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Hylda Baker (1905–1986)

This dark-haired barrel-shaped comedienne and character actress was the daughter of a Lancashire comedian. She made her professional stage debut in 1915 aged 10 and toured for decades in variety and second rank revues, several of which she produced herself. She had a reputation for being difficult to work with, but this was probably because she ... See full bio »

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Oliver! Mrs. Sowerberry
Nearest and Dearest Nellie Pledge
Nearest and Dearest Nellie Pledge


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 1974-1975 Not on Your Nellie (TV Series)
Nellie Pickersgill
- Called to the Bar (1975) ... Nellie Pickersgill
- The French Correction (1975) ... Nellie Pickersgill
- A-Haunting We Will Go (1975) ... Nellie Pickersgill
- Be Prepared (1975) ... Nellie Pickersgill
- Feeling the Draught (1975) ... Nellie Pickersgill
 1968-1973 Nearest and Dearest (TV Series)
Nellie Pledge
- Far from the Madding Pong (1973) ... Nellie Pledge
- The Visit (1973) ... Nellie Pledge
- The One That Got Away (1973) ... Nellie Pledge
- Get Out of That (1973) ... Nellie Pledge
- The French Disconnection (1973) ... Nellie Pledge
 1972 Nearest and Dearest
Nellie Pledge
 1972 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Movie)
Nellie Pledge
 1968 Oliver!
Mrs. Sowerberry
 1968 Up the Junction
 1963-1967 Z Cars (TV Series)
Mrs. Nesbitt / Madge Mills
- The Nesbitts Are Back: Part 2 (1967) ... Mrs. Nesbitt
- The Nesbitts Are Back: Part 1 (1967) ... Mrs. Nesbitt
- The Kiter (1963) ... Madge Mills
 1966 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Nellie Staines
- Fat Annie (1966) ... Nellie Staines
 1966 Out of Town Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
- Seeing a Beauty Queen Home (1966) ... Gran
 1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mrs. Wiltshire
 1964 What a Joy Ride (TV Movie)
Mrs. Benwhistle
 1963 Best of Friends (TV Series)
- This Is Your Wife (1963) ... Hylda
- Desert Island Risks (1963) ... Hylda
- All of a Zither (1963) ... Hylda
- Jack in the Box (1963) ... Hylda
- The Painting (1963) ... Hylda
 1962 She Knows Y' Know
Hylda Worswick
 1961-1962 Our House (TV Series)
- First Night (1962) ... Henrietta
- Economy Wave (1962) ... Henrietta
- Simon Comes to Stay (1962) ... Henrietta
- Riviera Incident (1962) ... Henrietta
- Where Is Everybody? (1962) ... Henrietta
 1961 Where the Difference Begins (TV Movie)
Auntie Beattie
 1957-1958 Be Soon (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1958) ... Hylda
- Episode #1.5 (1957) ... Hylda
- Episode #1.4 (1957) ... Hylda
- Episode #1.3 (1957) ... Hylda
- Don't Count Your Chickens (1957) ... Hylda
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Was the castaway on BBC Radio's "Desert Island Discs" show. Her luxury item was a family photograph album, her chosen book was Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" and her selected record was Mario Lanza's "Be My Love". See more »

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Recorded a version of "You're The One That I Want" from 'Grease' with Arthur Mullard. The song with comically altered text as if the words had been slightly misheard (a trade mark for Hylda) such as "if you're chilled with infection, you're too sly to convey" made number 22 in the British charts in 1978. This earned the pair an appearance on BBC TV's Top of the Pops.

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