Tessie O'Shea (1913–1995)

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She was aptly and affectionately dubbed "Two Ton Tessie" not only for her plentiful girth but for the tons of talent she possessed as one of the British Isle's most beloved, unabashed music hall entertainers. Welsh star Tessie O'Shea was born Teresa O'Shea and was already showing off as a youngster capturing prizes for the talent contests she ... See full bio »


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The Shiralee Bella
As Good Cooks Go Blodwen O'Reilly


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (15 credits)
 1979 Matt and Jenny (TV Series)
- The Mast (1979) ... Cora
 1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Mrs. Hobday
 1969-1970 As Good Cooks Go (TV Series)
Blodwen O'Reilly
- Bring on the Ghosts (1970) ... Blodwen O'Reilly
- Tummy Troubles (1970) ... Blodwen O'Reilly
- Frying Squad (1970) ... Blodwen O'Reilly
- Battle of the Bulge (1970) ... Blodwen O'Reilly
- The Perils of Blodwen (1970) ... Blodwen O'Reilly
 1969 The Best House in London
 1969 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Blodwen O'Reilly
- As Good Cooks Go (1969) ... Blodwen O'Reilly
 1968 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie)
Tessie O'Toole
 1967 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
- Episode #20.38 (1967) ... Singer
 1964 Mr. Scrooge (TV Movie)
Mrs. Cratchit
 1957 The Shiralee
 1956 Tess and Jim (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1956)
- Episode #1.2 (1956)
- Episode #1.1 (1956)
 1954 Panto Parade (TV Movie)
 1951 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Welsh Music Hall Entertainer
- Episode #2.15 (1951) ... Guest Welsh Music Hall Entertainer
 1948 Somewhere in Politics
Daisy Smart
 1948 Holiday's with Pay
Pansy Rogers (as Two Ton Tessie O'Shea)
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Show Show Self (48 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Two Ton Tessie O'Shea | Two Ton Tessie


5' 7½" (1.71 m)

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During one show at the London Palladium, she made her entrance on top of an elephant. During one of her performances, the elephant, which was pregnant and quite moody at the time, threw her off. She was laid up for over three months. See more »


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