Patricia Hayes

Actor, Comedian
With an acting career spanning nearly eighty years, Patricia Hayes, a British actress best known for her comedic work, proved that while her size did limit the roles she was given, she was diminutive in stature only ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1909 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Crime and Punishment 2001 (Movie)

Alyona Ivanova (Actor)

The Steal 1995 (Movie)

Mrs Fawkes (Actor)

The House of Bernarda Alba 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fool 1991 (Movie)

The Dowager (Actor)

The Last Island 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

War Requiem 1989 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

A Fish Called Wanda 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Coady (Actor)

Little Dorrit 1988 (Movie)

Affery (Actor)

Willow 1988 (Movie)

Raziel (Actor)

Mrs. Capper's Birthday 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Benny Hill Show 1979 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Neverending Story 1984 (Movie)

Urgl (Actor)

Danger on Dartmoor 1979 (Movie)

Mrs Green (Actor)

The Corn Is Green 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Goodies 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Fragment of Fear 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Baird (Actor)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 (Movie)

Miss Honeybun (Actor)

Carry on Again, Doctor 1968 (Movie)

Mrs Beasley (Actor)

The Battle of the Sexes 1959 (Movie)

Jeannie MacDougall (Actor)

Biography

With an acting career spanning nearly eighty years, Patricia Hayes, a British actress best known for her comedic work, proved that while her size did limit the roles she was given, she was diminutive in stature only. Hayes began performing on the London stage at age twelve in "The Great Big World" at the Royal Court in London. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she was awarded the prestigious Bancroft Gold Medal in 1928. After an impressive turn as Ruby Birtle, a young Yorkshire maid, in "When We Are Married" at London's St. Martin's Theatre in 1938, Hayes found herself frequently typecast as irreverent servants. A consistent presence on the London stage, the actress continued to work in the West End well into her career, after film and television success. She acted with the Royal Shakespeare company in "Twelfth Night" in 1974 and in 1987 was awarded the Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Performance for her depiction of a deranged grandmother in Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba." The usually comedic actress infused the role with a powerful and eerie realism that proved her talent lie beyond that of a stock comic player. That same year she was awarded the OBE.

Relationships

Gemma Rook

Daughter

Teresa Rook

Daughter

Richard Rook

Son

George Hayes

Father

Florence Hayes

Mother

Valentine Rook

Husband
married in 1939 separated in 1946 divorced in 1951 father of her three children

EDUCATION

Sacred Heart Convent School

Wandsworth

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England 1928
received the Bancroft Gold Medal

Milestones

1993

Appeared in a modern adaptation of "Crime and Punishment" starring John Hurt and Vanessa Redgrave

1990

Played a dowager in the period drama "The Fool"

1988

Gave memorable performances in "Willow", "Little Dorrit" and "A Fish Called Wanda"

1987

Received attention for her depiction of a deranged grandmother in "The House of Bernarda Alba"

1984

Appeared in the children's fantasy feature "The Neverending Story"

1979

Played Mrs Watty in the CBS television remake of "The Corn Is Green"

1975

Joined the cast of the long-running controversial BBC sitcom "Till Death Do Us Part"

1974

Acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company in "Twelfth Night"

1970

Earned acclaim for what is perhaps her best-known performance in the title role of "Edna the Inebriate Woman"

1968

Appeared in the features "Goodbye, Mr Chips", "Carry on Again, Doctor" and "Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?"

1964

Had a small role in the Beatles' first film "A Hard Day's Night"

1961

Starred in the six part sitcom "The Arthur Askey Show"

1959

Appeared in the Peter Sellers comedy "The Battle of the Sexes"

1955

Was a frequent guest on the variety/comedy program "The Arthur Haynes Show" aired on England's ATV

1943

Appeared in the thriller "Hotel Reserve" starring James Mason

1938

Played Ruby, a young Yorkshire servant, in J B Priestley's "When We Are Married" at the St Martin's Theatre in London

1926

Was cast as Tyltyl in a London stage production of Maetrerlinck's "The Blue Bird"

1922

Acted with Irene Vanbrugh at the West End's Globe Theatre in the light comedy "Eileen"

1921

Made acting debut at the Royal Court in "The Great Big World"

Was a frequent guest on "The Benny Hill Show" (BBC and Thames TV in the UK; syndicated in the USA)

Was a regular on "Hancock's Half Hour" a comedy program aired on BBC-TV

During World War II, performed mainly in radio, often with Ted Ray in his program "Ray's A Laugh"

Starred opposite Pat Coombs in the British C4/Regent Productions sitcom "The Lady Is a Tramp"

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded Order of the British Empire in 1987

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