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Mary Wimbush (March 19, 1924October 31, 2005) was a British actress, whose career spanned sixty years from the 1940s to the 2000s. Active across film, television, theatre and radio, she was perhaps best known for her role as the character of Julia Pargetter in BBC Radio 4's popular soap opera The Archers, a part she played from 1992 until her death. Jump to: navigation, search March 19 is the 78th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (79th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 61 days remaining, as the final day of October. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Jump to: navigation, search Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Jump to: navigation, search Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Jump to: navigation, search The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction... Jump to: navigation, search The Archers was also a film production company responsible for many classic British films in the 1940s and 50s. ...

Mary Wimbush was born in Kenton, Middlesex in 1924. Her father was a schoolmaster and her mother had trained at RADA, but did not pursue a stage career. Mary was educated at the Berkhamsted School for Girls and at St Agnes and St Michael's, (an Anglican convent in East Grinstead). She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, before joining Amersham rep. Kenton is a place in both the London Borough of Harrow and the London Borough of Brent . ... Middlesex as a traditional county before 1888. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... A schoolmaster or simply master once referred to a male school teacher. ... Jump to: navigation, search RADAs theatre in London Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England is a British drama school. ... This article is about an abbey as a religious building. ... Jump to: navigation, search East Grinstead is a town in the northeastern corner of West Sussex in England near the East Sussex, Surrey, and Kent borders, a few miles from Ashdown Forest. ... The Central School of Speech and Drama is a United Kingdom government funded higher education college in London. ...

She first acted on radio for the BBC in 1945, preferring the medium as it gave her more time to look after her young family, and it continued to be the medium in which she was the most active throughout her career. She played roles in hundreds of series, serials and plays, including various Shakespeare productions; Mrs Dale's Diary, The Governor's Consort (a part written especially for her by Peter Tinniswood), The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Horse's Mouth. For the latter two productions she won Best Actress at the 1991 Sony Awards, the radio equivalent of the Oscars. Jump to: navigation, search Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... William Shakespeare—born April 1564; baptised April 26, 1564; died April 23, 1616 (O.S.), May 3, 1616 (N.S.)—has a reputation as the greatest of all writers in English. ... Mrs Dales Diary was the first significant BBC radio soap opera. ... Peter Tinniswood (December 21, 1936 - January 9, 2003) was an English radio and TV comedy scriptwriter, and author of a series of popular cricketing novels. ... The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens. ... The Horses Mouth is a 1944 novel by Joyce Cary, the third in a trilogy. ... The Sony Radio Academy Awards (the Sonys), started in 1983, are some of the most prestigious awards in the British radio industry. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...

She first appeared in The Archers in 1965 as schoolteacher Elsie Catcher, and was a regular on the programme for two years until the character retired. In 1969 she returned as Lady Isabel Lander, before she finally came back for a third run in 1992 as Julia Pargetter.

In 1959 she had acted in a radio play opposite Richard Attenborough, and when he was making his first film as a director, 1969's Oh! What a Lovely War, he remembered her performance and cast her as the mother of the Smith family. Her first film role, the production won her a nomination as Best Supporting Actress at the British Academy Film Awards. She later appeared in two other films, Fragment of Fear (1970) and Vampire Circus (1972). Jump to: navigation, search Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, KBE, CBE (born on August 29, 1923 in Cambridge, England) is a prolific British actor, director and film producer. ... Oh! What A Lovely War began life in 1963 as a stage musical by Joan Littlewood and her London Theatre Workshop based on a book by the historian Alan Clark. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...

On television, she appeared in a variety of high-profile series in supporting roles. She played Prudie Paynter in the BBC's adaptations of the Poldark novels in the 1970s, and as Zasulich in 1974's Fall of Eagles. In the 1980s she appeared in the Doctor Who spin-off K-9 and Company and D.H. Lawrence adaptation Sons and Lovers (both 1981), and in the early 1990s found fame as Aunt Agatha in three series of Jeeves and Wooster, with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. In 1993 she co-starred in the dark children's fantasy serial Century Falls, an early work by acclaimed scriptwriter Russell T. Davies. She also had guest appearances in episodes of a variety of programmes during her career, from Z-Cars and All Creatures Great and Small in the 1970s to Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat and Doctors in the 2000s. Her final screen appearance was in a two-part episode of the popular BBC One medical drama Casualty in September 2004. Poldark is a series of historical novels by Winston Graham, and a popular BBC television series of the 1970s based on the books. ... Fall Of Eagles is a British television drama made by the BBC in 1974. ... Main article: History of Doctor Who Doctor Who first appeared on BBC television at 5:15 p. ... Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and K-9. ... D. H. Lawrence David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 - 2 March 1930) was one of the most important, certainly one of the most controversial, English writers of the 20th century, who wrote novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, and letters. ... Sons and Lovers is the third published novel of D.H. Lawrence. ... Hugh Laurie (left) and Stephen Fry portray Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves Jeeves and Wooster was a television series adapted from P. G. Wodehouses Jeeves stories by Clive Exton. ... Jump to: navigation, search Stephen Fry on the cover of his autobiography (US Edition) Stephen John Fry (born 24 August, 1957) is an English comedian, author, actor, and director. ... Jump to: navigation, search Hugh Laurie as Lieutenant George in Blackadder Goes Forth. ... Century Falls is a British science-fiction television serial for children broadcast in six twenty-five minute episodes on BBC One in early 1993. ... Russell T. Davies, pictured in 2003. ... Z-Cars (sometimes written as Z Cars, and always pronounced zed, never zee) was a British television drama series centred around the work of regular beat police officers in the fictional town of Newtown, near Liverpool, in the north-west of England. ... All Creatures Great and Small was the title given to a U.S. volume first published in 1972 comprising James Herriots first two novels, If Only They Could Talk and It Shouldnt Happen To A Vet, which were considered too short to publish individually in the U.S... Jump to: navigation, search The Midsomer Murders opening title. ... The heart rate is the number of contractions of the heart in one minute. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest television station in the world. ... Jump to: navigation, search Casualty is a long-running BBC television drama serial, first broadcast in 1986 and transmitted on BBC One. ...

As with television and film, she was not particularly active in the theatre until later in her career. Prominent roles included Mrs Mackay in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (1971) and Rebecca Nurse in Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Her final stage appearance came at the age of seventy-eight, in Song of the Western Men at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a novel by Muriel Spark, first published in 1962. ... Jump to: navigation, search Manchester Town Hall is an example of the Victorian architecture found in Manchester and is the home of Manchester City Council Manchester is a large conurbation in the North West of England and is home to 2. ... Jump to: navigation, search Arthur Miller in his later years Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright, essayist, and author. ... Jump to: navigation, search Cover to the 1953 book The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1953. ... Chichester Cross, in a circa 1831 illustration. ...

Wimbush had one son (from her wartime marriage to the actor Howard Marion-Crawford), and later two grandchildren through him. From 1958, she was the lover of the poet and playwright Louis MacNeice, until his death in 1963. Jump to: navigation, search Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search Frederick Louis MacNeice (September 12, 1907 – September 3, 1963) was a British and Irish poet and playwright. ...

She died on the evening of October 31 2005, at The Mailbox studios of BBC Birmingham, shortly after completing work on a recording session for The Archers. Categories: Places of interest in Birmingham, England | Stub ... The Mailbox, current home to BBC Birmingham BBC Birmingham is one of the oldest regional arms of the BBC. It was the first region outside of London to start brodcasting both the corporations radio (in 1922) and television (in 1948) transmissions from the Sutton Coldfield television transmitter. ...


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Mary Wimbush (March 19, 1924 — October 31, 2005) was a British actress, whose career spanned sixty years from the 1940s to the 2000s.
Mary Wimbush was born in Kenton, Middlesex in 1924.
Mary was educated at the Berkhamsted School for Girls and at St Agnes and St Michael's, (an Anglican convent in East Grinstead).
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