Peggy Ashcroft

Highest Rated: 96% The 39 Steps (1935)
Lowest Rated: 50% Secret Ceremony (1968)
Birthday: Dec 22, 1907
Birthplace: Not Available
Educated at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, British actress Peggy Ashcroft made her West End theatrical debut in 1927. Within three years, she achieved fame with her performance of Desdemona opposite African American actor Paul Robeson's Othello. Thereafter, she appeared in the company of London's theatrical elite, most often costarring with Sir John Gielgud. Ashcroft made her film bow in 1933's The Wandering Jew, four years before her first Broadway appearance. In honor of her innumerable Shakespearean performances, Ashcroft was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1956. Appearing very infrequently in films throughout most of her career, Ashcroft is best remembered for her movie roles in Hitchcock's The Thirty Nine Steps (1935) and the Audrey Hepburn vehicle The Nun's Story (1959). In 1984, the 77-year-old actress received the Academy Award for her portrayal of Mrs. Moore in David Lean's A Passage to India. When she did not appear at the Oscar ceremony, rumors began circulating that Ashcroft was terminally ill. In fact, Dame Peggy Ashcroft had six more years' worth of performances in her, culminating with her magnificent portrayal of a lifelong mental institution resident in the made-for-TV She's Been Away (1990).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Caught On A Train Frau Messner 2004
76% Madame Sousatzka Lady Emily 1988
83% When the Wind Blows Hilda Bloggs 1988
No Score Yet Perfect Spy Miss Dubber 1988
86% A Passage to India Mrs. Moore 1984
No Score Yet Six Centuries of Verse Actor 1984
No Score Yet Little Eyolf The Rat Wife 1982
No Score Yet Cream in My Coffee Older June 1980
No Score Yet Caught on a Train Actor 1980
No Score Yet Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures Lady Gwyneth 1978
No Score Yet Joseph Andrews Lady Tattle 1977
No Score Yet Der Fußgänger (The Pedestrian) Lady Gray 1973
93% Sunday Bloody Sunday Mrs. Greville 1971
50% Secret Ceremony Hannah 1968
No Score Yet Tell Me Lies Actor 1968
No Score Yet Cherry Orchard Actor 1962
93% The Nun's Story Mother Mathilde 1959
No Score Yet Quiet Wedding Flower Lisle 1941
No Score Yet Rhodes of Africa Ann Carpenter 1936
96% The 39 Steps Margaret 1935
No Score Yet The Wars of the Roses (Epipsodes 8-11) Actor


No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • 1990
  • 1988
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1980