Peggy Thorpe-Bates

Peggy Thorpe-Bates (11 August 1914 – 26 December 1989)[1] was an English actress[2] who appeared in the first three series of Rumpole of the Bailey as Rumpole's fearsome wife Hilda.[3] She also appeared in numerous other supporting roles on both stage and screen.[4]

Peggy Thorpe-Bates
Actress Peggy Thorpe-Bates.jpg
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Born(1914-08-11)11 August 1914
London, England
Died26 December 1989(1989-12-26) (aged 75)
Years active1936–1983
(m. 1936⁠–⁠1989)

She attended Heathfield School, the Cone School of Dancing and RADA, then appeared in repertory theatre in Birmingham, Bristol, Harrogate and with the BBC Repertory Company. Her film appearances included Georgy Girl and Mosquito Squadron. On television she had recurring roles in Timeslip and Return of the Saint. She also guest starred in Mrs Thursday, Tales of the Unexpected, and The Young Ones.[5]

She was married to fellow actor Brian Oulton, with whom she had a son and a daughter, the actress Jenny Oulton.[6]

Partial filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Note
1960 Peeping Tom Mrs. Partridge Uncredited
1962 In the Doghouse Mrs. Muswell
1966 Georgy Girl Hospital Sister
1969 A Touch of Love Mrs. Stacey
Mosquito Squadron Mrs. Scott
1975 Galileo Court Lady
1979 The Saint and the Brave Goose Mrs. Cloonan Edited episodes from Return of the Saint


  1. ^ "December 26 - Famous Deaths - On This Day".
  2. ^ Limited, GipsyMedia. "Peggy Thorpe-Bates : Actress - Films, episodes and roles on".
  3. ^ "Peggy Thorpe-bates".
  4. ^ "Peggy Thorpe-Bates".
  5. ^ Peggy Thorpe Bates in Who's Who on Television. Independent Television Publications 1970
  6. ^ "Peggy Thorpe-Bates (1914 - 1989) - Find A Grave Memorial".

Further readingEdit

  • "Peggy Thorpe-Bates", The Times (London), 2 January 1990, p. 12.

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