Brenda Bruce Movies and Career Information
Jul 07, 1918
Brenda Bruce (7 July 1918 – 19 February 1996) was a British actress. She had a long and successful career in the theatre, radio, film, and television. Brenda Bruce was born in Manchester. Bruce started her acting career as a teenager on stage as a chorus girl. She was with the Birmingham Repertory Company (1936–1939) and a long-time actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). She was the RSC's resident Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, playing the role in 1964, 1968, 1975, and 1995. She also appeared as Irma in the RSC's production of Jean Genet's The Balcony in 1971. In the 1950s she appeared on television in many dramas, and in a chat show Rich and Rich with her husband. She starred as Winnie in the 1962 British premiere of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, and in 1977 as Lucilla Edith Cavell Teatime in "Murder Most English". Brenda Bruce played P. G. Wodehouse's character Aunt Dahlia in the 1990s production of Jeeves and Wooster with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Other roles include Tilda in the Doctor Who story "Paradise Towers", Bea in the rag trade drama Connie, and in the The Riff Raff Element. In 1964, she also had the important role of Mary Lewis in Nightmare.