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Avis Bunnage

1923-04-22 Manchester, England, UK

Image of Avis Bunnage


​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Avis Bunnage (22 April 1923, Manchester, England, UK – 4 October 1990, England) was a British actress of film, stage and television. She attended Manley Park Municipal School and Chorlton Central School in Manchester. She worked as a secretary and a nursery teacher before deciding to become an actress. She gained stage experience in rep and made her first professional appearance at Chorlton Rep Theatre in Manchester in 1947. Most notably, she appeared as Veronica, the wife of Rigsby, in Rising Damp, for one episode. Bunnage was a member of Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop company at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. There she created the role of Helen, the mother in A Taste of Honey, her first West End role when the play transferred to Wynndems Theatre, and also a role in Oh, What a Lovely War! at Stratford East, which also transferred to Wyndams Theatre. When Avis was on holiday from this production for two weeks, her role was taken over by Danny La Rue. Among her other roles for Theatre Workshop were Mrs. Lovitt in Christopher Bond's play Sweeny Todd (the basis for the Sondheim musical), and the title role in a play about the music hall legend Marie Lloyd. In the early years of Coronation Street she played Lucile Hewitt's auntie. She was in the musical Billy at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, playing the mother of 'Billy Liar'. She played Golda in Fiddler on the Roof, opposite Alfie Bass, at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. Married to Derek Orchard, she died in Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, aged 67. Description above from the Wikipedia article Avis Bunnage, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


The Krays Helen 1990-04-27
No Surrender Martha Gorman 1985-09-11
Mrs. Capper's Birthday Alice Loft 1985-11-17
Gandhi Colin's Mother 1982-11-30
Jessie Mrs Appleyard 1980-12-23
Scully's New Year's Eve Florrie 1978-01-03
Panic Old Lady 1978-01-01
Everybody Say Cheese Hylda Cheatham 1971-06-03
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter Tulip's Mother 1968-01-22
The Whisperers Mrs. Noonan 1967-07-18
The Wrong Box Queen Victoria 1966-06-19
A Study in Terror Landlady 1965-10-01
Rotten to the Core Countess de Wett (Matron) 1965-07-14
Sparrows Can't Sing Bridgie Gooding 1963-03-26
Tom Jones Landlady 1963-08-24
What a Crazy World Mary 1963-07-02
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Mrs. Smith 1962-09-20
The L-Shaped Room Doris 1962-11-20
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Blousy Woman 1960-10-27
Doctor in Love Mrs. Jimp (uncredited) 1960-07-12
Expresso Bongo Mrs Rudge 1959-12-01