress Keeping Up Appearances
1991 Pronounced personality of the year By The Grand Order Of Water Rats (Showbiz charity) and the Variety Club Of Great Britain
1992 Nominated, BAFTA TV Award Best light entertainment performance for
"Keeping up Appearances"

1993

OBE (Officer Of The Order Of The British Empire)

In the Queen's birthday honours list, for services to the Performing Art.
1993 Nominated, BAFTA TV Award Best light entertainment performance for
"Keeping up Appearances"
1996 Voted the nation's favourite actress  
2003 The Honorary Degree
of Doctor of Letters
By her University Of Liverpool

2004

CBE (Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire)

In the Queen's birthday honours list, for services to Drama.