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Wendy Richard

Biography

Celebrity best remembered on her behalf role while Pauline Fowler for the BBC cleaning soap opera EastEnders. She performed the part from 1985 until 2006. She went to the Italia Conti Academy of Theater Arts. In 2007, she was honored using the English Soap Honours’ Lifetime Accomplishment Award on her behalf part on EastEnders. She wedded fourth spouse John Melts away in 2008. She co-starred with Barbara Windsor on EastEnders.

Quick Facts


Full Name Wendy Richard
Date Of Birth July 20, 1943
Died February 26, 2009, Harley Street, London, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.68 m
Profession Soap Opera Actress
Education Royal Masonic School, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
Nationality British
Spouse John Burns, Paul Glorney, Will Thorpe, Leonard Blach
Parents Henry William Emerton, Beatrice Reay Cutter
Awards The British Soap Award for Outstanding Achievement
Movies Are You Being Served?, Carry On Girls, Bless This House, Carry On Matron, Gumshoe, On the Buses, Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye, The Contact
TV Shows Grace & Favour, Are You Being Served?, Not On Your Nellie, Up Pompeii!, The Newcomers, The Likely Lads, EastEnders, Hogg's Back, A Question of EastEnders
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1Was presented her Lifetime Achievement Award at The British Soap Awards 2007 (2007) by her former EastEnders (1985) co-star Todd Carty. Carty's character Mark Fowler was Richard's character Pauline Fowler's son on the show.
2Ranked #6 in The 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Pauline Fowler (2015).
3Is one of 12 EastEnders (1985) actresses who despite their characters giving birth on the show have never become mothers in real life. The others are Susan Tully, Sandy Ratcliff, Jan Graveson, Shobu Kapoor, Shana Swash, Emma Barton, Kara Tointon, Lacey Turner, Danielle Harold, Mimi Keene and Rakhee Thakrar.
4Her EastEnders (1985) character Pauline Fowler was one of 3 women to get married, give birth and die on the show. The other characters are Laura Beale (Hannah Waterman) and Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison). Pauline was the 2nd character to do this; she gave birth to her son Martin (James Alexandrou) on the episode dated 30 July 1985, married Joe Macer (Ray Brooks) on the episode dated 17 February 2006, and died after being murdered by her husband Joe on the episode dated 25 December 2006.
5She was born in the Old Corporation Hotel in Middlesbrough, which her parents ran.
6Was an ardent fan of BBC Radio 4's long-running soap "The Archers", and a life member of its' fan club.
7Ranked #5 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Pauline Fowler (2010).
8As of 2016 she is the 3rd-longest serving actress in the history of EastEnders (1985) (behind only June Brown and Pam St. Clement), having played the character Pauline Fowler for 21 years (from 1985 until 2006).
9Daughter of Henry William (1892-1954) and Beatrice Reay (née Cutter) Emerton (1910-1972).
10Is one of 6 EastEnders (1985) actors to have won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards; the others are June Brown, Barbara Windsor, Pam St. Clement, Adam Woodyatt and Steve McFadden.
11Had two stepdaughters, Shannen Burns and Jade Burns, from her marriage to John Burns.
12Her EastEnders (1985) co-star Peter Dean served as witness at her wedding to Paul Glorney.
13Her marriage to Len Black lasted just 4 months; following their separation Wendy attempted suicide. She credited her role in Are You Being Served? (1972) in helping her to move on.
14Her EastEnders (1985) character Pauline Fowler became the 1st woman on the soap opera to give birth. Pauline had a son Martin (played by James Alexandrou), born on 30 July 1985.
15She studied acting at the Italia Conti Stage Academy in London. She changed her surname to Richard because it was "short and neat".
16She left school when she was 15, and genuinely worked as a junior in the fashions department of Fortnum and Mason, an upscale Piccadilly store.
17Her funeral (March 9, 2009) was attended by Mollie Sugden and Frank Thornton. Trevor Bannister gave a reading at the service.
18Diagnosed with breast cancer in the mid-1990s and again in 2002, she learned the disease had spread in 2008.
19Her parents ran a pub in central London. The family lived upstairs above the pub.
20Told the British Press Association she was informed that she is dying of cancer confirmed on October 4, 2008. She had been told she had several useful years ahead of her but when she got the news she moved up her wedding date to October 10, 2008.
21She appeared in The Beatles' movie Help! (1965), but her scene ended up on the cutting room floor. She appears in a feature on the DVD release of "Help!" discussing the scene, frequently as a voice-over while stills from the scene are shown.
22Owned a very extensive collection of ornamental frogs. She started her collection upon buying a frog statue she thought resembled her Are You Being Served? (1972) co-star Arthur Brough. She maintained that her collection exceeds 1,000 frogs.
23Was a fan of the television program Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
24She and her co-stars from the series Are You Being Served? (1972) were all great friends and she remained very close with John Inman, Mollie Sugden, and Trevor Bannister.
25Attended the Royal Masonic School as a schoolgirl.
26Contributed a few lines on a number 1 hit single in the UK chart, entitled "Come Outside" featuring Mike Sarne (Michael Sarne). [May 1962]
27She was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2000 Birthday Honours List for her services to television drama.
28Named cairn terrier "Miss Brahms" after her Are You Being Served? (1972) role.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Agatha Christie's Marple2008TV SeriesMrs Crump
Benidorm2008TV SeriesSylvia
Here Comes the Queen2008TV SeriesLilian
Arena2007TV Series documentaryListeners' Comments
EastEnders1985-2006TV SeriesPauline Pauline Fowler
Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time1993TV ShortPauline Fowler
Are You Being Served? Again!1992-1993TV SeriesMiss Shirley Brahms
Are You Being Served?1972-1985TV SeriesMiss Shirley Brahms
Function Room1985TV Mini-Series
West Country Tales1983TV SeriesMother
Spooner's Patch1979TV Series
Are You Being Served?1977Miss Brahms
Hogg's Back1975TV SeriesPearl
The Dick Emery Show1975TV Series
Not on Your Nellie1975TV SeriesDoris
Naughty Girls1975Girls' voices (voice, uncredited)
Carry on Girls1973Ida Downs
Dad's Army1970-1973TV SeriesShirley / Edith Parish
Bowler1973TV SeriesGreta
Z Cars1973TV SeriesMaureen Parker
The Fenn Street Gang1973TV SeriesMyrna
Bless This House1972Carol
Comedy Playhouse1972TV SeriesMiss Shirley Brahms
Carry on Matron1972Miss Willing
Both Ends Meet1972TV SeriesMaudie
Gumshoe1971Anne Scott
On the Buses1971TV SeriesElsie
Please Sir!1971TV SeriesRita
On the Buses1971Housewife (as Wendy Richards)
Dixon of Dock Green1962-1971TV SeriesBarbara Walker / Jean Davis
Carry on Again Christmas1970TV MovieKate
No Blade of Grass1970Clara
Up Pompeii!1970TV SeriesSoppia
The Newcomers1965-1969TV SeriesJoyce Harker
The Wednesday Play1967TV SeriesDelphine
Turn Out the Lights1967TV SeriesVeronica Woods
BBC Play of the Month1966TV SeriesSandra
ITV Play of the Week1963-1966TV SeriesBetty / Girl in Night Club / Miss Bufton
Weavers Green1966TV SeriesJean
Pardon the Expression1966TV SeriesGirl with Dog
Hugh and I1966TV Series
Carnaby, M.D.1966Nurse with False Eyelashes (uncredited)
No Hiding Place1964-1965TV SeriesJanet / Linda Hooper / Smiler
The Likely Lads1965TV SeriesLynn
Londoners1965TV SeriesPatsy
The Sullavan Brothers1965TV SeriesRenee
The Hollywood Palace1965TV SeriesDancing Extra, Captain Spaulding Scene
Six1964-1965TV SeriesThe Girl
Don't I Look Like a Lord's Son?1964TV MovieThe Girl
Secret Agent1964TV SeriesSue
HMS Paradise1964TV SeriesGenevieve
The Contact1963
First Night1963TV SeriesCarol
BBC Sunday-Night Play1963TV Mini-SeriesIda Green
ITV Television Playhouse1963TV SeriesBrunette factory girl
Harpers West One1962TV SeriesSusan Sullivan
The Arthur Haynes Show1962TV Series
Spectacular1961TV SeriesGirl

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Are You Being Served?1973-1985TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Coronation Street1962TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
EastEnders2009TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Agatha Christie's Marple2008TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frankie Howerd in Ulster1973TV Movie documentary
Dan Farson Meets ...1962TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Beyond a Joke2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Wendy Richard: To Tell You the Truth2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
What Are You Like?2008TV SeriesHerself
Comedy Classics2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Comedy Connections2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Grumpy Old Women2008TV Series documentaryHerself
The Paul O'Grady Show2005-2008TV SeriesHerself
All Star Mr & Mrs2008TV SeriesHerself
50 Greatest Families2008TV Movie documentaryHerself - Co-Presenter
Dog Rescue2008TV SeriesHerself
Loose Women2000-2008TV SeriesHerself
Big Brother's Little Brother2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
The Podge and Rodge Show2007TV SeriesHerself
That Antony Cotton Show2007TV SeriesHerself
Would I Lie to You?2007TV SeriesHerself
Big Brother's Efourum2007TV SeriesHerself
The British Soap Awards 20072007TV SpecialHerself
This Morning1999-2007TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Kitchen2007TV SeriesHerself
Gameshow Marathon2007TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
A Tribute to John Inman2007TV Short documentaryPresenter (as Wendy Richard MBE)
EastEnders Revealed2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Tubridy Tonight2007TV SeriesHerself
Soapstar Superstar2007TV SeriesHerself
The Big Finish2006TV MovieHerself
Gloria's Greats2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Parkinson2006TV SeriesHerself
The Weakest Link2001-2006TV SeriesHerself
The Queen at 802006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Crumpet! A Very British Sex Symbol2005TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Wendy Richard M.B.E.)
Today with Des and Mel2003-2005TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2005TV SeriesHerself
Carry on Christmas Memories: Wendy Richard2005Video documentary shortHerself
GMTV2004TV SeriesHerself
Call My Bluff1999-2004TV SeriesHerself
Britain's Best Sitcom2004TV SeriesHerself
The Joy of Christmas2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHerself
The Sitcom Story2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The Kumars at No. 422002TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1975-2002TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Guest
Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook1997-2001TV SeriesHerself
Can We Carry On, Girls?2001TV Movie documentaryHerself / Various Characters
EastEnders: It's Your Party!2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Question of TV2001TV SeriesHerself
Wendy Richard: A Life on the Box2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Holiday2001TV Series documentaryHerself
A Question of EastEnders2000TV Special shortHerself
Life and Times of...2000TV SeriesHerself
Live Talk2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Don't Panic! The Dad's Army Story2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Heaven and Earth Show2000TV SeriesHerself
Eastenders: 15 Years of EastEnders2000VideoHerself
EastEnders Family Album2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Other Half1999TV SeriesHerself
Funny Turns1999TV Series documentaryHerself
EastEnders: Fighting Fit1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Blankety Blank1981-1999TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Holiday Memories1999TV SeriesHerself
Funny Women1999TV Series documentary shortHerself
Television's Greatest Hits1992-1999TV Series documentaryHerself
It's Only TV... But I Like It1999TV SeriesHerself
All Over the Shop1999TV SeriesHerself
Just a Minute1995-1999TV SeriesHerself
Arthur Lowe: A Life on the Box1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game1998-1999TV SeriesHerself
What's a Carry On?1998TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee / Miss Ida Downs
Noel's House Party1998TV SeriesHerself
Give Us a Clue1997TV SeriesHerself
What a Performance!1997TV SeriesHerself
Surprise Surprise!1997TV SeriesHerself
Auntie's TV Favourites1997TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest / Herself
The Big C1997TV Movie documentaryPresenter
Selection Box1997TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Squares1993-1996TV SeriesHerself
Tonight with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan1996TV SeriesHerself
The London Programme1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Telly Addicts1993-1995TV SeriesHerself
Pebble Mill at One1995TV SeriesHerself
Shooting Stars1993TV SeriesHerself
Friday Night1993TV SeriesHerself
Happy Birthday, Coronation Street!1990TV MovieHerself
You Bet!1989TV SeriesHerself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHerself
Just Another Day1986TV Series documentaryHerself
Roland Rat: The Series1986TV SeriesHerself
All Star Secrets1985TV SeriesHerself
Wogan1985TV SeriesHerself
Vintage Quiz1985TV SeriesHerself
Punchlines!1983-1984TV SeriesHerself
3-2-11983TV Series
Family Fortunes1981TV SeriesHerself
The Jim Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHerself
Rainbow1978TV SeriesHerself
Star Turn1976-1977TV SeriesHerself
Seaside Special1976TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
EastEnders2008-2016TV SeriesPauline Pauline Fowler
The One Show2016TV SeriesPauline Fowler
Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms2015TV Series documentaryMiss Shirley Brahms
You Have Been Watching... David Croft2011TV Movie documentaryMiss Shirley Brahms (uncredited)
Me & Arthur Haynes2011TV Movie documentary
EastEnders Revealed2010TV Series documentaryPauline Fowler
The Story of 'Are You Being Served?'2010TV Movie documentaryHerself (2003) / Miss Brahms
Mollie Sugden: A Tribute2009TV Movie documentaryMiss Shirley Brahms
The Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments2008TV Movie documentaryMiss Shirley Brahms (uncredited)
Beautiful People2008TV SeriesPauline Fowler
50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases2008TV Movie documentaryMiss Shirley Brahms (uncredited)
Would I Lie to You?2007TV SeriesPauline Fowler
Comedy Connections2006TV Series documentaryMiss Shirley Brahms / Herself
Arena2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Holiday2002TV Series documentaryHerself
'Dad's Army': Missing Presumed Wiped2001TV Special documentaryLynn
Heroes of Comedy1995TV Series documentary
The Best of 'Are You Being Served?'1992TV MovieMiss Shirley Brahms
What a Carry On1983TV SeriesIda Downs

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007Lifetime Achievement AwardBritish Soap Awards

TitleSalary
EastEnders (1985)£370,000 (2006)
Carry on Girls (1973)£500

#Quote
1[on "No Blade of Grass," the film adaptation of "Death of Grass"] I can say I successfully closed down Borehamwood Studios. It came from a brilliant book, but Cornel Wilde, God rest his soul, I don't think he did it justice when it came to the screenplay. He seemed to go over the top and get some bits of egg on his face.
2John Inman never ever said Mr Humphries was gay. He was just a young man who was very, very good to his mother.
3On receiving her M.B.E., Wendy said "This means a lot to me because I'm a royalist and one for tradition - I would hate to see our traditions disappear...I can't very well wear an MBE medal on Pauline's Overall."

#Trademark
1Her Cockney accent

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