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Rita Tushingham



The daughter of a Liverpool pharmacist, Rita Tushingham developed a flair for acting while attending convent school. At 16, Rita made her first appearance at the Liverpool Rep, playing Rabbit and "Back Legs of Horse" in Toad of Toad Hall. She made her 1961 film debut in somewhat more adult fare: as Jo, the maltreated teenaged heroine of the "kitchen sink" drama A Taste of Honey, she won the BFA "most promising newcomer" award. Her fey, eccentric characterizations in such films as The Leather Boys (1963) and The Girl With Green Eyes (1963) rapidly elevated Tushingham to "critic's darling" status. By 1970, however, her love affair with the press had ended. Forming a production company with director Desmond Davis, Tushingham hoped to jump-start her film career, but things didn't turn out as planned. After a few so-so foreign films and a starring stint on the TV series No Strings, she retired in 1979, making a comeback in the 1986 film Judgement in Stone, directed by her second husband, Ousama Rawi. More recently, Rita Tushingham made a delightful appearance as Aunt Lily in An Awfully Big Adventure (1995).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Nächte mit Joan (Spending Nights with Joan)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Dieter Gütt - ein Journalist
  • Actor
2013
0% Outside Bet
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Seamonsters
  • Actor
2011
84% Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story)
  • Essex Medium
2009
0% Puffball
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Il Nascondiglio (The Hideout)
  • Paula Hardyn
2007
76% Being Julia
  • Aunt Carrie
2004
43% Swing
  • Mags
2000
No Score Yet Out of Depth
  • Actor
1999
87% Under the Skin
  • Mum
1998
No Score Yet Boy from Mercury
  • The Mother
1996
33% An Awfully Big Adventure
  • Aunt Lily
1995
No Score Yet The Gospel According to Harry
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Paper Marriage
  • Lou
1993
No Score Yet Resurrected
  • Mrs. Deakin
1988
No Score Yet The Housekeeper
  • Eunice Parchman
1987
No Score Yet Dream to Believe
  • Jean
1986
No Score Yet Spaghetti House
  • Kate
1982
33% The Human Factor
  • Janice
1979
No Score Yet Mysteries
  • Martha Gude
1978
No Score Yet Green Eyes
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Slaughter Day
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Rachel's Man
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Rachel's Man
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Loose in New York
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Straight on Till Morning (Dressed for Death) (The Victim) (Til Dawn Do Us Part)
  • Brenda Thompson
1972
No Score Yet The Bed Sitting Room
  • Penelope
1969
No Score Yet The Guru
  • Jenny
1969
No Score Yet Diamonds for Breakfast
  • Bridget Rafferty
1968
100% Smashing Time
  • Brenda
1967
No Score Yet The Trap (The Mad Trapper)
  • Eve
1966
No Score Yet Mysteries
  • Actor
1966
82% Doctor Zhivago
  • The Girl
1965
78% The Knack...And How to Get It
  • Nancy Jones
1965
No Score Yet The Leather Boys
  • Dot
1964
No Score Yet Girl with Green Eyes
  • Kate Brady
1964
86% A Taste of Honey
  • Josephine
1961

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet New Tricks
2003-2013
  • Elise Allen
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Miss Elizabeth Percehouse

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