Home / Biography / Sheila Hancock

Sheila Hancock

Biography

Actress most widely known for showing up in shows want Doctor Who have and films want Son in the Striped Pajamas. She worked well in repertory theatre in the ’50s before getting her initial big television function in the sitcom The Rag Trade. She made an appearance in the BBC’s dancing truth show Strictly Arrive Dance in 2012. She was wedded to professional Alec Ross from 1954 until his loss of life in 1971. She changed Joan Sims in the 1958 play Breathing of Spring.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sheila Hancock
Date Of Birth February 22, 1933
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.73 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Nationality English
Spouse John Thaw, Alec Ross
Children Melanie Thaw, Joanna Thaw
Parents Ivy Louise Hancock, Enrico Cameron Hancock
Siblings Billie Hancock
Awards Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Nominations Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance, British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
Movies The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Anniversary, Carry On Cleo, Three Men and a Little Lady, Love and Death on Long Island, Night Must Fall, The Moon-Spinners, Take a Girl Like You, Buster, The Wildcats of St Trinian's, This Beautiful Fantastic, After Thomas, Twice Round the Daffodils, The Russian Bride, A Business Affair, Alice in Wonderland, Hawks, The Girl on the Boat, Light Up the Sky!, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Just Henry, Doctor in Love, Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, Hold Back the Night, Delicious, Love or Money, Yes, Bait, Close Relations, Dangerous Lady, Words of the Blitz, The Universe of Dermot Finn, The Magnificent Six and ½: It's Not Cricket, No Head for Heights, The Love Child, Jumping the Queue, Feather Boy, Making Waves
TV Shows The Brighton Belles, Fortysomething, Bedtime, Fallen Angel, The Rag Trade (1961), Grumpy Old Women, Playhouse Presents, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Delicious, The Bed-Sit Girl, Now Take My Wife, The Last Word Monologues, Mr Digby, Darling, Feather Boy, Playing Shakespeare
Star Sign Pisces

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1Daughter of Enrico Cameron Hancock (1894-1965) and Ivy Louise Hancock (née Woodward) (1898-1970).
2Playing the Reverend Mother in Sister Act at the London Palladium. [October 2009]
3Soho, London, England [February 2011]
4Soho, London, England [December 2010]
5Chancellor of University of Portsmouth in England [May 2007]
6Playing Mrs. Taggart in the Garrick Theatre, London production of The Anniversary, in the 1967 film of which she played the part of Karen. [January 2005]
7She suffers from stage fright and has used hypnotherapy to cure her fear of live performances.
8She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2011 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to drama.
9Became the Chancellor of The University of Portsmouth - May 16th 2007.
10She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1974 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
11An Associate Member of RADA.
12Mother of actress Melanie Thaw, born 1964, (with first husband Alec Ross) and Joanna Thaw, born 1974, (with second husband John Thaw). When John Thaw married Hancock he decided to adopt Melanie officially, which is why she bears his surname.
13Attended Dartford County Grammar School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
14She is a breast cancer survivor. Her first husband, actor Alec Ross, died of cancer in 1971 and her second husband, actor John Thaw, died of esophageal cancer in 2002. She has been a spokesperson for Cancer BACUP.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dark Mile2017completedMary
Edie2017post-productionEdie
Delicious2016TV Series post-productionMimi
The More You Ignore Mepost-productionNan Wildgoose
Casualty2016TV SeriesHester Price
Remember Me2014TV Mini-SeriesLoveday Hutton
Delicious2013Patti
Playhouse Presents2012TV SeriesMelba
Hustle2012TV SeriesDolly Hammond
North by Northamptonshire2011-2012TV SeriesNarrator
Just Henry2011TV MovieGran
New Tricks2007-2011TV SeriesGrace Pullman
Words of the Blitz2010Various
Moving On2009TV SeriesLiz
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas2008Grandma
Fallen Angel2007TV Mini-SeriesLady Youlgreave
After Thomas2006TV MovieGranny Pat
The Catherine Tate Show2006TV SeriesJune
Bleak House2005TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Guppy
Yes2004/IAunt
Feather Boy2004TV SeriesEdith Sorrel
Bedtime2001-2003TV SeriesAlice Oldfield
Fortysomething2003TV SeriesGwendolen Hartley
Bait2002TV MoviePam Raeburn
The Practicality of Magnolia2002TV SeriesIsobel
Love or Money2001TV MovieTeresa
The Russian Bride2001TV MovieDora Blossom
EastEnders2000-2001TV SeriesBarbara
The Thing About Vince2000TV Mini-SeriesPat
Hold Back the Night1999Vera
Alice in Wonderland1999TV MovieCook
Close Relations1998TV Mini-SeriesDorothy Hammond
Love and Death on Long Island1997Mrs. Barker
Kavanagh QC1997TV SeriesSarah Meadows
Shooting Gallery1995TV Series
Dangerous Lady1995TV Mini-SeriesSarah Ryan
The Buccaneers1995TV Mini-SeriesDowager Duchess / Duchess of Trevenick
Brighton Belles1993-1994TV SeriesFrances
A Business Affair1994Judith
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends1993TV SeriesAnna Maria
Comedy Playhouse1993TV SeriesFrances
Gone to Seed1992TV SeriesMag
Inspector Morse1992TV Series
No Head for Heights1992TV ShortCaroline
My Kingdom for a Horse1991TV SeriesSteve's Mother
Gone to the Dogs1991TV Mini-SeriesJean
3 Men and a Little Lady1990Vera
Astérix et le coup du menhir1989Impedimenta (English version, voice)
Jumping the Queue1989TV SeriesMatilda Poliport
Bradley1989TV SeriesMonica Pobjoy
The Universe of Dermot Finn1988ShortMother of Pearl
Doctor Who1988TV SeriesHelen A.
Buster1988Mrs. Rothery
The Love Child1988Edith
Hawks1988Regina
Theatre Night1988TV SeriesMrs. Malaprop
Making Waves1987ShortDoris
Bulman1985TV SeriesKate
Home to Roost1985TV SeriesSue
Dramarama1985TV SeriesRita Chartell
Play for Today1982TV SeriesEllen
Comedy Tonight1980TV Movie
The Wildcats of St. Trinian's1980Olga Vandemeer
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe1979TV MovieJadis - The White Witch (US version, voice)
Whodunnit?1976TV SeriesPanellist
Couples1976TV SeriesJoan Skinner
Menace1970-1973TV SeriesRose / Toni Patra
But Seriously, It's Sheila Hancock1972-1973TV Series
Full House1972TV SeriesCountdown cast member
Scoop1972TV SeriesMrs. Stitch
Now, Take My Wife1971TV SeriesClaire Love
Frankie Howerd's Hour1971TV Mini-SeriesSpecial Guest Star
Comedy Playhouse1970-1971TV SeriesClaire Love / Wendy Hillbright
Mr. Digby Darling1969-1971TV SeriesThelma Teesdale
Shadows of Fear1971TV SeriesAnne Brand
The Mating Machine1970TV SeriesFreda
Take a Girl Like You1969Martha Thompson
Pick of the Year1968TV Movie
ITV Playhouse1968TV SeriesKaff / Naomi Woodley
BBC Show of the Week1968TV Series
Detective1968TV SeriesMrs. Markle
Beryl Reid Says Good Evening1968TV Series
The Anniversary1968Karen Taggart
The Magnificent Six and ½: It's Not Cricket1968Secretary
How I Won the War1967Mrs. Clapper's Friend
Armchair Theatre1967TV SeriesAlice
Thirty-Minute Theatre1966TV SeriesCynthia / Vi
Jackanory1966TV SeriesStoryteller
The Bed-Sit Girl1965-1966TV SeriesSheila Ross
The Wednesday Thriller1965TV SeriesJoyce Lambert
ITV Play of the Week1965TV SeriesHetty
Carry on Cleo1964Senna Pod
Thursday Theatre1964TV SeriesOlive Leech
The Moon-Spinners1964Cynthia Gamble
Night Must Fall1964Dora Parkoe
Festival1964TV SeriesWinifred
BBC Sunday-Night Play1960-1963TV Mini-SeriesJackie Lambert / Janet
The Girl on the Boat1962Jane Howard
The Rag Trade1961-1962TV SeriesCarole Taylor / Carol Taylor
Twice Round the Daffodils1962Dora
The Bulldog Breed1960Doris (uncredited)
Bootsie and Snudge1960TV SeriesGreta
Doctor in Love1960Librarian (uncredited)
Skywatch1960Theatre Act

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mercy2016/Vexecutive producer post-production

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mercy2016/Vmany thanks post-production
Out of the Shadows2004Short thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Europe: The Final Debate with Jeremy Paxman2016TV MovieHerself - Actress, Remain
Paul O'Grady's 100 Years of Movie Musicals2016TV MovieHerself / 'Fraulein Schneider', Cabaret, West End Production
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach2016DocumentaryHerself - Actress
Toast of London2015TV SeriesHerself
QI2015TV SeriesHerself
Loose Women2004-2015TV SeriesHerself
Sunday AM2006-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Contributor
Weekend2014TV SeriesHerself
Perspectives2013TV Series documentary
Richard Briers: A Tribute2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Room 1012005-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Strictly Come Dancing2012TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
Celebrity Antiques Road Trip2012TV SeriesHerself
Unforgettable: The Sweeney2012TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actress and John Thaw's Wife
The Story of Musicals2012TV Series documentaryHerself
The Unforgettable John Thaw2012TV Movie documentaryHerself - John's Second Wife
24 Hour Panel People2011TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Breakfast2001-2011TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Actress
The One Show2008-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
In Confidence2011TV Series documentaryHerself
100 Years of the London Palladium2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
A History of the World2010TV Series documentaryHerself - Presenter
The 5 O'Clock Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The British Academy Television Awards2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Over the Rainbow2010TV SeriesHerself - Judge
Dear Diary2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Pinter's Progress2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Fern Britton Meets...2009TV SeriesHerself
My Life in Verse2009TV Series documentary
The Paul O'Grady Show2005-2009TV SeriesHerself
Piers Morgan's Life Stories2009TV SeriesHerself
Evacuees Reunited2008TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Grumpy Old Women2006-2008TV Series documentaryHerself
There's Something About... Morse2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Parkinson2006TV SeriesHerself
Grumpy Old Holidays2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Richard & Judy2004-2006TV SeriesHerself
Today with Des and Mel2003-2006TV SeriesHerself
Who Do You Think You Are?2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Dawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Watchdog2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Saturday Night with Miriam2005TV SeriesHerself
Jeremy Vine Meets...2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Grumpy Old Women at Christmas2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2004TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast with Frost2002-2004TV SeriesHerself
The Heaven and Earth Show2004TV SeriesHerself
Kelly2004TV SeriesHerself
This Morning2004TV SeriesHerself
The John Thaw Story2002TV Special documentaryHerself
The BAFTA TV Awards 20022002TV SpecialHerself
Live Talk2001TV Series documentaryHerself - Presenter
Have I Got News for You2000TV SeriesHerself
Call My Bluff1999TV SeriesHerself
Kenneth Williams: A Life on the Box1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Reputations1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Playing Shakespeare1982TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Theatre Quiz1981TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
Omnibus1981TV Series documentaryHerself
This Is Your Life1977-1981TV Series documentaryHerself
Night of One Hundred Stars1980TV MovieHerself
Whodunnit?1974TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
Call My Bluff1970TV SeriesHerself
Just a Minute1969TV MovieHerself
Dee Time1968TV SeriesHerself
The Val Doonican Show1966TV SeriesHerself
Late Show London1966TV SeriesHerself
Juke Box Jury1962-1965TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965TV SeriesHerself
Don't Say a Word1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You'2002VideoHerself
The World of Hammer1994TV Series documentaryKaren Taggart
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1966TV SeriesCynthia Gamble
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHelen A
Newsnight2010TV SeriesHelen A
Timeshift2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Storyteller, Jackanory
The Music of Morse2007TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressBedtime (2001)
2002BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressThe Russian Bride (2001)


Looks like we don't have salary information. Sorry!


#Quote
1[on accepting the CBE and being a devout Quaker] They said it was fine because it was for my work and it was earned.
2The public are amazing. I know I can't over value it because it's not as real as one's friends love, but it's deeply touching and I was very grateful for it.
3I'm still learning how to enter a room on my own. From my dad to my first husband to my second husband, I've always had a man around. This week I went to a party at the National and going upstairs I met the designer Bob Crowley and asked him to hold my hand. But I always had John's hand in mine. We thought we were going off into the sunset together.
4I know how to build a block of flats. I have watched them for hours building the foundations. I've watched bricks being laid, like Lego. I've seen workers sacked. There is always something to engross you in life.


Looks like we don't have trademarks information. Sorry!

Check Also

George Sutherland

Warren G. Harding appointee towards the Supreme Courtroom who was among the four horsemen of …