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      Linda Bassett

      Linda Bassett

      Highest Rated: 86% Alive and Kicking (1996)

      Lowest Rated: 26% Mary Reilly (1996)

      Birthday: Feb 4, 1950

      Birthplace: Kent, England, UK

      Though born in Pluckley, a small village in Kent, England, Linda Bassett moved early on to the Pimlico region of London. It was there the youngster developed a passion for drama, as she and her family often watched classic plays at the Old Vic Theatre (where Bassett eventually found work as an usher). Her passion for acting blossomed during her Old Vic tenure, and after one year at Leeds University (as an English student), Bassett dropped out of school to work with a community drama group. These years working in small, local productions were vastly important for the budding actress, who had never received "proper" training. In 1982, at age 32, Bassett finally broke through on Broadway, and she spent the rest of that decade building a solid stage and screen reputation. Transitioning to film came easily--her first big-screen role was a starring spot in the 1987 drama "Waiting for the Moon." Her work throughout the '90s, however, was typically of the TV variety, including one-off and multi-episode stints on popular programs like police procedural "The Bill" and detective drama "A Touch of Frost." Though well-respected by both her peers and critics, Bassett was never a household name during this period--but in 1999, she delivered her break-out film performance, earning a Best Actress BAFTA nomination for her role as Ella Khan. Throughout the '00s, Bassett continued to find quality character work in films like the 2008 drama "The Reader" and shows like the BBC sitcom "Grandma's House."

      Highest rated movies

      86% Alive and Kicking
      80% Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, The
      80% The Hours
      80% Beautiful People
      80% Haunted
      79% East Is East
      74% Calendar Girls
      72% Separate Lies

      Photos

      WAITING FOR THE MOON, Linda Hunt, Linda Bassett, 1987, (c)Skouras Pictures EAST IS EAST, Linda Bassett, Om Puri, 1999, (c) Miramax CALENDAR GIRLS, Linda Bassett, Julie Walters, Helen Mirren, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosbie, Penelope Wilton, 2003, (c) Touchstone KINKY BOOTS, Linda Bassett, (far right),2005, ©Buena Vista Pictures WEST IS WEST, from left: Linda Bassett, Lesley Nicol, 2010. WAITING FOR THE MOON, Linda Hunt, Linda Bassett, 1987, (c)Skouras Pictures WEST IS WEST, from left: Linda Bassett, Lesley Nicol, 2010. EAST IS EAST, Linda Bassett, Lesley Nicol, 1999 CALENDAR GIRLS, Linda Bassett, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosby, Helen Mirren, Penelope Wilton, 2003, (c) Touchstone EAST IS EAST, Linda Bassett, 1999, (c) Miramax CALENDAR GIRLS, Celia Imrie, Julie Walters, Rosalind March, Helen Mirren, Annette Crosbie, Georgie Glen, Penelope Wilton, Linda Bassett, Angela Curren, 2003, (c) Touchstone CALENDAR GIRLS, Linda Bassett, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosbie, Helen Mirren, Penelope Wilton, 2003, (c) Touchstone CALENDAR GIRLS, Lesley Staples, Georgie Glen, Angela Curren, Penelope Wilton, Julie Walters, Helen Mirren, Janet Howd, Celia Imrie, Rosalind March, Annette Crosbie, Linda Bassett, 2003, (c) Touchstone EAST IS EAST, Linda Bassett, Om Puri, 1999, (c) Miramax

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      80% 74% Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, The Queenie (Character) - 2023
      43% 40% Effie Gray Anna (Character) - 2014
      63% 55% West Is West Ella Khan (Character) - 2010
      58% 74% Kinky Boots Melanie (Character) $1.8M 2005
      72% 47% Separate Lies Maggie (Character) $923.3K 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The English Harem Monica Pringle (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 53% Spivs Auntie Vee (Character) - 2004
      74% 67% Calendar Girls Cora (Character) $31.0M 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Entering Blue Zone Nurse Nina (Character) - 2003
      80% 84% The Hours Nelly (Character) $41.6M 2002
      No Score Yet 52% The Martins Anthea (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 38% Don Quixote The Housekeeper (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don Quijote Unknown (Character) - 2000
      80% 85% Beautiful People Nurse (Character) $261.4K 1999
      79% 78% East Is East Ella (Character) $4.2M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life & Crimes of William Palmer Mary Thornton (Character) - 1998
      67% 65% Oscar and Lucinda Betty Stratton (Character) $1.6M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Loved Up Mother (Character) - 1996
      26% 40% Mary Reilly Mary's Mother (Character) $5.5M 1996
      86% 59% Alive and Kicking Doctor (Character) $294.5K 1996
      80% 51% Haunted Madame Brontski (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Small Dance Sandra Matkin (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 80% Traffik Unknown (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris by Night Janet Swanton (Character) - 1988
      44% 75% Waiting for the Moon Gertrude Stein (Character) - 1987

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 94% Call the Midwife Nurse Phyllis (Character) 2015-2024
      83% 93% C.B. Strike Joan Nancarrow (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twirlywoos Narrator 2015-2017
      71% No Score Yet Spies of Warsaw Unknown (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grandma's House Grandma (Character) 2010 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lark Rise to Candleford Queenie Turrill (Character) 2008-2011
      No Score Yet 80% Sense and Sensibility Mrs Jennings (Character) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brief Maureen Tyler (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love on the Rocks Unknown (Character) 1994