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Annette Crosbie

Annette Crosbie, OBE, is a Scottish actor best known to British audiences for her roles as Margaret Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot In The Grave (1990-2000) and as Jessie in the 2003 comedy film Calendar Girls.


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.



  • BAFTA Television Awards 1995 - Best Comedy Performance: Nominee
  • BAFTA Television Awards 1994 - Best Light Entertainment Performance: Nominee
Monday 12th February 1934 (87 years-old)

Known for


Year Production Role
2020 After Life - Series 2
  1. E1 - Episode One
100 Year Old Woman
2019 Dial M For Middlesbrough Edna
2017 Eat Locals Alice
2017 Henry IX Queen Charlotte
2016 Polyoaks - Series 4
  1. E2 - Hello, Goodbye
2016 Dad's Army Cissy Godfrey
2015 The Vicar Of Dibley - Comic Relief 2015
  1. The Bishop Of Dibley
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
2013 Common Ground Brenda
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
  1. E1 - The Family, Love 'Em And Hate 'Em
2004 Black Books - Series 3
  1. E3 - Moo-Ma And Moo-Pa
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom
  1. E6 - One Foot In The Grave
  2. E1 - The Launch
2003 Calendar Girls Jessie
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 One Foot In The Grave - 1996 & 1997 Specials Margaret Meldrew
1997 Jonathan Creek - Series 1
  1. E5 - The House Of Monkeys
Ingrid Strange
1996 Angry Old Men Iris
1995 One Foot In The Grave Margaret Meldrew
1995 One Foot In The Grave - Series 5 Margaret Meldrew
1993 One Foot In The Grave - Series 4 Margaret Meldrew
1992 One Foot In The Grave - Series 3 Margaret Meldrew
1991 A Woman Of No Importance Lady Hunstanton
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

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