Peggy Ashcroft

Peggy Ashcroft

Highest Rated: 96% The 39 Steps (1935)

Lowest Rated: 54% Secret Ceremony (1968)

Birthday: Dec 22, 1907

Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England, UK

Peggy Ashcroft was a leading light of London's West End and widely considered one of the century's greatest British stage actresses. Her most famous early role was as Desdemona opposite Paul Robeson's Othello in the early 1940s and her first film was the British Gaumont production "The Wandering Jew" (1933). She was especially memorable as the quiet, emotionally suffocating village wife who briefly shelters the on-the-lam Robert Donat in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "The Thirty Nine Steps" (1935). Along with frequent costar John Gielgud, Ashcroft's leading men during her 65-year career included Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave and Ralph Richardson. She enjoyed her greatest international acclaim and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her 1984 role in David Lean's film adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel "A Passage to India" and subsequently won renown for the TV miniseries "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984-85).

Highest rated movies

The 39 Steps
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
The Nun's Story
Madame Sousatzka
A Passage to India
Secret Ceremony




No Score Yet No Score Yet She's Been Away Lillian Huckle (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Heat of the Day Nettie (Character) - 1989
78% 65% Madame Sousatzka Lady Emily (Character) $2.9M 1988
88% 88% When the Wind Blows Hilda Bloggs (Voice) - 1986
77% 79% A Passage to India Mrs. Moore (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 89% Caught on a Train Frau Messner (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cream in My Coffee Jean Wilsher (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 14% Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures Lady Gee (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 17% The Pedestrian Lady Gray (Character) - 1974
86% 71% Sunday, Bloody Sunday Mrs. Greville (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Into Two Won't Go Belle (Character) - 1969
54% 54% Secret Ceremony Hannah (Character) - 1968
83% 81% The Nun's Story Mother Mathilde (Africa) (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhodes Anna Carpenter (Character) - 1936
96% 86% The 39 Steps Margaret, crofter's wife (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thirty-Nine Steps Crofter's Wife (Character) - 1935


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jewel in the Crown Unknown (Character) 1984-1985