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Beryl Reid
Born Beryl Elizabeth Reid
17 June 1919(1919-06-17)
Hereford, Herefordshire, England
Died 13 October 1996 (aged 77)
South Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation Actress

Beryl Elizabeth Reid, OBE (17 June 1919 – 13 October 1996) was a British actress of stage and screen.


Early life

Born in Hereford, England,[1] Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents and grew up in Manchester where she attended Withington and Levenshulme High Schools. She left home at the age of 16 to work in a shop, where she lasted six weeks.


Reid applied for and was accepted in a revue in the summer season in Bridlington in 1936. She had no formal training but joined the Royal National Theatre in London as a comedy actress. Her first big success came in the BBC radio show Educating Archie as naughty schoolgirl Monica and later as the Brummie, Marlene.

Reid's many film and television roles as a character actor were always well received. She reprised her Tony Award-winning performance of a lesbian soap opera star in The Killing of Sister George for the screen version and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Drama.

In both Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People she is seen as Connie Sachs. For Smiley's People she won a BAFTA for Best Actress on Television. She also wrote a biography, So Much Love, which was well received.

Reid played the part of an elderly feminist and political subversive in the 1987 television drama, The Beiderbecke Tapes.


Reid died from complications following knee surgery at the age of 77. Her death was registered in South Buckinghamshire.[2] BBC Radio 7, on 6th December 2009 in a programme How Tickled Am I, attributed her death to renal failure.


Year Film Role Notes
1954 The Belles of St Trinian's Miss Wilson
1956 The Extra Day Beryl
1960 Two-Way Stretch Miss Pringle
1962 The Dock Brief Doris Fowle, his late wife
1968 Inspector Clouseau Mrs. Weaver
Star! Rose
The Killing of Sister George June 'George' Buckridge Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1969 The Assassination Bureau Madame Otero
1970 Entertaining Mr Sloane Kath
The Beast in the Cellar Ellie Ballantyne
1971 Psychomania Mrs. Latham
1972 Father, Dear Father Mrs. Stoppard
Dr. Phibes Rises Again Miss Ambrose, Harry's Cousin
1973 No Sex Please, We're British Bertha Hunter
1977 Joseph Andrews Mrs. Slipslop
1978 Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse Matron

- "Carry On Emmanuelle" Mrs Valentine

1979 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Connie Sachs Episode "Smiley Tracks the Mole"
Nominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1980 Rhubarb Rhubarb Home Owner's Wife
1981 Late Flowering Love (segment "Invasion Exercise on the Poultry Farm")
1982 Doctor Who Earthshock Briggs (3 episodes)
Smiley's People Connie Sachs (Episode #1.3)
British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
Connie Sachs (Episode 1.2)
The Irish RM
Ms. Knox
1983 The Doctor and the Devils Mrs. Flynn
1985 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole May Mole (5 episodes)
1987 The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole Grandma Mole (6 episodes)
1987 The Beiderbecke Tapes Sylvia (1 episode)


  1. ^ GRO Register of Births: SEP 1920 6a 720 HEREFORD, Beryl E. Reid mmn = McDonald
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: Oct 1996 B17A 59 Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire, Beryl Elizabeth Reid, DoB 17 June 1919, aged 77.

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