Annette Crosbie

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Annette Crosbie
Born (1934-02-12) 12 February 1934 (age 84)
Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland
Years active1959–present
Spouse(s)Michael Griffiths (1966-1985)[citation needed] (divorced)
ChildrenOwen Griffiths
Selina Griffiths

Annette Crosbie, OBE (born 12 February 1934) is a Scottish actress.[1] She is known for her role as Margaret Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000). She twice won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress, for The Six Wives of Henry VIII in 1971 and Edward the Seventh in 1976, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the 1976 film The Slipper and the Rose. Her other film appearances include The Pope Must Die (1991), Shooting Fish (1997), Calendar Girls (2003) and Into the Woods (2014).

Early life and career[edit]

Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress.[2] Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television series The Six Wives of Henry VIII, for which she won the 1971 BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress. In 1973, she starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave in the BBC serial, A Picture of Katherine Mansfield.

In 1975, Crosbie made a similar impact as another Queen, Queen Victoria, in the ITV period drama Edward the Seventh, for which she won the 1976 British Academy Television Award for Best Actress. She played Cinderella's fairy godmother in The Slipper and the Rose, which was chosen as the Royal Film Première for 1976. In that film, Crosbie sang the Sherman Brothers' song, "Suddenly It Happens". Crosbie voiced the character of Galadriel in Ralph Bakshi's animated movie, The Lord of the Rings, filmed in 1978. In 1980, she played the abbess in Hawk the Slayer. In 1986, she appeared as the vicar's wife in Paradise Postponed.[1]

After appearing in the BBC1 drama Take Me Home, Crosbie's next major role was as Margaret Meldrew, the long-suffering wife of Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000) for which she is best known. She also played Janet, the housekeeper to Dr. Finlay, in the 1993 revival of A. J. Cronin's popular stories. She also had a poignant role in the thriller The Debt Collector (1999).

Crosbie's other roles include playing the monkey-lover Ingrid Strange in an episode of Jonathan Creek (1997), Edith Sparshott in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1997-2001), and Jessie in the film Calendar Girls (2003). In 2004, Crosbie appeared alongside Sam Kelly in an episode of the third series of Black Books, as the mother of the character Manny Bianco. In the series six and seven of the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Old Harry's Game, she played a recently deceased historian named Edith.

In 2008, she appeared in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit and an AXA Sun Life television advertisement for the over-50s. In 2009, she portrayed Sadie Cairncross in the BBC television series Hope Springs.[1] In 2010, Crosbie appeared in the Doctor Who episode "The Eleventh Hour" and in the New Tricks episode "Coming Out Ball". In 2014, Crosbie appeared in the movies What We Did on Our Holiday and Into the Woods. In 2015, she appeared in a BBC adaptation of the novel Cider with Rosie. In 2016, she appeared in the new film version of Dad's Army .


Crosbie became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998, "for services to drama".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Crosbie was previously married to Michael Griffiths, the father of her son Owen and daughter Selina who is also an actress.[citation needed]

She is a campaigner for greyhound welfare.[4] Since 2003, she has been President of the League Against Cruel Sports.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Sky West and Crooked Mrs. White
1972 Follow Me! Miss Framer
1976 The Slipper and the Rose Fairy Godmother
1976 Mr Smith Anon
1978 The Lord of the Rings Lady Galadriel of Lothlorien Voice
1980 Hawk the Slayer Abbess
1984 Ordeal by Innocence Kirsten Lindstrom
1991 Chernobyl: The Final Warning Dr. Galina Petrovna
1991 The Pope Must Die Mother Superior
1992 Leon the Pig Farmer Dr. Johnson
1995 Solitaire for 2 Mrs Dwyer
1997 Shooting Fish Mrs Cummins
1999 The Debt Collector Lana
2003 Calendar Girls Jessie
2014 What We Did on Our Holiday Doreen
2014 Into the Woods Granny
2016 Dad's Army Cissy Godfrey
Eat Locals Alice


Year Title Role Notes
1965-68 Theatre 625 Various 4 episodes
1970 The Six Wives of Henry VIII Catherine of Aragon Episode: "Catherine Aragon"
1973 A Picture of Katherine Mansfield Various 5 episodes
1975 Churchill's People Elizabeth Rush Episode: "March On, Boys!"
Edward the Seventh Queen Victoria 10 episodes
1983 Crown Court Mrs Owen Episode: "Mother's Boy" (Part 1)
1984 East Lynne Cornelia TV film
1986 Paradise Postponed Dorothy Simcox TV mini-series, 10 episodes
1986-89 Screenplay Mrs Holders / Cynthia 3 episodes
1987 Taggart Maggie Davidson Episode: "Funeral Rites"
1989 Take Me Home Liz 3 episodes
1990-2000 One Foot in the Grave Margaret Meldrew 41 episodes plus comic relief sketches in 1993 (voice only) and 2001
1992 Heartbeat Penelope Stirling Episode: "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue"
1993-96 Doctor Finlay Janet MacPherson 27 episodes
1995-96 Screen Two Dr Elizabeth MacKay / Meg Kelso 2 episodes
1997 Jonathan Creek Dr Ingrid Strange Episode: "The House Of Monkeys"
1999 Oliver Twist Mrs Bedwin 4 episodes
2004 Black Books Moo-Ma Episode: "Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa"
2005 Midsomer Murders Amelia Plummer Episode: "Sauce for the Goos"
2008 Little Dorrit Mr F's Aunt 6 episodes
2009 Hope Springs Sadie Cairncross 8 episodes
2010 Doctor Who Mrs Angelo Episode: "The Eleventh Hour"
2015 The Vicar of Dibley Reverend Mavis Pipkin Episode: "The Bishop of Dibley"
2017 Henry IX Charlotte, The Queen Mother 4 episodes


  1. ^ a b c Annette Crosbie filmography at the Bfi database accessed 7 January 2016.
  2. ^ Unipro Limited. "Interview: Annette Crosbie". Archived from the original on 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  4. ^ "BBC Inside Out - Postcode lottery". 2003-02-24. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  5. ^ About Annette Crosbie | Annette Crosbie's Blog

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