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Penelope Wilton is a Actor British born on 3 june 1946 at Scarborough (United-kingdom)

Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton
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Birth name Penelope Alice Wilton
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 3 june 1946 (73 years) at Scarborough (United-kingdom)
Awards Laurence Olivier Award, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Penelope Alice Wilton, OBE (born 3 June 1946) is an English actress. She starred with Richard Briers in the BBC situation comedy Ever Decreasing Circles.

She is also known for playing the character "Isobel Crawley" in the period drama Downton Abbey, "Ruth" in the film Calendar Girls, and "Homily" in the films The Borrowers and The Return of the Borrowers.

She has twice won the Critics' Circle Theatre Award.

Biography

Between 1975 and 1984, Wilton was married to the actor Daniel Massey. They had a daughter, Alice, born in 1977. Before this, she had a stillborn son born very premature. She has remarked that this was one of the saddest things in her life. In 1991 Wilton married Sir Ian Holm (in 1998, after he was knighted, she became Lady Holm) and they appeared together as Pod and Homily in the BBC's 1993 adaptation of The Borrowers. They were divorced in 2001.

Best films

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
(Actress)
Match Point (2005)
(Actress)
Cry Freedom (1987)
(Actress)
Iris (2001)
(Actress)

Usually with

John Madden
John Madden
(3 films)
Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(4 films)
Ronald Pickup
Ronald Pickup
(3 films)
Eric Fellner
Eric Fellner
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Penelope Wilton (24 films)

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Actress

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, 2h3
Directed by Mike Newell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode
Roles Amelia Maugery
Rating74% 3.703483.703483.703483.703483.70348
Londres, 1946. A la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Juliet Ashton, une jeune écrivaine britannique en manque d'inspiration, reçoit une lettre d'un mystérieux membre du Club de Littérature de Guernesey créé durant l'Occupation allemande. Intriguée et curieuse d'en savoir plus, elle se rend sur l'île et rencontre alors les excentriques et attachants membres du Cercle littéraire des amateurs d'épluchures de patates dont Dawsey Adams, le charmant fermier à l'origine de la lettre. Leurs confidences, son attachement à l'île et à ses habitants ou encore son affection pour Dawsey et pour les autres férus de littérature changeront à jamais le cours de sa vie ainsi que sa carrière d'écrivaine.
The BFG
The BFG (2016)
, 1h57
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Children's films
Actors Rebecca Hall, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement
Roles The Queen
Rating63% 3.1972453.1972453.1972453.1972453.197245
Tells the story of Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton) and The Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2h2
Directed by John Madden
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Maggie Smith, Richard Gere, Penelope Wilton
Roles Jean Ainslie
Rating64% 3.2492153.2492153.2492153.2492153.249215
Muriel Donnelly and Sonny Kapoor travel to San Diego, California to propose a plan to hotel magnate Ty Burley for buying and opening a second hotel in India as a companion to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. They are told that a company inspector will anonymously visit India to evaluate the project.
Belle
Belle (2013)
, 1h44
Directed by Amma Asante
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about slavery, Films about racism
Actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Susan Brown, Miranda Richardson
Roles Lady Mary Murray
Rating72% 3.6374453.6374453.6374453.6374453.637445
Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay was born in 1761, the natural daughter of Maria Belle, an enslaved African woman in the West Indies, and Captain Sir John Lindsay, a British Royal Navy officer. After the death of Dido's mother, Captain Lindsay takes Dido from the slums of the West Indies in 1765 and entrusts her to his uncle William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice, and his wife, Elizabeth, who live at Kenwood House, an estate in Hampstead outside London. Lord and Lady Mansfield raise Dido as a free gentlewoman, together with their niece Lady Elizabeth Murray, who came to live with them after her mother died and her father remarried. When the two cousins reach adulthood, the Mansfields commission an oil portrait of their two great-nieces, but Dido is unhappy about sitting for it as she is worried that it will portray her as a subordinate, like other portraits she has seen depicting aristocrats with black servants. Dido's father dies and leaves her the generous sum of £2,000 a year, enough to make her an heiress. Lady Elizabeth, by contrast, will have no income from her father, whose son from his new wife has been named his sole heir. Arrangements are made for Elizabeth to have her coming out to society, but Lord and Lady Mansfield believe no gentleman will agree to marry Dido because of her mixed-race status, so while she will travel to London with her cousin, she will not be "out" to society.
The Girl
The Girl (2012)

Directed by Julian Jarrold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Romance
Themes Films about films
Actors Toby Jones, Sienna Miller, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, Sean Michael, Carl Beukes
Roles Peggy Robertson
Rating62% 3.148913.148913.148913.148913.14891
The film is a partially fictionalised account of the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren. In 1961, Hitchcock notices Hedren in a television commercial for a diet drink. He wants to turn her into the next Grace Kelly, with whom he had worked extensively during the 1950s. Hedren passes her screen test and is groomed for the starring role in Hitchcock's latest film, The Birds; the director instructs her about her dress and appearance.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2h4
Directed by John Madden
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Ronald Pickup
Roles Jean Ainslie
Rating72% 3.648113.648113.648113.648113.64811
Recently widowed housewife Evelyn (Judi Dench) must sell her home to cover huge debts left by her late husband. Graham (Tom Wilkinson), a high-court judge who had spent his first eighteen years in India, abruptly decides to retire and return there. Jean (Penelope Wilton) and Douglas (Bill Nighy) seek a retirement they can afford, having lost most of their savings through investing in their daughter's internet business. Muriel (Maggie Smith), a retired housekeeper prejudiced against Indians, needs a hip replacement operation which can be done far more quickly and inexpensively in India. Madge (Celia Imrie) is hunting for another husband, and Norman (Ronald Pickup), an aging lothario, is trying to re-capture his youth. They each decide on a retirement hotel in India, based on pictures on its website.
The History Boys, 1h44
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about education, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbel Moore, Samuel Anderson, Samuel Barnett
Roles Mrs. Bibby
Rating67% 3.3997253.3997253.3997253.3997253.399725
In a boys' grammar school in Sheffield in 1983, students Crowther, Posner, Dakin, Timms, Akthar, Lockwood, Scripps, and Rudge have recently obtained the school's highest ever A-level scores and are hoping to enter Oxford or Cambridge, taking a seventh-term entrance exam in History. The General Studies teacher, known by staff and boys alike by his nickname "Hector" (Richard Griffiths), is their favourite, and works alongside their deputy head and regular History teacher, Mrs Lintott (Frances de la Tour). The Headmaster, known by all as Felix, appoints a temporary contract teacher, Tom Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore), who had been at Oxford, to help the boys along in their quest. Irwin is only a few years older than his students but proves to be a bold and demanding teacher, and particularly difficult to impress.
Pride & Prejudice, 2h7
Directed by Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Paul Webster, Eric Fellner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about families
Actors Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Simon Woods, Tom Hollander
Roles Mrs. Gardiner
Rating78% 3.900673.900673.900673.900673.90067
During the late 18th century, the Bennet family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters—Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia—live in comparative financial independence as gentry on a working farm in rural England. As Longbourn is destined to be inherited by Mr. Bennet's cousin, Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet is anxious to marry off her five daughters before Mr. Bennet dies.
Match Point, 2h4
Directed by Woody Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Sports films, Tennis films
Actors Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton
Roles Eleanor Hewett
Rating75% 3.7982353.7982353.7982353.7982353.798235
Chris Wilton, a recently retired tennis professional, is taken on as an instructor at an upmarket club in London. He strikes up a friendship with a wealthy pupil, Tom Hewett, after discovering their common affinity for opera. Tom's older sister, Chloe, is smitten with Chris and the two begin dating. During a family gathering, Chris meets Tom's American fiancée, Nola Rice, and they are instantly attracted to each other. Tom's mother, Eleanor, does not approve of her son's relationship with Nola, a struggling actress, which is a source of tension in the family. Chloe encourages her father, Alec, to give Chris a job as an executive in one of his companies; he begins to be accepted into the family and marriage is discussed.
Shaun of the Dead, 1h35
Directed by Edgar Wright
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Romantic comedy, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Political films, Comedy horror films, Dystopian films, Buddy films, Disaster films
Actors Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy
Roles Barbara
Rating78% 3.9483.9483.9483.9483.948
Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 29-year-old electronics shop salesman with no direction in life. His younger colleagues show him no respect, he has a strained relationship with his stepfather, Phillip (Bill Nighy), and a tense one with his housemate Pete (Peter Serafinowicz) because of Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun's other housemate and vulgar, unemployed best friend. Furthermore, Shaun's girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) dislikes their social life as they spend every date at the Winchester, Shaun and Ed's favourite pub. Because Shaun always brings Ed, Liz is always forced to bring her flatmates, David (Dylan Moran) and Dianne (Lucy Davis). After a bad day at work, Shaun forgets to book a table at a nice restaurant, and after suggesting the Winchester again Liz breaks up with him. Shaun drowns his sorrows with Ed at the Winchester. While celebrating at home, an enraged Pete — suffering from a bite wound caused by "some crackheads" — confronts Shaun on his flaws, telling him to sort his life out.
Calendar Girls, 1h48
Directed by Nigel Cole
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton
Roles Ruth
Rating68% 3.448963.448963.448963.448963.44896
When Annie Clarke's husband John dies from leukaemia at an early age, her close friend Chris Harper, anxious to purchase a comfortable sofa for the visitors' lounge in the hospital where he was treated, hits upon the idea of printing a calendar featuring some of the members of the Knapely branch of the Women's Institute discreetly posing nude while engaged in traditional WI activities, such as baking and knitting, in order to raise funds. Her proposal initially is met with great scepticism, but she eventually convinces ten women to participate in the project with her. They enlist one of the hospital workers, an amateur photographer named Lawrence, to help them with the concept.
Iris
Iris (2001)
, 1h31
Directed by Richard Eyre
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton, Kris Marshall
Roles Janet Stone
Rating70% 3.5479753.5479753.5479753.5479753.547975
When the young Iris Murdoch (Kate Winslet) meets fellow student John Bayley (Hugh Bonneville) at the University of Oxford, he is a naive virgin easily flummoxed by her libertine spirit, arch personality, and obvious artistic talent. Decades later, little has changed and the couple keeps house, with John (Jim Broadbent) doting on his more famous wife (Judi Dench). When Iris begins experiencing forgetfulness and dementia, however, the devoted John struggles with hopelessness and frustration, and becomes her caretaker, as his wife's mind deteriorates from the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.
Victoria & Albert
Actors Jonathan Firth, Victoria Hamilton, James Callis, Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov, Penelope Wilton
Roles la duchesse de Kent
Rating75% 3.790743.790743.790743.790743.79074
Cette télésuite raconte les premières années de vie commune de la reine Victoria du Royaume-Uni et de son époux le prince consort Albert de Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha.
Tom's Midnight Garden
Directed by Willard Carroll
Genres Fantasy
Themes Time travel films
Actors Nigel Le Vaillant, Serena Gordon, Mel Martin, Greta Scacchi, James Wilby, Anthony Way
Roles Aunt Melbourne
Rating67% 3.389993.389993.389993.389993.38999
When Tom Long's brother Peter gets measles he is sent to stay with his Uncle Alan and Aunt Gwen in a flat with no garden. An elderly and reclusive landlady, Mrs Bartholomew, lives upstairs. Because he may be infectious he is not allowed out to play, and feels lonely. Without exercise he is less sleepy at night and when he hears the communal grandfather clock strangely strike 13, he investigates and finds the small back yard is now a large sunlit garden. Here he meets another lonely child called Hatty, who seems to be the only one who can see him. They have adventures which he gradually realises are taking place in the 19th century. Each night when Tom visits, Hatty is slightly older and Tom begins to wonder about the nature of time and reality. In an attempt to discover what's going on Tom asks Hattie to leave her skates in a hidden place. When he goes back into the future he manages to find them.
Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1h23
Directed by John Henderson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about cats, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Films based on Alice in Wonderland, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Kate Beckinsale, Geoffrey Palmer, Ian Holm, Steve Coogan, Penelope Wilton, Siân Phillips
Roles White Queen
Rating56% 2.802462.802462.802462.802462.80246
Au moment de faire la lecture à sa petite fille sur le point de s'endormir, Alice, désormais jeune maman, traverse le miroir de la chambre. De retour au pays des merveilles, dans ses habits d'enfant, elle rencontre tour à tour la Reine Rouge, d'insolentes fleurs qui parlent, des pièces d'échec aussi humaines qu'elle, une Reine Blanche qui se souvient des événements avant qu'ils n'aient lieu, un gros oeuf perché au sommet d'une tour… Alors que, dans les bois, rôde le Jabberwocky, un terrible dragon, Alice joue à un étrange et gigantesque jeu dont elle sort victorieuse. Désormais reine, elle participe à un banquet riche en surprises…