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Yootha Joyce

British actress best known for her role as Mildred Roper in the '70s sitcom Man About the House and its spin-off George and Mildred. Born to musical parents Hurst Needham and Jessica Rivett in 1927, Joyce was trained at RADA, toured with ENSA and came to prominence via the Joan Littlewood Theatre Workshop, securing roles in TV shows such as The Avengers, Man in a Suitcase, Te Saint, Jason King and Steptoe and Son, and the films The Pumpkin Eater, A Man For All Seasons, Charlie Bubbles, All the Right Noises and Burke and Hare. She was married to fellow actor Glynn Edwards from 1956 to 1968, and they remained friends all her life. An alcoholic, Joyce died from liver failure in 198o, just four days after her 53rd birthday. Her sitcom co-star Brian Murphy was by her side. In 1986 the Smiths used an image of Joyce on the sleeve of their UK single release "Ask" and the German release of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" securing her place as a British cultural icon.

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Aug 20, 1927 In Wandsworth, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series No Hiding Place 1959-09-16
Latest Project:
Movie George & Mildred 1980-10-10
Known For
Poster of Never Mind the Quality: Feel the Width
Poster of On the Buses
Poster of The Saint
Poster of The Avengers
Movie George & Mildred Mildred Roper 1980-10-10
Series George and Mildred Mildred Roper 1976-09-06
Movie Frankenstein: The True Story Hospital Matron 1974-09-19
Movie Man About the House Mildred 1974-12-22
Series Seven of One Unknown 1973-03-25
Movie Never Mind the Quality: Feel the Width Mrs. Finch 1973-01-03
Movie Steptoe and Son Ride Again Freda 1973-05-01
Series Man About the House 1973-08-15
Series Frankenstein: The True Story Hospital Matron 1973-11-30
Movie Burke & Hare Mrs. Hare 1972-02-03
Movie All the Right Noises Mrs. Bird 1971-01-01
Series Jason King Unknown 1971-09-15
Movie The Road Builder Mrs. Palafox 1971-02-25
Movie Fragment of Fear Miss Ward-Cadbury 1970-09-03
Movie Twenty-Nine The prostitute 1969-01-01
Series On the Buses Unknown 1969-02-28
Movie Charlie Bubbles Woman in Cafe 1968-02-11
Movie Your Name's Not God, It's Edgar 1968-12-09
Movie Cop-Out Shooting Range Girl 1967-05-23
Movie Our Mother's House Mrs. Quayle 1967-10-09
Movie A Man for All Seasons Averil Machin 1966-12-13
Movie Kaleidoscope Museum Receptionist 1966-09-22
Movie Fanatic Anna 1965-03-21
Movie Catch Us If You Can Nan 1965-07-15
Movie The Pumpkin Eater Woman at Hairdresser's 1964-07-14
Movie Sparrows Can't Sing Barmaid 1963-03-26
Movie A Place to Go Bit Role (uncredited) 1963-07-01
Series Corrigan Blake Unknown 1962-02-02
Series The Saint Milanov 1962-10-04
Series The Avengers Miss Lister 1961-01-07
Series No Hiding Place Unknown 1959-09-16