Sian Phillips

Actor, Newsreader, TV announcer
This slender, willowy actress with hooded eyes and chiseled cheekbones has demonstrated her versatility in roles ranging from the bon vivant of Herbert Ross' musical remake of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969) to the ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1934 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (39)

Hercule Poirot, Series IX 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

P.D. James' The Murder Room 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gigolos 2005 (Movie)

Lady James (Actor)

Attila 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magician's House 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Scold's Bridle 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

House of America 1998 (Movie)

Mam (Actor)

Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Borrowers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

Mrs Archer (Actor)

A Painful Case 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Collins Meets Coward 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark River 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Blessington (Actor)

Pyramid 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

Valmont 1989 (Movie)

Madame DeVolanges (Actor)

Vanity Fair 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctor and the Devils 1985 (Movie)

Annabella Rock (Actor)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (Actor)

Clash of the Titans 1981 (Movie)

Cassiopeia (Actor)

Nijinsky 1980 (Movie)

Lady Ripon (Actor)

How Green Was My Valley 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Murphy's War 1971 (Movie)

Hayden (Actor)

Under Milk Wood 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard (Actor)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 (Movie)

Ursula Mossbank (Actor)

Laughter in the Dark 1969 (Movie)

Lady Elizabeth More (Actor)

Young Cassidy 1965 (Movie)

Ella (Actor)

Becket 1964 (Movie)

Gwendolen (Actor)

Aristocrats (TV Show)

Actor

Ewoks: The Battle For Endor (TV Show)

Actor

Heidi (TV Show)

Actor

I, Claudius (TV Show)

Actor

Red Empire (TV Show)

Narrator

Shoulder to Shoulder (TV Show)

Actor

Smiley's People (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of the Borrowers (TV Show)

Actor

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This slender, willowy actress with hooded eyes and chiseled cheekbones has demonstrated her versatility in roles ranging from the bon vivant of Herbert Ross' musical remake of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969) to the bloodthirsty Livia in "I, Claudius" (BBC, 1976) to impersonating screen legend Marlene Dietrich on stage in the 1990s. Sian Phillips began her career as a child performer on the radio in her native Wales. She also did a stint as an announcer and newsreader in her early 20s before concentrating on an acting career. Almost from the outset of her stage work, she was landing major roles, whether it be playing Shaw's "Saint Joan" in repertory or debuting in the West End as "Hedda Gabler". Since the late 50s, Phillips has amassed an impressive resume, generally earning strong reviews for her performances.

Relationships

Peter O'Toole Actor

Husband
Met while touring in "The Holiday" in 1958 Married December 1959 in Dublin, Ireland Divorced 1979

Kate O'Toole

Daughter
born in 1960 father, Peter O'Toole

Patricia O'Toole

Daughter
born in 1963 father, Peter O'Toole

David Phillips

Father

Sally Phillips

Mother
worked as a housekeeper for daughter during daughter's marriage to Peter O'Toole

Robin Sachs

Husband
third husband married in December 1979 divorced in 1992

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

University of Wales

1955

Milestones

2002

Starred in L.A. stage production "My Old Lady"

1999

Had supporting role in the BBC-1 series "Aristocrats"

1999

Starred in the short-lived Broadway production of "Marlene"; received a Tony Award nomination

1998

Played the Red Queen in the Channel Four adaptation of "Alice Through the Looking Glass", starring Kate Beckinsale

1997

Delivered a mememorable performance as Queen Eleanor in the A&E miniseries "Ivanhoe"

1996

Portrayed Madame Armfeldt in a stage revival of "A Little Night Music", starring Judi Dench and staged by Mathias

1995

Returned to Broadway as star of the award-winning revival of "An Inspector Calls"

1994

First portrayed screen legend Marlene Dietrich for two nights in the musical play "Marlene"; written by Gems and directed by Mathias

1993

Appeared as the title character's grandmother in "Heidi" (The Disney Channel)

1993

Initial collaborations with playwright Pam Gems (as translator/adaptor) and director Sean Mathias, "Ghosts"

1993

Played Daniel Day-Lewis' mother in "The Age of Innocence"

1989

Essayed the mother or Fairuza Balk's Cecile in "Valmont", Milos Forman's adaptation of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"

1987

Portrayed the Duchess of Windsor in the NBC miniseries "The Two Mrs Grenvilles"

1985

Appeared in the London production of the stage adaptation of the musical "Gigi"

1984

Played Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam in "Dune"

1982

Reprised Ann Smiley in the syndicated "Smiley's People"

1981

Cast as Clementine Churchill opposite Robert Hardy in "Winston Churchill--The Wilderness Years"

1980

Returned to film acting in Herbert Ross' feature biopic "Nijinsky"

1980

Made stage singing debut starring as Vera in the London revival of the musical "Pal Joey"

1979

First played Ann Smiley opposite Alec Guiness in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (aired on PBS in the USA in 1980)

1978

Starred in the British TV series "Warrior Queen" (Thames Television)

1976

Offered a delectable turn as the evil Livia in the BBC production of "I, Claudius"

1974

Starred as suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in the BBC series "Shoulder to Shoulder" (aired in the USA on PBS in 1975)

1973

Portrayed Virgina Woolf in the stage production, "A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square"

1970

Final film with O'Toole, "Under Milk Wood"; last film for nine years

1968

Received widespread attention for her theatrical performance in the musical remake of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", starring O'Toole and directed by Herbert Ross

1967

Played another Williams' heroine, Alma, in "Eccentricities of a Nightingale"

1964

Appeared as Hannah Jelkes in the London production of Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana"

1964

Had co-starring role in "Becket", starring then-husband Peter O'Toole; first of four films together

1962

Film debut in small role in "The Longest Day"

1960

Starred opposite Peter O'Toole in "Siwan", a BBC production about the arranged marriage between the title character, the daughter of King John and a Welsh prince

1959

Made London stage debut as "Hedda Gabler"

1958

Played title role of "Saint Joan" in Covington

1953

Worked as a newsreader and announcer for the BBC

Revived "Marlene" for a tour and eventual run in London's West End

Born and raised in Wales

Made TV debut in the 1950s on BBC-Television, Wales

Began career as a radio actress with BBC-Radio, Wales in the mid-1940s

Toured Wales in Welsh-language productions for the Wales Arts Council

Portrayed Beth Morgan in the BBC TV adaptation of "How Green Was My Valley"

Bonus Trivia

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Phillips was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's birthday honors in June 2000.

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