Born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, Crosbie joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still a teenager, against the express wishes of her parents. She caught her breakthrough role in 1970 when cat as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television series The Six Wives Of Henry VIII, for which she would win the 1971 BAFTA award for Best Actress.
After another period drama role as Queen Victoria in the ITV drama Edwqrd The Seventh, an abbess in Hawk The Slayer, and the vicar's wife in Paradise Postponed, her first major role in comedy came as Margaret Meldrew, the long-suffering wife of Victor Meldrew (Richard Wilson) in the BBC sitcom One Foot In The Grave. To this day it is the artistic performance for which she is best known. In 2014 she would feature as herself in a documentary retrospective One Foot In The Grave - A Celebration Of A Comedy Classic, celebrating what made the sitcom so beloved across the nation.
Crosbie also played the role of Edith in Andy Hamilton's hugely successful BBC Radio 4 sitcom Old Harry's Game, set in Hell. In 2003 she undertook the role of Jessie in the 2003 comedy film Calendar Girls, based on a true story, about 11 ladies from Yorkshire who strip for a naked charity calendar.
In 2014 Crosbie starred in the 2014 British comedy film What We Did On Our Holiday, written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, about a couple struggling to hold it all together amid the pressures of parenthood. In 2015 Crosbie played Reverend Mavis Pipkin in the Comic Relief special of long-running BBC television series The Vicar Of Dibley, and in 2016 she played the role of Cissy Godfrey in the film version of Dad's Army.
Crosbie was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1998 New Year Honours for services to Drama.
- Monday 12th February 1934 (86 years-old)
|2019||Dial M For Middlesbrough||Edna|
|2017||Henry IX||Queen Charlotte|
|2016|| Polyoaks - Series 4
|2016||Dad's Army||Cissy Godfrey|
|2015||The Vicar Of Dibley - Comic Relief 2015||Reverend Mavis Pipkin|
|2014||Greatest Ever Sitcoms||Self|
|2014||One Foot In The Grave - A Celebration Of A Comedy Classic||Self (Archive Material)|
|2014||What We Did On Our Holiday||Doreen|
|2010||Old Harry's Game - 2010 Specials||Edith|
|2009||Hope Springs||Sadie Cairncross|
|2009||Old Harry's Game - Series 7||Edith|
|2007||Old Harry's Game - Series 6||Edith|
|2007||Make 'Em Laugh, Make 'Em Laugh||Self|
|2004|| Black Books - Series 3
|2004|| Britain's Best Sitcom
|2000||I Don't Believe It! - The One Foot In The Grave Story||Self|
|2000||One Foot In The Grave - Series 6||Margaret Meldrew|
|1997||Wyrd Sisters||Granny Weatherwax|
|1997|| Jonathan Creek - Series 1
|1996||Angry Old Men||Iris|
|1995||One Foot In The Grave||Margaret Meldrew|
|1994||One Foot In The Grave - Series 5||Margaret Meldrew|
|1993||One Foot In The Grave - Series 4||Margaret Meldrew|
|1991||One Foot In The Grave - Series 3||Margaret Meldrew|
|1990||One Foot In The Grave - Series 2||Margaret Meldrew|
|1990||Colin's Sandwich - Series 2||Colin's mum|
|1990||One Foot In The Grave - Series 1||Margaret Meldrew|
|1979||Of Mycenae And Men||Actor|
Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Annette Crosbie on IMDb