Stephanie Cole

Stephanie ColeStephanie Cole began her career by joining the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School at 15 years old, making her debut on stage two years later. Since then she has had a varied career spanning over 4 decades both on stage and screen. In 2002 she was given an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Bristol, and in 2005 she was awarded an OBE for her services to Drama, the elderly and mental health charities.

Some of her more significant roles have included Dr Beatrice Mason in ‘Tenko’, a series which tackled some very difficult issues and was set in WWII Singapore within a prisoner of war camp. She also featured in ‘Talking Heads’ by Alan Bennett, her half hour monologue ‘Soldiering On’ being so popular, her performance has been repeated on stage and radio. Another of her leading roles, in ‘Waiting for God’ as the feisty Diana Trent earned her ‘Best TV Comedy Actress’ at the British Comedy Awards in 1992. In 2006 she starred alongside Victoria Wood in BAFTA award winning ‘Housewife, 49′ as Mrs Waite the head of the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.

One of her most prominent stage roles was as Betty in the 9 month extended run of ‘A Passionate Woman’, on the production’s last curtain call Stephanie was made the subject of ‘This is your Life’ with Michael Aspel.

Full TV role list

1968 – Z Cars – Sick Woman
1968 – A Very Fine Line – Betty
1969 – Take Three Girls – Continuity Girl
1976 – Bill Brand – Majorie
1976 – Angels – Miss Hombro
1977 – Just William – Vicar’s Wife
1977 – Murder Most English (A Flaxborough Chronicle) – Sister Horton
1977 – The Fosters – Receptionist
1978 – Within These Walls – Kitty Fenner
1978 – International Velvet – Teacher
1978 – Lillie – Agnes Langtry
1979 – That Summer – Mrs Mainwaring
1979 – Afternoon Off – Liz
1979 – Agony – Mrs Manfield
1977-79 – A Play For Today – Dr Monday
1979 – Tropic – Miss Dogfoot
1979 – The Glums – Councellor
1979 – Sally Anne – Mrs Gibbs
1979 – Emmerdale – Mrs Bulstrode
1980 – Enemy at the Door – Alice Glover
1980 – Screenplay – Mona
1980 – Tales of the Unexpected (The Flypaper) – Miss Harrison
1980 – Betzi – Mrs Balcombe
1981 – Christmas Spirits – Mrs Purvis
1981 – BBC2 Playhouse
1982 – The Agatha Christie Hour (Jane in search of a job) – Princess Anna
1982 – Saturday Night Thriller
1983 – Crown Court – Beatrice
1983 – Terry and June – Mrs Hunt
1984 – Amy (movie) – Cis Johnson
1981-84 – Tenko – Dr Beatrice Mason
1985 – Affairs of the heart – Miss Cartwright
1982–85 – Open All Hours – Mrs Delphine Featherstone
1986 – Fresh Fields – Mrs Robertson
1986-88 – The Return of the Antelope – Sarah Mincing
1988 – Talking Heads
1988 – Rockcliffe’s Folly – Mrs Pickering
1988 – Tears in the Rain – Billie Cooper
1989 – A Bit of a Do – Betty Stilltoe
1991 – About Face – Sheila
1991 – Poirot (The Theft of the Royal Ruby) – Mrs Lacey
1992-94 – Screen Two – Alice/Dame Lettie Colston
1990-94 – Waiting for God – Diana Trent
1995 – Jeremy Hardy gives good sex
1997-98 – Keeping Mum – Peggy Beare
1999 – Other Animals – Lizzie Cameron
1999 – Grey Owl – Ada Belaney
2000 – As Time Goes By – Dog Trainer
2001 –Life As We Know It – Lizzie Cameron
2001 – Back Home – The Honourable Lady Beatrice Langley
2003 – Doctors – Doris
2003 – Born and Bred – Prudence
2006 – Housewife,49 – Mrs Waite
2007 – Midsomer Murders – Dorothy Hutton
2008 – Miss Pettigrew lives for a day – Miss Holt
2004-09 – Doc Martin –Joan Norton
2011-12 – Coronation Street – Sylvia Goodwin
2011 – George and Bernard Shaw – Hyacinth

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