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 Rhys Jones
5 May 1943
|Parent(s)||Sidney Rhys Jones|
Jack Watling (stepfather)
|Relatives||Deborah 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.
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).
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.
|1965||The Likely Lads
Episode: 'A Star Is Born'
Episode: 'Doctor Knock'
|1966||Pardon the Expression
Episode: 'Night to Remember'
|1966||Coronation Street||Merle Baker|
|1967||ITV Play of the Week
Episode: 'Dr De Waldo's Therapy'
Episode: 'The Deadly Doll'
|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|
Episode: 'Game, Set and Match'
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|
Episode: 'Getting Involved'
Episode: 'A Fridge Too Far'