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.
|Born||29 September 1946|
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
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.
Hodge was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. The daughter of the Royal Hotel owner/manager Eric and his wife Marion (née Phillips), 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. 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. She started at LAMDA when she was 22, being awarded on graduation the Eveline Evans Award for Best Actress.
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. It was later repeated on BBC1 in 1977. 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. 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 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. Hodge is an Honorary Graduate (DLitt) of Brunel University and one of the founder members of the Brunel Club. 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.
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.
Hodge was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
|2018||A Very English Scandal||Ursula Thorpe|
|2015||Downton Abbey||Mrs Miranda Pelham||2015 Christmas Special|
|2014||You Can't Get The Staff||Narrator|
|2013||Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Big Four||Madame Olivier|
|2006||Agatha Christie's Marple||Mrs. Evadne Willett||"The Sittaford Mystery"|
|2003||Sweet Medicine||Georgina Sweet|
|2002||Waking the Dead||Lady Alice Beatty||episodes: "Special Relationship part 1&2"|
|2002||The Falklands Play||Rt Hons Margaret Thatcher MP (Prime Minister)|
|1996||The Legacy of Reginald Perrin||Geraldine Hackstraw|
|1992||The Cloning of Joanna May||Joanna May|
|1991||Rich Tea and Sympathy||Julia Merrygrove|
|1989||Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming||Lady Evelyn|
|1989||Victoria Wood||Moira||episode: "Staying In"|
|1989||The Shell Seekers||Olivia|
|1989||Inspector Morse||Lady Hanbury||episode: "Ghost in the Machine"|
|1988||Heat of the Day||Stella|
|1986||Hotel du Lac||Monica|
|1986||Robin of Sherwood||Queen Hadwisa||episode: "The Pretender"|
|1986||The Return of Sherlock Holmes||Lady Hilda Trelawney Hope||"The Second Stain"|
|1986||The Life and Loves of a She-Devil||Mary Fisher|
|1986||The Death of the Heart||Anna Quayne|
|1985||Time for Murder||Margaret Tutting||"Dust to Dust"|
|1984||Hay Fever||Myra Arundel|
|1983||Jemima Shore Investigates||Jemima Shore|
|1981||Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years||Lady Londonderry|
|1980–1982||Holding the Fort||Penny Milburn|
|1980–1981||The Other 'Arf||Sybilla Howarth|
|1979||The Professionals||Ann Holly||episode: "Involvement"|
|1978||Edward and Mrs Simpson||Lady Diana Cooper|
|1978–1992||Rumpole of the Bailey||Phyllida Erskine-Brown|
|1975||Great Big Groovy Horse|
|1975||The Naked Civil Servant||Ballet Teacher|
|1975||The Girls of Slender Means||Anne Baberton|
|1977||The Disappearance||Young Wife|
|1978||Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse||Sister Belter|
|1978||The Waterloo Bridge Handicap||Gossiping Girl|
|1980||The Elephant Man||Screaming Mum|
|1981||Riding High||Miss Hemmings|
|1985||Behind Enemy Lines||Elizabeth Beaumont|
|1988||Thieves in the Night|
|1988||Just Ask for Diamond||Betty Charlady / Brenda von Falkenberg|
|2002||Before You Go||Violet Mary Heaney|
- 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
- Copenhagen, 2018
- A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, 2019
Awards and nominations
|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|
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- "Events – LAMDA". Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
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- "Great Big Groovy Horse – BBC Two England – 25 December 1975 – BBC Genome". Retrieved 21 April 2017.
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- Dessau, B (29 September 2007). "A taste of plummy". The Times. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
- O'Toole honoured at Oliviers BBC News – 18 February 2000
- Southbank Sinfonia and Patricia Hodge Archived 29 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine Brunel University – 2004
- "Peter Owen, publisher – obituary". 31 May 2016 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
- "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B12.
- "Travels with My Aunt review". The Guardian. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.