Yootha Joyce

Yootha Joyce

British actress best known for her role as Mildred Roper in the '70s sitcom Man About the House and its spin-off George and Mildred. Born to musical parents Hurst Needham and Jessica Rivett in 1927, Joyce was trained at RADA, toured with ENSA and came to prominence via the Joan Littlewood Theatre Workshop, securing roles in TV shows such as The Avengers, Man in a Suitcase, Te Saint, Jason King and Steptoe and Son, and the films The Pumpkin Eater, A Man For All Seasons, Charlie Bubbles, All the Right Noises and Burke and Hare. She was married to fellow actor Glynn Edwards from 1956 to 1968, and they remained friends all her life. An alcoholic, Joyce died from liver failure in 198o, just four days after her 53rd birthday. Her sitcom co-star Brian Murphy was by her side. In 1986 the Smiths used an image of Joyce on the sleeve of their UK single release "Ask" and the German release of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" securing her place as a British cultural icon.


Born: Aug 20, 1927 In Wandsworth, London, England

Credits: 17


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Known For
Our MotherThe Road BuilderDie! Die! My Darling!Charlie BubblesA Place to GoA Man for All SeasonsKaleidoscopeThe Pumpkin Eater
Filmography
George & MildredGeorge & Mildred
Role: Mildred Roper
1980
Man About the HouseMan About the House
Role: Mildred
1974
Frankenstein: The True StoryFrankenstein: The True Story
Role: Hospital Matron
1973
Never Mind the Quality: Feel the WidthNever Mind the Quality: Feel the Width1973
Burke & HareBurke & Hare
Role: Mrs. Hare
1972
All the Right NoisesAll the Right Noises
Role: Mrs. Bird
1971
The Road BuilderThe Road Builder
Role: Mrs. Palafox
1971
Fragment of FearFragment of Fear
Role: Miss Ward-Cadbury
1970
Your Name's Not God, It's EdgarYour Name's Not God, It's Edgar1968
Our Mother's HouseOur Mother's House
Role: Mrs. Quayle
1967
Charlie BubblesCharlie Bubbles
Role: Woman in Cafe
1967
Stranger in the HouseStranger in the House
Role: Shooting Range Girl
1967
A Man for All SeasonsA Man for All Seasons
Role: Averil Machin
1966
KaleidoscopeKaleidoscope
Role: Museum Receptionist
1966
Die! Die! My Darling!Die! Die! My Darling!
Role: Anna
1965
The Pumpkin EaterThe Pumpkin Eater
Role: Woman at Hairdresser's
1964
A Place to GoA Place to Go
Role: Bit Role (uncredited)
1963


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