Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts

Highest Rated: 95% This Sporting Life (1963)

Lowest Rated: 20% Doctors' Wives (1971)

Birthday: Sep 20, 1927

Birthplace: Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK

Rachel Roberts was a Welsh actress. An actress of fervour and passion, Rachel Roberts gave forthright performances in two key films of the 1960s. After a Baptist upbringing (which she rebelled against), followed by the University of Wales and RADA, she was on stage from 1951. She made her film debut in the Welsh-set comedy Valley of Song, but was too direct and intense to fit comfortably into leading roles in 1950s British films. However, these qualities led to her breakthrough BAFTA-winning portrayal of Brenda in Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960). Lindsay Anderson saw that she would be perfect as the suffering Mrs Hammond in This Sporting Life (1963, another BAFTA and an Oscar nomination). In theatre, she played at the Royal Court and was the life-enhancing tart Maggie May in Lionel Bart's musical (1964). In films she continued to play women with lusty appetites (as in Lindsay Anderson's O Lucky Man! (1973), although the haunting Australian-made Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) provided her with a different kind of role. She appeared in supporting roles in several US films after relocating to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, her final British film being Yanks (1979, a supporting actress BAFTA). Impulsive, insecure, with self-destructive tendencies, she died from an overdose of barbiturates. She married firstly Alan Dobie, then Rex Harrison.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Wall Regina Kowalska 1982
33% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Mrs. Dangers 1981
41% When a Stranger Calls Dr. Monk 1979
57% Yanks Mrs. Moreton 1979
73% Foul Play Gerda Casswell 1978
90% Picnic at Hanging Rock Mrs. Appleyard 1975
No Score Yet Great Expectations Mrs. Gargery 1974
90% Murder on the Orient Express Hildegarde Schmidt 1974
No Score Yet Baffled! Mrs. Farraday 1973
64% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood Actor 1973
78% O Lucky Man! Montes, Mrs. Richards, Paillard 1973
No Score Yet The Belstone Fox Cathie 1973
20% Doctors' Wives Della Randolph 1971
No Score Yet A Flea In Her Ear Suzanne de Castilian 1967
95% This Sporting Life Mrs. Margaret Hammond 1963
93% Saturday Night And Sunday Morning Brenda 1961
94% Our Man in Havana Prostitute 1959
No Score Yet The Good Companions Elsie Longstaff Effie Longstaff 1957
No Score Yet The Limping Man Barmaid 1953
No Score Yet Valley of Song (Men Are Children Twice) Bessie Lewis 1953


No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Rebecca 1970


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