Image of Yootha Joyce

Yootha Joyce

1927-08-20 Wandsworth, London, England, UK

Image of Yootha Joyce


British actress best known for her role as Mildred Roper in the '70s sitcom Man About the House and its spin-off George and Mildred. Born to musical parents Hurst Needham and Jessica Rivett in 1927, Joyce was trained at RADA, toured with ENSA and came to prominence via the Joan Littlewood Theatre Workshop, securing roles in TV shows such as The Avengers, Man in a Suitcase, Te Saint, Jason King and Steptoe and Son, and the films The Pumpkin Eater, A Man For All Seasons, Charlie Bubbles, All the Right Noises and Burke and Hare. She was married to fellow actor Glynn Edwards from 1956 to 1968, and they remained friends all her life. An alcoholic, Joyce died from liver failure in 198o, just four days after her 53rd birthday. Her sitcom co-star Brian Murphy was by her side. In 1986 the Smiths used an image of Joyce on the sleeve of their UK single release "Ask" and the German release of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" securing her place as a British cultural icon.


George & Mildred Mildred Roper 1980-10-10
Frankenstein: The True Story Hospital Matron 1974-09-19
Man About the House Mildred 1974-12-22
Never Mind the Quality: Feel the Width Mrs. Finch 1973-01-03
Steptoe and Son Ride Again Freda 1973-05-01
Burke & Hare Mrs. Hare 1972-02-03
Nearest and Dearest 1972-01-01
All the Right Noises Mrs. Bird 1971-01-01
The Road Builder Mrs. Palafox 1971-02-25
Fragment of Fear Miss Ward-Cadbury 1970-09-03
Twenty-Nine The prostitute 1969-01-01
Charlie Bubbles Woman in Cafe 1968-02-11
Your Name's Not God, It's Edgar 1968-12-09
Stranger in the House Shooting Range Girl 1967-05-23
Our Mother's House Mrs. Quayle 1967-09-14
Kaleidoscope Museum Receptionist 1966-07-01
A Man for All Seasons Averil Machin 1966-12-13
Fanatic Anna 1965-03-21
Catch Us If You Can Nan 1965-07-15
The Pumpkin Eater Woman at Hairdresser's 1964-07-16
Sparrows Can't Sing Barmaid 1963-03-26
A Place to Go Bit Role (uncredited) 1963-07-01