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Thelma Barlow

Thelma Barlow (née Pigott) is an English television actress and writer, most famous for her roles as Mavis Wilton in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street and as Dolly Bellfield in the sitcom Dinnerladies. Thelma Barlow was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, the younger of two daughters. Her father, Tommy, a cabinet maker, died of ... See full bio »

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(2005)
Florence Foster Jenkins Mrs Oscar Garmunder
(2016)
Coronation Street Mavis Wilton / Mavis Riley
(1971-2020)
Doctor Who Lady Thaw
(2007)

Filmography

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 2016 Florence Foster Jenkins
Mrs Oscar Garmunder
 2008 Is Anybody There?
Ena
 2007 Doc Martin (TV Series)
Beth
- Nowt So Queer (2007) ... Beth
 2007 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Lady Thaw
- The Lazarus Experiment (2007) ... Lady Thaw
 2006 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Mrs Beverley
- Last Year's Model (2006) ... Mrs Beverley
 2006 Marple (TV Series)
Emily Barton
- The Moving Finger (2006) ... Emily Barton
 2005 Mrs. Henderson Presents
Lady Conway
 2004 My Dad's the Prime Minister (TV Series)
Old Lady
- Election (2004) ... Old Lady
 2004 Where the Heart Is (TV Series)
Helen Ashworth
- Stormy Weather (2004) ... Helen Ashworth
 2004 The Royal (TV Series)
Ada
- Holding on Tight (2004) ... Ada
 2002 Doctors (TV Series)
Jenny Edwards
- Swing Out Sister (2002) ... Jenny Edwards
 2002 Sweet Charity (TV Movie)
Jan
 2002 Stig of the Dump (TV Mini-Series)
Miss Hardwick
- Undercover (2002) ... Miss Hardwick
 2000 King's Ransom (Short)
Ethel
 2000 Fat Friends (TV Series)
Mrs. Ashburn
- Fat Chance (2000) ... Mrs. Ashburn
 1998-2000 Dinnerladies (TV Series)
Dolly
- Toast (2000) ... Dolly
- Gravy (2000) ... Dolly
- Christine (2000) ... Dolly
- Minnellium (1999) ... Dolly
- Christmas (1999) ... Dolly
 1999 David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Heep
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Mrs. Heep
 1999 Murder Most Horrid (TV Series)
Tiffany's Mother
- Dinner at Tiffany's (1999) ... Tiffany's Mother
 1998 Creche Landing (TV Short) (voice)
 1971-1997 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Mavis Wilton / Mavis Riley
- Episode #1.4279 (1997) ... Mavis Wilton
- Episode #1.4278 (1997) ... Mavis Wilton
- Episode #1.4277 (1997) ... Mavis Wilton
- Episode #1.4276 (1997) ... Mavis Wilton
- Episode #1.4275 (1997) ... Mavis Wilton
 1995 Coronation Street: The Feature Length Special (Video)
Mavis Wilton
 1973 Adam Smith (TV Series)
Mrs. Patterson
- Episode #2.27 (1973) ... Mrs. Patterson
 1973 Love Story (TV Series)
Doreen Truscott
- Two Tame Oats (1973) ... Doreen Truscott
 1971 The Stalls of Barchester (TV Movie)
Letitia Hayes
 1970 A Stranger on the Hills (TV Mini-Series)
Mistress Fetterlock
- Thieves Discovered (1970) ... Mistress Fetterlock
- Cecily (1970) ... Mistress Fetterlock
- The Lombard (1970) ... Mistress Fetterlock
 1967 Vanity Fair (TV Mini-Series)
Miss Briggs
- The Wicked Nobleman (1967) ... Miss Briggs
- The Dragoon (1967) ... Miss Briggs
 1961 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Edna Fuller, the bridegroom's mother
- Celebration (1961) ... Edna Fuller, the bridegroom's mother
 1958 The Desk Set (TV Movie)
Ruthie Saylor
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's play, "Celebration," at the Duchess Theatre in London, England with James Cossins, Colin George, Virginia Stride, Morgan Sheppard, Michael Williams, Carole Mowlam, Jeremy Kemp, Antony Tuckey, Rowena Cooper, Donald Burton, and Robert Lang in the cast. Val May was director. See more »

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on her Coronation Street (1960) character] "I could never have imagined I would stay with that character all that time. It had its own challenges and interest because it was like doing something in miniature rather than a big painting ... [Mavis] had great integrity, and she was a very loyal person. She would stick by her morality. She was a mouse to begin with, and then she met Derek and that ... See more »

Trivia:

Is a keen gardener. See more »

Trademark:

Catchphrase: "I don't really know" as Coronation Street's Mavis Riley, later Mavis Wilton

Star Sign:

Gemini

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