Jean Heywood

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Jean Heywood (born July 15, 1921 in Blyth , Northumberland , England - † September 14, 2019 ) was a British actress .


Jean Heywood has worked as a stage actress on various theaters in London and Great Britain . At the Redgrave Theater in Bristol she appeared in You Never Know by George Bernard Shaw . In February 1980 she played the role of mother in the world premiere of the play Rose by Andrew Davies at the Duke of York's Theater in London, opposite Glenda Jackson . At the Royal National Theater she played the role of old nurse Margret in August Strindberg's play The Father .

Heywood has appeared in numerous television films and series since the 1970s . Heywood played continuous series roles, episode roles and guest roles. In the British television series Leave It to Charlie (1978-1980) she was seen in the continuous series role of the landlady Florence McGee. In the British television series The Doctor and the Dear Cattle , she also had a continuous series role as the housekeeper Mrs. Alton. In the British comedy series Jeeves and Wooster - Herr und Meister , she played the role of Aunt Dahlia in the fourth season in 1993 .

Directed by Jack Gold , she was seen in smaller roles in his television films The Red Monarch (1983) and Sakharov (1984). In the TV movie Dad (2005) she played as Jeannie James the role of a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer's disease . Heywood had prepared intensively for this role through discussions with Alzheimer's patients and visits to self-help groups. Occasionally Heywood also took on roles in movies : In the tragic comedy Billy Elliot - I Will Dance (2000) she drew a “touching portrait” of Billy's senile and increasingly confused grandmother.

Heywood, who last appeared in front of the camera for British television in 2010, died in September 2019 at the age of 98.

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  1. Rose Cast for the premiere, February 1980
  2. Mr. and master cast at
  3. Comic Relief 2005 launches Elder Abuse Campaign with Dad, new BBC ONE drama BBC Press Office, accessed June 5, 2011
  4. Alzheimer's Society welcomes star of BBC drama and Comic Relief campaign ( Memento of the original from November 10, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Alzheimer's Society of February 23, 2005de  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Billy Elliot  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Movie review@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  6. ^ Jean Heywood (obituary of the Bafta). October 21, 2019, accessed November 3, 2019 .
  7. ^ Anthony Hayward: Jean Heywood obituary . In: The Guardian . November 7, 2019, ISSN  0261-3077 ( [accessed December 29, 2019]).