Judy Parfitt

Actor
A polished British stage actress who has proven adept in films and television playing characters of aristocratic background, Judy Parfitt delivered one of her best film performances as the imperious employer of Kathy ... Read more »
Born: 11/06/1935 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (50)

Call the Midwife 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello Carter 2014 (Movie)

Aunt Miriam (Actor)

The Game 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Golden Man 2014 (Movie)

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The Moth Diaries 2012 (Movie)

Mrs. Rood (Actor)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

Queen Mary (Actor)

Little Dorrit 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Dean Spanley 2008 (Movie)

Mrs Brimley (Actor)

Asylum 2005 (Movie)

Brenda Raphael (Actor)

Death on the Nile 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The Aryan Couple 2004 (Movie)

Rachel Krauzenberg (Actor)

The Long Firm 2004 (Tv Show)

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Girl With a Pearl Earring 2003 (Movie)

Maria Thins (Actor)

ER 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Death's Shadow 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Berkeley Square 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Falling Through 1999 (Movie)

Ambassador (Actor)

Ever After 1998 (Movie)

Queen Marie (Actor)

Wilde 1998 (Movie)

Lady Mount-Temple (Actor)

Heavy Weather 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

Vera Donovan (Actor)

Loving 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Tennant (Actor)

Inspector Alleyn Mysteries 1993 (TV Show)

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The Blackheath Poisonings 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Diamond Skulls 1991 (Movie)

Lady Crewne (Actor)

King Ralph 1991 (Movie)

Queen Katherine (Actor)

Getting It Right 1989 (Movie)

Lady Stella Munday (Actor)

The Charmings 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Bon Voyage 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Maurice 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Durham (Actor)

Covenant 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Deceptions 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Chain 1984 (Movie)

Deidre (Actor)

Champions 1983 (Movie)

Dr Merrow (Actor)

Malice Aforethought 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Pride and Prejudice 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Rumpole of the Bailey, Series I 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Death of a Princess 1979 (Movie)

Elsa Gruber (Actor)

Galileo 1973 (Movie)

Angelica Sarti (Actor)

Hamlet 1969 (Movie)

Gertrude (Actor)

The Mind of Mr. Soames 1969 (Movie)

Jenny Bannerman (Actor)

Hide and Seek 1964 (Movie)

Chauffeur (Actor)

Midnight's Child (TV Show)

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September (TV Show)

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Shoulder to Shoulder (TV Show)

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Silent Cries (TV Show)

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The Charmer (TV Show)

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The Jewel in the Crown (TV Show)

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The Return of the Borrowers (TV Show)

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The Ruby Ring (TV Show)

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Biography

A polished British stage actress who has proven adept in films and television playing characters of aristocratic background, Judy Parfitt delivered one of her best film performances as the imperious employer of Kathy Bates in "Delores Claiborne" (1995). Born in Yorkshire and trained at RADA, the actress began her career on stage in repertory theater before eventually finding success in the West End. Parfitt was already close to 30 when she debuted in films in a small role in "Hide and Seek" (1964). She first caught international audiences' attention playing Gertrude to Nicol Williamson's "Hamlet" (1969), recreating her stage performance. (As has often been the case, she was only three years older than the actor playing her son.) Parfitt continued to lend her regal bearing and patrician looks to such roles as "The Duchess of Malfi" and Mary Queen of Scots in "Vivat! Vivat Regina!" (both 1971) as well as Ranevskaya in "The Cherry Orchard" (1978).

Relationships

Tony Steadman

Husband

Lawrence Hamilton Parfitt

Father

Catherine Josephine Parfitt

Mother

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Milestones

2011

Appeared in the horror feature "The Moth Diaries," starring Scott Speedman and Lily Cole

2008

Cast in BBC romantic drama miniseries "Little Dorrit"

2005

Appeared on the BBC "dramedy" series "Funland"

2004

Co-starred with Martin Landau in "The Aryan Couple" as a Jewish couple trying to escape Nazi Germany by giving up everything

2000

Had recurring guest role as the mother of Dr Elizabeth Corday on NBC's "ER"

1999

Appeared on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in a revival of Emlyn Williams' "Night Must Fall"

1998

Played the mother of the prince in "Ever After"

1997

Had supporting role as Lady Mount-Temple in the biopic "Wilde"

1995

Delivered a scene-stealing turn as the imperious employer of "Dolores Claiborne"

1993

Co-starred in the three-part drama "The Blackheath Poisonings"; hosted US presentation

1987

Cast as Hugh Grant's mother in "Maurice"

1987

Was one of the many females who succumbed to Nigel Havers' "The Charmer" (London Weekend Television); aired in the USA in 1989 on "Masterpiece Theatre"

1984

Delivered a strong turn as Geraldine James' alcoholic mother in BBC miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in the USA)

1983

Played Cleopatra in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" at the Young Vic

1975

Had supporting role in the minseries "Shoulder to Shoulder" (shown on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")

1970

Played title role in the Royal Court Theatre production of "The Duchess of Malfi"

1969

Appeared in a supporting role in the 6-part thriller "Diamond Crack Diamond" (London Weekend Television)

1968

Portrayed Gertrude to Nicol Williamson's "Hamlet"; recreated stage performance for film

1967

Had title role in the London production of "The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd"

1964

Film debut, "Hide and Seek"

1956

London stage debut, "A Likely Tale"

1954

Stage acting debut in "Fools Rush In"

Debut as series regular on US television, playing the wicked Queen Lillian, the stepmother to Snow White, in the ABC sitcom "The Charmings"

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