Sylvia Syms - Rotten Tomatoes

Sylvia Syms

Highest Rated:   100% Victim (1961)
Lowest Rated:   35% What a Girl Wants (2003)
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Birthplace:   London, England, UK
London-born Sylvia Syms hit major film appeal at a relatively young age. Born on January 6, 1934, she was educated at convent schools before receiving dramatic training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A repertory player by the time she was discovered for films by the British star Anna Neagle and her director/husband Herbert Wilcox, the lovely demure blonde started out auspiciously enough in the delinquent film Teenage Bad Girl (1956) in which she played Neagle's troubled daughter. This was followed by a second Neagle/Wilcox collaboration with No Time for Tears (1957). Excelling whether cast in stark melodrama, spirited adventure or harmless comedy fluff, Syms' film list grew impressive in the late 1950s and early 1960s working alongside the likes of John Mills and Anthony Quayle in Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Curd J├╝rgens and Orson Welles in Ferry to Hong Kong (1959), Lilli Palmer and Yvonne Mitchell in Conspiracy of Hearts (1960), Laurence Harvey in Expresso Bongo (1959), William Holden in The World of Suzie Wong (1960), and Dirk Bogarde in the landmark gay-themed Victim (1961), playing the unsuspecting wife of Bogarde's closeted male. Ably portraying innocent love interests throughout the years, she graced a number of pictures without ever nabbing that one role that would truly put her over the top. She was nominated, however, three times for British Film Academy Awards--twice for best actress in Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) and No Trees in the Street (1959) and once for supporting actress in The Tamarind Seed (1974) that starred Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif. The 1970s saw quite a bit of TV series work and she played British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at one point on both stage and TV. She grew plumper with middle age and found herself immersed in character roles, offering support in such films as Absolute Beginners (1986), Shirley Valentine (1989) and Shining Through (1992). American audiences have recently seen her as the dog-doting "Princess Charlotte" in the light teen comedy What a Girl Wants (2003) with Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth, and treading water as the Shelley Winters character in the TV-remake of The Poseidon Adventure (2005) (TV). Daughter Beatie Edney is a well-known actress in her own right. Ms. Syms is sometimes confused with Brooklyn-born jazz/cabaret performer and recording artist Sylvia Syms (1917-1992) (nee Sylvia Blagman).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Booked Out
  • Actor
2012
65% Is Anybody There?
  • Lilian
$2M 2009
65% Bunny and the Bull
  • Hotelier
2008
97% The Queen
  • The Queen Mother
$56.3M 2006
No Score Yet Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Poseidon Adventure
  • Belle Rosen
2005
No Score Yet There Goes the Bride
  • Actor
2004
43% I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  • Mrs. Bartz
$0.3M 2004
35% What a Girl Wants
  • Princess Charlotte
$36M 2003
No Score Yet Jury
  • Elsie Beamish
2002
No Score Yet Neville's Island
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Glass Virgin
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Staggered (Mad Wedding)
  • Margaret
1994
No Score Yet Dirty Weekend
  • Mrs. Crosby
1993
36% Shining Through
  • Linda's Mother
1992
67% Shirley Valentine
  • Headmistress
1989
No Score Yet A Chorus of Disapproval
  • Rebecca Huntley-Pike
1988
No Score Yet Intimate Contact
  • Annie
1987
75% Absolute Beginners
  • Cynthia Eve
1986
No Score Yet Murders at Lynch Cross
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet There Goes the Bride
  • Ursula Westerby
1980
No Score Yet Give Us Tomorrow
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Tamarind Seed
  • Margaret Stephenson
1974
60% Asylum
  • Ruth
1972
40% Born to Win
  • Cashier
1971
No Score Yet Some of My Best Friends Are...
  • Sadie
1971
No Score Yet The Desperados
  • Laura Galt
1969
No Score Yet The Fiction Makers
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Hostile Witness
  • Sheila Larkin
1968
No Score Yet Danger Route
  • Barbara Canning
1967
No Score Yet East of Sudan
  • Margaret Woodville
1965
60% Operation Crossbow
  • Constance Babington Smith
1965
No Score Yet The Big Job
  • Myrtle Robbins
1965
No Score Yet Amazons of Rome (Le vergini di Roma)
  • Cloelia
1963
No Score Yet The Quare Fellow
  • Kathleen
1963
No Score Yet Punch and Judy Man
  • Delia Pinner
1963
No Score Yet The World Ten Times Over
  • Billa
1963
No Score Yet Flame in the Streets
  • Kathie Palmer
1962
100% Victim
  • Laura
1961
43% The World of Suzie Wong
  • Kay O'Neill
1960
60% Conspiracy of Hearts
  • Sister Mitya
1960
No Score Yet Expresso Bongo
  • Maisie King
1959
No Score Yet No Trees in the Street
  • Hetty
1959
No Score Yet Ferry to Hong Kong
  • Liz Ferrers
1959
No Score Yet Bachelor of Hearts
  • Ann
1958
No Score Yet The Moonraker
  • Anne Wyndham
1958
No Score Yet Ice Cold in Alex
  • Sister Murdoch
1958
No Score Yet No Time for Tears
  • Nurse Margaret Collier
1957
89% Woman in a Dressing Gown
  • Georgie Harlow
1957
No Score Yet It Happens Every Thursday
  • Woman
1953

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
63% Case Histories
2011-2013
  • Binky Rain
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Elsie Beamish Lavinia Pinkerton Joyce Thompson Madame Fleury Binky Rain
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2003
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor
  • 2009

Quotes from Sylvia Syms' Characters