Jean Marsh

Actor, Writer, Singer
A genuine class act, Jean Marsh won raves in her native England and on American soil for taking on nuanced roles onscreen. The Emmy Award-winning actress first made her mark in British productions, from Shakespearean ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1934 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (38)

Grantchester 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Upstairs, Downstairs 2010 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heavy 2009 (Movie)

Mrs Mason (Actor)

Sense and Sensibility 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monarch 1999 (Movie)

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Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Danielle Steel's 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The House of Eliott 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Brides of Christ 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Who 1963 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Willow 1988 (Movie)

Queen Bavmorda (Actor)

Masterpiece Theatre: Fifteen Years 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Corsican Brothers 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

9 to 5 1981 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Master of the Game 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Momma the Detective 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Changeling 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Joanna Russell (Actor)

The International Animation Festival 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Eagle Has Landed 1975 (Movie)

Joanna Grey (Actor)

Upstairs, Downstairs 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Places 1972 (Movie)

Victoria Marr (Actor)

Frenzy 1971 (Movie)

Receptionist (Actor)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Octavia (Actor)

Adam Bede (TV Show)

Actor

Back To Back (TV Show)

Actor

Bejewelled (TV Show)

Actor

Fatherland (TV Show)

Actor

Goliath Awaits (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Eyre (TV Show)

Actor

Mayor of Casterbridge (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A genuine class act, Jean Marsh won raves in her native England and on American soil for taking on nuanced roles onscreen. The Emmy Award-winning actress first made her mark in British productions, from Shakespearean stage revivals, to sci-fi epics, to costume dramas. However, it was Marsh's breakout performance on "Upstairs, Downstairs" (ITV, 1971-75), a period drama series she also created, that earned the actress favorable reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Her role as a prim and proper housemaid to an aristocratic British family won Marsh an Emmy in 1975, establishing her presence in Hollywood. She parlayed her success on British television into big screen projects, often playing the villain in feature films such as "Return to Oz" (1985) and "Willow" (1985). In 2010, Marsh starred on the three-part revival of "Upstairs, Downstairs," which garnered more critical praise and gave her the opportunity to reprise one of the best characters in her long revered career.

Relationships

Michael Lindsay-Hogg Director

Companion
Lived together in the 1970s Son of actor Geraldine Fitzgerald

Charles Marsh

Father

Emmeline Marsh

Mother

Jon Pertwee Director

Husband

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2010

Reprised her role as Rose Buck for the BBC's 3-part revival of "Upstairs Downstairs"

2007

Cast in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility"

2007

Appeared in the West End stage revival of "Boeing Boeing"

2005

Co-starred with Joanna Lumley in "Sensitive Skin"

2000

Played the evil villain in the British children series, "The Ghost Hunter"

1994

Played a villain in the Nickelodeon re-make of "The Tomorrow People"

1991

Re-teamed with Eileen Atkins to create the series, "The House of Elliot"; Marsh wrote several episodes, but did not act in the series

1988

Once again cast as the villain in Ron Howard's "Willow"

1985

Played the villain in the fantasy film, "Return to Oz"

1982

Played a regular supporting role in the short-lived ABC series, "9 to 5"

1976

Played Mrs. Grey in "The Eagle Has Landed"

1975

Returned to Broadway as co-star in "Habeas Corpus"

1972

Had a featured role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Frenzy"

1970

With Eileen Atkins, co-created the ITV series, "Upstairs, Downstairs," and played the role of the house parlourmaid Rose Buck; series also aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater" from 1974-77

1965

Appeared several times in the BBC series "Doctor Who"

1965

TV series debut, "The Informer"

1963

Played small role in "Cleopatra"

1959

Made an early TV appearance on an episode of "The Twilight Zone" called "The Lonely," in which she played a female robot

1959

Made her Broadway debut as Hero in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"

1958

Was understudy in US touring company of John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger"

1951

Made feature film debut in "Tales of Hoffman"

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