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Siân Phillips

Siân Phillips

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    • May 14th, 1934
Siân Phillips (born Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Glamorgan, Wales) is a Welsh actress, author and singer. Phillips was the daughter of Sally (née Thomas), a teacher, and David Phillips, a steelworker-turned-policeman. She is a Welsh-speaker and in the first volume of her autobiography, "Private Faces", she notes that she spoke only Welsh for much of her childhood, learning English by listening to the radio. She attended Pontardawe Grammar School and later read English and Philosophy at University College Cardiff, graduating in 1955. She entered RADA in LOndon, England with a scholarship in September 1955, the same year as Diana Rigg and Glenda Jackson. She went on to win the prestigious Bancroft Gold Medal for Hedda Gabler and was offered work in Hollywood when she left RADA. While still a student she was offered three film contracts, entailing her to work for an extended period of time in the United States; but she declined, preferring to work on stage instead.

Filmography

Acting (23 Credits)

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2020Dream Horse as Maureen
2020Summerland as Margaret Corey
2001Attila as Grandmother
1999Aristocrats as Narrator/Older Lady Emily Lennox
1998Alice Through the Looking Glass as Red Queen
1997Ivanhoe as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
1997Ivanhoe as Eleanor
1993Heidi as Frau Sesemann
1993The Age of Innocence as Mrs. Archer
1989Valmont as Madame de Volanges
1985Ewoks: The Battle for Endor as Charal
1985The Doctor and the Devils as Annabella Rock
1984Dune as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
1981Clash of the Titans as Cassiopeia
1980Nijinsky as Lady Ripon
1979Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as Ann Smiley
1976I, Claudius as Livia Drusilla
1971Murphy's War as Hayden
1971Under Milk Wood as Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard
1969Goodbye, Mr. Chips as Ursula Mossbank
1965Young Cassidy as Ella
1964Becket as Gwendolen
1962The Longest Day as WRNS Officer (uncredited)

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