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Dorothy Tutin

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8 April 1930 (
London, England

August 6, 2001, Midhurst, United Kingdom

Derek Waring (m. 1964–2001)

Amanda Waring, Nick Waring

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Savage Messiah, Cromwell, A Tale of Two Cities, The Importance of Being

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Derek Waring, Amanda Waring, Ralph Thomas, Alan Bridges, Anthony Asquith

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Dame Dorothy Tutin, DBE (8 April 1930 – 6 August 2001) was an English actress of stage, film and television. For her work in the theatre, she won two Olivier Awards and two Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress. She was made a CBE in 1967 and a Dame (DBE) in 2000.


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Tutin began her stage career in 1949 and won the 1960 Best Actress Evening Standard Award for Twelfth Night. Having made her Broadway debut in the 1963 production of The Hollow Crown, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in the 1968 original Broadway production of Portrait of a Queen. In the 1970s, she won a second Best Actress Evening Standard Award and twice won the Olivier Award (then the Society of London awards) for Best Actress in a Revival, for A Month in the Country and The Double Dealer. Her films included The Importance of Being Earnest (1952), The Beggar's Opera (1953), A Tale of Two Cities (1958), Savage Messiah (1972) and The Shooting Party (1985).

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An obituary in The Daily Telegraph described her as "one of the most enchanting, accomplished and intelligent leading ladies on the post-war British stage. With her husky voice, deep brown eyes, wistful smile and sense of humour, she brought an enduring charm to all kinds of stage drama, ancient and modern, as well as to films and television plays in a career that spanned more than 40 years".

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Dorothy Tutin was born in London on 8 April 1930, the daughter of John Tutin and his wife Adie Evelyn (Fryers), a Yorkshire couple who married the following year. Her year of birth was sometimes given as 1931, said to disguise the circumstances of her birth, but certainly not by herself.

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She was educated at St Catherine's School, Bramley, Surrey and studied for the stage at PARADA and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Tutin was also a talented pianist, but chose acting rather than music as her vocation.

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She married the actor Derek Waring, and they had two children, Nicholas and Amanda, both of whom also became actors (mother and daughter appeared toogether in the 1989 All Creatures Great and Small episode "Mending Fences"). Dorothy Tutin and Derek Waring remained married until her death in 2001 at the age of 71 from leukaemia, a year after her grandson (from her daughter) was born; Waring died in 2007.

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Tutin was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, and raised to Dame Commander (DBE) in 2000.


Dorothy Tutin made her first stage appearance at the Boltons on 6 September 1949, playing Princess Margaret of England in William Douglas-Home's play The Thistle and the Rose.

She joined the Bristol Old Vic Company in January 1950, appearing as Phebe in As You Like It, Anni in Denis Cannan's Captain Carvallo and Belinda in John Vanbrugh's The Provok'd Wife. She joined the Old Vic company in London for the 1950–51 season, playing among other parts, Win-the-Fight Littlewit in Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, Ann Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Princess Katharine in Henry V.

At the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in September 1951 she played Martina in Christopher Fry's Thor With Angels, followed in January 1952 by Hero in John Gielgud's triumphant production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Phoenix Theatre.

Subsequent roles included:

  • Rose Pemberton in The Living Room (Graham Greene), Wyndham's Theatre, April 1953
  • Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera (John Van Druten), New Theatre, March 1954
  • Joan in The Lark (Jean Anouilh), Lyric Hammersmith, March 1955
  • Hedvig in The Wild Duck, Saville Theatre, December 1955
  • Caroline Traherne in The Gates of Summer, touring, September 1956
  • Jean Rice in The Entertainer, Royal Court, April 1957
  • Work with the RSC

    Tutin first joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company for the 1960 season in Stratford-upon-Avon, appearing as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Viola in Twelfth Night and Cressida in Troilus and Cressida. Then with the same company (but renamed the Royal Shakespeare Company from January 1961) she appeared as:

  • Viola in Twelfth Night, Aldwych Theatre, December 1960 (Evening Standard Awards Best Actress)
  • Sister Jeanne in The Devils, Aldwych, February 1961.
  • Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, August 1961
  • Desdemona in Othello, Stratford October 1961, Aldwych, October 1962
  • Varya in The Cherry Orchard, Aldwych, December 1961 and October 1962
  • The Hollow Crown, Henry Miller's Theatre (New York debut), January 1963
  • Polly Peachum in The Beggar's Opera, Aldwych, July 1963
  • Other work included:

  • Beatrice in Beatrice et Benedict (concert version) Royal Festival Hall, November 1963
  • Queen Victoria in Portrait of a Queen, Bristol Old Vic March 1965; Vaudeville Theatre, May 1965; and Henry Miller NY, February 1968 (Tony nominee)
  • Rosalind in As You Like It, RSC Stratford and Aldwych, summer 1967, then at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, January 1968
  • Ann in Ann Veronica, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, February 1969
  • Francine in Play on Love, St Martin's Theatre, January 1970
  • Alice in Arden of Faversham, RSC Theatregoround Festival, Roundhouse, November 1970
  • Kate in Old Times, Aldwych, June 1971
  • Title role in Peter Pan, London Coliseum, December 1971 and 1972
  • Maggie Wylie in What Every Woman Knows, touring, March 1972 and Albery Theatre, November 1974
  • Natalya Petrovna in A Month in the Country, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1974 season; and (for Prospect Productions) Albery Theatre, November 1975 (Evening Standard Awards Best Actress) & (Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival)
  • Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, October 1976
  • Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Edinburgh Festival 1977 and Old Vic November 1977
  • Madame Ranevsky in The Cherry Orchard, National Theatre, Olivier, February 1978
  • Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, National, Olivier, June 1978
  • Lady Plyant in The Double Dealer, National, Olivier, September 1978 (Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival)
  • Genia Hofreiter in Undiscovered Country, National, Olivier, June 1979
  • Mme Dubarry in Reflections, Theatre Royal Haymarket, March 1980
  • Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea, Greenwich Theatre September 1981
  • Sarah in After the Lions by Ronald Harwood. World premiere directed by Michael Elliott at the Royal Exchange, Manchester 1982
  • Deborah in A Kind of Alaska (part of a Pinter Other Places triple-bill), Duchess Theatre, March 1985
  • Blanche Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Aldwych Theatre, December 1986
  • Sonia in Loleh Sellon's Thursday's Ladies, Apollo Theatre, September 1987
  • Edna Selby in Harlequinade and Millie Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version, Royalty Theatre, March 1988
  • Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, August 1989; Piccadilly Theatre, October 1989
  • Elderly Woman in Mountain Language and Melissa in Party Time (Harold Pinter), Almeida Theatre, November 1991
  • Rhoda Monkhams in Rodney Ackland's After October, Minerva, Chichester, May 1997, Richmond Theatre and Greenwich Theatre, June 1997, co-starring with Nicholas Waring
  • Fonsia Dorsey in The Gin Game, Savoy Theatre, March 1999, co-starring with Joss Ackland
  • Films and television

    Dorothy Tutin's unusual looks, as well as her acting ability, led to early success. She won the role of Cecily in Anthony Asquith's film version of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (1952), for which she received a BAFTA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer). Around the same time, she played Polly Peachum to Laurence Olivier's Macheath in Peter Brook's film version of The Beggar's Opera (1953).

    Her next major film role was as Lucie in the film A Tale of Two Cities (1958), opposite Dirk Bogarde.

    She continued to divide her appearances between stage, TV and film, appearing in the title role of a television production of Jean Anouilh's Antigone (1969) and the film Cromwell (1970) as Queen Henrietta Maria, before playing another Queen, Anne Boleyn, in the BBC's series The Six Wives of Henry VIII (also 1970), which starred Keith Michell in the title role. She also played Margot Asquith, the wife of Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, in the dramatic series Number 10. (The Asquiths' son Anthony directed Dorothy Tutin in her film debut.) She appeared in the Ken Russell film Savage Messiah (1972).

    She also performed as the teacher Sarah Burton in the TV series South Riding (1974), based on the novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby. She starred as Mrs. Alving in Yorkshire Television production of Ibsen's Ghosts (1977) with Richard Pasco, Ronald Fraser, Brian Deacon, and Julia Foster. In the early 1980s Tutin also appeared in the made-for-television film Murder with Mirrors (based on an Agatha Christie novel) along with Helen Hayes and Bette Davis. Another of her notable roles was as Goneril in an Emmy-winning television production of Shakespeare's King Lear, opposite Laurence Olivier as King Lear and Robert Lang as the Duke of Albany. She guest starred in an episode of the 1980s TV-series Robin of Sherwood, as Lady Margaret of Gisbourne.


    This Could Be the Last Time (TV Movie) as
    Alive and Kicking as
    Jake's Progress (TV Mini Series) as
    Grace Halliwell
    - Episode #1.8 (1995) - Grace Halliwell
    - Episode #1.7 (1995) - Grace Halliwell
    - Episode #1.6 (1995) - Grace Halliwell
    - Episode #1.5 (1995) - Grace Halliwell
    - Episode #1.4 (1995) - Grace Halliwell
    - Episode #1.3 (1995) - Grace Halliwell
    - Episode #1.2 (1995) - Grace Halliwell
    - Episode #1.1 (1995) - Grace Halliwell
    The Great Kandinsky (TV Movie) as
    Scarlett (TV Mini Series) as
    Lady Fenton
    - Episode #1.4 (1994) - Lady Fenton
    Great Moments in Aviation as
    Gwendolyne Quim
    Body & Soul (TV Mini Series) as
    Mother Emmanuel
    - Episode #1.6 (1993) - Mother Emmanuel
    - Episode #1.5 (1993) - Mother Emmanuel
    - Episode #1.4 (1993) - Mother Emmanuel
    - Episode #1.3 (1993) - Mother Emmanuel
    - Episode #1.2 (1993) - Mother Emmanuel
    - Episode #1.1 (1993) - Mother Emmanuel
    Dancing Queen (TV Movie) as
    Heartbeat (TV Series) as
    Amanda Young
    - A Talent for Deception (1993) - Amanda Young
    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series) as
    Annie Besant
    - Benares, January 1910 (1993) - Annie Besant
    Casualty (TV Series) as
    Doreen Jackson
    - Silent Night (1992) - Doreen Jackson
    Party Time (TV Movie) as
    Anglo Saxon Attitudes (TV Mini Series) as
    Dollie Stokesay
    - Episode #1.3 (1992) - Dollie Stokesay
    Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series) as
    Mrs. Crilling
    - A New Lease of Death: Part Three (1991) - Mrs. Crilling
    - A New Lease of Death: Part Two (1991) - Mrs. Crilling
    - A New Lease of Death: Part One (1991) - Mrs. Crilling
    The Bill (TV Series) as
    Cheryl Curtess-Brown
    - Near the Knuckle (1990) - Cheryl Curtess-Brown
    The Yellow Wallpaper (TV Movie) as
    Mrs. Stamford
    All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series) as
    Jenny Garston
    - Mending Fences (1989) - Jenny Garston
    Unnatural Causes (TV Series) as
    - Evensong (1986) - Louise
    Shades of Darkness (TV Series) as
    Kathleen Drover
    - The Demon Lover (1986) - Kathleen Drover
    Robin Hood (TV Series) as
    Lady Margaret of Gisburne
    - The Cross of St. Ciricus (1986) - Lady Margaret of Gisburne
    Theatre Night (TV Series) as
    - The Father (1985) - Laura
    Murder with Mirrors (TV Movie) as
    Mildred Strete
    The Shooting Party as
    Lady Minnie Nettleby
    A Kind of Alaska (TV Movie)
    King Lear (TV Movie) as
    Number 10 (TV Mini Series) as
    Margot Asquith
    - The Asquiths (1983) - Margot Asquith
    Landscape (TV Movie) as
    Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series) as
    - The Eavesdropper (1982) - Moira
    La ronde (TV Movie) as
    The Actress
    Play for Today (TV Series) as
    - Life After Death (1982) - Meg
    Playhouse: The Combination (TV Movie) as
    Mrs. Bedford (mother)
    The Double Dealer (TV Movie) as
    Lady Plyant
    Ghosts (TV Movie) as
    Mrs Alving
    ITV Playhouse (TV Series) as
    Mrs. Alving / Laura
    - Ghosts (1977) - Mrs. Alving
    - The Father (1968) - Laura
    Sister Dora (TV Mini Series) as
    Sister Dora / Dorothy Pattison
    - Part 3 (1977) - Sister Dora
    - Part 2 (1977) - Sister Dora
    - Part 1 (1977) - Dorothy Pattison
    Willow Cabins (TV Movie) as
    South Riding (TV Mini Series) as
    Sarah Burton
    - Give Us This Day (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - Forgive Us Our Trespasses (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - The Number of Our Days (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - Take What You Want and Pay for It (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - Beggars and Choosers (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - Dreams and Destinations (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - In Sickness and in Health (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - The Facts of Life (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - A Time to Live and a Time to Die (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - Those for, and Those Against (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - A Land of Hope and Glory (1974) - Sarah Burton
    - The Powers That Be (1974) - Sarah Burton
    Vienna 1900 (TV Mini Series) as
    Beate Heinold
    - Mother and Son (1973) - Beate Heinold
    Savage Messiah as
    Sophie Brzeska
    The Spy's Wife (Short) as
    Hilda Tyler
    Aquarius (TV Series documentary) as
    Kate - Old Times
    - Old Times/Liza Minelli/Henri Laurens Sculptures/Country and Northern (1971) - Kate - Old Times
    Cromwell as
    Queen Henrietta Maria
    W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series) as
    Mrs. Grange
    - Flotsam and Jetsam (1970) - Mrs. Grange
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII (TV Mini Series) as
    Anne Boleyn
    - Anne Boleyn (1970) - Anne Boleyn
    - Catherine of Aragon (1970) - Anne Boleyn
    The Jazz Age (TV Series) as
    Dolly Urquhart
    - The Princess (1968) - Dolly Urquhart
    From Chekhov with Love (TV Movie) as
    Theatre 625 (TV Series) as
    Queen Katherine
    - The Queen & the Welshman (1966) - Queen Katherine
    The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie) as
    Varya, Lyubov's adopted daughter
    ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) as
    Captain Alison Graham / Princess Victoria / Hedvig / ...
    - Carrington V.C. (1960) - Captain Alison Graham
    - Victoria Regina (1957) - Princess Victoria
    - The Wild Duck (1957) - Hedvig
    - The Living Room (1956) - Rose Pemberton
    BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) as
    - Twentieth Century Theatre: Colombe (1960) - Colombe
    Antigone (TV Movie) as
    Armchair Theatre (TV Series) as
    Joan Bridey
    - The Scent of Fear (1959) - Joan Bridey
    A Tale of Two Cities as
    Lucie Manette
    ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) as
    - Invitation to a Voyage (1957) - Marie-Louise
    H.M. Tennent Globe Theatre (TV Series) as
    Mrs. de Winter / Rose Pemberton
    - Rebecca (1956) - Mrs. de Winter
    - The Living Room (1956) - Rose Pemberton
    The Beggar's Opera as
    Polly Peachum
    The Importance of Being Earnest as
    Cecily Cardew
    Savage Messiah (writer: "TWO FLEAS")
    The Beggar's Opera (writer: "Can Love Be Controlled By Advice?" - uncredited)
    What Do You See? (Short) (in loving memory of my mother)
    This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) as
    - Dorothy Tutin (2000) - Self
    - Nigel Davenport (1997) - Self
    - Chili Bouchier (1996) - Self
    - Rachel Kempson (1986) - Self
    - Rupert Davies (1962) - Self
    Antiques Roadshow (TV Series) as
    Self - Interviewee
    - Unwrapped a Celebration of 21 Years of Antiques Roadshow (1998) - Self - Interviewee
    Celebration Concert - It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow (TV Movie) as
    Self - Narrator
    James Mason: The Star They Loved to Hate (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self - on set of 'The Shooting Party (uncredited)
    Face the Music (TV Series) as
    Self - Panellist
    - Episode #10.4 (1983) - Self - Panellist
    - Episode #5.14 (1973) - Self - Panellist
    - Episode #3.2 (1971) - Self - Panellist
    - Episode #2.3 (1970) - Self - Panellist
    - Episode #2.1 (1970) - Self - Panellist
    - Episode #1.5 (1967) - Self - Panellist
    The Theatre Quiz (TV Series) as
    Self - Panellist
    - Episode #1.6 (1981) - Self - Panellist
    Arena (TV Series documentary) as
    - Theatre: The Prospect Before Us (1977) - Self
    Jackanory (TV Series) as
    Self - Storyteller
    - The Magic Fishbone (1976) - Self - Storyteller
    - Are All the Giants Dead?: Part 3 (1976) - Self - Storyteller
    - Are All the Giants Dead?: Part 2 - Through the Postern Gate (1976) - Self - Storyteller
    - Are All the Giants Dead?: Part 1 - The Arrival of Mildred (1976) - Self - Storyteller
    Film Night (TV Series) as
    - Episode dated 9 September 1972 (1972) - Self
    Review (TV Series documentary) as
    - Children, Childhood and the Christmas Season (1971) - Self
    An Evening with... (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest Reader
    - Lord Pearce (1970) - Self - Guest Reader
    The Impresarios (TV Series) as
    - Peter Hall (1967) - Self
    Acting in the Sixties (TV Series documentary) as
    Self / Victoria
    - Dorothy Tutin (1967) - Self / Victoria
    Call My Bluff (TV Series) as
    - Episode #1.29 (1966) - Self
    Variety Club of Great Britain Awards for 1965 (TV Special documentary short) as
    Self - Best Stage Actress
    Panorama (TV Series documentary) as
    - Episode #1.9 (1954) - Self
    Archive Footage
    Jake's Progress: Interview (Video documentary short) as
    Grace Halliwell (uncredited)
    Knebworth Playing Nettleby (Video documentary short) as
    Lady Minnie Nettleby (uncredited)
    The Shooting Party - A Retrospective (Video documentary short) as
    Lady Minnie Nettleby (uncredited)
    Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self - Interviewee
    The Scottish Play (Documentary) as
    Lady Macbeth
    The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Journey of Radiance (Video) as
    Annie Besant


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