Liz Smith

Biography

Date of Birth 11 December 1921, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, UK Birth Name Betty Gleadle Spouse Jack Thomas (1945 - 1959) (divorced) 2 children Trade Mark Frequently plays eccentric or dotty old women Trivia Has been in three different versions of "A Christmas Carol," twice as the same character. Played Ms. Dilber in two TV versions of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (1984) (TV), with George C. Scott and A Christmas Carol (1999) (TV) with Patrick Stewart. Did not work professionally as an actress until the age of 50 and from that point, became one of the most recogniseable faces on television and film, being named as the nation's favourite fictional grandmother. Previous to acting, she lived a difficult life of relative poverty, working in dead-end jobs while raising two children on her own. Was actually christened Betty, rather than Elizabeth. She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Drama. [5 July 2009] Announced that she was retiring, at the age of 87, because she had suffered a stroke which left her unable to accept any further acting roles. She had roles in two Oliver Twist films - the 2005 Roman Polanski adaptation and the 1999 I.T.V. mini-series. She portrayed separate characters in both versions. Personal Quotes My advice is: Never peel potatoes. Think of the time that would be saved in this country if nobody peeled potatoes. Salary Bleak Moments (1972) £300

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High Spirits

Mrs. Plunkett

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We Think the World of You

Millie Burney

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Apartment Zero

Mary Louise McKinney

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Dead Cool

Liz

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Separate Tables

Miss Meacham

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Tube Tales

Old Lady (segment "Horny")

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The Stick Up

Hotel Manageress

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Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star

Self - Columnist

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Singende Kumpel haben's schwer

Mrs. Rigby

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Bleak Moments

Pat's Mother

Starring In
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Where's My Roy Cohn?

Herself - Gossip Columnist

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The Fabulous Allan Carr

Self (archive footage)

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The Smurfs

Party Guest

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Smash His Camera

Self

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City of Ember

Granny

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Rockabilly Zombie

Ma

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The Magic Flute

The Old Papagena

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Keeping Mum

Mrs. Parker

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Mrs. Mulch (voice)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Grandma Georgina

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Oliver Twist

Old Woman

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Nero

Soothsayer

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Dead Cool

Liz

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Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star

Self - Columnist

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Nicholas Nickleby

Peg Sliderskew

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Tom's Midnight Garden

Mrs. Willows

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A Christmas Carol

Mrs. Dilber

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Alice in Wonderland

Miss Lory

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Tube Tales

Old Lady (segment "Horny")

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Oliver Twist

Sally (2 episodes, 1999)

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Sweet Revenge

Winnie

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Merry War

Mrs. Meakin

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Secrets & Lies

Cat owner

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Haunted

Old Gypsy Woman

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Son of the Pink Panther

Marta Balls

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Herself - Reporter

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

Grace

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Singende Kumpel haben's schwer

Mrs. Rigby

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Apartment Zero

Mary Louise McKinney

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We Think the World of You

Millie Burney

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High Spirits

Mrs. Plunkett

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Little Dorrit

Mrs. Bangham, Midwife

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A Private Function

Joyce's Mother

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A Christmas Carol

Mrs. Dilber

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Garbo Talks

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Curse of the Pink Panther

Marta Balls

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Separate Tables

Miss Meacham

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Fanny Hill

Mrs. Jones (uncredited)

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Trail of the Pink Panther

Marta Balls

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Britannia Hospital

Maisie

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

Mrs. Fairley

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The Monster Club

Villager (uncredited)

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The Fan

Herself

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The Duchess of Duke Street - Series 2

Nanny (2 episodes, 1977)

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Agatha

Flora

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The Duellists

Fortune Teller

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The Stick Up

Hotel Manageress

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Marta Balls (scenes deleted)

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Bleak Moments

Pat's Mother

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Leo the Last

Raving tenant (uncredited)

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