Patricia Anne Thirza Byrne (13 July 1933 – 17 June 2014) was an English actress, best known for her role as "Nursie" in Blackadder II as well as Malcolm's domineering Mother, Mrs Stoneway in all seven series of the ITV comedy Watching. between 1987 and 1993.
Patricia Anne Thirza Byrne
13 July 1933
|Died||17 June 2014 (aged 80)|
Byrne was educated at Ashford County Grammar School. She studied drama at Rose Bruford College before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company playing parts such as Maria in Twelfth Night and Gruscha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Aldwych Theatre in the early 1960s. In the 1980s she also worked at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Byrne starred alongside Tony Robinson in a Series 3 episode of Maid Marian and her Merry Men. She played Betty the Tea Lady on the BBC children's programme Playdays. Other roles included appearances in I, Claudius (1976), Stealing Heaven (1988), Inspector Morse (1989), 2point4 Children, Les Misérables (1998), David Copperfield (1999) and Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000), as well as numerous radio plays. Byrne performed in the 1990 BBC production of C. S. Lewis' The Silver Chair as the giant nanny in the city of the giants. In 1998 she played Martha Coutts in episode 19 of series 7 of Heartbeat.
|1962||The Cherry Orchard||Dunyasha, the maid|
|1972||The Ruling Class||Mrs. Pamela Treadwell|
|1972||The Alf Garnett Saga||Mrs. Frewin|
|1973||Z Cars||Mary Walker||Episode: Nuisance|
|1976||I, Claudius||Martina||Episode: Some Justice|
|1978||The Class of Miss MacMichael||Mrs. Green|
|1978||The Devil's Crown||Florence|
|1982||The Return of the Soldier||Mrs. Plummer|
|1985||Mr. Love||Mrs. Lunt|
|1986||Blackadder II||Nursie||6 episodes|
|1987||Strong Poison||Mrs Pettican||3 episodes|
|1989||Inspector Morse||Mrs. Maltby||Episode: "The Ghost in the Machine"|
|1992||Emily's Ghost||Mrs. Crabtree|
|1993||The Higher Mortals||Matron|
|1996||The Treasure Seekers||Mrs. Nesbit|
|1999||Blackadder: Back & Forth||Nursie|
|2000||Kevin & Perry Go Large||Old lady|
- Slide, Anthony (1996) Some Joe You Don't Know: American Biographical Guide to 100 British Television Personalities, Greenwood Press; ISBN 978-0-313-29550-8, p. 11
- "Blackadder 'Nursie' actress Patsy Byrne dies aged 80". BBC News. BBC. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- "BYRNE – Deaths Announcements". The Telegraph. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 5 December 2020.