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Years active  1966–present
Name  Julia McKenzie

Role  Actress
Spouse  Jerry Harte (m. 1971)
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Full Name  Julia Kathleen McKenzie
Born  17 February 1941 (age 74) (1941-02-17) Enfield, Middlesex, England
Occupation  Actress, director, presenter
Parents  Albion McKenzie, Kathleen Rowe
Albums  The Musicals Album, Playground Games and Songs, Songs from Bygone Days
Nominations  Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Movies and TV shows  Agatha Christie's Marple, Fresh Fields, Cranford, French Fields, Shirley Valentine
Similar People  Geraldine McEwan, Joan Hickson, Anton Rodgers, Margaret Rutherford, Millicent Martin

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Julia Kathleen McKenzie (born 17 February 1941) is an English actress, singer, presenter, and theatre director. On television, she is known for her BAFTA Award nominated role as Hester Fields in the sitcom Fresh Fields (1984–86) and its sequel French Fields (1989–91), and as Miss Marple in Agatha Christie's Marple (2008–13).


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McKenzie has also starred in numerous musicals, receiving a 1977 Tony Award nomination for her work in the Broadway revue, Side by Side by Sondheim. A six-time Olivier Award nominee, she has twice won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical; for the 1982 revival of Guys and Dolls and the 1993 revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She also starred in the original London productions of the Sondheim musicals Follies (1987) and Into the Woods (1990).

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Early life

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She was born Julia Kathleen McKenzie on 17 February 1941, in Enfield, London, England, the daughter of Kathleen Rowe and Albion McKenzie. She attended Tottenham County School, sometimes known as Tottenham County Grammar School, a co-educational grammar school.

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She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


McKenzie's early West End musical credits include Maggie May (1966), Mame (1969), and Company (1971). She appeared in the West End revue Side by Side by Sondheim in 1976, and made her Broadway debut when the show transferred to New York in 1977 receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also received a Drama Desk Award nomination. For her role as Miss Adelaide in the 1982 West End revival of Guys and Dolls, she won the first of two Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical.

For her role in the 1986 West End production of the Alan Ayckbourn play Woman in Mind, McKenzie won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress. She went on to appear in the original West End productions of two Sondheim musicals, playing Sally in Follies at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1987, and the Witch in Into the Woods at the Phoenix Theatre in 1990. She continued her association with Stephen Sondheim when she starred as Mrs. Lovett in the 1993 London revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The role won her a second Olivier Award in 1994.

McKenzie appeared in a National Theatre 80th birthday tribute to Lord Olivier, Happy Birthday, Sir Larry, on 31 May 1987 in the presence of Olivier himself.


On television, McKenzie co-starred with Irene Handl in the sitcom Maggie and Her (1978–79), and with Gareth Hunt in That Beryl Marston...! (1981). She went on to greater popularity with British viewers as Hester in the 1980s sitcom Fresh Fields opposite Anton Rodgers, and its 1990s sequel French Fields, for which she was voted TV Times Favourite Female Comedy Performance for five consecutive years. The role also earned her a 1985 BAFTA nomination for Best Entertainment Performance. She appeared as Mrs Forthby in Blott on the Landscape and as a villager involved in a series of murders in an episode of Midsomer Murders. Film credits include Hotel du Lac, Shirley Valentine, Bright Young Things and These Foolish Things. She made several appearances in BBC TV's long running variety show, The Good Old Days.

In 2007 she was reunited with Anton Rodgers (again as a husband and wife team) in the ITV comedy You Can Choose Your Friends. In 2007 she co-starred with Michael Gambon and Judi Dench in the BBC1 costume drama series Cranford, playing Mrs. Forrester, a military widow of slender means, very attached to her cow Bessie.

In 2008 she was announced as the replacement for Geraldine McEwan as ITV's Miss Marple. She noted: "It’s difficult because Agatha Christie wrote her in two ways ... First, very much what Geraldine McEwan played: a slight, rather Victorian creature. Then, a little sturdier and tweedier. I chose the latter. A lot of people say they don’t like the tweedier version. But they’re both genuine." Also, she said: "Just about everybody in the world knows about Miss Marple and has an opinion of what she should be like, so I’m under no illusions about the size of the task ahead." McKenzie's first series of Marple comprised A Pocket Full of Rye, Murder is Easy, They Do It with Mirrors and Why Didn't They Ask Evans?. The second series of the show, which aired in 2010, included The Pale Horse, The Secret of Chimneys, The Blue Geranium, and The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side. A sixth series, including adaptations of A Caribbean Mystery, Greenshaw's Folly and Endless Night, began filming in September 2012 and was broadcast in 2013.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony she played Her Majesty the Queen on board the helicopter in the short film Happy and Glorious. That year she also played the role of Betty Nicholas in the ITV television series The Town.

On 26 December 2013, McKenzie appeared as the title character in the film adaption of David Walliams' book Gangsta Granny. In 2015 McKenzie appeared as Shirley Mollison in the BBC mini series The Casual Vacancy.

Other work

She is a radio performer with a long list of credits, including Blithe Spirit, The Country Wife and A Room with a View. As a director she has staged Stepping Out, Peter Pan, Hey, Mr. Producer!, Steel Magnolias, Putting It Together and A Little Night Music.

She also recorded an audio book of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass.

Personal life

McKenzie has been married since 1971 to American actor-director Jerry Harte.

McKenzie is a critic of fox hunting and was among more than 20 high-profile people who signed a letter to Members of Parliament in 2015 to oppose Conservative prime minister David Cameron's plan to amend the Hunting Act 2004.


  • (London debut) Maggie May, Adelphi Theatre, 1966
  • Gloria, Mame, Drury Lane Theatre, London, 1969
  • Girl in owl coat, Promises, Promises, Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 1970
  • April, Company, Her Majesty's Theatre, London, 1971
  • Cowardy Custard, Mermaid Theatre, London, 1973
  • Cole, Mermaid Theatre, 1974
  • Side by Side by Sondheim, Music Box Theatre, New York City (New York debut), 1977
  • The Norman Conquests, 1978
  • Ten Times Table, 1979
  • Miriam Dervish, Outside Edge, Queen's Theatre, 1979
  • Lily, On the Twentieth Century, Her Majesty's Theatre, 1980
  • Maggie Hobson, Hobson's Choice, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1981
  • Anna Kopecka, Schweik in the Second World War, Olivier/National Theatre, London, 1982
  • Miss Adelaide, Guys and Dolls, Olivier/National Theatre, 1982
  • Susan, Woman in Mind, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1986
  • Sally Plummer, Follies, Shaftesbury Theatre, London, then West End Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Happy Birthday, Sir Larry, Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, 31 May 1987
  • Witch, Into the Woods, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1990
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, National Theatre, London, 1993
  • Kafka's Dick, Piccadilly Theatre, 1998
  • Fuddy Meers, Arts Theatre, 2004
  • The Philadelphia Story, Old Vic, 2005
  • Directing

  • Stepping Out, Duke of York's Theatre, London, 1984
  • Just So, Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Berkshire, England, 1989
  • Steel Magnolias, Lyric Theatre, London, 1989
  • Putting It Together, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 1993
  • Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh (stage direction, with Bob Avian), Lyceum Theatre, London, 1998
  • A Little Night Music, Tokyo, 1999
  • References

    Julia McKenzie Wikipedia