Doreen Mantle

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Doreen Mantle
Born Doreen June Mantle
(1926-06-22) 22 June 1926 (age 91)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–present

Doreen June Mantle (born 22 June 1926)[1] is a South African born British actress. She is probably best known for her recurring role as Mrs Warboys in the BBC television sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000).

Mantle was born in Johannesburg, South Africa but has lived in the UK since the early 1950s. Her family originally travelled to England in 1926 when she was just six weeks old and spent the next four years in London before leaving again for South Africa in 1930 when her brother Alan (who was born in London, England) was just two months old. Mantle, who married young and has one child, is also a qualified social worker and returned to England in her twenties.

Mantle has appeared in many British television series since the 1960s. These include The Duchess of Duke Street, The Wild House, Sam Saturday, Chalk, Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, Holby City and has worked several times with the writer David Renwick besides on One Foot in the Grave she has also appeared in his TV series Love Soup and Jonathan Creek.

In 1979 Mantle was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Death of a Salesman.[2] Mantle played "Mrs Shaemen" in Yentl (1983).

From 1989 Mantle was a regular on the very popular BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave. She appeared in 18 episodes over the next ten years as Jean Warboys, friend and neighbour of Victor and Margaret Meldrew.

She played lollipop lady Queenie in Jam & Jerusalem (2006–09).

In 2011, she appeared in Coronation Street as the mother of Colin Fishwick.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Webber, Richard (2006). The Complete One Foot in the Grave. London: Orion. p. 48; ISBN 0-7528-7357-1.
  2. "The Laurence Olivier Awards: Full List of Winners, 1976-2008" (PDF). The Society of London Theatre. 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. Kilkelly, Daniel (27 October 2010). "'One Foot in the Grave' star joins Corrie". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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