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Occupation  Actress
Books  The Kingfisher Jump
Role  Actress
Name  Beryl Reid
Years active  1940–1994


Full Name  Beryl Elizabeth Reid
Born  17 June 1919 (1919-06-17) Hereford, Herefordshire, England, UK
Cause of death  pneumonia and osteoporosis
Died  October 15, 1996, South Bucks, United Kingdom
TV shows  The Beiderbecke Tapes, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Alcock and Gander, Before the Fringe, Wink To Me Only
Awards  Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play
Movies  The Killing of Sister George, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Psychomania, The Beast in the Cellar, The Belles of St Trinian's
Similar People  Robert Aldrich, Bruce Forsyth, Julie Andrews, Jean‑Pierre Aumont, Don Sharp

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Beryl Elizabeth Reid, OBE (17 June 1919 – 13 October 1996) was a British actress of stage and screen. She won the 1967 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)


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Early life

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Born in Hereford, Herefordshire in 1919, Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents, and grew up in Manchester, where she attended Withington and Levenshulme High Schools.


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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 appeared at the Royal National Theatre in London as a comedy actress. Her first big success came in the BBC radio show Educating Archie as naughty schoolgirl Monica and later as the Brummie, "Marlene."

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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 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.

She was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1976 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in the car park of Thames Television’s Teddington Studios.

In both Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People Reid played Connie Sachs. For Smiley's People she won a BAFTA for Best Actress on Television. She also wrote an autobiography, So Much Love, which was well received. She played the part of an elderly feminist and political subversive in the 1987 television drama, The Beiderbecke Tapes.

Always a big personality, character actress, gifted in comedy, she appeared in many situation comedies and variety programmes on TV including BBC TV's long running music hall show, The Good Old Days.

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'

She married twice but had no children.

An authorised biography, 'Roll Out the Beryl' is due for publication by Fantom Films on 22 August 2016. Written by Kaye Crawford, it is the first biography to be written of the actress and coincides with the twentieth anniversary of her death.


Beryl Reid died on 13 October 1996 from pneumonia and osteoporosis at a South Buckinghamshire hospital following knee surgery. She was 77 years old.


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