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Sheila Reid (born 21 December 1937) is a Scottish actress, known for playing Madge Harvey in the ITV sitcom Benidorm (2007–16). An original member of the Royal National Theatre in 1963, she played Bianca in the National's 1965 film version of Othello, with Laurence Olivier in the title role. Her other film appearances include Brazil (1985), The Winter Guest (1997) and Containment (2015).
|Benidorm (2007–2015, 2016)|
|Spouse(s)||Julian Curry (1967 - ?) (Divorced)|
Terry Bullen (2008–)
Born in Glasgow, Reid grew up in Bridge of Weir before her father's army career took the family to India. She was then educated at Moreton Hall School, a boarding independent school for girls, near the market town of Oswestry in Shropshire, in central England.
Roles in film and televisionEdit
On 2 June 1964, she appeared in ITV drama anthology series Love Story as Miss Watson in the episode 'The Wooing of Miss Watson'. Two years later, Reid re-appeared in the series, but was only credited as 'The Girl' in the episode 'Dead Set at Dream Boy' which aired on 25 July 1966.
On 29 September 1971, she appeared in BBC One's drama series Owen, M.D. as Mrs. Shackles in the episode 'The Whole Hog, Part 1'. She returned to the role as Mrs. Shackles once more in the episode 'The Whole Hog, Part 2' which aired on 30 September 1971. In 1973, Reid returned to the series for three more episodes, this time as a different character, Mabel Simpson, in the episodes 'Water Under the Bridge' (22 April 1973), 'The Love Game' (3 June 1973) and 'Father of the Man' (6 May 1973).
On 9 November 1976, she appeared in Australian miniseries The Emigrants as May Parker in the episode Chances for the Children. She returned to the role of May Parker twice more in the episode 'Endeavour' which aired on 16 November 1976 and '13,000 Miles Away' which aired on 23 November 1976. The show was broadcast on BBC One in the UK.
On 7 April 1978, she appeared in BBC One's comedy drama series All Creatures Great and Small as Mrs. Donovan in the episode 'Practice Makes Perfect'. She returned to the role of Mrs. Donovan once more in the episode 'Spring Fever' (29 September 1990).
On 12 June 1981, she appeared in ITV comedy drama series Get Lost! as Miss Langley in the episode 'Worried About Jim'. She returned to the role as Miss Langley in three more episodes, 'The Vicar Did It' (19 June 1981), 'Kiss Me Quick' (26 June 1981) and 'Not a Proper Ending' (3 July 1981).
On 8 January 1982, she appeared in BBC One's drama series Fame Is the Spur as Mrs. Ryerson in the episode 'Episode #1.1'. She returned to the role of Mrs. Ryerson in three more episodes, 'Episode #1.2' (15 January 1982), 'Episode #1.3' (22 January 1982) and 'Episode #1.4' (29 January 1982).
On 20 March 1984, she appeared in ITV drama series Miracles Take Longer as Mrs. Hook in the episode 'Episode #2.21'. She returned to the role of Mrs. Hook once more in the episode 'Episode #2.22' (26 March 1984).
On 7 December 1999, she appeared in ITV police procedural drama The Bill as Claire in the episode 'Consumers'. She returned to the role of Claire once more in the episode 'Lock In' (9 December 1999). She returned to the series many years later, this time as a different character, Audrey Thorp, in one more episode '431' (3 August 2006).
On 2 October 2001, she appeared in BBC One's medical soap opera Doctors as Louise Kingston in the episode 'Retiring the Past'. She returned to the series on three more occasions, each time playing a different character. She played Ivy Brownlow in the episode 'You People' (20 January 2009), Eena McFee in the episode 'Seize the Day' (31 May 2011) and Sid Dalmond in the episode 'Sid's Blues' (22 January 2014).
On 17 September 2005, she appeared in BBC One's medical drama series Casualty as Cynthia Hollis in the episode 'Deep Water'. She returned to the series on three more occasions, each time playing a different character. She played Loretta Parks in the episode 'Into the Fog' (2 October 2010), Gwen Morgan in the episode 'Return to Sender' (25 October 2014) and Sheila Bobbins in the episode 'Schoolboy Crush' (24 September 2016).
In late 2006, Reid was cast as loud-mouth Madge Harvey in the ITV sitcom Benidorm. Her character first appeared on 2 February 2007 in the first episode alongside her new on-screen family, The Garveys. It was announced on 8 January 2015 that Madge and The Garveys were leaving the show after nearly 8 years. They departed on the second episode of Series 7 (9 January 2015). On 17 April 2016, ITV confirmed that Madge was returning and would appear in the third episode of Series 8. There are no current plans for Madge or The Garveys to return.
On 21 June 2012, she appeared in Sky Arts sketch show/comedy drama Psychobitches as Mother Theresa in the episode 'Pilot'. She returned to the series on three more occasions, each time playing a different character. She played Margot Fonteyn in the episode 'Episode #1.1' (30 May 2013), Betty Ford in the episode 'Episode #1.5' (27 June 2013) and Shirley Temple in the episode 'Episode #2.6' (23 December 2014).
Roles in theatreEdit
Select TV and filmographyEdit
- Othello (1965)
- The Alphabet Murders (1965)
- Three Sisters (1970)
- The Touch (1971)
- I Want What I Want (1972)
- All Creatures Great and Small (TV) (1978) 1 Episode
- The Sweeney (1978) 1 episode
- Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (1980)
- Five Days One Summer (1982)
- The Dresser (1983)
- Doctor Who (TV) (1985) 2x 45 min episodes: "Vengeance on Varos"
- Auf Wiedersehen Pet (TV) series 1 episode 3. Patsy (Bomber's Wife)
- Brazil (1985)
- The Winter Guest (1997) as Lily
- Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War (2002)
- A Christmas Carol (2004)
- Benidorm (TV) (2007–2015, 2016) as Madge Harvey
- Psychoville (TV) 2009 1 Episode
- Hush (2009 film) as Mrs. Coates
- Casualty (TV) (2010-2016) 4 episodes
- Midsomer Murders (TV) (2003) 1 Episode
- Call the Midwife (TV) (2012) 1 Episode
- Doctor Who (TV) (2013, 2014) 2 episodes: "The Time of the Doctor", "Dark Water" as Clara's gran
- Casualty (TV) 2014 as Gwen
- Father Brown (TV) 2015 as Lady Edna Forbes-Leith, episode 3.9 "The Truth in the Wine".
- Containment (2015) as Enid
- The Bad Education Movie as Margot (2015)
- Murder On The Blackpool Express as Mildred (2017)
- Humans as Iris (2018)
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Other selected theatre creditsEdit
- McGlone, Jackie (11 January 1992). "To dare and dare again". The Herald.
- Sutherland, Gill (6 November 2018). "Sheila Reid Interview: From Benidorm to Troy". Stratford-Upon-Avon Herald. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
- "CENTENARY OLD MORETONIAN REUNION". Moreton Hall School. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
- Fulton, Rick (8 January 2015). "It's bye bye Benidorm as actress Sheila Reid scoots off into the sunset". dailyrecord. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "FIRST LOOK: ITV confirms Sheila Reid is returning to Benidorm as Madge | News | TV News | What's on TV". What' s on TV. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "Benidorm Star's Real Life Wedding". The Mirror. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
- Billington, Michael (19 October 2018). "Troilus and Cressida review – love, war and lechery on the road to dystopia". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2018.