Barbara Hicks

Barbara Hicks (12 August 1924 – 6 September 2013) was an English film actress.[1] She appeared in Terry Gilliam's 1985 cult film Brazil and Merchant Ivory Productions's 1992 Bafta award-winning Howards End.[2]

Barbara Hicks
Born(1924-08-12)12 August 1924
Died6 September 2013(2013-09-06) (aged 89)
Years active1953—2000


Hicks was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, and lived at Little Maplestead, Essex. She was educated at Adcote School, Shropshire. She was married for forty years to Lt-Colonel Peter Taylor (25 January 1913 – 26 March 2010). He was an outstanding front line commander who won two MCs in Italy in 1944.[3]

Hicks appeared in a National Theatre 80th birthday tribute to Lord Olivier, Happy Birthday, Sir Larry on 31 May 1987 in the presence of Olivier.[4]

She was the mother of actor Giles Taylor.[5]


1953BackgroundMrs. Young
1954Conflict of WingsMrs. Thompson
Child's PlayPolicewoman
1956Sailor Beware!Little Girl's Mother
1958I Was Monty's DoubleHester
Nowhere to GoAgnes the maidUncredited
1959Operation BullshineSergeant Merrifield
1960A Touch of LarcenyMiss PriceUncredited
1961His and HersWoman
Hand in HandMiss Roberts
A Matter of WHOMargeryUncredited
Petticoat PiratesPhysical Training Instructress
1963Doctor in DistressHealth Farm ReceptionistUncredited
1964SmokescreenMiss Breen
The Third SecretPolice Secretary
1968The Charge of the Light BrigadeMrs. Duberly's maid
1978Death on the NileVillage schoolmistressUncredited
1980The Wildcats of St Trinian'sMiss Coke
1981Memoirs of a SurvivorWoman on Waste Ground
1982Evil Under the SunFlewitt's Secretary
Britannia HospitalMiss Tinker: Administration
A Shocking AccidentAunt Joyce
1983Dombey and SonMrs. Pipchin
1985BrazilMrs. Alma Terrain
Morons from Outer SpaceStenographer
Cover Her FaceMiss Molpass
1986The Murder at the VicarageMiss Hartnell
1988We Think the World of YouResidents Assoc. Lady 1
1989WiltMs Clinch
1990The WitchesReginaUncredited
1992Howards EndMiss Avery
OrlandoSecond Older Woman
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to SideMiss Hartnell
1994The Memoirs of Sherlock HolmesEmily Garrideb
1997Remember Me?Elderly sister
FairyTale: A True StoryCity Woman
Déjà VuHousekeeper
2000Up at the VillaLulu Good(final film role)


  1. Michael Coveney. "Barbara Hicks obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  2. IMDb Biography
  4. Cast list from Happy Birthday, Sir Larry theatre programme, 31 May 1987
  5. "Interview with Giles". Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
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