Josephine Tewson


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An English stage and television actress. She is best known for her roles in British television sitcoms, such as Elizabeth in Keeping Up Appearances (1990) and Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine. Tewson was born in Hampstead, London, England in 1931. Her father, William, was a professional musician and played the double bass in the BBC ... See full bio »

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Known For

(1990-1995)
The Troublesome Double Mrs. Wentworth
(1967)
Shelley Mrs. Hawkins
(1979-1982)
Last of the Summer Wine Miss Davenport / Davenport / Lucinda Davenport
(2003-2010)

Filmography

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 2009-2015 Doctors (TV Series)
Eileen Wilkie / Marjorie Page / Audrey Winston
- A Quiet Life (2015) ... Eileen Wilkie
- The Bespectacled Bounder (2012) ... Marjorie Page
- Now You See It... (2009) ... Audrey Winston
 2015/IV In Memory (Short)
Grace
 2012 Inspector Lewis (TV Series)
Hazel O'Brien
- The Indelible Stain (2012) ... Hazel O'Brien
 2003-2010 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Miss Davenport / Davenport / Lucinda Davenport
- How Not to Cry at Weddings (2010) ... Miss Davenport
- Look Whose Wheel's Come Off (2010) ... Miss Davenport (credit only)
- Howard and the Great Outdoors (2010) ... Miss Davenport
- The Rights of Man (Except for Howard) (2010) ... Miss Davenport
- Happy Camping (2010) ... Miss Davenport
 2006 Holby City (TV Series)
Mabel Phillips
- Looking After Number One (2006) ... Mabel Phillips
 2002 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Mrs. Morris
- Closing the Book (2002) ... Mrs. Morris
 2000 The Mumbo Jumbo
Miss Hodges
 2000 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Samantha Johnstone
- Judgement Day (2000) ... Samantha Johnstone
 1999 Sunburn (TV Series)
Louise Montague
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Louise Montague
 1990-1995 Keeping Up Appearances (TV Series)
Elizabeth
- The Pageant (1995) ... Elizabeth
- The Hostess (1995) ... Elizabeth
- A Crafts-Woman Scorned (1995) ... Elizabeth
- A Barbecue at Violet's (1995) ... Elizabeth
- The Boy Friend (1995) ... Elizabeth
 1994 Second Chance UK Infomercial (TV Movie)
Elizabeth
 1994 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Peggy Phillips
- Episode #1.3651 (1994) ... Peggy Phillips
- Episode #1.3650 (1994) ... Peggy Phillips
 1989 The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt
Miss Leuchars
 1988 Clarence (TV Series)
Jane Travers
- Episode #1.6 (1988) ... Jane Travers
- Episode #1.5 (1988) ... Jane Travers
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Jane Travers
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Jane Travers
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Jane Travers
 1987-1988 Rude Health (TV Series)
Mrs. Thorpe
- Green Paper (1988) ... Mrs. Thorpe
- Conjugal Rights (1987) ... Mrs. Thorpe
- The Dinner Party (1987) ... Mrs. Thorpe
- Sweet Dreams (1987) ... Mrs. Thorpe
- Nurse Aid (1987) ... Mrs. Thorpe
 1983-1985 Terry and June (TV Series)
Mrs Robins / Brenda
- Mistaken Identity (1985) ... Mrs Robins
- A Day in Boulogne (1983) ... Brenda
 1985 The Caucasian Chalk Circle (TV Movie)
Peasant Woman / Mother-in-Law / Older Lady
 1984 Gabrielle and the Doodleman
Mrs. Briggs / Fairy Godmother
 1983 For 4 Tonight (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1983)
 1979-1982 Shelley (TV Series)
Mrs. Hawkins
- Shelley Versus Shelley (1982) ... Mrs. Hawkins
- Slaughterhouse Sling (1982) ... Mrs. Hawkins
- Mortal Coils (1982) ... Mrs. Hawkins
- Credit Where Credit's Due (1982) ... Mrs. Hawkins
- No News Is Good... (1982) ... Mrs. Hawkins
 1971-1981 The Two Ronnies (TV Series)
Ethel / Woman on Train Traveller / Cynthia / ...
- Episode #9.3 (1981) ... Ethel
- Episode #5.5 (1976) ... Woman on Train Traveller
- Episode #4.6 (1975) ... Cynthia
- Episode #1.5 (1971) ... Millicent Spooner
- Episode #1.4 (1971) ... Leticia (bride)
 1969-1981 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
Bridget
- Episode #19.5 (1981)
- Episode #19.1 (1981) ... Bridget
- Episode #17.4 (1979)
- Episode #17.3 (1979)
- Episode #16.6 (1977)
 1980 Bernie (TV Series)
- Episode #2.1 (1980)
 1979 Rings on Their Fingers (TV Series)
Mrs. Harris
- Home Market (1979) ... Mrs. Harris
 1977 Odd Man Out (TV Series)
Dorothy Sutcliffe
- Ooh La La (1977) ... Dorothy Sutcliffe
- Clunk Click (1977) ... Dorothy Sutcliffe
- Who's a Pretty Baby? (1977) ... Dorothy Sutcliffe
- Shall We Dance? (1977) ... Dorothy Sutcliffe
- Sink or Swim (1977) ... Dorothy Sutcliffe
 1977 No Appointment Necessary (TV Series)
Penelope Marshall
- Shampoo and Set, and Shave! (1977) ... Penelope Marshall
- Like Father, Like Son (1977) ... Penelope Marshall
- An Offer You Can't Refuse (1977) ... Penelope Marshall
- Publish and Be Damned (1977) ... Penelope Marshall
- The French Connexion (1977) ... Penelope Marshall
 1977 Whodunnit? (TV Series)
Miss Frisby
- No Happy Returns (1977) ... Miss Frisby
 1976 Lucky Feller (TV Series)
Wedding Guest / Shirley
- The Wedding (1976) ... Wedding Guest
- Where There's Life There's Soap (1976) ... Shirley
 1976 Harry (TV Short)
On-screen Participant
 1976 Happy Ever After (TV Series)
Mrs. Robins
- Mistaken Identikit (1976) ... Mrs. Robins
 1975 Larry Grayson (TV Series)
Fortune Teller / Mrs. Kidd / Mrs. Bumper
- Episode #1.7 (1975) ... Fortune Teller / Mrs. Kidd
- Episode #1.4 (1975) ... Mrs. Bumper
 1975 Dawson's Weekly (TV Series)
Cleoberry
- Stage-Struck (1975) ... Cleoberry
 1975 Wodehouse Playhouse (TV Series)
Mabel Potts
- Rodney Fails to Qualify (1975) ... Mabel Potts
 1975 Tarbuck and All That! (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1975)
- Episode #1.4 (1975)
- Episode #1.3 (1975)
- Episode #1.2 (1975)
- Episode #1.1 (1975)
 1974 Thriller (TV Series)
Yvonne
- A Coffin for the Bride (1974) ... Yvonne
 1973 Tell Tarby (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1973)
- Episode #1.5 (1973)
- Episode #1.4 (1973)
- Episode #1.3 (1973)
- Episode #1.2 (1973)
 1973 Casanova '73 (TV Series)
Mrs. Kershaw
- Episode #1.3 (1973) ... Mrs. Kershaw
 1973 Son of the Bride (TV Series)
Miss McDowdie
- The Best Man Always Wins, Sometimes (1973) ... Miss McDowdie
- Blue Movies Always Make Me Cry (1973) ... Miss McDowdie
- Anything But the Truth (1973) ... Miss McDowdie
- Of Unsound Mind (1973) ... Miss McDowdie
- A Hostile Engagement (1973) ... Miss McDowdie
 1973 It's Tarbuck (TV Series)
- Episode #3.6 (1973)
- Episode #3.5 (1973)
- Episode #3.4 (1973)
- Episode #3.3 (1973)
- Episode #3.2 (1973)
 1973 Whoops Baghdad! (TV Series)
Fatima
- The Wazir Takes a Wife (1973) ... Fatima
 1973 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Lady Cynthia
 1972 His Lordship Entertains (TV Series)
Mildred Bates
- Wedding (1972) ... Mildred Bates
- Cabaret Time (1972) ... Mildred Bates
- Well Endowed (1972) ... Mildred Bates
- The Safari Park (1972) ... Mildred Bates
- Ten Wives (1972) ... Mildred Bates
 1971 Coppers End (TV Series)
Sgt. Penny Pringle
- Episode #1.13 (1971) ... Sgt. Penny Pringle
- Episode #1.12 (1971) ... Sgt. Penny Pringle
- Episode #1.11 (1971) ... Sgt. Penny Pringle
- Episode #1.10 (1971) ... Sgt. Penny Pringle
- Episode #1.9 (1971) ... Sgt. Penny Pringle
 1971 Six Dates with Barker (TV Series)
Travers
- 1937: The Removals Person (1971) ... Travers
 1969-1970 Hark at Barker (TV Series)
Mildred Bates / Miss Bates
- Rustless on Sport (1970) ... Mildred Bates
- Rustless on Do-It-Yourself (1970) ... Miss Bates
- Rustless on Medicine (1970) ... Mildred Bates
- Rustless on Cooking (1970) ... Mildred Bates
- Rustless on Communications (1970) ... Mildred Bates
 1968-1970 Frost on Sunday (TV Series)
Various
- Episode #2.6 (1970) ... Various
- Episode #2.5 (1970) ... Various
- Episode #2.1 (1970) ... Various
- Episode #1.1 (1968) ... Various
 1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Gladys
- Suffer Little Children (1970) ... Gladys
 1969 The Champions (TV Series)
Hotel Switchboard Operator
- The Night People (1969) ... Hotel Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
 1968 The Charlie Drake Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.11 (1968)
- Episode #1.8 (1968)
- Episode #1.7 (1968)
- Episode #1.6 (1968)
- Episode #1.4 (1968)
 1963-1968 Z Cars (TV Series)
Muriel Finch / Mrs. Rogers / Elizabeth Hepton
- Aren't Policemen Wonderful: Part 2 (1968) ... Muriel Finch
- The Mice Will Play (1965) ... Mrs. Rogers
- Wait for It (1963) ... Elizabeth Hepton
 1967 The Troublesome Double
Mrs. Wentworth
 1967 Mrs Thursday (TV Series)
Dulcie Ainsworth
- The Old School Tie Up (1967) ... Dulcie Ainsworth
 1965-1967 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Mrs. Close / Dr. Saunders
- Devil Doll (1967) ... Dr. Saunders
- Episode #1.825 (1965) ... Mrs. Close
- Episode #1.824 (1965) ... Mrs. Close
- Episode #1.823 (1965) ... Mrs. Close
- Episode #1.822 (1965) ... Mrs. Close
 1966 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Martha St. Clair
- The Case of the Devil's Daughter (1966) ... Martha St. Clair
 1965 The Sullavan Brothers (TV Series)
Woman Police Sgt.
- The Outsider (1965) ... Woman Police Sgt.
 1963-1964 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
June Merrall / Mavis Peters
- The Things Money Can Buy (1964) ... June Merrall
- Four Faces of Clare (1963) ... Mavis Peters
 1963 First Night (TV Series)
Mrs. Tullet
- The Initiation (1963) ... Mrs. Tullet
 1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Barmaid
- Double Stakes (1963) ... Barmaid
 1959 Charlesworth (TV Series)
Mrs. Furse
- Long Hot Spell (1959) ... Mrs. Furse
 1959 Preview (TV Series)
Joan Garnett
- Marriage Bureau (1959) ... Joan Garnett
 1957 On Stage - London (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1957)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Michael Frayn's play, "Noises Off," at the Savoy Theatre in London, England with Michael Medwin and Hugh Paddick in the cast. See more »

Official Sites:

Diamond Management | Spotlight

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Patricia Routledge] I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of her but nevertheless she's very professional and absolutely marvellous to work with. See more »

Trivia:

Graduated from RADA in 1952. See more »

Nickname:

Jo

Star Sign:

Pisces

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