Linda Bassett (born 4 February 1950) is an English actress. Her television credits include Victoria Wood's dinnerladies (1999), Lark Rise to Candleford (2008–11), Grandma's House (2010–12) and Call the Midwife (2015–present).
|Born||4 February 1950|
Pluckley, Kent, England
She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the 1999 film East Is East and for the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for the 2013 revival of the play Roots at the Donmar Warehouse.
Bassett was born in Pluckley, Kent, England, to a typist mother and a police officer father. Her roles include the award-winning part of Ella Khan in the 1999 British comedy film East is East. Other roles include Mrs. Jennings in the three-part BBC adaptation Sense and Sensibility, Queenie Turrill in Lark Rise to Candleford, Doll in the film Cass.
In film, she first gained notice when she was cast as Gertrude Stein opposite Linda Hunt as Alice B. Toklas in Waiting for the Moon in 1987. She also appeared as Julia Roberts' mother in Mary Reilly in 1996, Mrs. Brenner, the prison official in the 2008 film The Reader and as Cora in Calendar Girls (March).
Bassett's career began in the theatre. She initially worked as an usher at the Old Vic whilst a schoolgirl, before enrolling at The University of Leeds. Her first professional work was in community and educational theatre in the 1970s.
Among her most notable stage roles were those in:
- In Basildon – Royal Court Theatre London (2012)
- Love and Information – Royal Court Theatre London (2012)
- People – National Theatre London (2012/13)
- Roots – Donmar Warehouse London (2013)
- Visitors – Arcola Theatre London (2014) and Bush Theatre, London (2014/15)
- Escaped Alone – Royal Court Theatre London (2016), Brooklyn Academy of Music New York (2017) and BBC Radio (2018)
- What If If Only - Royal Court Theatre London (2021)
|Year||Film / TV||Role||Notes|
|1987||Waiting for the Moon||Gertrude Stein|
|1988||Dramarama||Meg Crawford||TV series (1 episode: "Making Waves")|
|Paris by Night||Janet Swanton|
|1989||Traffik||Rachel Lithgow||TV series (4 episodes)|
|Boon||Mrs. Sheridan||TV series (1 episode: "In It for the Monet")|
|1990||Screen One||Virginia Lyddon||TV series (1 episode: "News Hound")|
|The Bill||Shena Jackson||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1991||A Small Dance||Sandra Matkin|
|4 Play||Phyllis Twigg||TV series (1 episode: "Say Hello to the Real Dr. Snide")|
|Let Him Have It||Mrs. Miles|
|1994||Love Hurts||Janice||TV series (1 episode: "Blue Heaven")|
|A Touch of Frost||Mrs. Cornish||TV series (1 episode: "Nothing to Hide")|
|Screen Two||Mrs. Loveless/Susan||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Frank Stubbs||Eileen||TV series (1 episode: "Babies")|
|1995||A Village Affair||Gwen||TV film|
|The Bill||Chrissie Bates||TV series (1 episode: "Old Habitats")|
|Bramwell||Maud||TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode #1.7")|
|Loved Up||Mother||TV film|
|The Peter Principle||Iris Jennings||TV series (1 episode: "Pilot")|
|EastEnders||Bridget Gilsenan||TV series (1 episode)|
|1996||Mary Reilly||Mary's Mother||Film|
|No Bananas||Ellen Slater||TV mini-series (10 episodes)|
|1997||Kavanagh QC||Miss Haddon QC||TV series (1 episode: "Mute of Malice")|
|Oscar and Lucinda||Betty Stratton|
|1998||Spoonface Steinberg||Mrs. Spud||TV film|
|The Life and Crimes of William Palmer||Mary Thornton||TV film|
|Our Mutual Friend||Abby Potterson||TV mini-series (2 episodes)|
|Far from the Madding Crowd||Maryann Money||TV film|
|Out of Hours||Carol-Ann Kumar||TV mini-series|
|1999||East is East||Ella Khan||Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role|
|dinnerladies||Peggy||TV series (1 episode: "Trouble")|
|Don Quixote||Housekeeper||TV film|
|Losing It||Tom's Mother||TV film|
|2002||The Last Time||Evelyn||Short|
|The Hours||Nelly Boxall|
|2003||This Little Life||Nurse Nina||TV film|
|The Brief||Maureen Tyler||TV series (8 episodes: 2004–2005)|
|Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story||Trolley Lady|
|Heartbeat||Beryl Palmer||TV series (1 episode: "Burden of Proof")|
|The English Harem||Monica Pringle||TV film|
|2007||Midsomer Murders||Eileen Carnack||TV series (1 episode: "The Animal Within")|
|2008||Sense and Sensibility||Mrs. Jennings||TV mini-series (3 episodes)|
|The Reader||Ms. Brenner|
|Lark Rise to Candleford||Queenie Turrill||TV series (40 episodes: 2008–2011)|
|2010||West Is West||Ella Khan|
|Grandma's House||Grandma||TV series (12 episodes: 2010–2012)|
|2012||Nick Nickleby||Mrs. Smike||TV series (4 episodes: 2012–present)|
|2013||Spies of Warsaw||Malka Rosen||BBC miniseries|
|2015–2017||Twirlywoos||Narrator||children's TV show|
|2015–||Call the Midwife||Nurse Phyllis Crane||TV series|
|2017||Carnage||Dr Yasmine Vondenburg||Mockumentary|
Bassett lives in Kent, in a village close to her birthplace.
- "Linda Bassett Biography (1950-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
- "Linda Bassett: Sharing a fenland cottage with Caryl Churchill changed my career". TheGuardian.com. 30 January 2014.
- Wiegand, Interview by Chris (10 February 2016). "Sunshine and terrible rage: Linda Bassett on Caryl Churchill's Escaped Alone". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
- Gilbert, Sophie (21 February 2017). "'Escaped Alone' Finds Comfort at the End of the World". The Atlantic. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
- "BBC Radio 4 - Drama, Escaped Alone". BBC. Retrieved 27 January 2020.