Image of Liz Smith

Liz Smith

1921-12-11 Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, UK

Image of Liz Smith


Betty Gleadle (11 December 1921 – 24 December 2016), known by the stage name Liz Smith, was an English character actress, known for her roles in BBC sitcoms, including as Annie Brandon in I Didn't Know You Cared (1975–1979), the sisters Bette and Belle in 2point4 Children (1991–1999), Letitia Cropley in The Vicar of Dibley (1994–1996) and Norma Speakman ("Nana") in The Royle Family (1998–2000, 2006). She also played Zillah in Lark Rise to Candleford (2008) and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the 1984 film A Private Function.


The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa Self 2010-11-10
City of Ember Granny 2008-10-07
Flick Ma 2008-10-03
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades Delfina 2007-12-18
The Queen of Sheba Norma Speakman 2006-10-29
The Magic Flute The Old Papagena 2006-09-07
Dead Cool Liz 2005-09-01
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Grandma Georgina 2005-07-13
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Mrs. Mulch (voice) 2005-09-04
Keeping Mum Mrs. Parker 2005-12-02
Oliver Twist Old Woman 2005-09-23
Imperium: Nerone Soothsayer 2004-05-23
A Good Thief Lizzie 2002-07-22
Donovan Quick Granny 2000-12-28
A Christmas Carol Joyce 2000-11-20
A Christmas Carol Mrs Dilber 1999-12-05
Alice in Wonderland Miss Lory 1999-02-28
Tom's Midnight Garden Mrs Willows 1999-05-15
Tube Tales Older Lady (Horny) 1999-01-01
The Revengers' Comedies Winnie 1998-06-09
The Canterbury Tales The Hag (voice) 1998-12-21
Keep the Aspidistra Flying Mrs Meakin 1997-11-20
Secrets & Lies Woman with cat 1996-05-24
Haunted Old Gypsy Woman 1995-10-27
Doggin' Around Mrs. Thompson 1994-10-16
Piccolo grande amore regina madre 1993-01-01
Son of the Pink Panther Marta Balls 1993-08-27
Dakota Road Joan Benson 1992-07-17
Nona Anyula 1991-10-19
Sing! Sesame Street Remembers Joe Raposo and His Music Self 1990-05-16
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Mrs. Rigby 1989-02-24
Words of Love Gran 1989-01-29
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Grace 1989-10-13
Apartment Zero Mary Louise McKinney 1989-09-02
Jake's Journey Witch 1988-01-01
High Spirits Mrs. Plunkett 1988-11-18
We Think the World of You Millie 1988-12-22
On the Palm Mrs Slatterthwaite 1987-04-05
When We Are Married Mrs Northrop 1987-12-26
Harem Mrs. Pendleton 1986-02-09
A Christmas Carol Mrs. Dilber 1984-10-09
A Private Function Mother 1984-11-09
Curse of the Pink Panther Marta Balls 1983-08-12
Separate Tables Miss Meacham 1983-01-01
Trail of the Pink Panther Martha Balls (archive footage) 1982-12-03
Britannia Hospital Maisie 1982-05-27
Mike Leigh: Making Plays (Archive Material) 1982-09-04
The French Lieutenant's Woman Mrs. Fairley 1981-08-28
The Monster Club Villager 1981-04-11
Murder Rap Elfie 1980-01-31
Sir Henry at Rawlinson End Lady Phillipa of Staines 1980-11-07
Agatha Flora 1979-02-09
Spend Spend Spend Keith's Granny 1977-03-15
The Duellists Fortune Teller 1977-08-31
It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet 1976-11-18
Keep an Eye on Albert Mrs. Oxfam 1975-11-11
Breath Mrs. Pritchett 1975-01-23
Taking Leave Confused Lady 1974-11-28
Jack Point Mrs. Matthews 1973-11-01
Hard Labour Mrs Thornley 1973-03-12
Bleak Moments Pat's Mother 1971-01-01
Leo the Last 1970-09-04