Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton

Highest Rated: 91% Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Lowest Rated: 19% Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)

Birthday: Jun 03, 1946

Birthplace: Scarborough, England, UK

One of the most respected English stage actresses of the late 20th century and beyond, Penelope Wilton also enjoyed a lengthy career as a film and television actress with appearances in "Cry Freedom" (1987), "Calendar Girls" (2003) and most notably, the hugely popular "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2010-16) TV series. Frequently hailed for her versatility, which allowed her to move successfully between classical and modern drama, as well as for what critics often described as her "quintessential Englishness" - which translated into finely calibrated performances that allowed her to express layers of emotion through dialogue alone - Wilton came to be regarded as an "actress's actress," a performer who could deliver a memorable turn, no matter the material or author. The stage dominated her career for several decades before she began appearing in British TV and features, as well as the occasional international feature like "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Match Point" (2005). But it was her turn as the steely, staunchly middle-class Isobel Crawley on "Downton" that brought Wilton international acclaim as the series drew in audiences around the globe in devoted numbers. "Downton" fans soon discovered what English theatergoers had known since the early 1970s - that Penelope Wilton represented the best that her country could offer as a performer.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
77% 73% Summerland Older Alice (Character) $58.3K 2020
80% 88% Eternal Beauty Vivian (Character) - 2019
84% 94% Downton Abbey Isobel Crawley (Character) $96.8M 2019
80% 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Amelia Maugery (Character) - 2018
88% 62% Zoo Denise Austin (Character) - 2017
74% 57% The BFG The Queen (Character) $55.5M 2016
65% 59% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Jean Ainslie (Character) $33M 2015
84% 82% Belle Lady Mary Murray (Character) $10.7M 2013
70% 41% The Girl Peggy Robertson (Character) - 2012
78% 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Jean Ainslie (Character) $46.4M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marple: They Do It With Mirrors Carrie Louise Serrocold (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 67% Margot B.Q (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 67% Half Broken Things Jean (Character) - 2007
66% 70% The History Boys Mrs. Bibby (Character) $2.7M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Falling Daisy Langrish (Character) - 2005
86% 89% Pride & Prejudice Mrs. Gardiner (Character) $38.4M 2005
77% 81% Match Point Eleanor Hewett (Character) $23.1M 2005
91% 93% Shaun of the Dead Barbara (Character) $13.5M 2004
74% 67% Calendar Girls Ruth (Character) $31M 2003
79% 73% Iris Janet Stone (Character) $5.6M 2001
No Score Yet 77% Victoria & Albert Princess Mary Louise Victoria (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 65% Tom's Midnight Garden Aunt Melbourne (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 50% Alice Through the Looking Glass White Queen (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Could Be the Last Time Marjorie (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of the Borrowers Homily (Character) - 1996
54% 74% Carrington Lady Ottoline Morrell (Character) $2.3M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Rapture Marion French (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 50% The Borrowers Homily (Character) - 1993
19% 40% Blame It on the Bellboy Patricia Fulford (Character) $3M 1992
76% 88% Cry Freedom Wendy Woods (Character) $4.9M 1987
80% 65% Clockwise Woman Teacher (Character) $640.2K 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Singleton's Pluck Alice Singleton (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laughter House Alice Singleton (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Othello Desdemona (Character) - 1981

TV

Credit
74% 90% After Life Anne (Character) 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brief Encounters Pauline (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2016
86% 95% Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Isobel Crawley (Character) 2012-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Guest 2014
50% No Score Yet South Riding Unknown (Character) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Agatha Christie's Marple Unknown (Character) 2010
No Score Yet 74% Doctor Who Harriet Jones (Guest Star) 2008 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Passion Unknown (Character) 2008
78% No Score Yet Five Days Barbara Poole (Character) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ever Decreasing Circles Unknown (Character) 1989 1986-1987 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Norman Conquests Annie (Character) 1978

QUOTES FROM Penelope Wilton CHARACTERS

Graham Dashwood says: Good evening, Mrs. Ainslie. You have a good day? What did you get up to?

Jean Ainslie says: Well, I started in my bedroom where I spent a happy couple of hours giving all the cockroaches names. And then after lunch, that will long have a place in my heartburn, I came out here and stared blindly at a book waiting for someone - anyone - to rescue me. And how glad I am it was you.

Jean Ainslie says: Are you insane? Avoid all food not from a reputable vendor. It'll be washed in impure water.

Douglas Ainslie says: It's just a sandwich.

Jean Ainslie says: Oh, marvelous. Then I'll have ham, cheese, and streptococcus. Or perhaps bacteria, lettuce, and tomato.

Douglas Ainslie says: Would you like some of this? I believe it's called aloo ka paratha.

Muriel Donnelly says: No, if I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.

Jean Ainslie says: As long as such a fall happens to occur right next to the panic button.

Shaun says: Mum, it's Philip, he's gone.

Barbara says: Where's he gone?

Shaun says: Mum, he's dead.

Barbara says: No, he isn't.

Jean Ainslie says: And home in time for our 40th wedding anniversary. We haven't quite decided how to mark the occasion.

Madge Hardcastle says: Perhaps a minute silence.

Jean Ainslie says: How can you bear this country? What do you see, that I don't?

Graham Dashwood says: The light, colors, smiles; it teaches me something.

Jean Ainslie says: twenty years in the civil service and this is what we can afford.

Jean Ainslie says: Thirty years in the civil service and this is what we can afford?

Jean Ainslie says: It's our 40th anniversary , we haven't decided quite how to mark it.

Jean Ainslie says: It's our 40th anniversary, we haven't decided quite how to mark it.

Madge Hardcastle says: Perhaps a minute of silence

Madge Hardcastle says: Perhaps a minute of silence.

Graham Dashwood says: I'm gay.

Jean Ainslie says: As in " happy" ?

Jean Ainslie says: As in 'happy'?

Jean Ainslie says: If I wanted your opinion, I would give it to you.

Jean Ainslie says: Are we married? Have we met?

Jean Ainslie says: When I want your opinion I'll give it to you!

Barbara says: My, how you've grown!

Ed says: Yeah, you'd better believe it.

Barbara says: It's been a funny kind of day hasn't it?

Barbara says: They were a bit bitey.

Barbara says: [over the phone] Well they were a bit... bitey.