Penelope Wilton was born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire in 1946. A niece of the actor Bill Travers and the actress Linden Travers and a cousin of the actor Richard Morant, she had a successful stage career before breaking into television and her West End debut was opposite Sir Ralph Richardson.
Her television career began in 1972, playing Vivie Warren in Mrs. Warren's Profession opposite Robert Powell. Despite several major TV roles, including two of the BBC Television Shakespeare productions (as Desdemona in Othello and Regan in King Lear), she did not become a household name until she appeared with Richard Briers in the 1984 situation comedy, Ever Decreasing Circles.
Between 1975-1984, she was married to the actor, Daniel Massey, who, following their divorce, married her sister Lindy; between 1991-2001 she was married to Sir Ian Holm, and they appeared together as Pod and Homily in the BBC's 1993 adaptation of The Borrowers. Her film appearances include Cry Freedom (1987), Iris (2001), Calendar Girls (2003) and Shaun of the Dead (2004).
In 2005, Wilton guest-starred as Harriet Jones, MP for two episodes in the BBC's revival series of the popular science-fiction programme Doctor Who. This guest role was written especially for her by the programme's chief writer and executive producer Russell T. Davies, with whom she had previously worked on Bob and Rose (ITV, 2001). The character of Jones returned in "The Christmas Invasion", the Doctor Who 2005 Christmas special.
In 2005 she also appeared in a new film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and in Woody Allen's film Match Point. She most recently appeared as Barbara Poole, the mother of a missing woman, in the BBC television drama series Five Days.… Collapse
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|Belle||May 2, 2014||Lady Mary Murray||tbd|
|The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||May 4, 2012||Cast / Jean Ainslie||7.7|
|The History Boys||Nov 21, 2006||Mrs. Bibby||6.1|
|Match Point||Dec 28, 2005||Eleanor Hewett||7.3|
|Calendar Girls||Dec 19, 2003||Ruth||7.1|
|Iris||Dec 14, 2001||Janet Stone||7.1|