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Prunella Scales

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Prunella Scales
Scales in 2010
Prunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth

(1932-06-22) 22 June 1932 (age 92)
Years active1952–2014
SpouseTimothy West (1963–present)
ChildrenSamuel West
Joe West
Julie West (step-daughter)

Prunella Scales (born Prunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth; 22 June 1932) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Basil Fawlty's wife Sybil in the BBC comedy Fawlty Towers and her BAFTA award-nominated role as Queen Elizabeth II in A Question of Attribution (Screen One, BBC 1991) by Alan Bennett.

In March 2014, her husband Timothy West revealed to The Guardian that Scales was living with Alzheimer's disease.[2]


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  1. "Prunella Scales Biography (1932-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. "Prunella Scales suffering from 'a sort of mild Alzheimer's'". The Guardian. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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