Maureen Lipman

Biography:
Maureen Lipman was born in Hull, England on May 10th 1946. After her mother Zelma encouraged her to pursue a career in acting, she went to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Throughout her career, Maureen has appeared regularly on television, stage and radio. She has also written several best selling autobiographies.
One of her most memorable television roles was that of Jane Lucas, the troubled radio chat show host, in the ITV comedy Agony. This popular sitcom ran for three years and made Maureen a household name. In the late 1980s, she starred in the ITV About Face, where she played characters as diverse as Margaret Thatcher and a bag lady. In 1985 she co-starred in a televised version of Alan Aykbourn’s superb comedy Absurd Person Singular alongside Michael Gambon, Cheryl Campbell, Prunella Scales and Geoffrey Palmer. She is known for her intelligent observations of life and dry wit and consequently she has been a frequent guest panellist on

Maureen Lipman was born in Hull, England on May 10th 1946. After her mother Zelma encouraged her to pursue a career in acting, she went to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Throughout her career, Maureen has appeared regularly on television, stage and radio. She has also written several best selling autobiographies.

One of her most memorable television roles was that of Jane Lucas, the troubled radio chat show host, in the ITV comedy Agony. This popular sitcom ran for three years and made Maureen a household name. In the late 1980s, she starred in the ITV About Face, where she played characters as diverse as Margaret Thatcher and a bag lady. In 1985 she co-starred in a televised version of Alan Aykbourn’s superb comedy Absurd Person Singular alongside Michael Gambon, Cheryl Campbell, Prunella Scales and Geoffrey Palmer. She is known for her intelligent observations of life and dry wit and consequently she has been a frequent guest panellist on the BBC current affairs news quiz Have I Got News For You.
Maureen has also appeared on the big screen. In 2002, she gained critical acclaim for her performance in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist. She has also starred in the Oscar nominated Educating Rita, with Julie Walters and Michael Caine. She also played an Angel in Jeroen Krabbé’s bizarre drama The Discovery of Heaven.

On the stage, Maureen has become associated with comedy roles. In 1984 she starred in the highly successful West End production of See How They Run. For her performance in this production she received the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance. She has been nominated for two other Olivier awards: in 1988 for her performance in Live and Kidding and in 2004 for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie..One of her most memorable performances was in Re: Joyce, a one-woman show based on the life and work of fellow British actress Joyce Grenfell. In the late 1990’s, she appeared in a run of Oklahoma at the Royal National Theatre. Her daughter, Amy Rosenthal, is a playwright and in 2001 Maureen starred in one of her plays, Sitting Pretty.

She was married to the late Jack Rosenthal and has two children.
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Maureen Lipman's Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 65
Highest Metascore: 85 The Pianist
Lowest Metascore: 52 Educating Rita
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
3 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
85 The Pianist Dec 27, 2002 Mother 8.5
58 Solomon & Gaenor Aug 25, 2000 Rezl 8.5
52 Educating Rita Sep 21, 1983 Trish 6.5