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Born: September 3, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Devon, England, GB Profession: actor, teacher

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This lovely British actress with china-blue eyes and a childlike smile is best-known in the USA for her role as the feisty Sarah in the TV series "Upstairs Downstairs", but has since played other widely-praised roles. Raised near Liverpool, Collins was a teacher until 1962, when she began to act part-time. She made her West End debut in "Passion Flower Hotel" in 1965, and spent the next few years building her reputation as a stage actress in many London (and touring) productions.

This lovely British actress with china-blue eyes and a childlike smile is best-known in the USA for her role as the feisty Sarah in the TV series "Upstairs Downstairs", but has since played other widely-praised roles. Raised near Liverpool, Collins was a teacher until 1962, when she began to act part-time. She made her West End debut in "Passion Flower Hotel" in 1965, and spent the next few years building her reputation as a stage actress in many London (and touring) productions.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Lust (2006)
3.
 Paradise Road (1997) Margaret Drummond
4.
 My Mother's Courage (1995) Elsa Tabori
5.
 City of Joy (1992) Joan Bethal
6.
 Shirley Valentine (1989) Shirley Valentine
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Raised in Liverpool, England
1962:
Made stage debut at Windsor in "A Gazelle in Park Lane"
1965:
London stage debut, "Passion Flower Hotel"
1971:
Landed breakthrough role as the maid Sarah on ITV's "Upstairs, Downstairs"
1979:
Reprised role on "Upstairs, Downstairs" spin-off series "Thomas and Sarah" (ITV)
1989:
Broadway debut, "Shirley Valentine"; won Tony Award for one-person show
1989:
Made feature film debut recreating her stage role in "Shirley Valentine"; received Oscar nomination as Best Actress
1992:
Appeared in support of Patrick Swayze in "City of Joy"
1995:
Played the real-life mother of writer George Tabori, a Jewish woman who had escaped from the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII in "My Mother's Courage"
1997:
Played one of the women detained in a Malaysian prison camp opposite Glenn Close and Frances McDormand in "Paradise Road"
2005:
Featured in BBC drama miniseries "Bleak House"
2006:
Guest starred as Queen Victoria on "Doctor Who" (BBC)
2010:
Appeared in Woody Allen directed romantic comedy "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"
2011:
Cast as hotel owner Margaret Baker in "Albert Nobbs," starring Glenn Close
2012:
Played a retired opera singer opposite Tom Courtenay, Maggie Smith, and Billy Connolly in "Quartet," Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut
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Education

Convent of the Sacred Heart: -
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England -

Notes

Appointed to the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2001.

"I always work instinctively. It's like putting a sweater on ... I never analyze anything too much when I do it, because I think the playwright has provided a voice for the character and you, the actor, are the channel." --Pauline Collins quoted in TheaterWeek, February 20, 1989.

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husband:
John Alderton. Actor. Born on November 27, 1940; previously married to actress Jill Browne; married in 1969; played Thomas on "Upstairs, Downstairs".

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grandmother:
Elaine Reid. Opera singer.
father:
William Henry Collins. Catholic school headmaster.
mother:
Mary Honora Collins. School teacher.
son:
Richard Alderton.
daughter:
Catherine Alderton.
son:
Nicholas Alderton.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Letter to Louise: A Loving Memoir to the Daughter I Gave Up For Adoption More Than Twenty-Five Years Ago" HarperCollins

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