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Rachel Roberts

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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
36% In Time
  • Carrera
2011
14% How to Seduce Difficult Women
  • Sabrina
2009
No Score Yet Sorrows of Gin
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Wall
  • Regina Kowalska
1982
40% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen
  • Mrs. Dangers
1981
33% When a Stranger Calls
  • Dr. Monk
1979
71% Yanks
  • Mrs. Moreton
1979
76% Foul Play
  • Gerda Casswell
1978
94% Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Mrs. Appleyard
1975
No Score Yet Great Expectations
  • Mrs. Gargery
1974
95% Murder on the Orient Express
  • Hildegarde Schmidt
1974
No Score Yet Baffled!
  • Mrs. Farraday
1973
60% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Belstone Fox
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Belstone Fox
  • Cathie
1973
82% O Lucky Man!
  • Montes, Mrs. Richards, Paillard
1973
No Score Yet Doctors' Wives
  • Della Randolph
1971
60% Wild Rovers
  • Maybell Tucker
1971
No Score Yet A Flea In Her Ear
  • Suzanne de Castilian
1967
100% This Sporting Life
  • Mrs. Margaret Hammond
1963
100% Saturday Night And Sunday Morning
  • Brenda
1961
86% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Marla
89% FlashForward
2009-2010
  • Alda Herzog Alda Hertzog
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Melissa Conroy

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