Patsy Byrne

Patricia "Patsy" Byrne (13 July 1933 – 17 June 2014) was an English actress, best known for her role as "Nursie" in Blackadder II as well as Malcolm's domineering mother in the ITV comedy series Watching.[1]

Patsy Byrne
Patricia Byrne

13 July 1933
Died17 June 2014
(aged 80)
Spouse(s)Patrick John Seccombe (1967–2000; his death)


Byrne was educated at Ashford County Grammar School. She studied drama at Rose Bruford College before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company playing parts such as Maria in Twelfth Night and Gruscha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Aldwych Theatre in the early 1960s. In the 1980s she also worked at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Byrne starred alongside Tony Robinson in a Series 3 episode of Maid Marian and her Merry Men.[2] She played Betty the Tea Lady on the BBC children's programme Playdays. Other roles included appearances in I, Claudius (1976), Stealing Heaven (1988), Inspector Morse (1989), Les Misérables (1998), David Copperfield (1999) and Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000), as well as numerous radio plays. Byrne performed in the 1990 BBC production of C. S. Lewis' The Silver Chair as the giant nanny in the city of the giants.


Byrne died at Denville Hall, a retirement home for performers, on 17 June 2014.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1962The Cherry OrchardDunyasha, the maid
1972The Ruling ClassMrs. Pamela Treadwell
1972The Alf Garnett SagaMrs. Frewin
1978The Class of Miss MacMichaelMrs. Green
1982The Return of the SoldierMrs. Plummer
1982Britannia HospitalNurse
1983Death Of An Expert Witness
1985Mr. LoveMrs. Lunt
1986Blackadder IINursie6 episodes
1988Hanna's WarRosie
1988Stealing HeavenAgnes
1992Emily's GhostMrs. Crabtree
1993The Higher MortalsMatron
1996The Treasure SeekersMrs. Nesbit
1998Les MisérablesToussaint
2000Kevin & Perry Go LargeOld lady


  1. Slide, Anthony (1996) Some Joe You Don't Know: American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities, Greenwood Press; ISBN 978-0-313-29550-8, p. 11
  2. "Blackadder 'Nursie' actress Patsy Byrne dies aged 80". BBC News. BBC. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  3. "BYRNE – Deaths Announcements". The Daily Telegraph. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
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