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Rosemary Leach

Rosemary Leach
Born Rosemary A. Leach[1]
(1935-12-18) 18 December 1935
Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England, UK

Rosemary Leach (born 18 December 1935) is an English stage, television and film actress. She won the 1982 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a New Play for 84, Charing Cross Road and received Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Award nominations for her roles in the films That'll Be the Day (1973) and A Room with a View (1986). She has also appeared in several TV mini-series' including Germinal (1970), The Jewel in the Crown (1982), The Charmer (1987), The Buccaneers (1995) and Berkeley Square (1998) and had a recurring role on the sitcom My Family (2003-2007).


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Awards and nominations 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Leach was born at Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Her parents were teachers related to Edmund Leach. She attended grammar school and RADA. After appearing in repertory theatres and the Old Vic she became well known to UK TV viewers between 1965-69 for playing Susan Wheldon, the mistress of building tycoon John Wilder (Patrick Wymark) in the TV boardroom drama The Power Game.


Subsequently she became a familiar face on British television. In 1973, she played Aldonza/Dulcinea in the BBC production of Don Quixote (retitled The Adventures of Don Quixote), starring Rex Harrison and Frank Finlay. In 1978 she played Queen Victoria in the 4-part TV edition of 'Disraeli'. In 1981 she played Emilia opposite Bob Hoskins's Iago in the BBC Shakespeare's production of Othello. In 1982 she played Aunt Fenny in The Jewel in the Crown and 1986 in a Jack Rosenthal British television Christmas play Day To Remember. She also played a leading role as smitten Joan Plumleigh-Bruce in the six part ITV 1987 production of The Charmer which starred Nigel Havers.

Her film roles included David Essex's mother in That'll Be the Day (1973), Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973), the TV remake of Brief Encounter (1974), S.O.S. Titanic (1979), and a voice role in the animated film of The Plague Dogs (1982). In 1987, she was nominated for BAFTA's Best Supporting Actress for A Room with a View (1985). In 1992, Leach starred in An Ungentlemanly Act, a BBC television film about the first days of the invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982, portraying the real-life Lady Mavis Hunt, wife of the islands' then governor, Sir Rex Hunt.

In 1995, Leach participated in the popular BBC miniseries The Buccaneers a five-part television adaptation of Edith Wharton's unfinished novel. Leach appeared as Selina Marable, the snobbish and hard-of-hearing Marchioness of Brightlingsea.

Leach plays the part of Anna in BBC Radio 4's No Commitments, and Susan Harper's mother Grace in My Family. She made a guest appearance as 'Bessie' on Waterloo Road (the TV series), in Series 3 Spring Term. Since 1994, she has made occasional appearances in The Archers as Ellen Rogers, the ex-pat aunt of Nigel Pargetter.

Rosemary Leach also narrates the BBC Audiobook version of Agatha Christie's "Sleeping Murder".

In 2001 Leach played a leading role in Destroying Angel, an episode of Midsomer Murders.,[2][3]

Recently she has played Queen Elizabeth II three times: in the 2002 television movie Prince William; in a 2006 updated edition of The Afternoon Play, entitled Tea with Betty; and in 2009's Margaret.

Leach play the role of Miss Plum in an episode of Heartbeat called "Strangers meet on a train" in 2004.

Awards and nominations

year award category work result
1971 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress Germinal / The Roads to Freedom Nominated [4]
1973 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress ITV Playhouse / Cider with Rosie Nominated
1974 BAFTA TV Award Best Actress The Adventures of Don Quixote Nominated
1974 BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Actress That'll Be the Day Nominated [5]
1977 Olivier Award Best Actress in a New Play Just Between Ourselves Nominated
1982 Olivier Award Best Actress in a New Play 84 Charing Cross Road Won [6]
1987 BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Actress A Room with a View Nominated


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