Prunella Scales

Prunella Scales,CBE(bornPrunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth; 22 June 1932) is an English actress best known for her role as Basil Fawlty 's wife Sybil in the BBC comedyFawlty Towersand her BAFTA award -nominated role as Queen Elizabeth II inA Question of Attribution(Screen One, BBC 1991) by Alan Bennett .

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 Prunella Scales's Early life

She attended Moira House Girls School , Eastbourne .

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 Prunella Scales's Career

Throughout her career, Scales has often been cast in comic roles. Her early work included the second UK adaptation ofPride and Prejudice(1952),Hobson's Choice(1954),Room at the Top(1959) andWaltz of the Toreadors(1962).

starring opposite Richard Briers . In addition toFawlty Towers, she has had roles in BBC Radio 4 sitcoms , and comedy series includingAfter Henry,Smelling of RosesandLadies of Letters; on television she starred in the London Weekend Television / Channel 4 seriesMapp & Luciabased on the novels by E. F. Benson . She played Queen Elizabeth II in Alan Bennett 'sA Question of Attribution.

In 1973, Scales was cast with Ronnie Barker inOne Man's Meatwhich formed part of Barker'sSeven of Oneseries, also for the BBC. Her later film appearances includeEscape from the Dark(1976),The Hound of the Baskervilles(1978),The Boys From Brazil(1978),The Wicked Lady(1983),The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne(1987),Stiff Upper Lips(1997),Howards End(1992) andWolf(1994). For the BBC Television Shakespeare production ofThe Merry Wives of Windsor(1982) she played Mistress Page and theTheatre Nightseries (BBC) she appeared with her husband Timothy West in the Joe Orton farceWhat the Butler Saw(1987) playing Mrs Prentice. The cast of the Orton play also included Dinsdale Landen and Tessa Peake-Jones .

Phoenixwhich was first aired in 1999 by NBC Universal 's Sci Fi Channel .Scales played 'The Client', an evil government minister funding inter-genetic time travel experiments.

In 2000 she appeared in the film The Ghost of Greville Lodge as Sarah.

In 2003, she appeared as Hilda, "she who must be obeyed", wife of Horace Rumpole in four BBC Radio 4 plays, with Timothy West playing her fictional husband. Prunella Scales and West toured Australia at the same time in different productions. Scales appeared in a one-woman show called "An Evening with Queen Victoria", which also featured the tenor Ian Partridge singing songs written by Prince Albert .

Also in 2003, she voiced the speaking ("cawing") role of Magpie, the eponymous thief in a recording of Gioachino Rossini 's operaLa gazza ladra(The Thieving Magpie).

In 2006, she appeared alongside Academy Award winners Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell in the mini-seriesThe Shell Seekers.

, produced in 2008 by the Wireless Theatre Company , and available to download free of charge on their website.She appeared in a production ofCarrie's War, the Nina Bawden novel, at the Apollo Theatre in 2009.

Horrid Henry: The Movieas the titular character's Great Aunt Greta.

, written by John Mayfield, and available for download.

In 2013 she made a guest appearance in the popular BBC radio comedyCabin Pressureas Wendy Crieff, the mother of Captain Martin Crieff.

Alongside West, she has appeared in three series ofGreat Canal Journeysfor Channel 4 in 2014 and 2015.

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 Prunella Scales's Personal life

Prunella is married to the actor Timothy West , with whom she has two sons; the elder is actor and director Samuel West . She also has a stepdaughter, Juliet.

Scales appeared on a Labour party political broadcast during the 2005 and 2010 UK general election campaigns .

, written by Teresa Ransom, was published by John Murray in 2005.

She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1992 Birthday Honours List. Her husband Timothy West received the same honour in the 1984 Birthday Honours List.

Later life[edit]

She and Timothy West discussed practical measures in a radio programme about age and dementia on BBC Radio 4 in December 2014. In August 2015, it was reported that Scales's condition had worsened considerably to the point that she can barely remember any of her fifty-three years of marriage to West.

Other activities[edit]

an international orphan charity providing homes and mothers for orphaned and abandoned children. She supports the charity's annual World Orphan Week campaign, which takes place each February.


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 Prunella Scales's References

  1. "1992 BAFTA Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  2. "Prunella Scales Biography (1932-)". Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  3. "Image: British TV stalwart Best [...].". 28 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  4. "Home". Moira House. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  5. "Happy 80th Birthday, Prunella Scales! - Anglophenia - BBC America". BBC America. 
  6. "Phoenix". SPIKE. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  7. "The Youth of Old Age". Wireless Theatre Company. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  8. Bishop, Caroline (6 March 2009). "Latest News: Scales joins Carrieā€™s War in West End". Official London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  9. "Fawlty Towers almost didn't happen for Prunella Scales, according to John Cleese". Daily Mirror (London: Trinity Mirror). 8 May 2009. ISSN 9975-9950. OCLC 223228477. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  10. "Dandruff Hits The Turtleneck Audiobook". 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  11. "Credits". 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  12. Ransom, Teresa (2005). Prunella: The Authorised Biography of Prunella Scales. London, UK: John Murray. ISBN 9780719556975. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  13. "Richard Briers battling chronic lung disease... as lifelong friend Prunella Scales has shocking confession of her own - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. 
  14. "Prunella Scales suffering from 'a sort of mild Alzheimer's'". The Guardian. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  15. "Suppose I Lose It". BBC Radio 4. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  16. "Prunella Scales's dementia is so bad she forgot show she'd just seen". Mail Online. 
  17. "Our friends". Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  18. "SOS Children: Sponsor a child with our charity". Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  19. "Patrons". The Lace Market Theatre. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  20. "Artemis". P&O Cruises. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. 

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