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Ann Beach (7 June 1938 – 9 March 2017[1]) was a British actress.[2][3] She is perhaps best remembered for her supporting role as Sonia Barrett, the quirky next-door neighbour on the British comedy Fresh Fields, starring Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers.

Ann Beach
Born(1938-06-07)7 June 1938
Died9 March 2017(2017-03-09) (aged 78)
Spouse(s)Francis Coleman (deceased)
ChildrenCharlotte Coleman (deceased)
Lisa Coleman



She won a scholarship to RADA at the age of 16. After leaving, she went on tour with Frankie Howerd in Hotel Paradiso, and then came to London in the title role of Emlyn Williams's Beth. This was not a success, but she was soon busily engaged in television work, until she went back to the stage in the Theatre Workshop company at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Among the parts she created there were Rosie in Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be, and Miss Gilchrist in The Hostage. She then created the role of Barbara in Billy Liar at the Cambridge Theatre in September 1960. She was also a member of the BBC's Radio Drama Company.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

She was married to Francis Coleman. She was the mother of Charlotte Coleman and Lisa Coleman.[5][6][7]


  • Pandora's Tower (2012) Video Game [Voiced as Mavda]
  • Fast Freddie, The Widow and Me (2011) TV Drama [Actress as Grandma]
  • Bad Night For The Blues (2010) TV Drama [Actress as Madge]
  • "Holby Blue: (No.2.3)" (2008) TV Episode [Actress as Annie]
  • The History of Mr Polly (2007) (TV) [Actress as Mrs. Rumbold]
  • I Am Bob (2007) [Actress as Friendly Old Lady] (as Ann Beach)
  • "Foyle's War: Bleak Midwinter (No.5.1)" (2007) TV Episode [Actress as Hilda Greenwood][8]
  • Cold Blood (2005) (TV) [Actress as Lynn]
  • "Midsomer Murders: Sauce for the Goose (No.8.7)" (2005) TV Episode [Actress as Sonia Hardwick]
  • Double Act (2002) (TV) [Actress as Gran]
  • "Peak Practice: Flesh and Blood (No.11.2)" (2001) TV Episode [Actress as Eunice Gould]
  • "People Like Us: The Photographer (No.1.5)" (1999) TV Episode [Actress]
  • Notting Hill (1999) [Actress as William's Mother][8][9]
  • "Home Farm Twins" (1999) TV series [Actress as Dotty Miller]
  • "Wycliffe: Land's End (No.5.6)" (1998) TV Episode [Actress as Mrs. Wimble]
  • Two Golden Balls (1994) (TV) [Actress as Mrs. Leveller]
  • "The Lifeboat: Three Men in a Boat (No.1.8)" (1994) TV Episode [Actress as Phyllis Shore]
  • "The Lifeboat: Homecomings (No.1.7)" (1994) TV Episode [Actress as Phyllis Shore]
  • "The Lifeboat: The Pirates of Penrhys (No.1.6)" (1994) TV Episode [Actress as Phyllis Shore]
  • "The Lifeboat: Troubled Waters (No.1.1)" (1994) TV Episode [Actress as Phyllis Shore]
  • Selected Exits (1993) TV Special [Actress as Mrs. E T][8]
  • A Question of Attribution (1992) (TV) [Actress as Mrs. Chubb][8]
  • "Land of Hope and Gloria: Running Before Walking (No.1.4)" (1992) TV Episode [Actress as Freda]
  • "French Fields: Hail and Farewell (No.3.6)" (1991) TV Episode [Actress as Sonia]
  • King Ralph (1991) [Actress as Miranda's Mother][8][9]
  • "Home to Roost: Return to Clagthorpe (No.4.5)" (1990) TV Episode [Actress as Rita Higgs]
  • "Fresh Fields": (1984–1986) 27 Episodes [Actress as Sonia Barrett]
  • "Nanny: The Prodigy (No.3.3)" (1983) TV Episode [Actress as Miss Alice Casson]
  • "Oliver Twist" (1982/I) (TV) [Actress as Mrs. Sowerberry][8]
  • "Only When I Laugh: Postman's Knock (No.3.4)" (1981) TV Episode [Actress as Helen Roper-Jones]
  • "Holding the Fort: Famous First Words (No.2.2)" (1981) TV Episode [Actress as Muriel]
  • "Tales of the Unexpected: Georgy Porgy (No.2.9)" (1980) TV Episode [Actress as Miss Unwin]
  • "Play for Today: The Vanishing Army (No.10.24)" (1980) TV Episode [Actress]
  • "The History of Mr. Polly: (No.1.3)" (1980) TV Episode [Actress as Mrs. Johnson]
  • "The History of Mr. Polly: (No.1.2)" (1980) TV Episode [Actress as Mrs. Johnson]
  • "The History of Mr. Polly" (1980) TV mini-series [Actress as Mrs. Johnson]
  • Brecht and Co (1979) (TV) [Actress as Member of Brecht's company/Widow Begbick/Polly Peacham]
  • "Rising Damp: That's My Boy (No.3.1)" (1977) TV Episode [Actress as Mrs. Brent]
  • "Play of the Month: The Country Wife (No.12.5)" (1977) TV Episode [Actress as Mrs. Dainty Fidget]
  • "Play of the Month: The Winslow Boy (No.12.4)" (1977) TV Episode [Actress as Violet]
  • "Bouquet of Barbed Wire: Introductions (No.1.2)" (1976) TV Episode [Actress as Monica]
  • "Bouquet of Barbed Wire: Home-coming (No.1.1)" (1976) TV Episode [Actress as Monica]
  • The Battle of Billy's Pond (1976) [Actress as Mrs. Bateson][8]
  • "Fred Basset" (1976) TV series [Actress] (voice)
  • "Shades of Greene: Special Duties (No.1.4)" (1975) TV Episode [Actress as Miss Sanderson]
  • "Dawson's Weekly: The Clerical Error (No.1.6)" (1975) TV Episode [Actress as Mrs. Ffoulkes]
  • "Armchair Theatre: A Bit of a Lift (No.15.3)" (1973) TV Episode [Actress as Penelope]
  • "Seven of One: My Old Man (No.1.3)" (1973) TV Episode [Actress as Doris]
  • "Play for Today: Song at Twilight (No.3.15)" (1973) TV Episode [Actress as Shirley Ritchie]
  • A Bit of a Lift (1973) (TV) [Actress as Penelope]
  • "Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width" (1973) Film [Actress as Bridie]
  • "The Man Outside: A Persistent Coffin (No.1.4)" (1972) TV Episode [Actress as Maudlin]
  • "Play for Today: The Villa Maroc (No.2.16)" (1972) TV Episode [Actress as Valerie]
  • Under Milk Wood (1972) [Actress as Polly Garter][8]
  • "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: The Woman in the Big Hat (No.1.9)" (1971) TV Episode [Actress as Mary Grandard]
  • "Play of the Month: Rasputin (No.7.2)" (1971) TV Episode [Actress as Anna Vyroubova]
  • "Armchair Theatre: The Bargain Hunters (No.13.2)" (1971) TV Episode [Actress as Mrs. Drayton]
  • "For the Love of Ada: The Journey (No.3.2)" (1971) TV Episode [Actress as Alice Bingley]
  • The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970) [Actress as Receptionist][8]
  • "Steptoe and Son: Steptoe and Son – and Son! (No.5.4)" (1970) TV Episode [Actress as Daphne]
  • Mad Jack (1970) (TV) [Actress as Music hall artist]
  • "Jackanory: Green Smoke: The Pool of Excalibur (No.6.20)" (1969) TV Episode [Actress as Storyteller]
  • "Jackanory: Green Smoke: The Mermaid (No.6.19)" (1969) TV Episode [Actress as Storyteller]
  • "Jackanory: Green Smoke: I'm for Tintagel Castle (No.6.18)" (1969) TV Episode [Actress as Storyteller]
  • "Jackanory: Green Smoke: The Story of the Flaming Dragon (No.6.17)" (1969) TV Episode [Actress as Storyteller]
  • "Jackanory: Green Smoke: The Puff of Green Smoke (No.6.16)" (1969) TV Episode [Actress as Storyteller]
  • Blodwen, Home from Rachel's Marriage (1969) (TV) [Actress as Blodwen Wilderness]
  • "The Wednesday Play: Blodwen, Home from Rachel's Marriage (No.1.145)" (1969) TV Episode [Actress]
  • Sebastian (1968) [Actress as Pamela][8]
  • "Half Hour Story: The 45th Unmarried Mother (No.1.13)" (1967) TV Episode [Actress as Jennifer]
  • "Armchair Theatre: Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (No.7.4)" (1967) TV Episode [Actress as Bridie]
  • "Play of the Month: Make Me an Offer (No.1.7)" (1966) TV Episode [Actress as Gwen]
  • Hotel Paradiso (1966) [Actress as Victoire, the Boniface's maid][8]
  • "The Sunday-Night Play: Worm's Eye View" (1962) TV Episode [Actress as Thelma]
  • The Fast Lady (1962) [Actress as Miss Timpkins]
  • "The Rag Trade: (No.1.1)" (1961) TV Episode [Actress]
  • On the Fiddle (1961) [Actress as Iris][8]
  • The City of the Dead (1960) [Actress as Lottie]
  • "Armchair Theatre: Night Panic (No.3.74)" (1960) TV Episode [Actress]
  • "Armchair Theatre: The Terrorist (No.3.7)" (1958) TV Episode [Actress]


  1. ^ "Ann Beach obituary". The Guardian. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Ann Beach". 1938-06-07. Archived from the original on 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  3. ^ "Ann Beach - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies & TV -". Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  4. ^ "Radio and audio book companies", in Lloyd Trott, ed., Actors and Performers Yearbook 2016, pp. 353-354
  5. ^ "Ann Beach – Biography". 1938-06-07. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  6. ^ Close (2001-11-18). "UK news in brief | UK news | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  7. ^ "Charlotte Coleman, 33, Film Actress – The". New York Times. 2001-11-22. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Ann Beach - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies & TV -". 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  9. ^ a b "Ann Beach Filmography – Yahoo! Movies". Archived from the original on 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2009-03-13.

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