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Phyllida Law

Lowest Rated:   26% Anna Karenina (1997)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
45% A Little Chaos
  • Suzanne
$0.6M 2015
83% Ways To Live Forever
  • Grandmother
2013
No Score Yet Three Days In Havana
  • The Broker
2013
57% 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
66% 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
65% Danny the Dog
  • Distinguished Lady
$24.4M 2005
No Score Yet Mee-Shee: The Water Giant
  • Mrs. Coogan
2005
63% 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
64% The Winter Guest
  • Elspeth
1997
26% Anna Karenina
  • Vronskaya
1997
83% Emma
  • Mrs. Bates
1996
No Score Yet Faith
  • Actor
1994
91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot)
  • Anne's Mother
1994
No Score Yet All or Nothing at All
  • Mrs. Timpson
1993
91% Much Ado About Nothing
  • Ursula
1993
71% 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
No Score Yet Hitler: The Last Ten Days
  • Fraulein Manzialy
1973
No Score Yet Otley
  • Jean
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Kingdom
2014
  • Aunt Ariel
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mrs. Austen Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe Lady Muriel Sackville
  • 2011
  • 2008
No Score Yet Foyle's War
2002-2015
  • Lady Muriel Sackville
  • 2008

Quotes from Phyllida Law's Characters