Phyllida Law

Phyllida Law

Highest Rated: 92% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994)

Lowest Rated: 26% Anna Karenina (1997)

Birthday: May 8, 1932

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

An esteemed actress, known both for her portrayals of flinty, dry-witted women and her real-life role as the mother of actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson, Phyllida Law has been acting in her native Britain for over 40 years. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1932 and married to fellow actor Eric Thompson until his death in 1982, Law has spent much of her career working as a character actress both on television and in film. She has done particularly notable work in Douglas McGrath's 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, which cast her as the meddlesome Mrs. Bates (and daughter Sophie Thompson as her equally meddlesome daughter Miss Bates); Alan Rickman's acclaimed drama The Winter Guest, in which she and daughter Emma starred as an estranged mother and daughter; and Nigel Cole's Saving Grace (2000), a comedy in which she portrayed the busybody neighbor of a woman (Brenda Blethyn) who has taken to growing pot in her backyard. An accomplished performer on stage, screen, and even radio plays, Law also authored books in which she discussed her experiences caring for her mother, who suffered from dementia, with refreshing, light hearted humor and wit.

Highest Rated Movies



48% A Little Chaos Suzanne $0.6M 2015
83% Ways To Live Forever Grandmother 2013
No Score Yet Three Days In Havana The Broker 2013
56% Albert Nobbs Mrs. Cavendish $3.1M 2012
No Score Yet Lezione 21 (Lecture 21) (Lesson 21) Actor 2008
No Score Yet Miss Austen Regrets Mrs. Austen 2008
60% The Waiting Room Helen 2007
33% A Little Trip to Heaven Head Mistress 2007
67% Miss Potter Mrs. Warne $2.9M 2007
No Score Yet Mia Sarah Actor 2006
28% Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille) Mother Canisius $0.3M 2006
No Score Yet Day Of Wrath Actor 2006
No Score Yet Pinochet's Last Stand Lucia Pinochet 2006
73% Nanny McPhee Mrs. Partridge $47.2M 2006
66% Unleashed Distinguished Lady $24.4M 2005
No Score Yet Mee-Shee: The Water Giant Mrs. Coogan 2005
59% Two Men Went to War Faith 2004
No Score Yet Tooth Mrs. Claus 2004
No Score Yet Blinded Actor 2004
No Score Yet Brush with Fate Maria Thins 2003
29% The Time Machine Mrs. Watchit $56.7M 2002
No Score Yet Milk Veronica 2001
63% Saving Grace Margaret $11.5M 2000
No Score Yet The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Lady Margaret 1999
No Score Yet Mad Cows Alex's mother 1999
No Score Yet Lost Lover Actor 1999
67% I Want You (Beloved) Salon Woman 1998
65% The Winter Guest Elspeth 1997
26% Anna Karenina Vronskaya 1997
84% Emma Mrs. Bates 1996
No Score Yet Faith Actor 1994
92% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) Anne's Mother 1994
No Score Yet All or Nothing at All Mrs. Timpson 1993
90% Much Ado About Nothing Ursula 1993
69% Peter's Friends Vera 1992
No Score Yet Innocent Victim Julia 1990
No Score Yet Judith Krantz's 'Till We Meet Again' Actor 1989
No Score Yet King John Actor 1984
33% Hitler: The Last Ten Days Fraulein Manzialy 1973
No Score Yet Otley Jean 1968


80% Kingdom
Aunt Ariel 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Mrs. Austen Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe Lady Muriel Sackville 2011
82% Doc Martin
Mrs. McLynn 2010
No Score Yet Foyle's War
Lady Muriel Sackville 2008
No Score Yet Midsomer Murders
Appearing Felicity Dinsdale 2006
No Score Yet Mystery!
Lady Isabel Merchant 2003
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Maggie Patton


Suzanne says: I lost my husband and my son on the battlefield . . . I'm barely here.