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Gordon, Hannah (1941-)

Actor, Presenter

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Hannah Gordon is best known for her 1970s television roles, appearing alongside John Alderton in the BBC sitcom My Wife Next Door (1972), playing Virginia Hamilton in the popular ITV drama series Upstairs Downstairs (1974-1975) and starring opposite Peter Barkworth in the BBC drama Telford's Change (1979).

She was born on 9 April, 1941 in Edinburgh, and studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, winning the James Bridie Gold Medal (1962). Her TV career started with the Thursday Theatre production 'Johnson Over Jordan' (BBC2, tx. 4/2/1965), and continued with leading roles in three BBC serials: David Copperfield (1966), Great Expectations (1967) and Middlemarch (1968).

In 1969 she reprised her role of Florence Crompton in the film version of the play Spring and Port Wine (d. Peter Hammond), where she also met and later married cameraman Norman Warwick. Subsequent film work included Alfie Darling (1975), The Elephant Man (d. David Lynch, 1980) and the voice of Hyzenthlay in Watership Down (d. Martin Rosen, 1978), followed much later by the Hollywood romantic comedy Made of Honor (US, 2008).

Her popularity earned her a guest slot on The Morecambe and Wise Show (BBC1, tx. 10/9/1980). Safeways TV commercials and regular TV and theatre roles have kept her in the public eye, as did Channel 4's popular Watercolour Challenge (1998-2002). She also appeared in the last episode of One Foot in the Grave (BBC1, tx. 20/11/2000), as the woman who kills Victor Meldrew in a hit and run accident.

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Moving drama starring John Hurt as a grotesquely deformed man

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Lively, grisly animated version of Richard Adams' children's classic

Thumbnail image of Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-75)Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-75)

Hugely popular drama about life in an early 20th Century London household

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