Sylvia Syms

Highest Rated: 100% Victim (1961)
Lowest Rated: 33% Born to Win (1971)
Birthday: Jan 6, 1934
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 Jürgens 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Together Actor 2018
No Score Yet Booked Out Actor 2012
65% Is Anybody There? Lilian $2M 2009
66% Bunny and the Bull Hotelier 2008
96% 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
44% 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
44% Shining Through Linda's Mother 1992
69% Shirley Valentine Headmistress 1989
No Score Yet A Chorus of Disapproval Rebecca Huntley-Pike 1988
No Score Yet Intimate Contact Annie 1987
78% 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
64% Asylum Ruth 1972
33% Born to Win Cashier 1971
No Score Yet Run Wild, Run Free Mrs. Ransome 1969
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
67% 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
50% The World of Suzie Wong Kay O'Neill 1960
67% 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
83% Woman in a Dressing Gown Georgie Harlow 1957
No Score Yet It Happens Every Thursday Woman 1953

TV

CREDIT
63% Case Histories
2011-2013
Binky Rain
  • 2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Elsie Beamish Lavinia Pinkerton Joyce Thompson Madame Fleury Binky Rain
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2003
No Score Yet Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia
2010
Mrs. Hedges
  • 2010
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • 2009
68% Doctor Who
1963-1989
Mrs. Pritchard
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Saint
1962-1969
Arlene Lady Yearley Jeannine

QUOTES FROM Sylvia Syms CHARACTERS