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Net Worth$2.5 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 17, 1929
FactShe was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 (1988 season) for Best Actress in a Musical for "Candide".

Patricia Routledge, CBE (born 17 February 1929) is an English actress, singer and comedian. She has won two Olivier Awards and two Tony Awards. She first achieved prominence in the 1960s playing the lead role in the sitcoms The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?. She also appeared in the sitcoms Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995) and Last of the Summer Wine (2003–2010).

Routledge was born in Tranmere, Birkenhead, the daughter of Isaac Routledge, a merchant seaman, and his wife, Ethel (née Gregory). She has two younger sisters, Jean and Gloria. Her parents were both born in England, but her paternal grandparents were Norwegian. Routledge was educated at Birkenhead High School and briefly attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Routledge made her stage debut in 1950 and her television debut in 1954. She first achieved prominence in the 1960s playing the lead role in the sitcoms The Likely Lads (1964–1966) and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974). She also appeared in the sitcoms Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995) and Last of the Summer Wine (2003–2010).

Routledge has appeared in many West End musicals, including Kiss Me, Kate (1965), Annie Get Your Gun (1966), Sweet Charity (1967), Noël Coward’s Sail Away (1971), Guys and Dolls (1982), Me and My Girl (1985) and Oliver! (1994). She has also appeared in several films, including To Sir, with Love (1967), The Railway Children (1970), The Love Bug (1968) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971).

Routledge has been married to actor David Warrilow since 1971. They have two children, Kate and Tom.

Routledge has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NamePatricia Routledge
Net Worth$2.5 million
Date Of BirthFebruary 17, 1929
ProfessionAuthor, Actor, Singer
EducationBirkenhead High School Academy, Mersey Park Primary School, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, University of Liverpool


ParentsIsaac Routledge, Catherine Routledge
SiblingsGraham Routledge


AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, British Comedy Award for the Best TV Comedy Actress
NominationsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance, British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
MoviesFunny Ladies of British Comedy, Anybody's Nightmare, Girl Stroke Boy, The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom, Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River, To Sir, with Love, Hildegard of Bingen, Keep Off the Grass
TV ShowsTalking Heads, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Keeping Up Appearances, Missing Persons, Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, Affairs of the Heart, ...And Mother Makes Five, Marjorie And Men, Nicholas Nickleby

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1[on her character Hyacinth Bucket] The basic premise of Hyacinth is pretension and that's the source of so much comedy. While attempting to be a social climber, she also had to deal with members from the other side of her family like Onslow, who sat around in his string vest drinking beer. In a way, the show was a microcosm for society.
2[on the cancellation of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996)] We were betrayed by the BBC. We finished series four of Hetty Wainthropp, we were told there was going to be series five. But no word ever came - how rude! The BBC is run by 10-year-old children.
3[on quitting Keeping Up Appearances (1990)] I decided to part company with Hyacinth because there were other adventures to have. I'm an actor and I like to play other roles.
4[on Alastair Sim] There lives and breathes a comic genius of gargantuan proportions.
5People have always pitied spinsters. We have been derided, as if we had missed out on life. Well, we need not miss out on anything today!
6I just want to do good work with good people in good places. And as for retirement, I can hardly spell the word. I'm driven, really. The demons won't lie down.
7When I approach the pearly gates, I'd like to hear a champagne cork popping, an orchestra tuning up, and the sound of my mother laughing.
8I don't think you can go it alone. There is a positive force for good outside oneself, call it God if you like, that has the strength to turn darkness into light.
9There is nothing like that audience response when it's working with you - nothing.
10On acting: "I was fully alive and it frightened me. I was in a tremendous turmoil about it."


1Sister of Reverend Canon Graham Routledge (born Kenneth Graham Routledge 1927, died 18 May 1989) and Edgar Routledge (born Edgar H Routledge 1926, died 1926).
2Daughter of Isaac Edgar Routledge (born 1898, died 1986) and Catherine Routledge (born Catherine Perry in 1900) who married in 1925.
3Played 'Dame Laurentia McLachan' in 'The Best of Friends' at the Hampstead Theatre, London, UK in 2006.
4Starred in "The Importance of Being Earnest" in London in 1999.
5Appeared in a play called "Best of Friends", at the Hampsted Theatre, London (in 2006), about George Bernard Shaw, a Museum Curator and a Mother Abbess (Routledge).
6Last name is pronounced as spelled, Rout-ledge. Not Rut-ledge.
7She was awarded Broadway's 1968 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Darling of the Day in a tie with Leslie Uggams for "Hallelujah, Baby!".
8She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Drama.
9She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 (1988 season) for Best Actress in a Musical for "Candide".
10She was awarded honorary Doctor of Letters in 1999 from her alma mater, the University of Liverpool in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
11She credited the late Catholic priest Father Edmund Colledge for her entry into the performing arts, according to the Times of London in the late Father's obituary.
12She graduated from the all girls Birkenhead High Girls Public Day School Trust in Birkenhead, England.
13She gave a classic performance as Mrs. Malaprop in "The Rivals" on the London stage.
14Voted Britain's all-time favourite TV actress. [1996]
15She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1993 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
16Named as the Personality of the Year in 1993 by the Variety Club of Great Britain.
17Named as the Personality of the Year in 1991 by the Grand Order of Water Rats (a showbiz charity)
18Named as the Top Television Comedy Actress for 1991.




Ooh La La!1973TV SeriesLucienne Homenides de Histangau
His and Hers1972TV SeriesMyrtle Waller
Doctor at Large1971TV SeriesAudrey Watt
Sense and Sensibility1971TV SeriesMrs. Jennings
Egghead's Robot1970Mrs. Janice Wentworth
ITV Playhouse1970TV SeriesRose / Fern
Armchair Theatre1961-1970TV SeriesMiss Furling / New mother
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium1969Mrs. Featherstone
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1969TV SeriesHazel Day
Lock Up Your Daughters!1969Nurse
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom1968Miss Reece
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River1968Lucille Beatty
30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia1968Mrs. Woolley
Androcles and the Lion1967TV MovieMegaera, Androcles' Wife
A Matter of Innocence1967Miss Gudgeon
To Sir, with Love1967Clinty Clintridge
Seven Deadly Virtues1967TV SeriesMrs. Vealfoy
Thirty-Minute Theatre1967TV SeriesBeryl Turner
ITV Play of the Week1956-1966TV SeriesAlice Clay / Maggie Hobson
Gaslight Theatre1965TV Series'Our Mary'
No Hiding Place1965TV SeriesPat
Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life1965TV SeriesIrish Mother
Victoria Regina1964TV Mini-SeriesQueen Victoria
Z Cars1962TV SeriesMadge Kenton
Coronation Street1961TV SeriesSylvia Snape
The Brink1961TV MoviePat Rapper
BBC Sunday-Night Play1960TV Mini-SeriesSylvia
Theatre Night1957TV Series
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1954TV SeriesNun
In Search of the Brontës2003TV MovieNarrator
Anybody's Nightmare2001TV MovieSheila Bowler
Talking Heads 21998TV Mini-SeriesMiss Fozzard
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates1996-1998TV SeriesHetty Wainthropp
Keeping Up Appearances1990-1995TV SeriesHyacinth
Hildegard of Bingen1994TV Movie documentaryHildegard von Bingen
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends1993TV SeriesCousin Ribby
Missing Persons1990TV MovieHetty Wainthropp
Alas Smith & Jones1990TV Series
First and Last1989TV MovieIvy
Let's Face the Music1989TV SeriesOn-screen Participant
Sophia and Constance1988TV SeriesMrs. Baines
Talking Heads1988TV Mini-SeriesMiss Ruddock
Tales of the Unexpected1988TV SeriesMilly Dobson
When We Are Married1987TV MovieMaria Helliwell
Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV1985-1986TV SeriesKitty
Marjorie and Men1985TV SeriesMarjorie Belton
Home Video1984TV Movie
Keep Off the Grass1983ShortBag Lady
The Beggar's Opera1983TV MovieMrs. Peachum
The Two Ronnies1983TV SeriesMadame Vivian Bultitude
Objects of Affection1982TV SeriesMiss Schofield
The Pirates of Penzance1980TV MovieRuth
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb1980TV Movie'Posh' Lady
Play for Today1980TV SeriesATS Officer
Crown Court1979TV SeriesRita Finch
Doris and Doreen1978TV MovieDoreen Bidmead
BBC2 Play of the Week1978TV SeriesMiss Prothero
The Cost of Loving1977TV SeriesSarah Taplow
Jubilee1977TV SeriesJane
Nicholas Nickleby1977TV Mini-SeriesMadame Mantalini
CBS Children's Film Festival1976TV SeriesMrs. Janice Wentworth
BBC Play of the Month1971-1975TV SeriesAnnie Parker Dorine
David Copperfield1974-1975TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Micawber
And Mother Makes Five1974TV SeriesMrs. Fletcher
Steptoe and Son1974TV SeriesMadame Fontana
Affairs of the Heart1974TV SeriesMrs. Meldrum
Girl Stroke Boy1973Pamela Hovendon


Keeping Up Appearances1991TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Ed Sullivan Show1968TV Series performer - 1 episode


Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge2016TV Movie documentaryHerself - Patron of the Beatrix Potter Society
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms2015TV Series documentaryHerself / Hyacinth Bucket
The Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments2008TV Movie documentaryHerself / Hyacinth
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2008TV SeriesHerself
The Story of Jackanory2007TV Movie documentaryHerself - 'Jackanory' Storyteller
This Morning2007TV SeriesHerself
A Taste of My Life2006TV Series documentaryHerself / Miss Schofield
The Funny Blokes of British Comedy2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Funny Ladies of British Comedy2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 20042004TV SpecialHerself
GMTV2004TV SeriesHerself
A Conversation with Patricia Routledge2004Video documentary shortHerself
Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute2004TV MovieHerself
The Sitcom Story2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Breakfast2001TV SeriesHerself
Funny Women1998TV Series documentary shortHerself
Parkinson1998TV SeriesHerself
Natural World1997TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Heroes of Comedy1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Aspel & Company1992TV SeriesHerself
Bookmark1992TV SeriesBarbara Pym
BAFTA British Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
An Audience with Victoria Wood1988TV Special documentaryHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Vincent Price Is in the Country1971TV MovieHerself
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards1968TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
The Ed Sullivan Show1968TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Audience Bow
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Eamonn Andrews Show1966TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Let's Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood2016TV Movie documentaryHerself - Audience Member / Kitty (uncredited)
Victoria Wood: Seen on TV2009TV Movie documentaryKitty (uncredited)
Stars on the Street2009TV Movie documentarySylvia Snape (uncredited)
Alan Bennett Interview2009Video documentary shortVarious Characters (uncredited)
Keeping Up Appearances: Life Lessons from Onslow2008VideoHyacinth Bucket (uncredited)
Comedy Connections2004-2006TV Series documentaryKitty / Herself
Greatest TV Comedy Moments2005TV Movie documentaryHyacinth Bucket (uncredited)
Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute2005TV MovieKitty (uncredited)
Total Cops2003TV Movie documentaryHetty Wainthropp
The Greatest2001TV Series documentaryHyacinth Bucket
Best of British1998TV SeriesKitty
The Memoirs of Hyacinth Bucket1997TV MovieHyacinth
Auntie's Bloomers1991TV Series documentaryHerself


Won Awards

1983Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest ActressObjects of Affection (1982)

Nominated Awards

1993BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceKeeping Up Appearances (1990)
1992BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Light Entertainment PerformanceKeeping Up Appearances (1990)
1989BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressTalking Heads (1987)

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