†April 1 1932 - Sept 17 2021
A splendidly severe-looking actress, yet impressively versatile, sympathetic and compelling. Her long career encompasses roles as varied as society ladies and exhausted servants, via a slew of nouveau riche harridans, cruel nurses, shy spinsters and nosy neighbours.
|In 'Ladies Who Do' (1963)|
The Ken Russell-directed silent movie version of 'Diary Of A Nobody' made for the BBC's 'Monitor' arts programme in 1964, which saw her play Mrs Pooter in a great cast that also included Bryan Pringle, Murray Melvin, Jonathan Cecil and Brian Murphy. It also has a harmonium score by Ivor Cutler.
|As Lou Evans in the Nina Bawden adaptation 'Carrie's War'|
a major BBC family drama success of 1974.
|Publicity shot for 'The Three Sisters' with George Cole.|
|In George & Mildred' as the social climbing Ethel with wealthy hubby |
Humphrey, played by king of the sitcom bosses, the late Reginald Marsh.
Other television includes 'Campion', 'Agatha Christie: Poirot', 'Midsomer Murders', 'A Taste For Death', 'Shoestring', two episodes of 'Tales Of The Unexpected', 'Minder', 'New Tricks' and a good few more. Quite revealing as to her range is the fact that she has appeared in three episodes of 'Doctors' as three very different characters between 2004 and 2011. Sterling work.
Trivia note: After 20 years, Avril Elgar appeared in 'The Moles', an episode of 'Tales Of The Unexpected', alongside Harry H Corbett, her co-star in the film 'Ladies Who Do'. It was to be his last role and was screened a month after his death in 1982.