Pauline Collins

Pauline Collins

Sep. 3rd, 1940
Born in
Exmouth, Devon, England, UK
5' 2

Pauline Collins' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Bleak House (UK) TV Show
Bleak House (UK)
Upstairs, Downstairs (UK) TV Show
Upstairs, Downstairs (UK)
Dickensian (UK) TV Show
Dickensian (UK)
The Liver Birds (UK) TV Show
The Liver Birds (UK)
The Ambassador (UK) TV Show
The Ambassador (UK)
Thomas and Sarah (UK) TV Show
Thomas and Sarah (UK)
Forever Green (UK) TV Show
Forever Green (UK)
The Mating Machine (UK) TV Show
The Mating Machine (UK)

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Pauline Collins OBE is an English actress of stage, television, and film, who first came to prominence portraying Sarah Moffat in Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–73) and its spin-off, Thomas & Sarah (1979). In 1992, she released her autobiography, titled Letter to Louise.
Collins played the title role in the play Shirley Valentine, for which she won an Olivier Award in 1988, and Drama Desk and Tony Awards in 1989. She reprised the role in the 1989 film adaptation, winning the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. She also starred in the television dramas Forever Green (1989–92) and The Ambassador (1998–99). Her other film appearances include City of Joy (1992), Paradise Road (1997), Albert Nobbs (2011), Quartet (2012), and The Time of Their Lives (2017).

  • After more than 20 years, Pauline and husband 'John Alderton' (qv) co-starred together in the 2004 play "Going Straight" at London's Richmond Theatre. It was a family affair as daughter/actress 'Kate Alderton' (qv) completed the three-person cast.
  • One of 19 performers to have acted in both the 20th Century _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) TV series and the 21 Century _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) TV series. The other 18 are 'Daphne Oxenford' (qv), 'Anne Reid' (qv), 'William Thomas (I)' (qv), 'Nisha Nayar' (qv), 'Elisabeth Sladen' (qv), 'John Leeson' (qv), 'Bella Emberg' (qv), 'Colin Spaull' (qv), 'Christopher Ryan (I)' (qv), 'Gabriel Woolf' (qv), 'Roger Nott' (qv), 'Geoffrey Palmer' (qv), 'Clive Swift' (qv), 'David Warwick (II)' (qv), 'Christopher Benjamin (I)' (qv), 'Trevor Laird' (qv), 'Margaret John' (qv) and 'Louis Mahoney' (qv).
  • Won Broadway's 1989 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for "Shirley Valentine," a role she recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in the film version of the same title, _Shirley Valentine (1989)_ (qv).
  • Her guest appearance in _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) nearly led to her becoming one of the Doctor's companions. But she turned down the chance to take a spin in the TARDIS to concentrate on other roles.
  • She was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama. She won a Tony Award as Best Actress in a Play for "Shirley Valentine.".
  • Born in Devon, England to Irish emigrant parents, and educated at a convent school.
  • She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 (1988 season) for Best Actress in a New Play for Shirley Valentine.
  • Pauline also has an older daughter Louise, with actor 'Tony Rohr' (qv). She gave her up for adoption when she was penniless and single at the age of 23. The pair were reunited 22 years later. Pauline's book, Letter To Louise, documented these events.

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