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Birth name Prunella Margaret Rumney IllingworthNationality United-kingdomBirth 22 june 1932
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Prunella Scales, CBE (born Prunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth; 22 June 1932) is an English actress best known for her role as Basil Fawlty's wife Sybil in the BBC comedy Fawlty Towers and her BAFTA award-nominated role as Queen Elizabeth II in A Question of Attribution (Screen One, BBC 1991) by Alan Bennett.
Prunella is married to Timothy West, has two sons; the elder is actor and director Samuel West. She also has a stepdaughter, Juliet. She has been known for her photographic memory and also speaks French.
Scales appeared on a Labour party political broadcast during the 2005 and 2010 UK general election campaigns.
Her biography, Prunella, written by Teresa Ransom, was published by John Murray in 2005.
In March 2014 her husband told The Guardian that Scales was living with Alzheimer's disease. She and Timothy West discussed practical measures in a radio programme about age and dementia on BBC Radio 4 in December 2014. In August 2015, it was reported that Scales's condition had worsened considerably to the point that she can barely remember any of her fifty-three years of marriage to West.
Scales is an ambassador of SOS Children's Villages charity. an international orphan charity providing homes and mothers for orphaned and abandoned children. She supports the charity's annual World Orphan Week campaign, which takes place each February.
Scales is a patron of the Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham.
In 2005, she named the P&O cruise ship, Artemis.