Patsy Rowlands May 23, 2010 9:28:03 GMT 1
Post by Laurence on May 23, 2010 9:28:03 GMT 1
Patsy Rowlands was a much loved comedy actress who was known by millions for her regular appearances in the 'Carry On' series of films of which she starred in no less than nine.
The ex-convent schoolgirl, born on January 19th 1934 in Palmers Green, London won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began her professional career in 1951. She became a long-standing member of the Players Theatre Company appearing with another 'Carry On' stalwart, Hattie Jacques and Clive Dunn and in 1961 appeared in the Saville Theatre with Laurence Olivier.
On television in the early 1960s she was seen in cult classics like 'The Avengers' and 'Danger Man'. Her best remembered roles on TV were that of Sid James neighbour in 'Bless This House', 'the Salavation Army comedy 'Hallelujah' with Thora Hird and the children's comedy 'Supergran.' She didn't make her first 'Carry On' until 1969 with 'Carry On Again Doctor' in which she played Miss Fosdick, but in later years, with the release of the series on DVD Rowlands became almost a cult figure with younger audiences. Attempts were made to lure her back to the 'Carry On' fold in later years but she declined saying that without the stars who made the series what it was it would never be possible to recapture the spirit of the originals.
Rowlands was diagnosed with breast cancer whilst appearing in the Theatre Royal revival of 'My Fair Lady' in 2004 but she never told her fellow performers. Patsy Rowlands passed away on January 22 2005, just two days after her 71st birthday.
Taken from the Television Heaven website 2005