Linda Bassett

Linda Bassett

Highest Rated: 83% Alive and Kicking (1996)

Lowest Rated: 26% Mary Reilly (1996)

Birthday: Feb 04, 1950

Birthplace: Kent, England, UK

Though born in Pluckley, a small village in Kent, England, Linda Bassett moved early on to the Pimlico region of London. It was there the youngster developed a passion for drama, as she and her family often watched classic plays at the Old Vic Theatre (where Bassett eventually found work as an usher). Her passion for acting blossomed during her Old Vic tenure, and after one year at Leeds University (as an English student), Bassett dropped out of school to work with a community drama group. These years working in small, local productions were vastly important for the budding actress, who had never received "proper" training. In 1982, at age 32, Bassett finally broke through on Broadway, and she spent the rest of that decade building a solid stage and screen reputation. Transitioning to film came easily--her first big-screen role was a starring spot in the 1987 drama "Waiting for the Moon." Her work throughout the '90s, however, was typically of the TV variety, including one-off and multi-episode stints on popular programs like police procedural "The Bill" and detective drama "A Touch of Frost." Though well-respected by both her peers and critics, Bassett was never a household name during this period--but in 1999, she delivered her break-out film performance, earning a Best Actress BAFTA nomination for her role as Ella Khan. Throughout the '00s, Bassett continued to find quality character work in films like the 2008 drama "The Reader" and shows like the BBC sitcom "Grandma's House."

Highest rated movies

Alive and Kicking
Beautiful People
The Hours
East Is East
Calendar Girls
Separate Lies
Oscar and Lucinda




43% 39% Effie Gray Anna (Character) - 2014
65% 55% West Is West Ella Khan (Character) - 2010
57% 74% Kinky Boots Melanie (Character) $1.8M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The English Harem Monica Pringle (Character) - 2005
71% 47% Separate Lies Maggie (Character) $923.3K 2005
No Score Yet 53% Spivs Auntie Vee (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entering Blue Zone Nurse Nina (Character) - 2003
74% 67% Calendar Girls Cora (Character) $31M 2003
79% 84% The Hours Nelly (Character) $41.6M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Martins Anthea (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 37% Don Quixote The Housekeeper (Character) - 2000
78% 78% East Is East Ella (Character) $4.2M 1999
80% 85% Beautiful People Nurse (Character) $261.4K 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life & Crimes of William Palmer Mary Thornton (Character) - 1998
66% 65% Oscar and Lucinda Betty Stratton (Character) $1.6M 1997
26% 40% Mary Reilly Mary's Mother (Character) $5.5M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Loved Up Mother (Character) - 1996
83% 58% Alive and Kicking Doctor (Character) $294.5K 1996
80% 51% Haunted Madame Brontski (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Small Dance Sandra Matkin (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 79% Traffik Unknown (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris by Night Janet Swanton (Character) - 1988
43% 73% Waiting for the Moon Gertrude Stein (Character) - 1987


89% 91% Call the Midwife Nurse Phyllis Crane (Character) 2015-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twirlywoos Narrator 2015-2017
71% No Score Yet Spies of Warsaw Unknown (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grandma's House Grandma (Character) 2012 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lark Rise to Candleford Queenie Turrill (Character) 2008-2011
20% No Score Yet Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brief Maureen Tyler (Character) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love on the Rocks Unknown (Character) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bill Shena Jackson (Character) 1990


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