Hold The Sunset. Queenie Gale (Anne Reid). Copyright: BBC

Anne Reid, MBE, is an English actor known to British audiences for various roles on stage, film, and television, including Jean in the sitcom dinnerladies, and Celia Dawson in Last Tango In Halifax, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA.

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Tuesday 28th May 1935


Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Reid was educated at John Emmerson Batty primary school, the White House School, and Penrhos College in North Wales. From here she would move on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, based in London, shortly thereafter becoming a stage manager working in repertory theatre.

Reid's comedy career began in earnest with several appearances on the television programmes The Benny Hill Show and Hancock's Half Hour, roles which would lead to her first big breakthrough: playing the character Valerie Tatlock (later Barlow) on the soap Coronation Street. When her character was written out of the show (on Reid's request), electrocuted by a hairdryer with a faulty plug, on 3 February 1971 no fewer than 18.92 million British people watched the funeral episode.

Following this stint on Coronation Street, Reid took a short break from acting to raise her son, during which time she made occasional appearances on TV such as Crown Court. Upon her return to frontline acting in the early 1990s, she acted in an episode of A Bit Of Fry & Laurie and began a fruitful performing bond with Victoria Wood], featuring on several of her projects including As Seen On Tv, the series Victoria Wood in 1989, Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast, and Pat And Margaret. From 1998 to 2000, Reid played the major role of Jean in BBC comedy series dinnerladies, written by and starring Victoria Wood, and would act in several other television programmes including Hetty Wainthrop Investigates and Casualty.

In 2003 she was awarded the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for the drama film The Mother.

From 2007 to 2010 Reid appeared in all three series BBC Radio 4 sitcom Fabulous, about a woman who wants, but fails, to lead a glamorous lifestyle. Both before and after Victoria Wood's death in 2016, Reid appeared in several documentaries and overviews of her life and work, including Victoria Wood: Seen On TV in 2009, and Let's DO It: A Tribute To Victoria Wood.

In 2012 Reid played the role of Celia in the warm-hearted BBC romantic comedy drama Last Tango In Halifax, about two would-be childhood sweethearts who are reunited after 60 years. In 2013 she was nominated for a British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her role in this series. In 2018 and 2019 Reid starred alongside Alison Steadman and John Cleese in the BBC comedy series Hold The Sunset.

Reid is also an accomplished stage actor, appearing in several plays at the National Theatre and the Old Vic, amongst several others. She is also known for her appearances in classic British comedy films, such as the Aardman production A Close Shave, Cemetery Junction, and Hot Fuzz. She also played a lesbian headteacher in Richard Curtis' 2003 smash-hit Love Actually, but the scenes were eventually cut and she is not credited in the cast list. The scenes can, however, be viewed in the deleted scenes on the DVD of the film.


National Television Awards, The 2021
Drama Performance: Longlisted
BAFTA Television Awards 2013
Best Leading Actress: Nominee


Year Production Role
2021 Skeletons In The Cupboard - Series 2
  1. E4 - Killing David
Mrs Johnson
2020 Victoria Wood: In Her Own Words Self (Archive Material)
2020 Last Tango In Halifax - Series 5 Celia
2019 Hold The Sunset - Series 2 Queenie Gale
2018 Hold The Sunset - Christmas Special
  1. If I Were A Wise Man
Queenie Gale
2018 dinnerladies diaries Self
2018 Hold The Sunset - Series 1 Queenie Gale
2017 Our Friend Victoria
  1. Our Friend Victoria At Christmas
Host / Presenter
2017 Our Friend Victoria Self
2016 Last Tango In Halifax - Series 4 Celia
2016 Let's Do It: A Tribute To Victoria Wood Self
2015 A Grand Night In: The Story Of Aardman Self
2014 Last Tango In Halifax - Series 3 Celia
2014 Inside No. 9 - Series 1
  1. E1 - Sardines
2013 Open All Hours: A Celebration Narrator
2013 Last Tango In Halifax - Series 2 Celia
2013 Jo Brand's Great Wall Of Comedy
  1. E2 - Episode Two
2012 Last Tango In Halifax - Series 1 Celia
2012 Two Pipe Problems - Series 6
  1. E1 - A Rose by Any Other Name
2011 Doc Martin - Series 5
  1. E7 - Cats And Sharks
Mrs Dingley
2011 Two Pipe Problems - Series 5
  1. E1 - Here Doggie
2011 The 40 Year Twitch Wendy
2011 Living With Mother - Series 1 June
2011 Spread A Little Happiness - Series 2 Mam
2010 Ladies Of Letters - Series 11 - Ladies of Letters Go Crackers Vera
2010 Everyone Quite Likes Justin - Pilot Gran
2010 Two Pipe Problems - Series 4
  1. E2 - The Memory Man Forgets
2010 When The Dog Dies - Series 1
  1. E5 - Squeaky Shoes
2010 Ladies Of Letters - Series 2 Vera Small
2010 People In Cars Valerie
2010 Fabulous - Series 3 Ensemble Actor
2010 Cemetery Junction Freddie's Gran
2009 Victoria Wood: Seen On TV Self
2009 Those Hard To Reach Places Mrs Randle
2009 Beauty Of Britain - Series 1
  1. E2 - The Lord Lieutenant's Lady
Miss Macleod
2009 Joan Of Arc, And How She Became A Saint St Catherine
2009 Ladies Of Letters - Series 1 Vera Small
2008 Fabulous - Series 2 Ensemble Actor
2008 Shameless - Series 5
  1. E9 - Episode Nine
Joan Dallimore
2007 Fabulous - Series 1 Ensemble Actor
2007 Hot Fuzz Leslie Tiller
2003 The Booze Cruise Grace
2002 Sweet Charity Agnes
2001 Linda Green - Series 1
  1. E5 - Rest in Peace
Yvonne Mott
2000 Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings Ensemble Actor
1999 dinnerladies - Series 2 Jean
1999 Fat Chance Soo Pitscottie
1998 dinnerladies - Series 1 Jean
1997 Spark Mrs. Rudge
1996 Sometime, Never - Series 1
  1. E4 - Getting Results...
1995 A Close Shave Wendolene Ramsbottom (Voice)
1995 Where The Buffalo Roam Pam
1994 Pat And Margaret Maeve
1993 Rik Mayall Presents - Series 1
  1. E1 - Micky Love
1991 Very Big Very Soon
  1. E2 - The Taxman
Susan Driscoll
1991 Rich Tea And Sympathy Sally
1990 A Bit Of Fry & Laurie - Series 2
  1. E3 - Episode Three
1989 Victoria Wood
  1. E2 - The Library
1989 Victoria Wood
  1. E1 - Mens Sana In Thingummy Doodah
1986 Victoria Wood As Seen On TV - Series 2
  1. E1 - Episode One
Ensemble Actor
1959 Hancock's Half Hour - Series 5
  1. E8 - The Tycoon
1957 Hancock's Half Hour - Series 3
  1. E11 - There's An Airfield At The Bottom Of My Garden
Sid's Secretary
1957 Hancock's Half Hour - Series 3
  1. E7 - The Adopted Family
Young Wife
1957 Hancock's Half Hour - Series 3
  1. E2 - The Great Detective
1957 Hancock's Half Hour - Series 2
  1. E4 - The New Neighbour
Ensemble Actor
1957 Hancock's Half Hour - Series 2
  1. E2 - Lady Chatterley's Revenge

Non-comedy TV and film credits may be found here:
Anne Reid on IMDb

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