Phyllida Law

Phyllida Law

May. 8th, 1932
Born in
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
5' 4 1/2

Phyllida Law's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Kingdom (UK) TV Show
Kingdom (UK)
A Bit of Fry & Laurie (UK) TV Show
A Bit of Fry & Laurie (UK)
Miss Austen Regrets (UK) TV Show
Miss Austen Regrets (UK)
Till We Meet Again (UK) TV Show
Till We Meet Again (UK)
The Barchester Chronicles (UK) TV Show
The Barchester Chronicles (UK)
A Question of Guilt (UK) TV Show
A Question of Guilt (UK)
Clarence (UK) TV Show
Clarence (UK)
Come Back Lucy TV Show
Come Back Lucy
Stig of the Dump (2002) (UK) TV Show
Stig of the Dump (2002) (UK)
Fame is the Spur (UK) TV Show
Fame is the Spur (UK)
Ffizz (UK) TV Show
Ffizz (UK)
Fraud Squad 1969 TV Show
Fraud Squad 1969
Hell's Bells (UK) TV Show
Hell's Bells (UK)
That's Love (UK) TV Show
That's Love (UK)
Wonderful You (UK) TV Show
Wonderful You (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Personal life

Law was born in Glasgow, the daughter of William and Megsie Law, who divorced after World War II. She was married to Eric Thompson until his death in 1982. Their two children Emma and Sophie Thompson are both actresses. She has appeared in many documentaries and interviews concerning her late husband's work on The Magic Roundabout.


Law has worked extensively in television, including appearances in Dixon of Dock Green, Rumpole of the Bailey and the 1972 adaptation of the Lord Peter Wimsey tale The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.
She has appeared in films such as Peter's Friends (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and The Winter Guest (1997).
She was in the original London cast of La Cage aux Folles at the London Palladium in 1986, playing the role of Jacqueline.
In 2004 she guest-starred on Rosemary & Thyme episode titled 'Orpheus in the Undergrowth' as May Beauchamp.
In 2007 she guest-starred in two Doctor Who spin-off adventures: as Bea Nelson-Stanley in The Sarah Jane Adventures story "Eye of the Gorgon" and as Beldonia in the audio drama Doctor Who: The Bride of Peladon. Also in 2007 she played Aunt Auriel in the drama Kingdom starring Stephen Fry. In 2008 she appeared as a guest star in Foyle's War.
In November 2009, Phyllida Law published her first book.Notes to my Mother-In-Law concerns the 17 years Thompson's mother-in-law lived with the family from the mid-1960s until her death.
In January 2010, she appeared with Tony Slattery on Ready Steady Cook.


Play School (1964)
Otley (1968)
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1972)
A Picture of Katherine Mansfield (1973)
Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)
The Barchester Chronicles (1982)
That's Love (1988–92) (TV series)
The House of Eliott (1991) (TV series)
Peter's Friends (1992)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Before the Rain (1994)
Junior (1994)
Emma (1996)
Anna Karenina (1997)
The Winter Guest (1997)
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999)
Midsomer Murders (1999)
Saving Grace (2000)
The Time Machine (2002)
Brush with Fate (2003)
Rosemary & Thyme (2004)
Nanny McPhee (2005)
Danny the Dog (2005)
Mee-Shee: The Water Giant (2005)
afterlife (2005)
Kingdom (2007—)
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007)
Miss Austen Regrets (2007)
Foyle's War (2008)

  • Mother of 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv) and 'Sophie Thompson' (qv)
  • Former mother-in-law of 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv)
  • Mother-in-law of 'Greg Wise' (qv) and 'Richard Lumsden' (qv).
  • She is grandmother to 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv)'s daughter, Gaia Romilly Wise. She is also grandmother to 'Sophie Thompson' (qv)'s sons, Ernest Lumsden (born in 1997), and Walter Eric Lumsden (born in 2000).

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