Joan Hickson

Actor
This British stage and occasional film actress made her stage debut in 1927, but it was not until the late 1980s that American audiences became most aware of Joan Hickson when she began playing Agatha Christie's sleuth ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1906 in Northampton, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (47)

Century 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Whitweather (Actor)

Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life of Agatha Christie 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

King of the Wind 1990 (Movie)

Duchess of Marlborough (Actor)

Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Series IV 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Series III 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Series II 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Series I 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Clockwise 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Trellis (Actor)

Great Expectations 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wicked Lady 1982 (Movie)

Aunt Agatha (Actor)

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Yanks 1979 (Movie)

Mrs Moody (Actor)

One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Gibbons (Actor)

Confessions of a Window Cleaner 1973 (Movie)

Mrs Radlett (Actor)

Theatre of Blood 1973 (Movie)

Mrs Sprout (Actor)

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg 1972 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Friends 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Carry on Loving 1969 (Movie)

Mrs Grubb (Actor)

The Secret of My Success 1964 (Movie)

Mrs Pringle (Actor)

Carry on Regardless 1963 (Movie)

Matron (Actor)

Heavens Above! 1962 (Movie)

Garrulous Housewife (Actor)

Carry on Constable 1961 (Movie)

Mrs May (Actor)

I Thank a Fool 1961 (Movie)

Landlady (Actor)

No Kidding 1961 (Movie)

Cook (Actor)

Carry On Nurse 1959 (Movie)

Sister (Actor)

Law and Disorder 1958 (Movie)

Aunt Florence (Actor)

The 39 Steps 1958 (Movie)

Miss Dobson (Actor)

All at Sea 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Kent (Actor)

Carry On, Admiral 1957 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Happy Is the Bride 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Bowles (Actor)

Sea Wife 1957 (Movie)

Scribe (Actor)

As Long As They're Happy 1956 (Movie)

Barmaid (Actor)

The Last Man to Hang 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Man Who Never Was 1956 (Movie)

Landlady (Actor)

Doctor in the House 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)

Simon and Laura 1955 (Movie)

Barmaid (Actor)

Doctor at Sea 1954 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Man With a Million 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

Seven Days to Noon 1950 (Movie)

Mrs Pecket (Actor)

The Magic Box 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Guinea Pig 1947 (Movie)

Mrs Read (Actor)

His and Hers (Movie)

Phoebe (Actor)

Love from a Stranger (Movie)

Emmy (Actor)

They Do It With Mirrors (TV Show)

Actor

Value for Money (Movie)

Mrs. Perkins (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

Boss of Lonely Valley (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Crimson Trail (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The One Way Trail (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Biography

This British stage and occasional film actress made her stage debut in 1927, but it was not until the late 1980s that American audiences became most aware of Joan Hickson when she began playing Agatha Christie's sleuth Miss Marple. She began in the role in 1984 for the BBC and retired for not only the role but from her acting career in 1992.

Relationships

Daughter
survived her

Alfred Hickson

Father

Edith Hickson

Mother

Eric Butler

Husband
died in 1967

Nicholas Butler

Son
survived her

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England

Milestones

1993

Final film, "Century", directed by Stephen Poliakoff

1992

Announced retirement from acting

1982

Played Miss Haversham in TV remake of "Great Expectations" (aired in USA on The Entertainment Channel)

1969

Appeared in the feature film version of "A Day in the Day of Joe Egg" (released theatrically in 1972)

1967

Earned praise for her stage role in "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg"

1957

Began appearing in the "Carry On . . ." film series

1957

Had regular role of the receptionist on the BBC half-hour drama "The Royalty", set in a hotel

1948

First collaboration with the Boulting brothers, "The Guinea Pig"

1947

Early TV appearance in the BBC production "Busman's Honeymoon", a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery

1937

Made feature film debut, "Love From a Stranger"

1928

Made London West End debut, "The Tragic Muse"

1927

Made stage debut, "His Wife's Children"

Appeared as Agatha Christie's fictional detective Miss Jane Marple in a series of TV adaptations; aired in the USA from 1986-1989

Co-starred in the British comedy series "Our Man at St Mark's", playing the housekeeper to a county vicar

Became a member of the Oxford Repertory Company

Broadway debut, "Bedroom Farce"; won Tony Award

Reprised role of Miss Marple in made-for-TV movies (aired in USA on A&E in 1990-1993)

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1987

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In 1946, Hickson appeared in a small role in the stage play "Appointment with Death" by Agatha Christie. After one performance, the writer reportedly approached the actress and uttered the prophetic "I hope you will play Miss Marple one day."

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