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Also Known As: Betty Gleadle Died:
Born: December 11, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: actor

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With her sunken mouth, deep-set, sad eyes and small frame, Smith has excelled at playing dispirited, down-trodden women. She made her screen debut in Mike Leigh's "Bleak Moments" (1971) as a cantankerous, bed-ridden old woman who proudly displays her false teeth by her bedside, and was memorable as a worn-out cleaning lady in Leigh's harrowing drama, "Hard Labour" (1973). Smith has appeared in several period dramas (as Mrs. Heep in the BBC production of "David Copperfield" and the fortune teller in Ridley Scott's "The Duellists" 1977); gave an indelible comic performance as Maggie Smith's dotty mother in "A Private Function" (1984); and was outstanding as the mother of convict Gary Oldman in "We Think the World of You" (1988).

With her sunken mouth, deep-set, sad eyes and small frame, Smith has excelled at playing dispirited, down-trodden women. She made her screen debut in Mike Leigh's "Bleak Moments" (1971) as a cantankerous, bed-ridden old woman who proudly displays her false teeth by her bedside, and was memorable as a worn-out cleaning lady in Leigh's harrowing drama, "Hard Labour" (1973). Smith has appeared in several period dramas (as Mrs. Heep in the BBC production of "David Copperfield" and the fortune teller in Ridley Scott's "The Duellists" 1977); gave an indelible comic performance as Maggie Smith's dotty mother in "A Private Function" (1984); and was outstanding as the mother of convict Gary Oldman in "We Think the World of You" (1988).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 City of Ember (2008)
2.
 Flick (2007)
3.
 Magic Flute, The (2006)
4.
 Keeping Mum (2006)
7.
 Oliver Twist (2005)
9.
 Donovan Quick (2000) Gran
10.
 Tube Tales (1999) ("Horny")
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1971:
Feature film debut in "Bleak Moments"
1991:
Had recurring role on the British comedy series "2point4 children"; played the mother of Belinda Lang's Bill
1994:
Had recurring role as Letitia Cropley in "The Vicar of Dibley"
1996:
Claimed another recurring role, as Grandma on the series "The Queen's Nose"
2003:
Appeared in TV mini-series "Between the Sheets" as Audrey Delany
2005:
Provided the voice of Mrs. Mulch in "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
1998:
Played Norma Speakman in "The Royle Family"
2013:
Final screen acting role as Harriet Stone on "The Tunnel"
1984:
Won BAFTA for performance in "A Private Function"
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Notes

Not to be confused with the nationally syndicated columnist Liz Smith.

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