Peggy Ashcroft

Actor
Peggy Ashcroft was a leading light of London's West End and widely considered one of the century's greatest British stage actresses. Her most famous early role was as Desdemona opposite Paul Robeson's Othello in the ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1907 in Croydon, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Murder By the Book 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

She's Been Away 1990 (Movie)

Lillian Huckle (Actor)

Madame Sousatzka 1988 (Movie)

Lady Emily (Actor)

When the Wind Blows 1988 (Movie)

of Hilda Bloggs (Voice)

A Passage to India 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Moore (Actor)

Caught on a Train 1979 (Movie)

Frau Messner (Actor)

Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures 1978 (Movie)

Lady Gwyneth (Actor)

The Pedestrian 1973 (Movie)

Lady Gray (Actor)

Sunday, Bloody Sunday 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Greville (Actor)

Three Into Two Won't Go 1969 (Movie)

Belle (Actor)

Secret Ceremony 1968 (Movie)

Aunt Hanna (Actor)

The Nun's Story 1958 (Movie)

Mother Mathilde (Actor)

The 39 Steps 1935 (Movie)

Crofter's Wife (Actor)

A Perfect Spy (TV Show)

Actor

Cream in My Coffee (TV Show)

Actor

Laurence Olivier -- A Life (TV Show)

Actor

Six Centuries Of Verse (TV Show)

Actor

The Heat of the Day (TV Show)

Actor

The Jewel in the Crown (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Peggy Ashcroft was a leading light of London's West End and widely considered one of the century's greatest British stage actresses. Her most famous early role was as Desdemona opposite Paul Robeson's Othello in the early 1940s and her first film was the British Gaumont production "The Wandering Jew" (1933). She was especially memorable as the quiet, emotionally suffocating village wife who briefly shelters the on-the-lam Robert Donat in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "The Thirty Nine Steps" (1935). Along with frequent costar John Gielgud, Ashcroft's leading men during her 65-year career included Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave and Ralph Richardson. She enjoyed her greatest international acclaim and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her 1984 role in David Lean's film adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel "A Passage to India" and subsequently won renown for the TV miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984-85).

Relationships

William Ashcroft

Father
killed in WWI when daughter was 10

Violetta Ashcroft

Mother
died when daughter was 18

Edward Ashcroft

Brother
only close relative of the actor

Rupert Hart-Davis

Husband
married December 23, 1929 divorced in 1931

Jeremy Hutchinson

Husband
married on September 14, 1940 divorced in December 1965

Eliza Hutchinson

Daughter
born in 1941 father, Jeremy Hutchinson

Nicholas Hutchinson

Son
born in 1945 father, Jeremy Hutchinson

Theodore Komisarjevsky

Husband
married in November 1934 divorced on June 15, 1937

EDUCATION

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England
received Diploma in Dramatic Art awarded by University of London

Woodford School

Croydon

Milestones

1984

Received career boost and widest exposure in years with her acclaimed role in the David Lean film, "A Passage to India"

1962

First British actress to have a theater named after her while still alive--the Ashcroft, in her home town of Croydon

1959

TV debut in "Shadow of Heroes"

1937

Broadway stage debut in "High Tor"

1933

Film acting debut in "The Wandering Jew"

1927

London stage debut in "One Day More"

1926

Stage debut in "Dear Brutus" at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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She was named a Dame of the British Empire in 1956.

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She became a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1968.

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Awarded the King's Medal by King Haakon of Norway for her role in a production of Henrik Ibsen's play "Hedda Gabler"

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Received the Honorary DLitt from Oxon (1961), Leicester (1964) and from London Universities (1965)

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A theater in her hometown of Croyden was named in her honor.

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