Anne Reid

Anne Reid was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, the daughter of Colin Norman Reid (1896-1979) and Annie Eliza Weetman/Reid (1896-c.1980). She lived with her parents and three older brothers in Redcar where she attended John Emmerson Batty primary school and the White House School. From the age of 11 she attended Penrhos College, a boarding school in North Wales, when her father was posted abroad as a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph: she visited her parents occasionally in India,Tehran and Beirut in the school holidays. Upon leaving school she moved to London to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She then became a stage manager and worked in repertory theatre.

After several small roles in the classic 1950s British TV shows 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' and 'Hancock's Half Hour' she found fame as Ken Barlow's wife Valerie in the UK TV show 'Coronation Street' she remained with the show for a decade before leaving to give birth and bring up her son. Her character was accidentally electrocuted while trying to plug in a hairdryer.

She continued in steady work and in the late 1980's became one of the regulars used by 'Victoria Wood' in her TV shows. This bore fruit in the role of Jean in the hit sitcom 'dinnerladies' (1998 - 2000).

Her most critically acclaimed role came in 2003 when she took the lead in the film 'The Mother' about a woman who has an affair with her daughter's partner. The role of May saw her earn a BAFTA film nomination for Best Actress.

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Cast Credits

Hold the Sunset (2018)
Starring as Queenie
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (2017)
Guest starring as Martine Jenkins
Our Friend Victoria (2017)
Guest starring as Anne Reid
  • Episode 1x01: Age (Apr 11, 2017)
The One Show (2015)
Guest starring as Anne Reid (2 episodes)
Our Zoo (2014)
Starring as Lucy Mottershead (6 episodes)
Inside No. 9 (2014)
Guest starring as Geraldine
Jo Brand's Great Wall of Comedy (2013)
Guest starring as Anne Reid
Last Tango in Halifax (2012)
Starring as Celia Dawson (20 episodes)
Prisoners' Wives (2012)
Guest starring as Margaret (4 episodes)
  • Episode 2x04: Episode 4 (Apr 4, 2013)
  • Episode 2x03: Episode 3 (Mar 28, 2013)
  • Episode 2x02: Episode 2 (Mar 21, 2013)
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The Jury (2011)
Starring as June Brierly
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (2011)
Guest starring as Anne Reid
Five Days (2007)
Starring as Jen Mason
Doctor Who (2005)
Guest starring as Florence Finnegan
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)
Guest starring as Sister Agnes
  • Episode 3x04: Nemesis (Jan 1, 2009)
Who Do You Think You Are? (2004)
Guest starring as Anne Reid
New Tricks (2004)
Guest starring as Sophie Urquhart
Screen One (1989)
Guest starring as Maeve
Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
Guest starring as Daisy Luttrell
  • Episode 13x05: Curtain (Nov 13, 2013)
This Morning (1988)
Guest starring as Anne Reid
Casualty (1986)
Guest starring as Barbara
Edith ()
Starring as Mrs. Gale