Andria Lawrence

Andria Lawrence (born Maureen Smith; born 20 June 1936) is an English actress, best known for her roles in On the Buses, and in Coronation Street as Janet Stockwell.[1]

Andria Lawrence
Maureen Smith

(1936-06-20) 20 June 1936 (age 85)
London, England
Other namesAndrea Lawrence
Known for
Spouse(s)Heinz Dorler (1993 - ?)


Andria Lawrence is best remembered for her appearances in both the TV and film productions of the 1970s’ British sitcom On the Buses. Her performance as "Turnaround Betty" in the 1971 On the Buses film exemplified the amorous type of comic role in which she was most often cast.[2] She was cast to similar comic type in For the Love of Ada (1972) and Man About the House (1974).[3]

Lawrence demonstrated skill in drama too. She appeared in Ken Loach's acclaimed slice of gritty realism Cathy Come Home (1966) and in the Hammer Films production Countess Dracula (1971).[4]

Lawrence is also a writer, publishing novel The Olive Tree in 2016.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1960 In the Nick Source: IMDb[5]
1961 Dentist on the Job Uncredited
1961 West End Jungle
1962 The Plain Man's Guide to Advertising Short, directed by Bob Godfrey
1971 Countess Dracula Ziza
1971 On the Buses Betty
1972 For the Love of Ada Sandra
1972 Danny Jones Ice cream girl
1973 Love Thy Neighbour Norma
1974 Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell Brassy girl
1974 Man About the House Miss Bird
1976 I'm Not Feeling Myself Tonight Mrs Nutbrown

TV creditsEdit

Year Title Role
1960 An Arabian Knight
(TV film)
Slave girl
1960 No Hiding Place (TV series)
Episode: 'Three Small Bones'
1961 No Hiding Place (TV series)
Episode: 'A Gilr Like Xanthe'
1961 It's a Square World (TV series)
Episodes: 2.2-2.6
1962 The Avengers (TV series)
Episode: 'The Removal Men'
1963 Taxi! (TV series)
Episode: 'The Outing'
1964 The Four Seasons of Rosie Carr (Mini-series)
Episode: 'Autumn Near the Angel'
1965 The Wednesday Play (Anthology series)
Play: '3 Clear Sundays'
1965 The Wednesday Play (Anthology series)
Play: 'The Coming Out Party'
1965 Londoners (TV series)
Episode: 'The Frighteners'
1966 The Wednesday Play (Anthology series)
Play: 'Cathy Come Home'
Inmate: at Home Lea
1967 The Wednesday Play (Anthology series)
Play: 'An Officer of the Court'
Girl in club
1967 Softly, Softly (TV series)
Episode: 'Appointment in Wyvern'
Miss Lloyd
1968 The Franchise Trail
(TV film)
1969 The First Churchills (Miniseries|Mini-series)
Episode: 'Plot, Counter-Plot'
Nell Gwyn
1971 Doctor at Large (TV series)
Episode: 'Pull the Other One!'
Nurse Doreen Willett
1971 On the Buses (TV series)
Episode: 'Canteen Trouble' (5.7)
1971 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV series)
Episode: 'The Affair of the Tortoise'
1971 The Fenn Street Gang (TV series)
Episodes: 'Distant Horizons'; 'Who Was That Lady?'
1971 The Goodies (TV series)
Episode: 'Farm Fresh Food'
1971 The Leslie Crowther Show (TV series)
Episode: 8 April 1971
1971 Coronation Street (TV series)
Episode: May 1971
Applicant barmaid, Janet Stockwell
1973 Van der Valk (TV series)
Episode: 'A Rose for Mr Reinhart'
1973 Doctor in Charge (TV series)
Episode: 'The Garden Fête'
Nurse Doreen Willett
1974 ITV Playhouse (Anthology series)
Play: 'Love Affair'
1975 The Virtuoso
(TV film)
Mrs Flirt
1975 Dixon of Dock Green (TV series)
Episode: 'Pot of Gold'
1981 The Jim Davidson Show (TV series)
Episode: 3.2


  1. ^ a b "Andria Lawrence (Turnaround Betty)". On the Buses Fanclub. 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ "On The Buses cast visit senior club". Borehamwood & Elstree Times. 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  3. ^ Walker, Craig (2016). On the Buses: The Complete Story. Apex Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1785384806.
  4. ^ "Film and TV actress Andria Lawrence signs copies of her book in Petersfield". Petersfield Post. 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Andrea Lawrence". IMDb. 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.

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