Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton, OBE is an English actress. She starred with Richard Briers in the BBC situation comedy Ever Decreasing Circles.

She is also known for playing the character of Lady Mary's mother-in-law and Grandmother to her child Isobel Crawley in the period drama Downtown Abbey, Ruth in the film Calendar Girls, and Homily in the films The Borrowers and The Return of the Borrowers. Wilton has also starred alongside David Tennant as fictional Prime Minister of The Golden Age as Harriet Jones in Doctor Who, Scarlett Johansson as Eleanor Hewett in her best known movie Match Point and Donald Sutherland as Mrs Gardiner in Pride & Prejudice.

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Cast Credits

Brief Encounters (2016)
Starring as Pauline
The One Show (2015)
Guest starring as Penelope Wilton
South Riding (2011)
Starring as Alderman Mrs Beddows
Downton Abbey (2010)
Starring as Isobel Crawley (41 episodes)
Lorraine (2010)
Guest starring as Penelope Wilton
Five Days (2007)
Starring as Barbara Poole
Brief Encounters (2006)
Starring as Pauline
Doctor Who (2005)
Guest starring as Harriet Jones (5 episodes)
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)
Guest starring as Carrie Louise Serrocold
Bob and Rose (2001)
Starring as Monica Gossage
Ever Decreasing Circles (1984)
Starring as Ann Bryce
Good Morning America (1975)
Guest starring as Penelope Wilton