Prunella Scales

Actor, Director
A gifted comedienne, Prunella Scales is perhaps best recognized as the as the bane of husband/hotel manager Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) in the British sitcom "Fawlty Towers" (BBC, 1975 and 1979). While primarily a ... Read more »
Born: 06/21/1932 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (33)

An Ideal Husband (William P Cartlidge) 2014 (Movie)

Lady Markby (Actor)

Horrid Henry: The Movie 2013 (Movie)

Great Aunt Greta (Actor)

Run for Your Wife 2013 (Movie)

(Cameo)

Mad Cows 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Minny Stinkler (Actor)

Never Love a Thief 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Stiff Upper Lips 1999 (Movie)

Aunt Agnes Ivory (Actor)

Jane Austen's Emma 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dalziel & Pascoe: An Advancement of Learning 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Signs and Wonders 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

An Awfully Big Adventure 1995 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Second Best 1994 (Movie)

Margery (Actor)

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

Maude (Actor)

Freddie as F.R.O.7 1992 (Movie)

s (Voice)

Howards End 1992 (Movie)

Aunt Juley (Actor)

A Chorus of Disapproval 1989 (Movie)

Hannah Ap Llewellyn (Actor)

Consuming Passions 1988 (Movie)

Ethel (Actor)

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1987 (Movie)

Moira O'Neill (Actor)

Mapp & Lucia 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wicked Lady 1982 (Movie)

Lady Henrietta Kingsclere (Actor)

The Boys From Brazil 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Harrington (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1977 (Movie)

Glynis (Actor)

Fawlty Towers 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From The Dark 1975 (Movie)

Mrs Sandman (Actor)

Waltz of the Toreadors 1962 (Movie)

Estella (Actor)

Room at the Top 1959 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hobson's Choice 1954 (Movie)

Vicky Hobson (Actor)

A Question of Attribution (TV Show)

Actor

Absurd Person Singular (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond the Grave (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking the Code (TV Show)

Actor

My Friend Walter (TV Show)

Actor

The Rector's Wife (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A gifted comedienne, Prunella Scales is perhaps best recognized as the as the bane of husband/hotel manager Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) in the British sitcom "Fawlty Towers" (BBC, 1975 and 1979). While primarily a beloved stage actress in her native Britain, she has made intermittent, and highly effective, appearances in several TV programs and films.

Relationships

Catherine Illingworth

Mother

John Illingworth

Father
sold cotton

Timothy West

Husband
born on October 2, 1934 met in 1960 when they appeared together in the TV production "She Died Young" married in 1963, following his divorce from his first wife also appeared opposite Scales in 1991 London production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night" at National Theater

Samuel West Actor

Son
Born June 19, 1966; father, Timothy West

Joseph West

Son

Samuel West

Son
appeared with Scales in "Howards End"

EDUCATION

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York
studied with Uta Hagen; school now known as HB Studio

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Milestones

2000

Toured England as Ranevskaya in "The Cherry Orchard"

1999

Appeared with husband Timothy West in London revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party"

1997

Co-starred with son Samuel West in "Stiff Upper Lips"

1995

Had featured role in Mike Newell's "An Awfully Big Adventure"

1992

Appeared in "Howards End"; son Samuel West had major supporting role in the film

1992

Played Queen Elizabeth II in the TV version of "A Question of Attribution", scripted by Alan Bennett and directed by John Schlesinger

1987

Had supporting role in "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne"

1979

Reprised role of Sybil Fawlty in the second series of "Fawlty Towers"

1978

Co-starred with Patricia Routledge in "Doris and Doreen", directed by Stephen Frears and written by Alan Bennett

1975

First played Sybil Fawlty in the British comedy "Fawlty Towers"

1963

Co-starred with Richard Briers in the BBC sitcom "The Marriage Lines"

1962

Co-starred with Peter Sellars in "The Waltz of the Torreadors"

1955

Broadway debut as Ermengarde in Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker"

1954

London stage debut, "The Impresario From Smyrna"

1954

Film debut, "Hobson's Choice"

1952

Made TV debut, "Pride and Prejudice"

1951

Professional stage debut as Cook in "Traveler Without Luggage" at Theatre Royal, Bristol

Played Elizabeth Mapp in the London Weekend Television series "Mapp and Lucia"; aired in USA on PBS

Toured the world in one-woman show "An Evening With Queen Victoria"

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