Raised in Oldham, England
Made stage debut in a pantomime in Manchester, England
Encouraged by her mother, joined the Oldham Repertory Theatre at age 14; remained with the company for eight years
Cast in a London production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives"; Coward advised her to adopt a stage name; she chose 'Bryant' but a typographical error in the program made it 'Bryan'
Film debut, "Odd Man Out"
Had one of her best screen roles as the mother in "A Taste of Honey"
Played Lorelei Lee in the London production of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
Headlined the stage variety show "Here's Dora"
Starred in the stage production "The Dora Bryan Show"
Replaced Mary Martin in the London production of "Hello, Dolly!"
Starred in her own British TV series "According to Dora"
Headlined the stage show "An Evening with Dora Bryan and Friends"
Featured in the British sitcom "Both Ends Meets"
First appearance in Shakespeare, played Mistress Quickly in "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
Earned accolades and critical praise for her stage performance in "She Stoops to Conquer"
Made American stage debut in the Broadway production of "Pygmalion" starring Peter O'Toole and Amanda Plummer
Had featured role of Carlotta Campion in the London version of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies"
Co-starred in the British sitcom "Mother's Ruin"
Won acclaim for her performance in a revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party"