Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1934-05-14

Place of Birth Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Glamorgan, Wales

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Also Known As

  • Sian Phillips
  • Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Mousehole Cat as Narrator
Dream Horse
2019 A Christmas Carol
2018 Nureyev as Narrator
2018 To Provide All People as Patient
2018 Miss Dalí as Anna Maria Dalí
2018 Voyageuse as Erica
2017 Hochelaga, Land of Souls as Sarah Walker
2016 Aberfan: The Green Hollow
2014 Under Milk Wood as Mrs. Pugh
2004 The Murder Room as Marie Strickland
2003 Stalin: Inside the Terror as Narrator
2001 Attila (2 episodes) as Grandmother
2000 Come and Go as Ru
1999 The Magician's House (12 episodes) as Meg Lewis
1998 Alice Through the Looking Glass as Red Queen
1998 The Scold's Bridle as Mathilda
1997 Ivanhoe (6 episodes) as Eleanor of Aquitine (2 episodes) as Queen Eleanor
1997 House of America as Mam
1995 The Vacillations of Poppy Carew as Calypso
1993 The Age of Innocence as Mrs. Archer
1993 Heidi (2 episodes) as Frau Sesemann as Frau Sesemann
1991 Tonight at 8.30
1991 The Black Candle as Daisy Barnett
1990 Red Empire as Narrator (voice)
1990 Dark River as Mrs. Blessington
1989 Valmont as Madame de Volanges
1989 David Macaulay: Pyramid as Mersyankh (voice)
1987 Vanity Fair (3 episodes) as Miss Matilda Crawley
1985 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor as Charal
1985 The Doctor and the Devils as Annabella Rock
1984 Dune as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
1982 Smiley's People (1 episode)
1982 How Many Miles to Babylon? as Mrs Alicia Moore
1981 Clash of the Titans as Cassiopeia
1980 Nijinsky as Lady Ripon
1979 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (7 episodes) as Ann Smiley
1978 Warrior Queen (6 episodes) as Queen Boudicca
1977 Heartbreak House as Hesione Hushabye
1976 I, Claudius (1 episode) (12 episodes) as Livia Drusilla
1975 How Green Was My Valley (6 episodes) as Beth Morgan
1974 Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill as Mrs. Patrick Campbell
1974 Shoulder to Shoulder (6 episodes) as Emmeline Pankhurst
1972 Under Milk Wood as Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard
1971 Murphy's War as Hayden
1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips as Ursula Mossbank
1969 Laughter in the Dark as Lady Elizabeth More
1968 Thief as Woman
1966 Eh, Joe? as Voice (voice)
1965 Young Cassidy as Ella
1964 Becket as Gwendolen

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