Beryl Elizabeth Reid, OBE (17 June 1919 – 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]
|Oct 05, 1966 – Apr 01, 1967|
Winning the Tony Award for Best Actress “Killing of Sister George” 1967
Reid died from complications following knee surgery at the age of 77. Her death was registered in South Buckinghamshire. BBC Radio 7, on 6 December 2009 in a programme How Tickled Am I, attributed her death to pneumonia.
|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||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|
|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||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)|