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SpouseGraham Reid
FactDiagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and has recovered.

Gwen Taylor (born 23 December 1937) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as Barbara Liversidge in the sitcoms A Bit of a Do (1986–87) and Barbara in the sitcoms The Royal Family (1991–92) and Waiting for God (1990–94).

Early Life

Gwen Taylor was born on 23 December 1937 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. Her parents were George Taylor, a steelworker, and Gladys Taylor (née Jackson), a housewife. She has two brothers, Graham and Trevor.

Taylor was educated at Scunthorpe Grammar School for Girls. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.


Taylor’s first television role was in the BBC series Z-Cars in 1962. She went on to appear in the ITV series The Avengers (1964) and The Saint (1965). She had a recurring role as Mrs. Webb in the BBC series Dad’s Army (1968–77).

In the 1980s, Taylor appeared in the sitcoms A Bit of a Do (1986–87) and The Royal Family (1991–92). She also appeared in the sitcom Waiting for God (1990–94).

Taylor has appeared in many stage plays, including The Importance of Being Earnest (1982), The Taming of the Shrew (1984), and The Merry Wives of Windsor (1985).

In 2006, Taylor appeared in the film Venus.

Personal Life

Taylor married actor Timothy West in 1962. They have two sons, Samuel and Joseph.

Taylor is a patron of the charity Age UK.

Physical Characteristics

Gwen Taylor is 5 feet 5 inches tall.

General Info

Full NameGwen Taylor
EducationEast 15 Acting School


SpouseGraham Reid


AwardsObie Award for Ensemble Performance
NominationsBritish Academy Television Award for Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
MoviesMonty Python's Life of Brian, Richard's Things, The Lady in the Van, Him Upstairs, Small Town Killers, Another Mother's Son, Some Kind of Life, The North London Book of The Dead, Happy Families
TV ShowsDuty Free, A Bit of a Do, Heartbeat, Barbara, Rutland Weekend Television, Born and Bred, Belonging, A Perfect State, Pilgrim's Rest, Sob Sisters, The Sharp End, Conjugal Rites, Screaming

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1[in 1985] Every actor worth their salt wants to be on Doctor Who (1963). We all hope that apart from being asked to be on Coronation Street (1960) occasionally, we'll also be asked to be on Doctor Who (1963).
2[on acting, 2011] As long as you don't lose your marbles, you can do it forever. It keeps me feeling young. I've always looked younger than my age, which isn't always the best thing in this profession, especially if they're looking for someone to play a toothless old crone!


1Worked as a bank clerk before turning to acting.
2Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and has recovered.




Heartbeat2005-2009TV SeriesPeggy Armstrong / German Naturist
Fat Friends2005TV SeriesMrs. Thompson
Sweating in the Spirit2005Video
Born and Bred2003TV SeriesDora Brisley
Barbara1995-2003TV SeriesBarbara Liversidge Barbara Liversage
Belonging2003TV SeriesMargaret
Midsomer Murders2002TV SeriesFrances Le Bon
Table 122001TV SeriesSheila
Holby City1999TV SeriesGeraldine
Pilgrim's Rest1997TV SeriesTilly
Wycliffe1997TV SeriesAlma Petheric
A Perfect State1997TV SeriesLaura
Some Kind of Life1995Sandra
Class Act1995TV SeriesVirginia Gilmore
Moving Story1995TV SeriesNesta
Conjugal Rites1993-1994TV SeriesGen Masefield
The Detectives1994TV SeriesAnnie
Screaming1992TV SeriesAnnie
Inspector Morse1992TV SeriesMargaret Cliff
Came Out, It Rained, Went Back in Again1991TV MovieMother
Murder Most Horrid1991TV SeriesBeryl
Sharp End1991TV Mini-SeriesCelia Forrest
Screenplay1990TV SeriesWinnie
Chillers1990TV SeriesOlivia Emery
A Bit of a Do1989TV Mini-SeriesRita Simcock / Spragg
Sob Sisters1989TV SeriesLiz
Colin's Sandwich1988TV SeriesMrs. D'Arcy
Yes, Prime Minister1988TV SeriesAgnes Moorhouse
Lorna1987TV MovieMavis
Slip-Up1986TV MovieCharmian Biggs
Duty Free1984-1986TV SeriesAmy
The Theban Plays by Sophocles1986TV SeriesIsmene
Alas Smith & Jones1985TV Series
Lytton's Diary1985TV SeriesAngela Monroe
Just Another Little Blues Song1984TV MovieJane
Play for Today1973-1984TV SeriesMavis Martin / Sally Brown
Storyboard1983TV SeriesAngie Powers
Bingo!1983TV MovieIris
Goodnight and God Bless1983TV SeriesSandra
ITV Playhouse1982TV SeriesRita
Sorry I'm a Stranger Here Myself1982TV SeriesBebe
Only When I Laugh1981TV SeriesVictoria Plumtree
Richard's Things1980Margaret
Sounding Brass1980TV SeriesCynthia Wildgoose
Ripping Yarns1979TV SeriesMrs. Ottershaw
Life of Brian1979Mrs. Big Nose
The Light Princess1978TV MovieQueen
BBC2 Play of the Week1978TV SeriesBetty
Pickersgill People1978TV SeriesJoy Diggle
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash1978TV MovieMrs. Iris Mountbatten / Chastity
Send in the Girls1978TV SeriesEileen
Hazell1978TV SeriesMrs. Ford
Took and Co.1977TV Series
Middlemen1977TV SeriesFay
Rutland Weekend Television1975-1976TV Series
The New Avengers1976TV SeriesDoctor Marlow
Second City Firsts1976TV SeriesThe woman
The Punch Review1975TV Series
The Nearly Man1975TV SeriesDorothy Hibbert
Space: 19991975TV SeriesNurse
The Sweeney1975TV SeriesAnne Knightly
Within These Walls1975TV SeriesMiss White
Badger's Set1974TV MovieLeila
Village Hall1974TV SeriesHilary
Crown Court1974TV SeriesAnne Wills
Z Cars1974TV SeriesAnne Evans
John Halifax, Gentleman1974TV Mini-SeriesUrsula March
Murder Must Advertise1973TV Mini-SeriesPamela Dean
BBC Play of the Month1973TV SeriesMarcia Lamb
Dead of Night1972TV SeriesTessa
Kate1972TV SeriesJo
Another Mother's Son2017completedLily Vibert
Dræberne fra Nibe2017Miss Nippleworthy
Tracey Ullman's Show2016TV SeriesMrs. Markham / Ethel / Maureen
Him Upstairs2015ShortMargaret Conroy
The Lady in the Van2015Mam
Doctors2015TV SeriesMadge Barrett
Casualty2013TV SeriesMary Hobson
Coronation Street2011-2012TV SeriesAnne Foster
The North London Book of the Dead2011ShortMother
Comedy Showcase2011TV SeriesBernie
Dappers2010TV SeriesWendy
Doc Martin2009TV SeriesMrs Selkirk


A Bit of a Do1989TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode


Weekend2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHerself
Comedy Classics2008TV Series documentaryHerself
TV Burp2008TV SeriesHerself
James Ellis: An Actor's Life2007TV MovieHerself - Actress
The Real Extras2007TV Series documentaryHerself
This Morning2005-2007TV SeriesHerself
The Paul O'Grady Show2005TV SeriesHerself
What Did ITV Do for Me?2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Test the Nation: The National Relationship Test2003TV Movie documentaryCelebrity Participant
Open House2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The Weakest Link2002TV SeriesHerself
The South Bank Show1999TV Series documentaryChastity
Countdown1998-1999TV SeriesHerself - Dictionary Corner
Light Lunch1998TV SeriesHerself
Blankety Blank1997TV SeriesHerself
Telly Addicts1993TV SeriesHerself
Beadle's About1986TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1985TV Series documentaryHerself
Breakfast Time1985TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Edición Especial Coleccionista2010TV SeriesMrs. Big Nose
Trials and Tribulations2008Video documentaryHerself
The Secret Life of Brian2007TV Movie documentaryMrs. Big Nose (uncredited)
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch2004TV SpecialChastity
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle2001TV Short documentary


Nominated Awards

1990BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressA Bit of a Do (1989)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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