De Britse actrice Penelope Keith viert vandaag haar tachtigste verjaardag…

Penelope Anne Constance Keith (née Hatfield) was born in Sutton (South London). She was active in all genres, including radio, stage, television and film but primarily known for her roles in the British sitcoms The Good Life (zie foto uit 1977) and To the Manor Born. She succeeded Laurence Olivier as president of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund after his death in 1989.

Keith joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, and went on to win the 1976 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance for the play Donkeys’ Years. She became a household name in the UK playing Margo Leadbetter in the sitcom The Good Life (1975–78), winning the 1977 BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance.

In 1978, she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for The Norman Conquests. She then starred as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton in the sitcom To the Manor Born (1979–81), a show that received audiences of more than 20 million. She went on to star in another six sitcoms, including Executive Stress (1986–88), No Job for a Lady (1990–92) and Next of Kin (1995–97). Since 2000, she has worked mainly in the theatre, with her roles including Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit (2004) and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (2007). (Wikipedia)

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