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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 6, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Coventry, England, GB Profession: actor, stage manager

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A distinguished actress who worked extensively in radio during childhood and made her mark as one of the leading young performers of British TV in the 1960s, Billie Whitelaw made her big-screen debut in "The Fake" (1953) and went on to co-star with Peter Finch in "No Love for Johnnie" (1960) as well as gain particular acclaim, including a British Academy Best Actress award, for her turn in Albert Finney's "Charlie Bubbles" (1967). She has since turned in highly effective, if intermittent, movie performances. Whitelaw was particularly memorable as the ill-fated nanny in 1976's "The Omen" and was seen by US audiences as the mother of British gangsters "The Krays" (1990), the housekeeper in Franco Zeffirelli's version of "Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre" (1996) and the blind laundress in "Quills" (2000). On the stage, Whitelaw has emerged as the preeminent interpreter of the work of Samuel Beckett.

A distinguished actress who worked extensively in radio during childhood and made her mark as one of the leading young performers of British TV in the 1960s, Billie Whitelaw made her big-screen debut in "The Fake" (1953) and went on to co-star with Peter Finch in "No Love for Johnnie" (1960) as well as gain particular acclaim, including a British Academy Best Actress award, for her turn in Albert Finney's "Charlie Bubbles" (1967). She has since turned in highly effective, if intermittent, movie performances. Whitelaw was particularly memorable as the ill-fated nanny in 1976's "The Omen" and was seen by US audiences as the mother of British gangsters "The Krays" (1990), the housekeeper in Franco Zeffirelli's version of "Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre" (1996) and the blind laundress in "Quills" (2000). On the stage, Whitelaw has emerged as the preeminent interpreter of the work of Samuel Beckett.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hot Fuzz (2007)
2.
 Lost Son, The (2001) Mrs Spitz
4.
 Quills (2000) Madame Leclerc
5.
 MERLIN (1998) Ambrosia
6.
 Jane Eyre (1996) Grace Poole
7.
 Deadly Advice (1994) Kate Webster
8.
 Lorna Doone (1994)
9.
 Skallagrigg (1994) Margaret
10.
 Freddie as F.R.O.7 (1992) Voice Of Messina
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Evacuated to Liverpool due to intense bombing of hometown during WWII
:
As a juvenile, worked with the Bradford Civic Playhouse Group and acted in hundreds of (mostly children's) radio programs for the BBC
1954:
Film debut in "The Sleeping Tiger" (directed by Joseph Losey)
1964:
Joined National Theatre Company; appeared in Samuel Beckett's "Play"
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husband:
Robert Muller. Innes is the youngest of six.
husband:
Robert Muller. Playwright, novelist. Died on May 27, 1998 at age 72.

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step-daughter:
Sophie Muller. Was dating aspiring actor who was shot and killed in 1980.
step-daughter:
Claire Muller. Survived him.
son:
Matthew Muller. Second wife; survived him.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Billie Whitelaw ... Who He?" St. Martin's Press

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