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      Penelope Wilton

      Penelope Wilton

      Highest Rated: 92% Shaun of the Dead (2004)

      Lowest Rated: 19% Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)

      Birthday: Jun 3, 1946

      Birthplace: Scarborough, England, UK

      One of the most respected English stage actresses of the late 20th century and beyond, Penelope Wilton also enjoyed a lengthy career as a film and television actress with appearances in "Cry Freedom" (1987), "Calendar Girls" (2003) and most notably, the hugely popular "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2010-16) TV series. Frequently hailed for her versatility, which allowed her to move successfully between classical and modern drama, as well as for what critics often described as her "quintessential Englishness" - which translated into finely calibrated performances that allowed her to express layers of emotion through dialogue alone - Wilton came to be regarded as an "actress's actress," a performer who could deliver a memorable turn, no matter the material or author. The stage dominated her career for several decades before she began appearing in British TV and features, as well as the occasional international feature like "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Match Point" (2005). But it was her turn as the steely, staunchly middle-class Isobel Crawley on "Downton" that brought Wilton international acclaim as the series drew in audiences around the globe in devoted numbers. "Downton" fans soon discovered what English theatergoers had known since the early 1970s - that Penelope Wilton represented the best that her country could offer as a performer.

      Highest rated movies

      Shaun of the Dead Zoo Downton Abbey: A New Era Pride & Prejudice
      Belle
      Downton Abbey Operation Mincemeat The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

      Photos

      BLAME IT ON THE BELLBOY, back row, l-r: Bryan Brown, Richard Griffiths, Andreas Katsulas, Alex Norton, front, l-r: Bronson Pinchot, Penelope Wilton, Alison Steadman, Dudley Moore, Jim Carter, seated: Patsy Kensit, 1992. ©Buena Vista Pictures THE BFG, from left: Rebecca Hall, director Steven Spielberg, Rafe Spall, Penelope Wilton, on set, 2016. ph: Doane Gregory/© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures CLOCKWISE, Penelope Wilton, John Cleese, 1986. ©Universal THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, from left: Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, 2012. ph: Ishika Mohan/TM and ©Copyright Fox Searchlight Pictures. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, Penelope Wilton, 2012. ph: Ishika Mohan/TM and ©Copyright Fox Searchlight Pictures. IRIS, Judi Dench, Penelope Wilton, 2001, (c) Miramax THE BFG, from left: director Steven Spielberg, Penelope Wilton, on set, 2016. ph: Doane Gregory/© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures CALENDAR GIRLS, Linda Bassett, Julie Walters, Helen Mirren, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosbie, Penelope Wilton, 2003, (c) Touchstone CALENDAR GIRLS, Lesley Staples, Angela Curren, Penelope Wilton, Rosalind March, Annette Crosbie, Philip Glenister, 2003, (c) Touchstone IRIS, Penelope Wilton, 2001, (c) Miramax THE BFG, from left: Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton, 2016. ph: Doane Gregory/© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures THE BFG, from left: Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Penelope Wilton, Ruby Barnhill, 2016. ph: Doane Gregory/© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, from left: Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Judi Dench, 2012. ph: Ishika Mohan/TM and ©Copyright Fox Searchlight Pictures. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, Penelope Wilton, 2012. ph: Ishika Mohan/TM and ©Copyright Fox Searchlight Pictures. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, (AKA THE GUERNSEY LITERARY & POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY), FROM LEFT: KATHERINE PARKINSON, TOM COURTENAY, KIT CONNOR, PENELOPE WILTON, MICHIEL HUISMAN, LILY JAMES, 2018. PH: KERRY BROWN/© NETFLIX CALENDAR GIRLS, Linda Bassett, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosby, Helen Mirren, Penelope Wilton, 2003, (c) Touchstone BELLE, Penelope Wilton, 2013, ph: David Appleby/TM and Copyright ©Fox Searchlight CALDENDAR GIRLS, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton, Annette Crosbie, Helen Mirren, Celia Imrie, 2003, (c) Touchstone CALENDAR GIRLS, Celia Imrie, Julie Walters, Rosalind March, Helen Mirren, Annette Crosbie, Georgie Glen, Penelope Wilton, Linda Bassett, Angela Curren, 2003, (c) Touchstone SHAUN OF THE DEAD, Penelope Wilton, 2004, (c) Rogue Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      80% 70% Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, The Maureen (Character) - 2023
      87% 97% Downton Abbey: A New Era Isobel Merton (Character) $43.3M 2022
      83% 66% Operation Mincemeat Hester Leggett (Character) - 2021
      78% 73% Summerland Older Alice (Character) $58.3K 2020
      79% 60% Eternal Beauty Vivian (Character) - 2019
      84% 94% Downton Abbey Isobel Crawley (Character) $96.8M 2019
      81% 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Amelia Maugery (Character) - 2018
      88% 64% Zoo Denise Austin (Character) - 2017
      74% 57% The BFG The Queen (Character) $55.5M 2016
      66% 59% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Jean Ainslie (Character) $33.0M 2015
      85% 82% Belle Lady Mary Murray (Character) $10.7M 2013
      70% 41% The Girl Peggy Robertson (Character) - 2012
      78% 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Jean Ainslie (Character) $46.4M 2011
      No Score Yet 70% Margot B.Q (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marple: They Do It With Mirrors Carrie Louise Serrocold (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 69% Half Broken Things Jean (Character) - 2007
      65% 70% The History Boys Mrs. Bibby (Character) $2.7M 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Falling Daisy Langrish (Character) - 2005
      77% 81% Match Point Eleanor Hewett (Character) $23.1M 2005
      87% 89% Pride & Prejudice Mrs. Gardiner (Character) $38.4M 2005
      92% 93% Shaun of the Dead Barbara (Character) $13.5M 2004
      74% 67% Calendar Girls Ruth (Character) $31.0M 2003
      No Score Yet 78% Victoria & Albert Princess Mary Louise Victoria (Character) - 2001
      79% 73% Iris Janet Stone (Character) $5.6M 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Strange Case of Delfina Potocka: The Mystery of Chopin Delfina / Paulina (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 49% Alice Through the Looking Glass White Queen (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 59% Tom's Midnight Garden Aunt Melbourne (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Could Be the Last Time Marjorie (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of the Borrowers Homily (Character) - 1996
      54% 74% Carrington Lady Ottoline Morrell (Character) $2.3M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Rapture Marion French (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 53% The Borrowers Homily (Character) - 1993
      19% 39% Blame It on the Bellboy Patricia Fulford (Character) $3.0M 1992
      74% 87% Cry Freedom Wendy Woods (Character) $4.9M 1987
      80% 66% Clockwise Woman Teacher (Character) $640.2K 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Singleton's Pluck Alice Singleton (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laughter House Alice Singleton (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Othello Desdemona (Character) - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      25% 8% Murder is Easy Miss Pinkerton (Character) 2023
      87% 93% Downton Abbey Isobel Crawley (Character) 2010-2015 2023
      71% 86% After Life Anne (Character) 2019-2020 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brief Encounters Pauline (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Guest 2014
      50% No Score Yet South Riding Unknown (Character) 2011
      90% 65% Doctor Who Harriet Jones (Guest Star) 2005 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Passion Unknown (Character) 2008
      78% 0% Five Days Barbara Poole (Character) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Borrowers Homily (Character) 1992-1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ever Decreasing Circles Ann Bryce (Character) 1984 1986-1987 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet BBC Television Shakespeare Regan (Character) 1982