Marcia Warren

Marcia Warren (born 26 November 1943) is an English stage, film and television actress. On stage, she appeared in Blithe Spirit as Madame Arcati and The Sea (2008) at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. She is currently filming for Netflix's fifth season of The Crown, in which she plays Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Marcia Warren
Born (1943-11-26) 26 November 1943 (age 78)
Years active1970–present

She is a two time Olivier Award winner.

Early lifeEdit

Warren trained as an actress at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 1963. From there on she took the path of many of her performing contemporaries, acting in repertory throughout the country – beginning as an assistant stage manager in David Copperfield in Salisbury.


From 1983 to 1986 she played Vera in the BBC sitcom, No Place Like Home. From 2013 to 2016, she played the role of Penelope in the ITV sitcom Vicious and also starred in the 2014 sitcom Edge of Heaven as Nanny Mo. She has also appeared in Keeping Up Appearances, Midsomer Murders and Inside No. 9.


She has won two Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role—one in 1984 for Stepping Out[1] and the other in 2002 for Humble Boy at the Royal National Theatre.[2] She was also nominated for another in 2001 for In Flame at the New Ambassadors Theatre.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Mr. Love Doris Lovelace
1994 Don't Get Me Started Pauline Lewis
2004 Gladiatress Queen Tuathfhlaifthfth
2005 Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Vera Post
The Jealous God Mrs. Dungarvan
2011 Hattie Esma Cannon
2012 Run for Your Wife Woman on seat
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Lubliana


1972 Public Eye Waitress "Girl in Blue"
1983–1986 No Place Like Home Vera Botting sitcom
1986 We'll Think of Something Maureen Brooks ITV sitcom
1986 I Woke Up One Morning Doris BBC sitcom
1991 Miss Pym's Day Out Dora Caldicote
1992 Keeping Up Appearances Bunty sitcom
1995 Searching Chancy's Mum sitcom
1996–1998 Dangerfield Angela Wakefield drama
2000 Coronation Street Gladys Braithwaite guest role
2003–2004 My Dad's the Prime Minister Granny Philips sitcom
2006 Housewife, 49 Mrs Lord
2006, 2008 Jam & Jerusalem Lady Anne Crump sitcom
2007 Midsomer Murders Melissa Shrike
2008 The Long Walk to Finchley Old Dear BBC Four drama
2009 Victoria Wood's Midlife Christmas Arnica
2011 The Café Alice Dobson Sky1
2013–2016 Vicious Penelope ITV sitcom
2014 Father Brown Miss. Audrey Diggle "The Pride of the Prydes" Episode 2.3
2014 Edge of Heaven Nanny Mo ITV sitcom
2014 Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death Mrs. Boggle Sky1
2015 Crackanory Dolly Coblington Series 3, Episode 6
2017 Sherlock Vivian Norbury "The Six Thatchers" (Series 4, Episode 1)
2017 Josh Violet Series 3, Episode 4
2018 Inside No. 9 Alice "Zanzibar" (Series 4, Episode 1)
2019 Don’t Forget the Driver Joy Series 1
2022–2023 The Crown Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Seasons 5 & 6[4]

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Margot Carvier (voice only)
2014 Dark Souls II Morrel/Merchant Hag Melentia (voice only)


  1. ^ "Olivier Winners 1984". Official London Theatre. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Olivier Winners 2002". Official London Theatre. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Olivier Winners 2001". Official London Theatre. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  4. ^ Veteran actress Marcia Warren cast as The Queen Mother in 'The Crown' MediaMole TV News, August 3, 2021

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