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Beryl Elizabeth Reid
(1919-06-17)17 June 1919
|Died||13 October 1996(1996-10-13) (aged 77)
(m. 1949; div. 1953)
(m. 1954; div. 1966)
Beryl Elizabeth Reid, Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Killing of Sister George, the 1980 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance for Born in the Gardens, and the 1982 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Smiley's People. Her film appearances included The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954), The Killing of Sister George (1968), The Assassination Bureau (1969), and No Sex Please, We're British (1973).(17 June 1919 – 13 October 1996), was an English actress of stage and screen. She won the 1967
Born in Hereford in 1919, Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents and grew up in Manchester, where she attended Withington and Levenshulme High Schools. As a child, she established a lifelong friendship with Nancy Wrigley, the daughter of the prominent classical soprano Isobel Baillie; years later, Reid fondly recalled how Baillie would "tell us the most wonderful things...you can imagine nine-year old girls goggle-eyed at six princes serenading her in Hawaii!"
Leaving school at 16, she made her debut in 1936 as a music hall performer at the Floral Hall, Bridlington. Before and during the Second World War, she took part in variety shows and pantomimes. She had no formal training but later worked at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her first big success came in the BBC radio show Educating Archie as naughty schoolgirl Monica and later as the Brummie, "Marlene."
Her many film and television roles as a character actor were usually well received. She reprised her Tony Award-winning performance of a lesbian soap opera star in The Killing of Sister George for the 1968 screen version and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Drama. The tour of the play was not a success; people in shops refused to serve her and other performers due to the gay characters in the play.
In both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy(1979) and Smiley's People, (1982) Reid played Connie Sachs. For Smiley's People she won a BAFTA for Best Actress on Television.
She also wrote an autobiography in 1984, So Much Love. 
She played the part of an elderly feminist and political subversive in the 1987 television drama, The Beiderbecke Tapes.
Between 1981 and 1983, she co-presented the Children's TV programme Get up and Go for Yorkshire Television, her co-presenter "Mooncat" being a green, talking, puppet cat. Stephen Boxer was her human co-star. After she left the show, it became titled simply Mooncat and Co.
Personal life and death
She married twice, but had no children.
An authorised biography, Roll Out the Beryl, was published by Fantom Films on 22 August 2016. Written by Kaye Crawford, it was the first biography to be written of the actress and coincided with the twentieth anniversary of her death.
Reid died at the age of 77 from severe Osteoarthritis and kidney failure (according to some obituaries, she had developed Pneumonia) at a hospital in Wexham, Buckinghamshire on 13 October 1996, after complications following knee replacement surgery for arthritis.
|1940||Spare a Copper||Minor Role||Uncredited|
|1954||The Belles of St. Trinian's||Miss Wilson|
|1956||The Extra Day||Beryl|
|1960||Two-Way Stretch||Miss Pringle|
|1962||The Dock Brief||Doris Fowle|
|1968||Inspector Clouseau||Mrs. Weaver|
|The Killing of Sister George||June 'George' Buckridge||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama|
|1969||The Assassination Bureau||Madame Otero|
|1970||Entertaining Mr Sloane||Kath|
|1971||The Beast in the Cellar||Ellie Ballantyne|
|1972||Father, Dear Father||Mrs. Stoppard|
|Dr. Phibes Rises Again||Miss Ambrose, Harry's Cousin|
|No Sex Please, We're British||Bertha Hunter|
|1977||Joseph Andrews||Mrs. Slipslop|
|1978||Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse||Matron|
|Carry On Emmannuelle||Mrs Valentine|
|1979||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Connie Sachs||Episode "Smiley Tracks the Mole"
Nominated - British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
|1980||Rhubarb Rhubarb||Home Owner's Wife||Short|
|1981||Late Flowering Love||Short, (segment "Invasion Exercise on the Poultry Farm")|
|Worzel Gummidge||Sarah Pigswill||Series 4 Episode 1 "Muvver's Day"|
|1982||Doctor Who||Briggs||"Earthshock": Episodes Two, Three, Four|
|Smiley's People||Connie Sachs||(Episode No. 1.3)
British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
|The Wind in the Willows||Ms. Carrington Moss||TV movie, Voice|
|The Irish R.M.||Mrs Knox of Aussolas Castle|
|1984||Minder||Ruby Hubbard||Series 5, Episode 4 "The Second Time Around"|
|1985||The Doctor and the Devils||Mrs. Flynn|
|Bergerac||Miss Broome||Series 4, Episode 4 "Low Profile"|
|The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole||May Mole||(5 episodes)|
|1987||The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole||Grandma Mole||(6 episodes)|
|The Beiderbecke Tapes||Sylvia||(1 episode)|
|1988||The Comic Strip Presents...||Mrs. Moss||(1 episode)|
- Jonathan Cecil, "Reid, Beryl Elizabeth (1919–1996)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004 available online. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
- Hayward, Anthony (14 October 1996). "Beryl Reid: Obituary". The Independent. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
- Never Sing Louder than Lovely, BBC Radio 4 FM, 26 February 1984
- Daily Telegraph obituary, also featured in Chin Up Girls! (2005)
- So Much Love, 1984, Hutchinson & Co Hardback, ISBN 0-09-155730-5
- MEL GUSSOW (15 October 1996). "Beryl Reid, Actress, 76, Dies; Gave Life to Varied Eccentrics". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
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