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Janine Duvitski

Janine Drzewicki was born in Nottingham to an English mother and a Polish father and moved to London to train as an actress at the E 15 theatre school. Shortly after leaving she was given a couple of small roles in television dramas but had no agent, and placed an advert in the 'Spotlight' agency catalogue with a photograph. As a result she was approached by the BBC to test for a play about incest, entitled BBC2 Playhouse: Diane (1975). Although she was in her early 20s the part was that of a 13-year-old girl but her audition was sufficiently convincing to win her the role. The door thus opened to her for more TV and stage roles and, whilst she was appearing in 'Don Juan' at Hampstead Theatre, London, she was spotted by Mike Leigh who offered her the part of Angie in the stage production of Play for Today: Abigail's Party (1977), which she repeated in the television version. A familiar face in television comedy series, she has nonetheless been given very little of note in the cinema, playing typically small roles as mad women in Dracula (1979) and The Madness of King George (1994). Married to the actor Paul Bentall, she has two sons and two daughters, one being the actress Ruby Bentall and lives in London.

Known For


Cast Credits

Hospital People (2017)
Starring as Mrs Leydon (6 episodes)
Houdini & Doyle (2016)
Guest starring as Martha Stiles
Doctor Thorne (2016)
Starring as Lady Scatcherd (3 episodes)
Boy Meets Girl (2015)
Starring as Peggy Arkley (12 episodes)
Still Open All Hours (2014)
Guest starring as Elsie Bridges
Keep It in the Family (2014)
Guest starring as Janine Duvitski
Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (2013)
Guest starring as Janine Duvitski
Plebs (2013)
Guest starring as Soothsayer
Old Jack's Boat (2013)
Starring as Emily Scuttlebutt
A Young Doctor's Notebook (2012)
Guest starring as Belladonna Zbinka
Little Dorrit (2008)
Starring as Mrs. Meagles
All Star Mr. & Mrs. (2008)
Guest starring as Janine Duvitski
Benidorm (2007)
Starring as Jacqueline Stewart (7 episodes)
All Star Family Fortunes (2006)
Guest starring as Janine Duvitski (2 episodes)
Foyle's War (2002)
Guest starring as Eve Redmond
The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (2000)
Guest starring as Mrs Cockerton
Midsomer Murders (1998)
Guest starring as Deirdre Tibbs
Trial & Retribution (1997)
Guest starring as Sandra Dutton
Waiting for God (1990)
Starring as Jane Edwards
One Foot in the Grave (1990)
Starring as Pippa Trench
A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987)
Guest starring as Janine Duvitski
Casualty (1986)
Guest starring as Joyce
Blankety Blank (1979)
Guest starring as Janine Duvitski
  • Episode 15x04: Show 4 (Jan 28, 2001)
Man About the House (1973)
Guest starring as Sheila
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