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Penelope Wilton


Penelope Wilton is one of Britain’s best-known actresses. After studies at London’s Drama Centre, she made early debuts in the West End and on Broadway and has since worked extensively in theatre, film, and television.

Stage highlights include the 2015 Olivier Award for Best Actress, as well as prizes from the London Critics Circle Theatre Awards, the Irish Theatre Awards, and the London Evening Standard Awards. Penelope has six further Olivier Award nominations from a career which has included appearances at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, all the major West End venues, and internationally in Dublin and New York.

Her film work has involved roles in The History Boys, Pride & Prejudice, and The BFG, and has seen her collaborate with directors such as Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, and Richard Attenborough. Penelope has also become well-known for television appearances in Ever Decreasing Circles, Downton Abbey, and Doctor Who, and she is the recipient of a nomination for Best Actress from the Royal Television Society Awards.

Penelope was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to drama.

Last updated: Jul 2019