Penelope Wilton

Actor
One of the most respected English stage actresses of the late 20th century and beyond, Penelope Wilton also enjoyed a lengthy career as a film and television actress with appearances in "Cry Freedom" (1987), "Calendar ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1946 in North Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (34)

Downton Abbey 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 (Movie)

Jean Ainslie (Actor)

Belle 2014 (Movie)

Lady Mary Murray (Actor)

The Girl 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012 (Movie)

Jean Ainslie (Actor)

South Riding 2011 (Tv Show)

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Doctor Who 2005 - 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

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Five Days 2007 (TV Show)

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The History Boys 2006 (Movie)

Mrs. Bibby (Actor)

Match Point 2005 (Movie)

Eleanor Hewett (Actor)

Pride & Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

Mrs Gardiner (Actor)

Shaun of the Dead 2004 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Calendar Girls 2003 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Lucky Jim 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Iris 2001 (Movie)

Janet Stone (Actor)

Alice Through the Looking Glass 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Wives and Daughters 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Tom's Midnight Garden 1998 (Movie)

Aunt Melbourne (Actor)

Carrington 1995 (Movie)

Lady Ottoline Morrell (Actor)

The Borrowers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Secret Rapture 1994 (Movie)

Marion French (Actor)

Blame It on the Bellboy 1992 (Movie)

Patricia Fulford (Actor)

Cry Freedom 1987 (Movie)

Wendy Woods (Actor)

Clockwise 1986 (Movie)

Pat Garden (Actor)

The Tale of Beatrix Potter 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Laughterhouse 1983 (Movie)

Alice Singleton (Actor)

The French Lieutenant's Woman 1981 (Movie)

Sonia (Actor)

Country 1980 (Movie)

Virginia (Actor)

The Norman Conquests 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Margot (TV Show)

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Rockaby (TV Show)

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The Return of the Borrowers (TV Show)

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Victoria & Albert (TV Show)

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Biography

One of the most respected English stage actresses of the late 20th century and beyond, Penelope Wilton also enjoyed a lengthy career as a film and television actress with appearances in "Cry Freedom" (1987), "Calendar Girls" (2003) and most notably, the hugely popular "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2010- ) TV series. Frequently hailed for her versatility, which allowed her to move successfully between classical and modern drama, as well as for what critics often described as her "quintessential Englishness" - which translated into finely calibrated performances that allowed her to express layers of emotion through dialogue alone - Wilton came to be regarded as an "actress's actress," a performer who could deliver a memorable turn, no matter the material or author. The stage dominated her career for several decades before she began appearing in British TV and features, as well as the occasional international feature like "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Match Point" (2005). But it was her turn as the steely, staunchly middle-class Isobel Crawley on "Downton" that brought Wilton international acclaim as the series drew in audiences around the globe in devoted numbers. "Downton" fans soon discovered what English theatergoers had known since the early 1970s - that Penelope Wilton represented the best that her country could offer as a performer.

Relationships

Ian Holm

Husband
married in 1991

Ian Holm Actor

Husband
Married 1991 Acted together in Richard Eyre's "Laughterhouse" (1984), and TNT's "The Borrowers" (1993) and "The Return of the Borrowers" (1996) Divorced 2001

Daniel Massey Actor

Husband
Married in 1975 divorced in 1987

Alice Massey

Daughter

Lindsay Wilton

Sister
younger romantically involved with Daniel Massey

EDUCATION

The Drama Centre

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