Rosalind Knight

Highest Rated: 94% Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
Lowest Rated: 20% The Lady Vanishes (1979)
Birthday: Dec 3, 1933
Birthplace: Not Available
Rosalind Knight is a highly versatile English actress with a particular flair for comedy. She was the daughter of leading man Esmond Knight -- best remembered for his postwar work in the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger -- and the former Frances Clare; her stepmother was the actress Nora Swinburne. Knight studied at the Old Vic and, after a stint as assistant stage manager at the Midland Theatre Company in Coventry, she moved to the Ipswich Repertory Company, where the other assistant stage manager was future playwright Joe Orton (she subsequently played a small role in the 1987 Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears).In 1956, Knight was seen by a film producer and signed up for her movie debut, as a schoolgirl in the comedy Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1956). That same year, she starred with her father, cast as father and daughter, in a BBC adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby. Her next film was the trans-Atlantic hit Carry on Nurse (1959), playing Nurse Nightingale, and she subsequently appeared in a co-starring role in Carry on Teacher. She also worked in James Hill's The Kitchen (1961) and Tony Richardson's Tom Jones (1963), in which she played Mrs. Fitzpatrick. Knight was busy in theater for the next few years, although she did get her first exposure on American television through an appearance in the Beverly Hillbillies episode "War of the Roses," part of a five-show story arc that was filmed in England. She also appeared in the French Revolution spoof Start The Revolution Without Me (1970), but most of her work over the next decade was on the stage. Knight returned to the St. Trinian's fold at the end of the decade, this time as a teacher, in The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980). She is a familiar figure on British television, in mysteries and comedies alike, even portraying a retired prostitute -- a break from the usual aristocratic parts of her later career -- on Gimme Gimme Gimme.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Alchemistic Suitcase Actor 2010
No Score Yet Gunslinger's Revenge Mrs. Willow 2005
No Score Yet Cheeky Actor 2003
93% About a Boy Lindsey's Mum $40.6M 2002
No Score Yet Tess of the D'Urbervilles Actor 1998
No Score Yet Solitaire for 2 Receptionist 1994
No Score Yet Afraid of the Dark Edith Simpkins 1993
No Score Yet Judith Krantz's 'Till We Meet Again' Actor 1989
94% Prick Up Your Ears RADA Judge 1987
20% The Lady Vanishes Mrs. Barnes 1979
No Score Yet Mr. Quilp (Old Curiosity Shop) Mrs. George 1975
No Score Yet Eskimo Nell Lady Longhorn 1975
83% Start The Revolution Without Me Helen DeSisi 1970
33% Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? A Critic 1969
85% Tom Jones Mrs. Fitzpatrick 1963
No Score Yet Carry On Nurse Nightie Nightingale 1960
No Score Yet Carry on Teacher Felicity Wheeler 1959
No Score Yet Blue Murder at St. Trinian's Annabelle 1957

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Grace Dame Daphne
  • 2012
  • 1992
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • 2006
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Partridge
  • 2006
No Score Yet Midsomer Murders
Eleanor Macpherson
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Vanessa
  • 1968
No Score Yet Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
1999-2001
Beryl Merit

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