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Siân Phillips

Siân Phillips (born Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Glamorgan, Wales) is a Welsh actress, author and singer. Phillips was the daughter of Sally (née Thomas), a teacher, and David Phillips, a steelworker-turned-policeman. She is a Welsh-speaker and in the first volume of her autobiography, "Private Faces", she notes that she spoke only Welsh for much of her childhood, learning English by listening to the radio. She attended Pontardawe Grammar School and later read English and Philosophy at University College Cardiff, graduating in 1955. She entered RADA in LOndon, England with a scholarship in September 1955, the same year as Diana Rigg and Glenda Jackson. She went on to win the prestigious Bancroft Gold Medal for Hedda Gabler and was offered work in Hollywood when she left RADA. While still a student she was offered three film contracts, entailing her to work for an extended period of time in the United States; but she declined, preferring to work on stage instead.

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May 14, 1934 In Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Glamorgan, Wales
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Longest Day 1962-09-25
Latest Project:
Movie The Mousehole Cat 2022
Known For
Poster of Dream Horse
Poster of Still: Here/Now
Poster of Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
Poster of Clash of the Titans
Movie The Mousehole Cat Narrator 2022
Movie Dream Horse Maureen 2021-05-21
Movie Summerland Margaret Corey 2020-07-24
Movie A Christmas Carol (voice) 2020-12-04
Movie Time & Again Eleanor 2019-07-21
Movie Be Happy! Unknown 2019-06-16
Movie National Theatre Collection: Les Blancs Madame Neilsen 2019-09-01
Movie Voyageuse Erica 2018-03-01
Movie Miss Dalí Anna Maria Dalí 2018-04-06
Movie Nureyev Narrator 2018-09-25
Movie To Provide All People Patient 2018-06-28
Movie Hochelaga, Land of Souls Sarah Walker 2017-09-09
Movie Aberfan: The Green Hollow 2016-10-21
Movie Under Milk Wood Mrs. Pugh 2014-06-01
Movie The Murder Room Marie Strickland 2004-10-31
Movie Stalin: Inside the Terror Narrator 2003-01-08
Movie Still: Here/Now Self 2003-11-01
Movie I, Claudius: A Television Epic Self 2002-09-30
Series Attila Grandmother 2001-01-30
Movie Come and Go Ru 2000-01-01
Movie Cinderella: The ITV Pantomime Evil Baroness 2000-01-02
Movie Aristocrats Narrator/Older Lady Emily Lennox 1999-06-20
Series The Magician's House Meg Lewis 1999-10-31
Series The Scold's Bridle Mathilda 1998-07-01
Movie The Scold's Bridle Mathilda Gillespie 1998-04-10
Movie Alice Through the Looking Glass Red Queen 1998-12-26
Movie House of America Mam 1997-01-01
Movie Ivanhoe Eleanor 1997-01-12
Series Ivanhoe Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine 1997-01-12
Movie The Vacillations of Poppy Carew Calypso 1995-03-05
Series Heidi Frau Sesemann 1993-07-18
Movie The Age of Innocence Mrs. Archer 1993-09-10
Movie The Black Candle Daisy Barnett 1991-01-01
Movie Tonight at 8.30 Unknown 1991-04-14
Movie Dark River Mrs. Blessington 1990-01-01
Movie Red Empire Narrator (voice) 1990-01-02
Series Agatha Christie's Poirot Mrs. Laura Upward 1989-01-08
Movie David Macaulay: Pyramid Mersyankh (voice) 1989-01-04
Movie Valmont Madame de Volanges 1989-11-17
Series Vanity Fair Miss Matilda Crawley 1987-09-06
Movie The Doctor and the Devils Annabella Rock 1985-10-04
Movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Charal 1985-11-24
Movie Dune Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam 1984-12-14
Movie How Many Miles to Babylon? Mrs Alicia Moore 1982-01-01
Series Smiley's People Unknown 1982-09-20
Movie Clash of the Titans Cassiopeia 1981-06-12
Movie Nijinsky Lady Ripon 1980-03-20
Movie Carpathian Eagle Mrs. Henska 1980-11-08
Series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Ann Smiley 1979-09-10
Series Warrior Queen Queen Boudicca 1978-02-20
Movie Heartbreak House Hesione Hushabye 1977-05-19
Series I, Claudius Livia Drusilla 1976-09-20
Series How Green Was My Valley Beth Morgan 1975-12-29
Series Shoulder to Shoulder Emmeline Pankhurst 1974-04-03
Movie Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill Mrs. Patrick Campbell 1974-11-05
Movie Under Milk Wood Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard 1972-01-27
Movie Murphy's War Hayden 1971-01-27
Movie Platonov Unknown 1971-05-23
Movie Laughter in the Dark Lady Pamela More 1969-05-11
Movie Goodbye, Mr. Chips Ursula Mossbank 1969-11-05
Movie Thief Woman 1968-07-24
Movie Young Cassidy Ella 1965-02-25
Movie Becket Gwendolen 1964-03-11
Movie The Longest Day WRNS Officer (uncredited) 1962-09-25