Monday, 10 December 2012

Gwen Taylor

Gwen Taylor, 'Duty Free', actress

Gwen Taylor: 

The very versatile Gwen Taylor is still seen often on British TV, most recently (2011-2012) by millions of 'Coronation Street' viewers as the murderous mother of Frank Foster. Before that she was probably best known for the role of Amy in the farce series 'Duty Free' watching incredulously as her husband (played by Keith Barron) pursues fellow long-term holiday-maker Joanna Van Gyseghem. Long before that, she was a regular cast member of the legendary post-Python show 'Rutland Weekend Television', in a fantastic range of roles from sex-kitten to battle-axe. Other appearances include her own sitcom, 'Barbara', a mild-mannered domestic affair with Sherrie Hewson and Sam Kelly, and as Rita Simcock in 'A Bit of a Do' with David Jason. 

She hasn't done much in the movies, but her Eric Idle/RWT connection secured her the roles of Mrs Leggy Mounbatten in 'The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash' (1978) and Mrs Big Nose at the sermon on the mount in 'The Life Of Brian' (1979), which isn't a bad combo.    

Gwen Taylor in 'Land of Green Ginger'

Gwen Taylor

Gwen Taylor - imdb


  1. She looks a little like Elisabeth Sladen in the oldest (i.e when she was youngest) of the three photos.

  2. Does anybody know the name of the one series sitcom she starred in about the tiny island that declared independence from England?

    1. Was it 'A Perfect State' from 1997?

  3. Surely, between 'Duty Free', 'Heartbeat' and 'Barbara', she's the most famous actress listed here?

    Also great in a guest part in 'Yes, Prime Minister'.