Liz Smith

Actor
With her sunken mouth, deep-set, sad eyes and small frame, Smith has excelled at playing dispirited, down-trodden women. She made her screen debut in Mike Leigh's "Bleak Moments" (1971) as a cantankerous, bed-ridden old ... Read more »
Born: 12/11/1921 in Lincolnshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (51)

City of Ember 2008 (Movie)

Granny (Actor)

Flick 2007 (Movie)

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Keeping Mum 2006 (Movie)

Mrs Parker (Actor)

The Magic Flute 2006 (Movie)

Old Papagena (Actor)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 (Movie)

Grandma Georgina (Actor)

Oliver Twist 2005 (Movie)

Old Woman (Actor)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Mrs Mulch (Actor)

Nicholas Nickleby 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Oliver Twist 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Alice in Wonderland 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Donovan Quick 1999 (Movie)

Gran (Actor)

The Canterbury Tales 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

A Merry War 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Meakin (Actor)

The Royle Family (BBC) 1998 (TV Show)

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Tom's Midnight Garden 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Willows (Actor)

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("Horny") (Actor)

Haunted 1997 (Movie)

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The Revengers' Comedies 1997 (Movie)

Winnie (Actor)

Secrets & Lies 1996 (Movie)

Cat Owner (Actor)

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

Madame Balls (Actor)

Dakota Road 1990 (Movie)

Joan Benson (Actor)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover 1990 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Apartment Zero 1989 (Movie)

Mary Louise McKinney (Actor)

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Rigby (Actor)

Young Charlie Chaplin 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Drowning in the Shallow End 1988 (Movie)

Agent (Actor)

High Spirits 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Plunkett (Actor)

Little Dorrit 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Bangham--Midwife (Actor)

We Think the World of You 1988 (Movie)

Millie (Actor)

The Life and Loves of a She-Devil 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Partners in Crime, Series I 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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A Private Function 1983 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Britannia Hospital 1983 (Movie)

Maizie (Actor)

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Separate Tables 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Crystal Gazing 1981 (Movie)

Lady in Pub (Actor)

Give Us This Day 1981 (Movie)

Landlady (Actor)

The French Lieutenant's Woman 1981 (Movie)

Mrs. Fairley (Actor)

Agatha 1979 (Movie)

Flora (Actor)

Sir Henry at Rawlinson End 1979 (Movie)

Lady Philippa of Staines (Actor)

The Duellists 1978 (Movie)

Fortune Teller (Actor)

All Things Bright And Beautiful 1977 (Movie)

Mrs Dodds (Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Stick Up 1977 (Movie)

Hotel Manageress (Actor)

It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Dodds (Actor)

Bleak Moments 1972 (Movie)

Pat's Mother (Actor)

Hard Labour 1972 (Movie)

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A Christmas Carol (TV Show)

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A Christmas Carol (TV Show)

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Harem (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Grand Isle (TV Show)

Dialogue Coach

Biography

With her sunken mouth, deep-set, sad eyes and small frame, Smith has excelled at playing dispirited, down-trodden women. She made her screen debut in Mike Leigh's "Bleak Moments" (1971) as a cantankerous, bed-ridden old woman who proudly displays her false teeth by her bedside, and was memorable as a worn-out cleaning lady in Leigh's harrowing drama, "Hard Labour" (1973). Smith has appeared in several period dramas (as Mrs. Heep in the BBC production of "David Copperfield" and the fortune teller in Ridley Scott's "The Duellists" 1977); gave an indelible comic performance as Maggie Smith's dotty mother in "A Private Function" (1984); and was outstanding as the mother of convict Gary Oldman in "We Think the World of You" (1988).

Milestones

1970

Feature film debut, "Bleak Moments"

Began to study acting after WWI

Had recurring role on the British comedy series "2point4 children"; played the mother of Belinda Lang's Bill

Joined the Gateway Theatre in London and played in weekly repertory

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the nationally syndicated columnist Liz Smith.

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