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Short Info

MarkCatchphrase: "I don't really know" (as Coronation Street's, Mavis Wilton)
FactMother of Clive (b. 1960) and James Barlow (b. 1962).

Thelma Barlow (born May 28, 1929) is an English actress, best known for her role as Mavis Riley in the soap opera Coronation Street.

Barlow was born in Manchester, Lancashire, the daughter of a cotton merchant. She was educated at Withington Girls’ School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Barlow’s acting career began in the 1950s, with roles in theatre and television. She made her first appearance in Coronation Street in 1961, and went on to play the role of Mavis Riley for more than 30 years.

Barlow has also appeared in a number of other television programmes, including Z-Cars, The Bill and Emmerdale.

In 2006, Barlow was awarded the British Soap Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Barlow is married to actor Michael Redfern and has two daughters, Kate and Emma.

Thelma Barlow has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameThelma Barlow
ProfessionActor, Writer


ChildrenClive Barlow, James Barlow
ParentsTommy Pigott


NominationsBritish Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
MoviesFlorence Foster Jenkins, Is Anybody There?, Marple: The Moving Finger, Mrs Henderson Presents
TV ShowsDinnerladies, David Copperfield

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#Marks / Signs
1Catchphrase: "I don't really know" (as Coronation Street's, Mavis Wilton)


1[on her Coronation Street (1960) character] "I could never have imagined I would stay with that character all that time. It had its own challenges and interest because it was like doing something in miniature rather than a big painting ... [Mavis] had great integrity, and she was a very loyal person. She would stick by her morality. She was a mouse to begin with, and then she met Derek and that did change, and she learnt to be quite tough."
2Regrets are pointless. My career has been beyond my expectations - it's been wonderful.
3[on Coronation Street (1960), 2005] "I used to love the fact that it was so different from the other soaps; it had a lot more humour in it and kindness, but now it's more about who's sleeping with who. I suppose they've had to do it to keep up with the others."


1Has an older sister, Veda (née Piggott) McGhee (b. 1925).
2Mother of Clive (b. 1960) and James Barlow (b. 1962).



Florence Foster Jenkins2016Mrs Oscar Garmunder
Is Anybody There?2008Ena
Doc Martin2007TV SeriesBeth
Doctor Who2007TV SeriesLady Thaw
Midsomer Murders2006TV SeriesMrs Beverley
Agatha Christie's Marple2006TV SeriesEmily Barton
Mrs Henderson Presents2005Lady Conway
My Dad's the Prime Minister2004TV SeriesOld Lady
Where the Heart Is2004TV SeriesHelen Ashworth
The Royal2004TV SeriesAda
Doctors2002TV SeriesJenny Edwards
Sweet Charity2002TV ShortJan
Stig of the Dump2002TV Mini-SeriesMiss Hardwick
King's Ransom2000ShortEthel
Fat Friends2000TV SeriesMrs. Ashburn
Dinnerladies1998-2000TV SeriesDolly
David Copperfield1999TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Heep
Murder Most Horrid1999TV SeriesTiffany's Mother
Creche Landing1998TV Movie voice
Coronation Street1971-1997TV SeriesMavis Wilton Mavis Riley
Coronation Street: The Feature Length Special1995VideoMavis Wilton
Adam Smith1973TV SeriesMrs. Patterson
Love Story1973TV SeriesDoreen Truscott
The Stalls of Barchester1971TV MovieLetitia Hayes
A Stranger on the Hills1970TV Mini-SeriesMistress Fetterlock
Vanity Fair1967TV Mini-SeriesMiss Briggs
Theatre Night1961TV SeriesEdna Fuller, the bridegroom's mother
The Desk Set1958TV MovieRuthie Saylor


Florence Foster Jenkins: Behind the Scenes2016Video shortHerself / Mrs. Oscar Garmunder (uncredited)
Rita & Me2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Gail & Me: 40 Years on Coronation Street2014TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator (voice)
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip2013TV SeriesHerself
The Corrie Years2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Victoria Wood: Seen on TV2009TV Movie documentaryHerself / Dolly
Countdown2002-2007TV SeriesHerself
Comedy Connections2006TV Series documentaryHerself
This Morning2005TV SeriesHerself
Victoria Wood's Making of Acorn Antiques: The Musical!2005TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute2005TV MovieHerself / Dolly (uncredited)
Richard & Judy2005TV SeriesHerself
Britain's Favourite Comedian2004TV SeriesHerself / Dolly
Live Talk2000TV Series documentaryHerself
This Is Your Life1976-1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Classic Coronation Street1993/ITV MovieHerself
Happy Birthday, Coronation Street!1990TV MovieHerself - Audience Member
Live from Coronation Street1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Cluedo1990TV SeriesHerself
The Royal Variety Performance 19891989TV MovieMavis Wilton
Aspel & Company1988TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
What's the Word?1980TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Let's Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood2016TV Movie documentaryHerself / Dolly (uncredited)
The Graham Norton Show2016TV SeriesDolly
BBC News at Ten O'Clock2016TV SeriesHerself / Dolly
North West Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself / Dolly
RIP: Comedian Victoria Wood Passes Away at 622016Video shortDolly (uncredited)
Who Do You Think You Are?2015TV Series documentaryDolly
Mark Lawson Talks to...2015TV SeriesDolly
Julie Walters: A Life on Screen2014TV Movie documentaryDolly (uncredited)
Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea2013TV Mini-Series documentaryDolly
The Many Faces of...2011TV Series documentaryLady Conway
Thora Hird Tribute2011TV MovieDolly (uncredited)
The Stars of the Street: 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters2010VideoMavis Wilton Mavis Riley
How TV Changed Britain2008TV Series documentaryMavis Riley
The South Bank Show2007TV Series documentaryHerself / Dolly
Coronation Street2006Video GameMavis Wilton (uncredited)
Farewell Mike2006TV Movie documentaryMavis Riley (uncredited)
Mrs Henderson Presents: Making Of2006Video documentary shortLady Conway (uncredited)
Coronation Street: Through the Keyhole1999VideoMavis Riley Mavis Wilton
The Best of British1998TV SeriesDolly
Women of Coronation Street1998VideoMavis Riley
The Coronation Street Collection: The Duckworths1995VideoMavis Riley


Won Awards

2005NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleMrs Henderson Presents (2005)

Nominated Awards

2005British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsMost Promising NewcomerMrs Henderson Presents (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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