Anne Reid

Anne Reid

May. 28th, 1935
Born in
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, UK

Anne Reid's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Last Tango In Halifax (UK) TV Show
Last Tango In Halifax (UK)
dinnerladies (UK) TV Show
dinnerladies (UK)
Marchlands (UK) TV Show
Marchlands (UK)
Our Zoo (UK) TV Show
Our Zoo (UK)
Life Begins (UK) TV Show
Life Begins (UK)
Ladies of Letters (UK) TV Show
Ladies of Letters (UK)
Peak Practice (UK) TV Show
Peak Practice (UK)
Spark (UK) TV Show
Spark (UK)
Time Is the Enemy (UK) TV Show
Time Is the Enemy (UK)
Rich Tea And Sympathy (UK) TV Show
Rich Tea And Sympathy (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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After several small roles in the classic 1950s British TV shows 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' and 'Hancock's Half Hour' she found fame as Ken Barlow's wife Valerie in the #1 UK TV show 'Coroantion Street' she remained with the show for a decade before leaving to give birth and bring up her son. Her character was accidentally electrocuted in the bath.

She continued in steady work and in the late 1980's became one of the regulars used by 'Victoria Wood' in her TV shows. This bore fruit in the role of Jean in the hit sitcom 'dinnerladies' (1998 - 2000).

Her most critically acclaimed role came in 2003 when she took the lead in the film 'The Mother' about a woman who has an affair with her daughter's partner. The role of May saw her earn a BAFTA film nomination for Best Actress.

  • Trained at RADA.
  • Had her scenes from 'Love Actually' (2003) cut from the final film, they feature in the DVD extras. She played the school Headmistress, whose lesbian lover was played by 'Frances de la Tour' (qv).
  • One son, Mark, born 1971.
  • Appeared in both BBC productions of Bleak House, the 1985 version and the 2005 version.

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