Peggy Ashcroft - Rotten Tomatoes

Peggy Ashcroft

Highest Rated:   98% The 39 Steps (1935)
Lowest Rated:   50% Secret Ceremony (1968)
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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).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Caught On A Train
  • Frau Messner
2004
75% Madame Sousatzka
  • Lady Emily
1988
80% When the Wind Blows
  • Hilda Bloggs
1988
No Score Yet Perfect Spy
  • Miss Dubber
1988
85% 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
92% 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
98% The 39 Steps
  • Margaret
1935
No Score Yet The Wars of the Roses (Epipsodes 8-11)
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Nettie
  • 1990
  • 1988
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1980

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