Hattie Jacques

Biography: Best-known as the no-nonsense 'Matron' characters she played in the Carry On films, Hattie Jacques had an impressive stage, radio and television career that spanned thirty years.

Educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School, Hattie served as a nurse in the Red Cross and also as a welder during the Second World War, before making her theatrical debut at the age of twenty at the Players' Theatre in London, appearing in music-hall revues and in pantomime for them. In 1947, she was spotted by Ted Kavanagh and invited to join the cast of radio comedy show It's That Man Again, playing the character of a greedy schoolgirl. Throughout the 1950s, Hattie appeared on various radio shows such as Educating Archie. It was on this show that she first met Eric Sykes, with whom she would later have a very successful working relationship. In 1957, Hattie joined radio show Hancock's Half Hour (alongside Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams). Later that year, she would appear on The
Best-known as the no-nonsense 'Matron' characters she played in the Carry On films, Hattie Jacques had an impressive stage, radio and television career that spanned thirty years.

Educated at the Godolphin and Latymer School, Hattie served as a nurse in the Red Cross and also as a welder during the Second World War, before making her theatrical debut at the age of twenty at the Players' Theatre in London, appearing in music-hall revues and in pantomime for them. In 1947, she was spotted by Ted Kavanagh and invited to join the cast of radio comedy show It's That Man Again, playing the character of a greedy schoolgirl.

Throughout the 1950s, Hattie appeared on various radio shows such as Educating Archie. It was on this show that she first met Eric Sykes, with whom she would later have a very successful working relationship. In 1957, Hattie joined radio show Hancock's Half Hour (alongside Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams). Later that year, she would appear on The Tony Hancock Show on television.
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