Patricia Hodge

Patricia Ann Hodge, OBE (born 29 September 1946) is an English actor. She made her West End debut in 1972 and starred in the 1973 West End production of Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse. She received two Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical, before winning the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the play Money.

Patricia Hodge

Born (1946-09-29) 29 September 1946
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Years active1971–present
Peter Douglas Owen
(m. 1976; his death 2016)

Other roles include the 1983 film Betrayal, the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992), the 1986 TV adaptation of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil and the TV film Hotel du Lac (1986), for which she received a Best Actress BAFTA TV Award nomination. From 2009 to 2015, she starred in the BBC sitcom Miranda.

Early life

Hodge was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.[1] The daughter of the Royal Hotel owner/manager Eric and his wife Marion (née Phillips),[2] Hodge attended Wintringham Girls' Grammar School in Weelsby Avenue in Grimsby and then St. Helen's School, Northwood, Middlesex, before attending Maria Grey College in Twickenham (later becoming part of Brunel University London), to train as a teacher.[3] She taught English and drama at Russell County Primary School in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, whilst also applying to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[4] She started at LAMDA when she was 22, being awarded on graduation the Eveline Evans Award for Best Actress.[5]


Hodge made her professional stage debut in the Howard Barker play No-One Was Saved at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 1971. She made her West End debut in Rookery Nook in 1972, and worked with Bob Fosse in 1973 on Pippin. However, when applying for television work she found she had become classed as a theatre actress. Having made the breakthrough in the role of Phyllida (Trant) Erskine-Brown in Rumpole of the Bailey, she found when trying to make the occasional return to theatre work that she had been classed as a television actress.

She has appeared in roles as diverse as in The Naked Civil Servant opposite John Hurt, shortly after she featured in the BBC's 1975 Christmas production Great Big Groovy Horse, a rock opera based on the story of the Trojan Horse shown on BBC2 starring Julie Covington, Bernard Cribbins and Paul Jones.[6] It was later repeated on BBC1 in 1977.[7] She featured as Myra Arundel in the 1984 BBC version of Noël Coward's Hay Fever, as Margaret Thatcher in The Falklands Play, and in 2007 as Betty, the wife of tycoon Robert Maxwell, in the BBC TV drama Maxwell opposite David Suchet.[8] She took the female lead in the 1983 film, Betrayal (based on Harold Pinter's play Betrayal), a roman à clef derived from the playwright's affair with broadcaster Joan Bakewell.

She co-starred with Dame Judi Dench in the 1995 London revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music as Countess Charlotte Malcom.

She was nominated for a BAFTA for her role in a television adaptation of Anita Brookner's Hotel du Lac in 1987, and was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the production of Money at the Royal National Theatre.[9] Hodge is an Honorary Graduate (DLitt) of Brunel University and one of the founder members of the Brunel Club.[10] From 2009 to 2015, she played a comedy role in the BBC sitcom Miranda, as the mother of the eponymous main character. Hodge reprised the role alongaide the rest of the cast for the 2017 Royal Variety Performance. In 2012 she toured in Christopher Luscombe's revival of Dandy Dick, starring alongside Nicholas Provost. She is joint President of Grimsby's Caxton Theatre.

Personal life

Hodge married music publisher Peter Owen on 31 July 1976 in Tonbridge. The couple have two sons: Alexander Richard Charles (born March 1989); and Edward Frederick James (born January 1992). Her husband died in May 2016.[11]

Hodge was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[12]



2018A Very English ScandalUrsula Thorpe
2015Downton AbbeyMrs Miranda Pelham2015 Christmas Special
2014You Can't Get The StaffNarrator
2013Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Big FourMadame Olivier
2009–2015MirandaPenny20 episodes
2007MaxwellBetty Maxwell
2007HustleVeronica Powell
2006Agatha Christie's MarpleMrs. Evadne Willett"The Sittaford Mystery"
2003Sweet MedicineGeorgina Sweet
2002Waking the DeadLady Alice Beattyepisodes: "Special Relationship part 1&2"
2002The Falklands PlayRt Hons Margaret Thatcher MP (Prime Minister)
1996The Legacy of Reginald PerrinGeraldine Hackstraw
1992The Cloning of Joanna MayJoanna May
1991Rich Tea and SympathyJulia Merrygrove
1989Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian FlemingLady Evelyn
1989Victoria WoodMoiraepisode: "Staying In"
1989The Shell SeekersOlivia
1989Inspector MorseLady Hanburyepisode: "Ghost in the Machine"
1988Heat of the DayStella
1986Hotel du LacMonica
1986Robin of SherwoodQueen Hadwisaepisode: "The Pretender"
1986The Return of Sherlock HolmesLady Hilda Trelawney Hope"The Second Stain"
1986The Life and Loves of a She-DevilMary Fisher
1986The Death of the HeartAnna Quayne
1985Time for MurderMargaret Tutting"Dust to Dust"
1984Hay FeverMyra Arundel
1983Jemima Shore InvestigatesJemima Shore
1981–1982NannyDorinda Sackville
1981Winston Churchill: The Wilderness YearsLady Londonderry
1980–1982Holding the FortPenny Milburn
1980–1981The Other 'ArfSybilla Howarth
1979The ProfessionalsAnn Hollyepisode: "Involvement"
1978Edward and Mrs SimpsonLady Diana Cooper
1978–1992Rumpole of the BaileyPhyllida Erskine-Brown
1975Great Big Groovy Horse
1975The Naked Civil ServantBallet Teacher
1975The Girls of Slender MeansAnne Baberton


1977The DisappearanceYoung Wife
1978Rosie Dixon - Night NurseSister Belter
1978The Waterloo Bridge HandicapGossiping Girl
1980The Elephant ManScreaming Mum
1981Riding HighMiss Hemmings
1985Behind Enemy LinesElizabeth Beaumont
1988SunsetChristina Alperin
1988Thieves in the Night
1988Just Ask for DiamondBetty Charlady / Brenda von Falkenberg
2002Before You GoViolet Mary Heaney
2015N-DaySusan Jennings


  • No-One Was Saved, 1971
  • Rookery Nook, 1972
  • Popkiss, 1972
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1973
  • Pippin, 1973
  • Hair, 1974
  • The Beggar's Opera, 1975
  • Pal Joey, 1976
  • Look Back in Anger, 1976
  • Then and Now, 1979
  • The Mitford Girls, 1981
  • As You Like It, 1983
  • Benefactors, 1984
  • Lady in the Dark, 1988
  • Noël and Gertie, 1989–90
  • Shades, 1992
  • Separate Tables, 1993
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1994
  • A Little Night Music, 1995
  • Money, 1999–2000
  • Summerfolk, 1999–2000
  • Noises Off, 2000–01
  • His Dark Materials, 2003–04
  • Dream Me a Winter, 2006 (part of the Old Vic's '24 Hour Plays')
  • Boeing Boeing, 2007
  • The Country Wife, 2007–08
  • The Clean House, 2008
  • Calendar Girls, 2008–09
  • The Breath of Life, 2011
  • Dandy Dick, 2012
  • Relative Values, 2013–14
  • Travels with My Aunt, 2016[13]
  • Copenhagen, 2018
  • A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, 2019

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
1981 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical The Mitford Girls Nominated
1987 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress Hotel du Lac Nominated
1990 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical Noel and Gertie Nominated
2000 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress Money Won


  1. "Miranda actress Patricia Hodge speaks at Everyman Club meeting". Grimsby Telegraph. 12 September 2013. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. "Patricia Hodge Biography (1946–)". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  3. Lacey, Hester (9 May 2014). "The Inventory: Patricia Hodge". Financial Times. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  4. "Events – LAMDA". Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  5. "The Big Interview: Patricia Hodge". 2 May 2007. Archived from the original on 16 May 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  6. "Great Big Groovy Horse – BBC Two England – 25 December 1975 – BBC Genome". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  7. "Great Big Groovy Horse – BBC One London – 21 December 1977 – BBC Genome". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  8. Dessau, B (29 September 2007). "A taste of plummy". The Times. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  9. O'Toole honoured at Oliviers BBC News – 18 February 2000
  10. Southbank Sinfonia and Patricia Hodge Archived 29 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine Brunel University – 2004
  11. "Peter Owen, publisher – obituary". 31 May 2016 via
  12. "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B12.
  13. "Travels with My Aunt review". The Guardian. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
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