Gwendolyn Watts

Gwendolyn "Gwen" Watts (23 September 1937 – 31 January 2000) was an English actress of the 1960s and 1970s. she was best known for her role as Iris in On The Buses.

Gwendolyn Watts
Gwen Watts as Iris in On the Buses (1969)
Born(1937-09-23)23 September 1937
Carhampton, Somerset, England
Died31 January 2000(2000-01-31) (aged 62)
Years active1958–1995
(m. 1959)


Born in Carhampton, Somerset, the daughter of Colin B. Watts and Annie née Lewis, Watts made her first television appearance in 1958 in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, going on to appear in Walk a Crooked Mile (1961), The Rag Trade (1962), The Avengers (1963), Maigret (1963), a French au pair in Steptoe and Son (1964), Mary Barton (1964), Armchair Mystery Theatre (1964), The Benny Hill Show (1965), The Worker (1965), Softly, Softly (1966), Adam Adamant Lives! (1966), Z-Cars (1962–1967), On the Buses (1969), Coronation Street (1971), Love Thy Neighbour (1972), Sam (1973) and The Final Cut (1995).[1][2]

Her film appearances include Sons and Lovers (1960), So Evil, So Young (1961), Rita in Billy Liar (1963), My Fair Lady (1964), The System (1964), Fanatic (1965), The Wrong Box (1966), Carry On Doctor (1967), All Neat in Black Stockings (1968), Carry On Again Doctor (1969), The Games (1970) and Carry On Matron (1972).[1][2][3]

Personal lifeEdit

Married to actor Gertan Klauber from 1959 until her death, Watts gave up full-time acting in the early 1970s to bring up her children, but she returned a few years later. She was the sister of actress Sally Watts.

Gwendolyn Watts died in 2000, aged 62, from a heart attack.


Year Title Role Notes
1960 Sons and Lovers May
1961 So Evil, So Young Edna
1962 The Notorious Landlady Wife Uncredited
1963 Billy Liar Rita
1964 The System First Class Girl
1964 My Fair Lady Cook Uncredited
1965 Fanatic Gloria
1965 You Must Be Joking! Young wife
1966 The Wrong Box Maidservant
1967 Carry On Doctor Mrs Barron
1969 All Neat in Black Stockings Suburban housewife
1969 Carry On Again Doctor Night Sister
1970 The Games Barmaid
1972 Carry On Matron Frances Kemp

TV creditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Episode: 'The Impromptu Murder'
Sir Francis Garrold's wife
1960 Yorky (TV series)
Episode: 'Good with His Hands'
1960 Man from Interpol (TV series)
Episode: 'The Big Racket'
1960 No Hiding Place
Episode: 'The Final Chase'
1961 Walk a Crooked Mile (TV mini-series) Blonde
1961 Harpers West One (TV series) Maureen
1961 It's a Square World Various
1961 Here's Harry (TV series)
Episode: 'The Overdraft'
Elsie the cashier
1962 The Rag Trade
1962 Z-Cars
Episode: 'Full Remission'
Vera Smales
1963 ITV Television Playhouse
Episode: 'Adam's Apple'
1963 The Plane Makers Betty
1963 The Odd Man
Episode: 'The Town That Dies at Eight'
1963 Sergeant Cork
Episode: 'The Case of Ella Barnes'
Rose Wolf
1963 The Avengers
Episode: 'Man with Two Shadows'
1963 Maigret
Episode: 'A Taste of Power'
1964 Steptoe and Son
Episode: 'Steptoe a la Cart'
1964 The Villains (TV series)
Episode: 'Les Girls'
1964 Mary Barton Margaret Legh
1964 Armchair Mystery Theatre
Episode: 'Admirer at Number Eight'
1964 Redcap
Episode: 'A Town Called Love'
Vera and Gerda
1964 Esther Waters (TV series)
Episode: 'The Lottery'
Margaret Gale
1964 Thursday Theatre
Episode: 'When We Are Married'
Ruby Birtle
1965 The Benny Hill Show Various
1965 Call It What You Like (TV series) Various
1965 Blackmail (TV series)
Episode: 'Cut Yourself a Slice of Throat'
1965 The Worker
Episode: 'The Man Who Moved His Head'
Cilla Puce
1966 No Hiding Place
Episode: 'The Lifer'
Nell Burdon
1966 Pardon the Expression
Episode: 'January Sale'
Miss Huxley
1966 Softly, Softly
Episode: 'Blind Man's Bluff'
Anne Bryant
1966 Mrs Thursday (TV series)
Episode: 'The Girl from Fuller Street'
1966 Thirteen Against Fate (TV series)
Episode: 'The Lodger'
Sylvie Baron
1966 Adam Adamant Lives!
Episode: 'To Set a Deadly Fashion'
1967 Mr Rose (TV series)
Episode: 'The Tin God'
1967 Theatre 625
Episode: 'The Loser'
1967 Z-Cars
Episode: 'She's Not Yours, She's Mine'
1967 Sorry I'm Single (TV series) Brenda
1968 The Ronnie Barker Playhouse
Episode: 'Tennyson'
Mrs Cecil
1968 Crime Buster (TV series)
Episode: 'The Volterra Affair'
Susan Taylor
1968 Mystery and Imagination
Episode: 'Uncle Silas'
Sarah Mangles
1969 On the Buses
Episodes: 'The Darts Match'
and 'The New Conductor'
1969 Galton and Simpson Comedy (TV series)
Episode: 'Pity Poor Edie... Married to Jim'
Edie Hentill
1969 The Expert
Episode: 'Protection'
Maggie Poole
1971 Coronation Street Candy Brown
1971 Justice (TV series)
Episode: 'When Did You First Feel the Pain?'
Greta Hardy
1972 Love Thy Neighbour
Episode: 'Pilot'
Joan Booth
1972 Villains (TV series)
Episode: 'Sand Dancer'
1973 Sam
Episode: 'Breadwinners'
Ruby Barraclough
1977 Murder Most English: A Flaxborough Chronicle (TV series)
Episode: 'Coffin Scarcely Used: Part 2'
Mrs Shooter
1983 Small & Frye
Episode: 'The Case of the Concerned Husband'
Old woman
1995 The Final Cut Sturdy woman (final appearance)


  1. ^ a b Watts on the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b Howard Maxford, Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company, McFarland & Co., Inc. Publishers (2019) - Google Books p. 847
  3. ^ The Complete Index To World Film since 1895

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