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Full Name
Geraldine McKeown

9 May 1932 (
Old Windsor, Berkshire, England

January 30, 2015, Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Hugh Cruttwell (m. 1953–2002)

Greg Cruttwell, Claudia Cruttwell

Nora McKeown, Donald McKeown

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Agatha Christie's Marple, Robin Hood: Prince of, The Magdalene Sisters, A Murder Is Announced, Ordeal by Innocence

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Geraldine McEwan (born Geraldine McKeown; 9 May 1932 – 30 January 2015) was an English actress who had a long career in theatre, television and film. Michael Coveney described her, in a tribute article, as "a great comic stylist, with a syrupy, seductive voice and a forthright, sparkling manner".


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On stage, McEwan was a five-time Olivier Award nominee, and twice won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress; for The Rivals (1983) and The Way of the World (1995). She was also nominated for the 1998 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Chairs. She won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for the 1990 television serial Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and from 2004 to 2009, she starred as the Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple, in the ITV series Marple.

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Early life

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She was born Geraldine McKeown on 9 May 1932 in Old Windsor, Berkshire, England, to Donald and Norah (née Burns) McKeown. She had Irish antecedents; her maternal grandfather came from Kilkenny while her paternal grandfather came from Belfast. Her father, a printers' compositor, ran the Labour Party branch in Old Windsor, a safe Conservative seat.

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McEwan won a scholarship to attend Windsor County Girls' School, then a private school where she felt completely out of place, and took elocution lessons. In an interview with Cassandra Jardine of The Daily Telegraph in 2004, she said of herself around this time: "I was very shy, very private," but after reading a poem (apparently Lady Macbeth's speech "Glamis thou art and Cawdor...") at a Brownie concert: "I realised it was going to be a way in which I could manage the world. I could protect myself by losing myself in other people."

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As a teenager, McEwan became interested in theatre and her theatrical career began at 14 as assistant stage manager at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. She made her first appearance on the Windsor stage in October 1946 as an attendant of Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream and played many parts with the Windsor Repertory Company from March 1949 to March 1951, including a role in the Ruth Gordon biographical play Years Ago opposite guest player John Clark.

From 1951 to 1971

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McEwan made her first West End appearance at the Vaudeville Theatre on 4 April 1951 as Christina Deed in Who Goes There! McEwan first appeared on television in a BBC series, Crime on Our Hands (1954), with Jack Watling, Dennis Price and Sonia Dresdel.

In 1957, she took over from Joan Plowright in the Royal Court production of John Osborne's play The Entertainer during its West End run at the Palace Theatre.

McEwan appeared at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon during the late 1950s and early 1960s, during the period when it was evolving into the Stratford venue for the new Royal Shakespeare Company formed in 1960, and at The Aldwych, the RSC's original London home.

During the 1958 season in Stratford, she played Olivia in Twelfth Night in a production directed by Peter Hall. After McEwan died, The Guardian's Michael Billington wrote of this performance: "At the time Olivia tended to be played as a figure of mature grief: McEwan was young, sparky, witty and clearly brimming with desire for Dorothy Tutin's pageboy Viola." McEwan's performance, according to Dominic Shellard, split contemporary critical opinion between those observers who considered it "heretical" and others who thought it "revolutionary".

In the same season at Stratford, McEwan portrayed Marina in Pericles and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing. She returned to the theatre in 1961 to portray Ophelia in Hamlet, opposite Ian Bannen as the Prince, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing with Christopher Plummer as Benedict.

In a production of Sheridan's The School for Scandal directed by Sir John Gielgud in 1962, McEwan replaced Anna Massey as Mrs Teazle during the run at the Haymarket Theatre, London; her husband was played by Sir Ralph Richardson. After an American tour, this production was staged at the Majestic in New York in early 1963, and was McEwan's debut on Broadway. Back in England, she appeared with Kenneth Williams in the original unsuccessful 1965 production of Loot by Joe Orton, which closed at the Wimbledon Theatre before reaching London.

After this debacle, she joined the National Theatre Company, then based at the Old Vic, following the suggestion of Sir Laurence Olivier, then its artistic director, and performed in 11 productions over the next 5 years. She appeared with Olivier in Dance of Death, staged by Glen Byam Shaw and first performed in February 1967.

A portrayal of a marriage, Olivier asserted, according to his biographer Philip Ziegler, that he had chosen August Strindberg's play partly because it had a good part for McEwan: "I didn't give a damn if I made a success, I really didn't; it was her success I was after". The notices though concentrated on his role as the Captain rather than McEwan's as Alice, the Captain's wife. A film version, with the same two leads, was released in 1969.

During her first period at the National, she also portrayed Angelica in William Congreve's Love for Love, Raymonde Chandebise in Georges Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear, Millamant in The Way of the World and Vittoria Corombona in John Webster's The White Devil. Until her roles in the plays by Strindberg and Webster, McEwan was viewed mainly as a comedian, but these parts were thought to have extended her range.

In the 1970s and 1980s

McEwan took the lead role in an adaptation for Scottish Television of Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978). She was Spark's favourite in the role and came the closest to the character as Spark had imagined it; Brodie has also been portrayed on stage and screen by Vanessa Redgrave and Maggie Smith. Her other work for television in this period included roles in The Barchester Chronicles (1982) and Mapp and Lucia (1985-86) with Prunella Scales as Mapp and McEwan as Lucia.

In 1983, McEwan played Mrs Malaprop in a production of Sheridan's The Rivals at the National Theatre in a production by Peter Wood which also featured Michael Hordern as Sir Anthony Absolute. Michael Billington wrote of this performance in 2015: "It is easy to play the word-mangling Mrs Malaprop as a comic buffoon. But the whole point of McEwan’s performance was that she took language with fastidious seriousness, fractionally pausing before each misplaced epithet as if ransacking her private lexicography. As I said at the time, it was like watching a demolition expert trying to construct a cathedral." For this role, McEwan won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress.

She made her directing debut, in 1988, with the Renaissance Theatre Company's touring season, Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, co-produced with the Birmingham Rep, and ending with a three-month repertory programme at the Phoenix Theatre in London. McEwan's contribution was a light romantic staging of As You Like It, with Kenneth Branagh playing Touchstone as an Edwardian music hall comedian.

Later career

McEwan won another Evening Standard Best Actress Award in 1995 for her role as Lady Wishfort in a revival of Congreve's The Way of the World, again at the National Theatre. Sheridan Morley, then theatre critic of The Spectator, wrote, "Geraldine McEwan (in the performance of the night and her career) comes on looking like an ostrich which has mysteriously been crammed into a tambourine lined with fresh flowers."

With Richard Briers, she starred from November 1997 in a revival of Eugène Ionesco's absurdist play The Chairs in a co-production between Simon McBurney's Theatre de Complicite and London's Royal Court Theatre (then temporarily based at the Duke of York's) who had staged the British premiere 40 years earlier. This production had a brief run on Broadway between April and June 1998; McEwan was nominated for a Tony Award.

Her later television credits include Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1990), for which she won the British Academy Television Award as Best Actress in 1991, and Mulberry (1992-93). She was also in the Cassandra episode of Red Dwarf (1999), playing a prescient computer. McEwan played the demented witch Mortianna in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). In Peter Mullan's The Magdalene Sisters, (2002), she played the role of Sister Bridget. In 2001, she voiced Margaret in the audio book Richard III.

McEwan was selected by Granada Television for Marple (2004-7), a new series featuring the Agatha Christie sleuth Miss Marple. She told The New York Times in a 2005 interview when the series was first being screened by PBS, "I do enjoy playing very original and slightly eccentric characters. It is very amusing that Agatha Christie should have created this older woman who lives a very conventional life in a little country village and yet spends all her time solving violent crimes." She announced her retirement from the role in 2008 after appearing in 12 films. She was succeeded as Miss Marple in the series by Julia McKenzie.

In 2005, she provided the voice of Miss Thripp in the film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and again in A Matter of Loaf and Death in 2008.

Personal life

In 1953 McEwan married Hugh Cruttwell, whom she had first met when she was aged 14 while working at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. Cruttwell was the Principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1965 to 1984. They had a son Greg, who is an actor and screenwriter, and a daughter, Claudia. Cruttwell died in 2002.

McEwan was reported to have declined an OBE, and later, a DBE (in 2002), but she did not respond to these claims. "I will never speak of that", she said of the matter to Cassandra Jardine in 2004.


McEwan died on 30 January 2015 at the Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith after suffering a stroke three months earlier.


Abuelas (Documentary short) as
Abuela (voice)
The Secret World of Arrietty as
Haru (UK version, voice)
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures: Muzzled! (Video Game) as
Miss Thripp (voice)
Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series) as
Miss Marple
- Ordeal by Innocence (2007) - Miss Marple
- At Bertram's Hotel (2007) - Miss Marple
- Miss Marple: Nemesis (2007) - Miss Marple
- Towards Zero (2007) - Miss Marple
- The Sittaford Mystery (2006) - Miss Marple
- By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2006) - Miss Marple
- The Moving Finger (2006) - Miss Marple
- Sleeping Murder (2006) - Miss Marple
- A Murder Is Announced (2005) - Miss Marple
- Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw (2004) - Miss Marple
- The Murder at the Vicarage (2004) - Miss Marple
- The Body in the Library (2004) - Miss Marple
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit as
Miss Thripp (voice)
Vanity Fair as
Lady Southdown
The Lazarus Child as
Carrie's War (TV Movie) as
Mrs. Dilys Gotobed
Pure as
The Magdalene Sisters as
Sister Bridget
Food of Love as
Victoria Wood: With All the Trimmings (TV Special) as
Various Characters
Thin Ice (TV Movie) as
Mrs. Violet Jerome
Contaminated Man as
Lilian Rodgers
Love's Labour's Lost as
Titus as
The Love Letter as
Miss Scattergoods
Red Dwarf (TV Series) as
- Cassandra (1999) - Cassandra
Bookmark (TV Series) as
- Elizabeth Bowen - Death of the Heart (1999) - Readings
Moses (TV Mini Series) as
Not Without My Handbag (Short) as
The Aunt (voice)
Mulberry (TV Series) as
Miss Farnaby
- An Unexpected Visit (1993) - Miss Farnaby
- A Musical Evening (1993) - Miss Farnaby
- A Mysterious Guest (1993) - Miss Farnaby
- The Art Class (1993) - Miss Farnaby
- The Matchmaker (1993) - Miss Farnaby
- The Accident (1993) - Miss Farnaby
- Springtime (1993) - Miss Farnaby
- Leaving (1992) - Miss Farnaby
- The Dinner Party (1992) - Miss Farnaby
- The Holiday (1992) - Miss Farnaby
- The Quiz (1992) - Miss Farnaby
- Fireworks (1992) - Miss Farnaby
- Arrival (1992) - Miss Farnaby
Springing Lenin (TV Movie) as
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (TV Mini Series) as
- Episode #1.3 (1990) - Mother
- Episode #1.2 (1990) - Mother
- Episode #1.1 (1990) - Mother
Henry V as
Foreign Body as
Lady Ammanford
Mapp & Lucia (TV Series) as
Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas / Queen Elizabeth I
- Au Reservoir (1986) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
- Worship (1986) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
- Lady Bountiful (1986) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
- Change and Change About (1986) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
- Winner Takes All (1986) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
- The Owl and the Pussycat (1985) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
- Lobster Pots (1985) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
- The Italian Connection (1985) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
- Battle Stations (1985) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas / Queen Elizabeth I
- The Village Fete (1985) - Emmeline 'Lucia' Lucas
Tears Before Bedtime (TV Series) as
Anne Dickens
- Jobs for the Boys (1983) - Anne Dickens
- Working Arrangement (1983) - Anne Dickens
- Away from It All (1983) - Anne Dickens
- Home from Home (1983) - Anne Dickens
- Show Me the Way to Leave Home (1983) - Anne Dickens
- The Second Honeymoon (1983) - Anne Dickens
- The Grand Gesture (1983) - Anne Dickens
The Barchester Chronicles (TV Mini Series) as
Mrs. Proudie
- Part Seven (1982) - Mrs. Proudie
- Part Six (1982) - Mrs. Proudie
- Part Five (1982) - Mrs. Proudie
- Part Four (1982) - Mrs. Proudie
- Part Three (1982) - Mrs. Proudie
All for Love (TV Series) as
Miss Mountford
- L'Elegance (1982) - Miss Mountford
BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series) as
Maud Caragnani
- Come Into the Garden, Maud (1982) - Maud Caragnani
Fat (TV Movie) as
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (TV Series) as
Jean Brodie
- Mary MacGregor (1978) - Jean Brodie
- Dorothy and Juliet (1978) - Jean Brodie
- Rose (1978) - Jean Brodie
- Giulia (1978) - Jean Brodie
- Sandy and Jenny (1978) - Jean Brodie
- Edinburgh (1978) - Jean Brodie
- Newcastle (1978) - Jean Brodie
Jackanory (TV Series) as
- A Stitch in Time: Part 5 - The Picnic (1977) - Storyteller
- A Stitch in Time: Part 4 - The Swing (1977) - Storyteller
- A Stitch in Time: Part 3 - Harriet (1977) - Storyteller
- A Stitch in Time: Part 2 - The Sampler (1977) - Storyteller
- A Stitch in Time: Part 1 - The House at Lyme Regis (1977) - Storyteller
- The Little Broomstick: Home Again, Home Again (1972) - Storyteller
- The Little Broomstick: Ride Away, Ride Away (1972) - Storyteller
- The Little Broomstick: Can I Get There by Candlelight? (1972) - Storyteller
- The Little Broomstick: Will You Walk Into My Parlour? (1972) - Storyteller
- The Little Broomstick: Things That Go Bump in the Night (1972) - Storyteller
- The Laughing Dragon/The Quangle Wangle's Hat (1971) - Storyteller
- The Warden's Niece: Part 5 - The End of Maria's Search (1968) - Storyteller
- The Warden's Niece: Part 4 - Bodley and the Bull (1968) - Storyteller
- The Warden's Niece: Part 3 - A Bet on Maria (1968) - Storyteller
- The Warden's Niece: Part 2 - Truth or Dare (1968) - Storyteller
- The Warden's Niece: Part 1 - Maria Escapes (1968) - Storyteller
- The Borrowers: Part 5 (1967) - Storyteller
- The Borrowers: Part 4 (1967) - Storyteller
- The Borrowers: Part 3 (1967) - Storyteller
- The Borrowers: Part 2 (1967) - Storyteller
- The Borrowers: Part 1 (1967) - Storyteller
The Littlest Horse Thieves as
Miss Coutt
The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones as
Lady Bellaston
Private Affairs (TV Series) as
Katherine O'Shea
- The Statue and the Rose (1975) - Katherine O'Shea
Late Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Elizabeth Barrett / Annie
- Dear Love (1974) - Elizabeth Barrett
- We're Strangers Here (1973) - Annie
ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Madeleine Desmarest / Pandora Foss
- Hopcraft Into Europe (1973) - Madeleine Desmarest
- Three Months Gone (1972)
- Pandora (1971) - Pandora Foss
Away from It All (TV Series) as
- On Such a Night (1973) - Molly
BBC Play of the Month (TV Series) as
Agatha Posket / Candida / Sibyl Railton-Bell / ...
- The Magistrate (1972) - Agatha Posket
- Candida (1971) - Candida
- Separate Tables (1970) - Sibyl Railton-Bell / Anne Shankland
Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) as
Denise Blundell / Mary
- Mill Hill (1972) - Denise Blundell
- Diary of an Encounter (1968) - Mary
The Dance of Death as
A Flea in Her Ear (TV Movie) as
Raymonde Chandebise
The Wednesday Play (TV Series) as
Marcella Mortimer
- The Man Without Papers (1965) - Marcella Mortimer
Profiles in Courage (TV Series) as
- Thomas Hart Benton (1964) - Jesse
Festival (TV Series) as
Beatis Bryant
- Roots (1963) - Beatis Bryant
Thirty Minute Theatre (TV Series)
- Double Image (1962)
Out of This World (TV Series) as
Mary Jones
- The Tycoons (1962) - Mary Jones
Beware of Children as
Catherine Robinson
Somerset Maugham Hour (TV Series) as
- A Man with a Conscience (1960) - Marie
ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) as
Tess Durbeyfield / Anne Hargreaves / Ann Pedersdotter / ...
- Tess (1960) - Tess Durbeyfield
- The Wind and the Rain (1959) - Anne Hargreaves
- The Witch (1958) - Ann Pedersdotter
- The Springtime of Others (1957) - Gilberte
- George and Margaret (1956)
Success (TV Movie) as
Gerry Briggs
Theatre Night (TV Series) as
Frankie Addams
- The Member of the Wedding (1957) - Frankie Addams
Crime on Our Hands (TV Series) as
Kay Martin
- Episode #1.6 (1954) - Kay Martin
- Episode #1.5 (1954) - Kay Martin
- Episode #1.4 (1954) - Kay Martin
- Episode #1.3 (1954) - Kay Martin
- Episode #1.2 (1954) - Kay Martin
- Episode #1.1 (1954) - Kay Martin
For Better, for Worse (TV Movie) as
There Was a Young Lady as
Love's Labour's Lost (performer: "The Way You Look Tonight")
Mulberry (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Leaving (1992) - (performer: "Bicycle Built For Two")
Behind the Scenes: Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Movie documentary) as
GMTV (TV Series) as
- Episode dated 17 December 2004 (2004) - Self
The Orange British Academy Film Awards (TV Special) as
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
French and Saunders (TV Series) as
- French and Saunders Christmas Carol (1994) - Self
The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 1994 (TV Special) as
Pebble Mill at One (TV Series) as
- Episode dated 3 September 1992 (1992) - Self
A Royal Birthday Gala (TV Special) as
Wogan (TV Series) as
- Episode #10.3 (1990) - Self
Caught in the Act (TV Movie documentary) as
Golden Gala (TV Special) as
Call My Bluff (TV Series) as
- Episode #9.16 (1975) - Self
- Episode #9.15 (1975) - Self
Archive Footage
Our Friend Victoria (TV Series documentary) as
- At Christmas (2017) - Performer (uncredited)
The People's Detective (TV Series documentary) as
Miss Marple
- Marple/Tennison (2010) - Miss Marple
The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary) as
Comedy Role
- Victoria Wood (2007) - Comedy Role (uncredited)
Comedy Connections (TV Series documentary) as
Comedy Role / Mrs. Proudie
- Dinnerladies (2006) - Comedy Role (uncredited)
- Keeping Up Appearances (2004) - Mrs. Proudie (uncredited)
'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit': On the Set - Part 1 (Video documentary) as
Miss Thripp
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings Outtakes (Video short) as
Undetermined role (uncredited)


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