Dilys Watling

Dilys Watling (born Dilys Rhys Jones, 5 May 1943 in Fulmer Chase, Buckinghamshire) is an English actress, best known for appearing on British television (Coronation Street, The Benny Hill Show and The Two Ronnies).

Dilys Watling
Dilys Rhys Jones

(1943-05-05) 5 May 1943 (age 78)
Years active1962–1994
Spouse(s)Bruce Anderson
Owen Teale
Parent(s)Sidney Rhys Jones
Patricia Hicks
Jack Watling (stepfather)
RelativesDeborah Watling (maternal half-sister)
Giles Watling (maternal half-brother)


Watling was born Dilys Rhys Jones, the daughter of actor Ion Rhys Jones and Patricia Hicks (1919–2011). Ion Rhys Jones was killed in action in World War II, and her mother later married actor Jack Watling.[1]

She attended St Mary's Convent School, Woodford, Essex, followed by acting school. She went on to act in repertory theatre and at the Bristol Old Vic. Watling was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her Broadway debut in the short-lived Georgy in 1970. It proved to be her sole Broadway credit. Other stage credits include the musical Pickwick (1964), an adaptation of Dickens's The Pickwick Papers; the role of the Beggar Woman in the 1980 London cast of Sweeney Todd in the West End; and the West End multi-media Dave Clark rock musical Time (1986). She also made occasional film appearances including roles in the comedy Two Left Feet (1963) and the horror film Theatre of Death (1967).

Personal lifeEdit

Watling has four half-siblings through her mother's marriage to actor Jack Watling. These include actor Deborah and politician/actor Giles Watling.

Watling has been married twice: her first husband was Australian Bruce Anderson, from whom she divorced. After a relationship with actor Christopher Matthews she later married Owen Teale, by whom she has a son, Ion.

TV creditsEdit

Year Title Role
1962 Compact Gillian Nesbitt
1965 The Likely Lads
Episode: 'A Star Is Born'
1965 United! Sue Grainger
1966 Theatre 625
Episode: 'Doctor Knock'
1966 Pardon the Expression
Episode: 'Night to Remember'
Miss Foster
1966 Coronation Street Merle Baker
1967 ITV Play of the Week
Episode: 'Dr De Waldo's Therapy'
1967 Mr Rose
Episode: 'The Deadly Doll'
Wendy Lee
1967 Twice a Fortnight Various
1969 Will the Real Mike Yarwood Stand Up?
1969 The Frankie Howerd Show Various
1969 Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width
Episode: 'Arrivederci Roma'
1970 The Other Reg Varney Various
1971 Sykes: With the Lid Off
1971 Paul Temple
Episode: 'Game, Set and Match'
1971 Scott On...
Episodes: 'Entertainment'; 'Dress'
1972–79 The Two Ronnies Various
1976 The Morecambe & Wise Show Flossie, A Serving Wench
1987 Harry's Kingdom (TV film) Dawn
1991 The Bill
Episode: 'Getting Involved'
Mrs Goodall
1994 Minder
Episode: 'A Fridge Too Far'
Mrs Kravitz


Year Title Role
1963 Calculated Risk Julie
1963 Two Left Feet Mavis
1967 Theatre of Death Heidi


  1. ^ Shorter, Eric (2001-05-25). "Obituary: Jack Watling". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-02-18.

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