Beryl Reid – British Actress of Stage and Screen

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“Beryl Reid”


Beryl Elizabeth Reid, OBE (17 June 1919[1] – 13 October 1996) was a British actress of stage and screen.

Early Life and Work

Born in Hereford, England, Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents and grew up in Manchester where she attended Withington and Levenshulme High Schools


Reid applied for and was accepted in a revue in the summer season in Bridlington in 1936. She had no formal training but later appeared at the Royal National Theatre in London as a comedy actress. Her first big success came in the BBC radio show Educating Archie as naughty schoolgirl Monica and later as the Brummie, Marlene.

Reid’s many film and television roles as a character actor were always well received. She reprised her Tony Award-winning performance of a lesbian soap opera star in The Killing of Sister George for the screen version and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Drama. The former tour of the play was not a success, people in shops refused to serve her and other performers due to the gay characters in the play.

In both Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People she is seen as Connie Sachs. For Smiley’s People she won a BAFTA for Best Actress on Television. She also wrote an autobiography, So Much Love, which was well received.

Reid played the part of an elderly feminist and political subversive in the 1987 television drama, The Beiderbecke Tapes.



Productions Date of Productions
The Killing of Sister George
[Play, Comedy, Original]

  • Performer: Beryl Reid [June Buckridge]
Oct 05, 1966 – Apr 01, 1967

Winning the Tony Award for Best Actress “Killing of Sister George” 1967

Video Clip


Reid died from complications following knee surgery at the age of 77. Her death was registered in South Buckinghamshire.[4] BBC Radio 7, on 6 December 2009 in a programme How Tickled Am I, attributed her death to pneumonia.


Year Film Role
1954 The Belles of St Trinian’s Miss Wilson
1956 The Extra Day Beryl
1960 Two-Way Stretch Miss Pringle
1962 The Dock Brief Doris Fowle, his late wife
1968 Inspector Clouseau Mrs. Weaver
1968 Star Rose
1968 The Killing of Sister George June ‘George’ Buckridge Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1969 The Assassination Bureau Madame Otero
1970 Entertaining Mr Sloane Kath
1970 The Beast in the Cellar Ellie Ballantyne
1971 Psychomania Mrs. Latham
1972 Father, Dear Father Mrs. Stoppard
1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again Miss Ambrose, Harry’s Cousin
1973 No Sex Please, We’re British Bertha Hunter
1977 Joseph Andrews Mrs. Slipslop
1978 Rosie Dixon – Night Nurse Matron
1979 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Connie Sachs Episode “Smiley Tracks the Mole”
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1980 Rhubarb Rhubarb Home Owner’s Wife
1981 Late Flowering Love segment “Invasion Exercise on the Poultry Farm”
1982 Doctor Who Earthshock Briggs (3 episodes)
1982 Smiley’s People Connie Sachs (Episode #1.3)
British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1983 Yellowbeard Lady Lambourn
1983 The Wind in the Willows Ms. Carrington Moss
1984 Minder : The Second Time Around Ruby
1985 Doctor and the Devils Mrs. Flynn
1985 The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole May Mole (5 episodes)
1987 The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole Grandma Mole (6 episodes)
1987 The Beiderbecke Tapes Sylvia (1 episode)


  1. “Index entry”. FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  2. GRO Register of Births: SEP 1919 6a 720 HEREFORD, Beryl E. Reid mmn = McDonald
  3. Daily Telegraph obituary, also featured in Chin Up Girls! (2005)
  4. GRO Register of Deaths: Oct 1996 B17A 59 Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire, Beryl Elizabeth Reid, DoB 17 June 1919, aged 77.

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