Joan Plowright

Joan Plowright

Highest Rated: 98% Nothing Like a Dame (2018)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Oct 28, 1929

Birthplace: Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England, UK

Acknowledged as one of the finest stage actresses of her generation, Joan Plowright unexpectedly put her burgeoning career on hold in order to focus her young family and famous husband, Sir Laurence Olivier, prior to enjoying a sudden resurgence at the age of 60. Having honed her performance skills on the stages of London's Old Vic and Royal Court Theatres, Plowright impressed with supporting roles in films like "Time Without Pity" (1957) and "The Entertainer" (1960), the latter film starring future husband Olivier. Despite this early success, she spent much of the 1960s and '70s dividing her time between family duties and occasional stage work with Olivier. Eventually, Plowright made a tentative return to film in projects such as "Brimstone and Treacle" (1982) and "Drowning by Numbers" (1988), although it was in the years that followed the passing of Olivier that her own career experienced new life. Suddenly reinvigorated, the actress appeared in an astounding number of films and television programs throughout the next decade, including acclaimed turns in "Avalon" (1990), "Enchanted April" (1992), "Stalin" (HBO, 1992), "Widow's Peak" (1995) and "Tea With Mussolini" (1999). In 2004, she reached her late husband's vaunted status in the U.K. when she was awarded the title of Dame Joan Plowright by Queen Elizabeth II. Continuing to appear in such films as "The Spiderwick Chronicles" (2008), Plowright remained as vibrant on screen as she had 50 years earlier.

Highest rated movies

Widows' Peak
Drowning by Numbers
Enchanted April
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Entertainer
The Summer House
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont




98% 77% Nothing Like a Dame Self $858.9K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing Like a Dame Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 18% Knife Edge Marjorie Blake (Character) - 2010
81% 63% The Spiderwick Chronicles Aunt Lucinda (Character) $71.1M 2008
No Score Yet 20% Goose! Beatrice Fairfield (Character) - 2007
70% 69% Curious George Miss Plushbottom (Voice) $58.3M 2006
70% 82% Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Mrs. Palfrey (Character) $61.1K 2005
No Score Yet 48% George and the Dragon Mother Superior (Character) - 2004
39% 84% I Am David Sophie (Character) $284.0K 2004
No Score Yet 100% Peace One Day Unknown (Character) - 2004
34% 49% Bringing Down the House Mrs. Arness (Character) $132.5M 2003
41% 54% Callas Forever Sarah Keller (Character) $446.0K 2002
No Score Yet 73% Global Heresy Lady Foxley (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 43% Bailey's Mistake Aunt Angie (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 42% Frankie and Hazel Phoebe Harkness (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 39% Back to the Secret Garden Martha Sowerby (Character) - 2000
64% 48% Dinosaur Baylene (Voice) $137.7M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinosaur Baylene (Voice) - 2000
63% 76% Tea With Mussolini Mary Wallace (Character) $14.4M 1999
No Score Yet 63% Tom's Midnight Garden Mrs. Bartholomew (Character) - 1999
51% 67% Dance With Me Bea Johnson (Character) $15.9M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Could Be the Last Time Rosemary (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 83% Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within Jeanne Vertefeuille (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Assistant Mrs. Ida Bober (Character) - 1997
32% 60% Surviving Picasso Françoise's Grandmother (Character) $2.0M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Eyre Mrs. Fairfax (Character) $5.2M 1996
7% 26% Mr. Wrong Mrs. Crawford (Character) $12.8M 1996
41% 40% 101 Dalmatians Nanny (Character) $136.2M 1996
0% 54% A Pyromaniac's Love Story Mrs. Linzer (Character) $465.6K 1995
13% 41% The Scarlet Letter Harriet Hibbons (Character) $10.4M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Sorrento Marge Morrisey (Character) - 1995
94% 51% Widows' Peak Mrs. Doyle-Counihan (Character) $6.2M 1994
No Score Yet 68% A Place for Annie Dorothy (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Promised Land Mrs. Appletree (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 48% The Return of the Native Mrs. Yeobright (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Pin for the Butterfly Grandma (Character) - 1994
27% 38% Dennis the Menace Mrs. Martha Wilson (Character) $50.2M 1993
40% 47% Last Action Hero Teacher (Character) - 1993
73% 50% The Summer House Mrs. Monro (Character) $2.1M 1993
No Score Yet 72% Stalin Olga Alliluyeva (Character) - 1992
84% 83% Enchanted April Mrs. Fisher (Character) $12.8M 1991
56% 63% I Love You to Death Nadja (Character) $14.9M 1990
85% 78% Avalon Eva Krichinsky (Character) $14.9M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet And a Nightingale Sang Mam (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 62% The Dressmaker Nellie (Character) - 1988
92% 89% Drowning by Numbers Cissie Colpitts 1 (Character) $22.1K 1988
10% 32% Revolution Mrs. McConnahay (Character) $295.3K 1985
50% 54% Britannia Hospital Phyllis Grimshaw (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 68% Brimstone and Treacle Norma Bates (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 40% The Diary of Anne Frank Mrs. Frank (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daphne Laureola Unknown (Character) - 1978
67% 77% Equus Dora Strang (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 32% Three Sisters Masha (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Uncle Vanya Sonya (Character) - 1965
77% 73% The Entertainer Jean Rice (Character) - 1960


No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Guest 2014
33% No Score Yet Encore! Encore! Unknown (Character) 1998-1999