Judy Cornwell

Judy Valerie Cornwell (born 22 February 1940) is an English actress best known for her role as Daisy in the successful British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995). She also played Anya Claus in Santa Claus: The Movie (1985). In her later years she became known for playing Miss Marple in many stage productions, including 'A Murder Is Announced' between 2014-2016

Judy Cornwell
Judy Valerie Cornwell

(1940-02-22) 22 February 1940 (age 80)
Years active1959–2016
John Kelsall Parry (m. 1960)


Cornwell's father served in the RAF and she grew up in Britain, where she attended a convent school and Saint Michael Boarding school in Heacham, Norfolk, before moving to Australia, to which country her family emigrated. She has written about her childhood experiences in her autobiography Adventures of a Jelly Baby. She returned to Britain and became a professional dancer and comedian in her teens, working her act between the nudes at the Irving Theatre before becoming an actress. Her career includes roles in radio's The Navy Lark, the play Oh! What A Lovely War,[1] her own TV comedy series Moody and Pegg,[1] and several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Films and televisionEdit

Cornwell's film roles include Santa Claus: The Movie (as Mrs. Claus) and Mad Cows. On television she has appeared in Dixon of Dock Green, Cakes and Ale, Bergerac, Doctor Who (the episode Paradise Towers), several episodes of Farrington of the F.O., The Famous Five, The Bill, Heartbeat, Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders. Cornwell also appeared in BBC soap opera EastEnders as Queenie Trott, the mean tyrant mother of lovable loser Heather Trott. In 1987, she appeared as the English spinster Rosemary Tuttle in the episode "Rumpole and the Official Secret" from Season 4 of Rumpole of the Bailey. She is best known, however, for her portrayal of lovable working class housewife Daisy in the sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, which ran from 1990 to 1995. She also appeared in the new series of Birds of a Feather as a sister shopping in a supermarket in episode 8.

Published worksEdit

Cornwell's books include her autobiography Adventures of a Jelly Baby (ISBN 0-283-07001-3) published in 2005 which describes her childhood growing up in Britain during the war, and then in Australia where her family emigrated.

She has also published several novels, including Cow and Cow Parsley in 1985, Fishcakes at the Ritz in 1989, The Seventh Sunrise in 1994, and Fear and Favour in 1996.

Personal lifeEdit

Cornwell married John Kelsall Parry on 18 December 1960, and they have a son, Edward. The couple reside in Brighton.[2]

Her grandmother was music hall singer Sarah Bonner.



Year Title Role Notes
1959 Friends and Neighbours 4th Girl
1965 Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Nurse (segment "Disembodied Hand"), Uncredited
1967 Two for the Road Pat
1967 Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon Lady Electra
1968 The Wild Racers Pippy
1969 Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? Filigree Fondle
1969 Cry Wolf Stella
1970 Every Home Should Have One Liz Brown
1970 Country Dance Rosie
1970 Paddy Breeda
1970 Wuthering Heights Nelly Dean
1971 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? Clarine
1985 Santa Claus: The Movie Anya Claus
1987 Cry Freedom Receptionist
1995 Persuasion Mrs. Musgrove
1999 Mad Cows Maddy's Mother
2000 David Copperfield Peggotty TV movie


Year Title Role Notes
1974–1976 Moody and Pegg Daphne Pegg 12 episodes
1976 Cakes and Ale Rosie 3 episodes
1977 Supernatural Margaret Graham Episode: "Viktoria"
1980–1981 The Good Companions Elizabeth Trant 9 episodes
1982 Look and Read Mrs Watson Episode: "'Fairground'"
1983 Jane Eyre Mrs. Reed 2 episodes
1985 There Comes a Time, Vanessa James 7 episodes
1987 Doctor Who Maddy Episode: "Paradise Towers"
1987 Dorothy L. Sayers Mysteries Miss Booth Episode: "Strong Poison"
1987 Bergerac Belle Young Episode: "The Memory Man"
1990–1995 Keeping Up Appearances Daisy 44 episodes
1992 Nice Town Aunt Peggy 3 episodes
1992 The Mirror Crack'd Heather Badcock TV movie
1996 Famous Five Mrs. Baker Episode: "Five on a Hike Together"
1997 Midsomer Murders May Cuttle Episode: "Death in Disguise"
1998 The Life and Crimes of William Palmer Mrs. Palmer 2 episodes
1999 Heartbeat Isabelle Sheba Christie Episode: "Shotgun Wedding"
2007–2008 EastEnders Queenie Trott 8 episodes
2014 Birds Of A Feather Annie Episode: "You Can't Always Get What You Want", (final appearance)


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