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Avis Bunnage

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Avis Bunnage (22 April 1923, Manchester, England, UK – 4 October 1990, England) was a British actress of film, stage and television. She attended Manley Park Municipal School and Chorlton Central School in Manchester. She worked as a secretary and a nursery teacher before deciding to become an actress. She gained stage experience in rep and made her first professional appearance at Chorlton Rep Theatre in Manchester in 1947. Most notably, she appeared as Veronica, the wife of Rigsby, in Rising Damp, for one episode. Bunnage was a member of Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop company at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. There she created the role of Helen, the mother in A Taste of Honey, her first West End role when the play transferred to Wynndems Theatre, and also a role in Oh, What a Lovely War! at Stratford East, which also transferred to Wyndams Theatre. When Avis was on holiday from this production for two weeks, her role was taken over by Danny La Rue. Among her other roles for Theatre Workshop were Mrs. Lovitt in Christopher Bond's play Sweeny Todd (the basis for the Sondheim musical), and the title role in a play about the music hall legend Marie Lloyd. In the early years of Coronation Street she played Lucile Hewitt's auntie. She was in the musical Billy at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, playing the mother of 'Billy Liar'. She played Golda in Fiddler on the Roof, opposite Alfie Bass, at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. Married to Derek Orchard, she died in Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, aged 67. Description above from the Wikipedia article Avis Bunnage, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Apr 22, 1923 In Manchester, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Expresso Bongo 1959-12-01
Latest Project:
Movie The Krays 1990-04-27
Known For
Poster of Panic
Poster of The Whisperers
Poster of Sparrows Can't Sing
Poster of The L-Shaped Room
Movie The Krays Helen 1990-04-27
Movie No Surrender Martha Gorman 1985-09-11
Movie Mrs. Capper's Birthday Alice Loft 1985-11-17
Movie Gandhi Colin's Mother 1982-11-30
Movie Panic Old Lady 1978-01-01
Movie Scully's New Year's Eve Florrie 1978-01-03
Series Anne of Green Gables Rachel Lynde 1972-02-20
Movie Everybody Say Cheese Hylda Cheatham 1971-06-03
Series In Loving Memory 1969-11-04
Movie The Whisperers Mrs. Noonan 1967-07-18
Movie The Wrong Box Queen Victoria 1966-06-19
Movie Rotten to the Core Countess de Wett (Matron) 1965-07-14
Movie What a Crazy World Mary 1963-07-02
Movie Sparrows Can't Sing Bridgie Gooding 1963-03-26
Movie Tom Jones Landlady 1963-08-24
Movie The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Mrs. Smith 1962-09-20
Movie The L-Shaped Room Doris 1962-11-20
Movie Doctor in Love Mrs. Jimp (uncredited) 1960-07-12
Movie Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Blousy Woman 1960-10-27
Movie Expresso Bongo Mrs Rudge 1959-12-01