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Beryl Reid

Beryl Reid
Reid in 1974
Born Beryl Elizabeth Reid
(1919-06-17)17 June 1919
Hereford, Herefordshire, England, UK
Died 15 October 1996(1996-10-15) (aged 77)
South Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Cause of death pneumonia and osteoporosis
Occupation Actress
Years active 1940–1994

Beryl Elizabeth Reid, OBE (17 June 1919[1] – 15 October 1996) was a British actress of stage and screen.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Death 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Born in Hereford, England in 1919,[2] Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents, and grew up in Manchester, where she attended Withington and Levenshulme High Schools.


Leaving school at 16, she made her debut in 1936 as a music hall performer at the Floral Hall, Bridlington. Before and during World War II, she took part in variety shows and pantomimes. She had no formal training but later appeared at the Royal National Theatre in London as a comedy actress. Her first big success came in the BBC radio show Educating Archie as naughty schoolgirl Monica and later as the Brummie, "Marlene".

Her many film and television roles as a character actor were usually well received. She reprised her Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Drama. The tour of the play was not a success, people in shops refused to serve her and other performers due to the gay characters in the play.[3]

She was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1976 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the car park of Thames Television’s Teddington Studios.

In both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People Reid played Connie Sachs. For Smiley's People she won a BAFTA for Best Actress on Television. She also wrote an autobiography, So Much Love, which was well received. She played the part of an elderly feminist and political subversive in the 1987 television drama, The Beiderbecke Tapes.

She married twice but had no children.


Beryl Reid died on 13 October 1996 from pneumonia and osteoporosis at a South Buckinghamshire hospital following knee surgery. She was 77 years old.[4][5]


Year Film Role Notes
1954 Belles of St Trinian's, TheThe Belles of St Trinian's Miss Wilson
1956 Extra Day, TheThe Extra Day Beryl
1960 Two-Way Stretch Miss Pringle
1962 Dock Brief, TheThe Dock Brief Doris Fowle, his late wife
1968 Inspector Clouseau Mrs. Weaver
1968 Star! Rose
1968 Killing of Sister George, TheThe Killing of Sister George June 'George' Buckridge Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1969 Assassination Bureau, TheThe Assassination Bureau Madame Otero
1970 Entertaining Mr Sloane Kath
1970 Beast in the Cellar, TheThe Beast in the Cellar Ellie Ballantyne
1971 Psychomania Mrs. Latham
1972 Father, Dear Father Mrs. Stoppard
1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again Miss Ambrose, Harry's Cousin
1973 No Sex Please, We're British Bertha Hunter
1977 Joseph Andrews Mrs. Slipslop
1978 Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse Matron
1978 Carry On Emmannuelle Mrs Valentine
1979 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Connie Sachs Episode "Smiley Tracks the Mole"
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1980 Rhubarb Rhubarb Home Owner's Wife
1981 Late Flowering Love segment "Invasion Exercise on the Poultry Farm"
1982 Doctor Who: Earthshock Briggs (Episodes Two, Three, Four)
1982 Smiley's People Connie Sachs (Episode #1.3)
British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1983 Yellowbeard Lady Lambourn
1983 Wind in the Willows, TheThe Wind in the Willows Ms. Carrington Moss
1983 The Irish R.M. Mrs Knox of Aussolas Castle
1984 Minder Ruby Hubbard Series 5, Episode 4 "The Second Time Around"
1985 Doctor and the Devils, TheThe Doctor and the Devils Mrs. Flynn
1985 Bergerac Miss Broome Series 4, Episode 4 "Low Profile"
1985 Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, TheThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole May Mole (5 episodes)
1987 Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, TheThe Growing Pains of Adrian Mole Grandma Mole (6 episodes)
1987 Beiderbecke Tapes, TheThe Beiderbecke Tapes Sylvia (1 episode)


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  2. ^ GRO Register of Births: SEP 1919 6a 720 HEREFORD, Beryl E. Reid mmn=McDonald
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph obituary, also featured in Chin Up Girls! (2005)
  4. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: Oct 1996 B17A 59 Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire, Beryl Elizabeth Reid, DoB 17 June 1919, aged 77.
  5. ^ MEL GUSSOWPublished: 15 October 1996 (15 October 1996). "Beryl Reid, Actress, 76, Dies; Gave Life to Varied Eccentrics - New York Times". Retrieved 2012-06-13. 

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