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Anne Gwendolyn “Wendy” Craig (born 20 June 1934) is an English actress who is best known for her appearances in the sitcoms Not in Front of the Children, Butterflies, …And Mother Makes Three and …And Mother Makes Five. She played the role of Matron in the TV series The Royal (2003–11).
Craig was born in Sacriston, County Durham the daughter of farmer George Craig and his wife Anne (née Lindsay). She attended Durham High School for Girls, initially as a day pupil and later as a boarder, which she revisited on 13 October 2007 to open a new building that had been named after her. She passed the 11-plus examination and went to Darlington High School. When she was twelve years old the family moved to Picton and she attended nearby Yarm Grammar School. She trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama, then based in the Royal Albert Hall, London.
One of her early TV appearances was in an episode of the cult series Danger Man called The Gallows Tree with Patrick McGoohan. From the mid-1950s Craig appeared in British films such as The Servant (1963) and The Nanny (1965) with Bette Davis, but it was her appearances in British sitcoms of the late 1960s/1970s which led to her becoming a household name, usually playing a scatty middle class housewife. She went from the BBC’s Not in Front of the Children (1967) to ITV’s …And Mother Makes Three (1971) (in which she played a single parent), which later evolved into …And Mother Makes Five. Then came Butterflies (1978-1983), a successful comedy on BBC2.
Craig returned to drama with the series Nanny (1981–83), a series she created, and wrote some episodes herself as Jonathan Marr, a pseudonym she had used before when writing episodes of …And Mother Makes Five. Twenty years later, she played the hospital matron ‘Toffee’ in ITV’s The Royal (2003–11). However, she has continued to be associated with comedy, having taken one of the leading roles as Annie in Brighton Belles (1993–94), the UK’s short-lived version of The Golden Girls. She appeared as Reggie’s mother in the BBC1 comedy Reggie Perrin (2009, Series 1 and 2010, Series 2), an update of the 1970s’ series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
In 2012 Craig appeared as a guest in Episode 12 of the Series Masterchef, along with many other 1970s sitcom stars. In January 2014 she appeared in an episode of the BBC popular drama Waterloo Road.
In 2016 she appeared as Mary Goodman in the BBC TV series Death in Paradise episode 5.5. As of January 2018 she has been appearing in the ITV soap Emmerdale.
She was a subject of the television programme This Is Your Life in February 1970 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews.
1/10 The Servant 1963
Dirk Bogarde, Harold Pinter,James Fox, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig
Tony (James Fox), a British aristocrat, hires the mysterious Hugo Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) as his household servant. The new employee soon begins to cause unrest in the household, and Tony is forced to send him away. But Barrett’s influence extends further than Tony realizes, and he finds himself entangled in an intense psychological war with his former valet. Servant and master square off in a battle that redefines each man’s understanding of fear, desire and class.
2/10 The Nanny 1965
Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, Pamela Franklin, William Dix
Nanny (Bette Davis), a London family’s live-in maid, brings morbid 10-year-old Joey (William Dix) back from the psychiatric ward he’s been in for two years, since the death of his younger sister. Joey refuses to eat any food Nanny’s prepared or take a bath with her in the room. He also demands to sleep in a room with a lock. Joey’s parents — workaholic Bill (James Villiers) and neurotic Virgie (Wendy Craig) — are sure Joey is disturbed, but he may have good reason to be terrified of Nanny.
3/10 Just Like A Woman 1967
Wendy Craig, Francis Matthews, Dennis Price, Sheila Steafel, Clive Dunn
A television producer’s wife walks out of her husband’s life and off the set of his weekly program.
4/10 Not in Front of the Children 1967 – 1970
Wendy Craig, Ronald Hines,Paul Daneman
Family sitcom adapted from TV with Wendy Craig.
5/10 … And Mother Makes Three/…And Mother Makes Five 1971 – 1976
Wendy Craig, Robin Davies, David Parfitt, Valerie Lush, Richard Coleman
…And Mother Makes Three is a British sitcom shown on ITV from 1971 to 1973. Starring Wendy Craig, it was written by Peter Buchanan, Peter Robinson, Richard Waring and Carla Lane
..And Mother Makes Five is a British sitcom that aired on ITV from 1974 to 1976. Starring Wendy Craig, it is the sequel of …And Mother Makes Three and aired for four series
6/10 Butterflies 1978 – 1983
Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Bruce Montague, Andrew Hall
Love is like a Butterfly BBC Classic Comedy
7/10 The Nanny 1981 – 1983
Wendy Craig, Judy Campbell, David Burke, Colin Douglas, Richard Vernon
Nanny is a BBC television series that ran between 1981 and 1983. In this historical drama, Wendy Craig stars as nanny Barbara Gray, caring for children in 1930s England.
8/10 The Brighton Belles 1993 – 1994
Wendy Craig, Sheila Hancock, Sheila Gish, Jean Boht
Brighton Belles was a short-lived British sitcom, based on the hit U.S. NBC sitcom The Golden Girls. The programme consisted of 11 episodes, which were broadcast from 1993 until 1994.
9/10 The Royal 2003 – 2011
Amy Robbins, Robert Daws, Wendy Craig, Linda Armstrong, Michelle Hardwick
A dedicated staff of doctors and nurses care for patients at the fictional St. Aidan’s Royal Free Hospital in the seaside town of Elsinby in this spinoff of the popular British show “Heartbeat.” Set in the 1960s, the series focuses on the medical issues faced by patients and the moral dilemmas those emergencies bring about.
10/10 Girlfriends 2018
Miranda Richardson, Phyllis Logan, Matthew Lewis, Zoe Wanamaker, Wendy Craig
Linda, Sue and Gail are three friends who struggle with the responsibilities and inevitable changes that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.
1934 – Present
Top 10 Performances