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Janet E. A. Henfrey[1] (born 16 August 1935) is a British stage and television actress. She is best known for playing Mrs. Bale on As Time Goes By, which is still rerun in the United States on PBS stations, and for her role as the schoolteacher in the BBC Dennis Potter serial The Singing Detective (1986). She had previously appeared in the Potter play Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965), also as a schoolteacher.

Janet Henfrey
Born (1935-08-16) 16 August 1935 (age 83)
Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
St Anne's College, Oxford
Smith College
Years active1963–present


Early lifeEdit

Before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, and spent a graduate year at Smith College reading History.[2]


Other TV credits include: Victoria Wood As Seen On TV (1985); As Time Goes By, The Jewel in the Crown; Reilly, Ace of Spies; Doctor Who (in the serial The Curse of Fenric and the episode "Mummy on the Orient Express"); Jeeves and Wooster; Casualty; Lovejoy; One Foot in the Grave; My Uncle Silas and Simon and the Witch. Henfrey also played a minor character in an episode of the 1996 series of The Famous Five, "Five Get into Trouble" and Mistress Hecate Broomhead in two episodes of The Worst Witch ("The Inspector Calls" and "Just Like Clockwork"). She appeared in the 2002 adaption of the British miniseries Tipping The Velvet playing the character Mrs Jex, based on the novel by Sarah Waters. She also appeared in the 2015 British miniseries adaptation of Wolf Hall.

Personal lifeEdit

Janet Henfrey lives in Islington, north London. She is a member of the Labour Party and a trustee of the International Performers Aid Trust.


Year Title Role Notes
1963 It's All Happening April
1974 The Tamarind Seed Embassy Section Head
1981 Reds Jail Guard Uncredited
Mark Gertler Fragments of a Biography Lady Ottoline Morrell
1983 Fanny Hill Lady in Intelligence Office Uncredited
1985 She'll Be Wearing Pink Pyjamas Lucy
1986 Lady Jane Housekeeper
Foreign Body Landlady
1989 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover Alice
1990 The Fool
1991 Bernard and the Genie Miss Purse TV movie
1994 Dragonworld Miss Twittingham
A Pin for the Butterfly Mrs Veverka
1997 Mrs Dalloway Miss Pym
Swept from the Sea Mrs. Rigby
The Man Who Knew Too Little Ms Goldstein
1998 Les Misérables Madame Gilot
Ever After Celeste
Jilting Joe Miss Doughty
1999 An Ideal Husband Miss Prism
2000 The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Janice Wailey
2001 Blow Dry Aerobics Teacher
2006 The Omen Mrs. Horton
2009 Sezon tumanov Mary
National Theatre Live: All's Well That Ends Well The Widow
2012 Metamorphosis The Cleaning Lady
2014 Mr. Turner Janet Uncredited
2014      Father Brown         Vera Thimble
2015 London Road Ivy
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Dowager
Bridget Jones's Baby Mavis Enderbury


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Janet Henfrey". IMDb. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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