- Pauline Collins
name = Pauline Collins
birthdate = Birth date and age|1940|9|3|df=y
Exmouth, Devon, England
tonyawards = Best Leading Actress in a Play
laurenceolivierawards = Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress
baftaawards = Best Actress
Early life and career
Collins was born in
Exmouth, Devonof Irish Catholicextraction and studied at the Central School of Speech and Dramain London. Before turning to acting, she worked as a teacher until 1962. She made her stage debut at Windsor in "A Gazelle in Park Lane" in 1962 and her West End debut in "Passion Flower Hotel" in 1965, and many stage roles followed. Her first film was "Secrets of a Windmill Girl" (1965).
Collins played Samantha Briggs in the 1967 "
Doctor Who" serial " The Faceless Ones" and was offered the chance to continue in the series as a new companion for the Doctor, but declined the invitation.
Other early TV credits include the UK's first medical soap "Emergency Ward: 10" (1960), and the pilot episode and first series of "
The Liver Birds", both in 1969.
Collins first became well known for her role as the maid Sarah in the 1970s
ITVdrama series " Upstairs, Downstairs", which was co-created by her co-star Jean Marsh. The character appeared regularly throughout the first two series, the second of which also starred her actor husband, John Alderton, with whom she later starred in a spin-off, " Thomas & Sarah" (1979), and the sitcom" No, Honestly", as well as in a series of short story adaptations called " Wodehouse Playhouse" (1975-78). She also appeared alongside Alderton in the successful series " Forever Green" (1989–1992) and co-narrated the animated British children's TV series "Little Miss" with him in 1983.
"Shirley Valentine" and recent years
In 1988, Collins starred in the one-woman play "
Shirley Valentine" in London, reprising the role on Broadway in 1989 and in the 1989 film version,in which she famously appeared nude and winning a number of awards, as described below.
Collins' film credits include "City of Joy" (1992, co-starring
Patrick Swayze), "My Mother's Courage" (1995 in Germany as "Mutters Courage", released in the USA in 1997), " Paradise Road" (1997, with Glenn Closeand Cate Blanchett), and "Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War" (2001), another appearance with Alderton. In 1999 and 2000, Collins starred as Harriet Smith in the BBC television drama "The Ambassador", where she played the lead role of the British ambassador to Ireland. Other television credits include "The Saint", "The Wednesday Play", "Armchair Theatre", "Play for Today", "Tales of the Unexpected", "Country Matters", and "The Black Tower".
In 2002, she guest starred in "
Man and Boy", the dramatisation of Tony Parsons' best-seller. In 2005 she appeared as Miss Flite in the BBC production of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House".
Later in 2006, she appeared in "Extinct", a programme where eight celebrities campaigned on behalf of an animal to save it from
extinction. Collins campaigned to save the Bengal tiger and won the public vote.
In December 2007, she appeared as the
fairy godmotherin the pantomime, " Cinderella", at the Old Vicin London
Collins was awarded the
actor John Aldertonin 1969 and lives in Hampstead, London, England, with her husband and their three children, Nicholas, Kate and Richard. She also has an older daughter, Louise, whom she gave up for adoption. The pair were reunited when Louise was 22 years old, and Collins wrote a book, "Letter to Louise", about her experiences.
Awards and nominations
Laurence Olivier Awardfor Best Actress (winner)
Tony Awardfor Best Actress in a Play (winner)
Theatre World Awardfor Outstanding Broadway Debut (winner)
Drama Desk Awardfor Outstanding Actress in a Play (winner)
Outer Critics Circle Awardfor Best Actress (winner)
Academy Award for Best Actress(nominee)
Golden Globe Awardfor Best Actress, Comedy or Musical (nominee)
BAFTAfor Best Film Actress (winner)
* [http://film.virtual-history.com/person.php?personid=372 Pauline Collins images]
* [http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/artists/c/Pauline-Collins/biography-368632.html Biography of Collins]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/faces/pauline_collins.shtml Profile of Collins]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/1390846.stm 2001 profile]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/1627565.stm Article about Collins' receipt of the OBE]
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Women in Mind"
S. Epatha Merkerson
The Piano Lesson"
SHORT DESCRIPTION=English actress
DATE OF BIRTH=
3 September 1940
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Exmouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
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