Thursday 29 September 2016

The A - Z of Carry On Supporting Actors: Ambrosine Phillpotts


This is the latest in a brand new series for Carry On Blogging. It might be slightly ambitious, but I'm going to attempt to do a run through the alphabet of some of the more interesting Carry On supporting actors. One of the reasons I set up this blog was to turn the spotlight on some of the lesser known Carry On actors who nevertheless played an important role in the success of the film series. 

Today we continue with the next letter in the alphabet, P and P is for Ambrosine Phillpotts. 

Carry On films: Ambrosine appeared in two early black and white Carry Ons, first of all playing Yoki's Owner in Carry On Regardless in 1960 and then three years later playing the Aristocratic Lady opposite Sid James' cab driver in Carry On Cabby.

Also appeared in: Ambrosine worked for Rogers and Thomas again in the music school comedy Raising The Wind in 1961. She also played Sir Lancelot Spratt's wife in the 1960 comedy film Doctor in Love, produced by Peter's wife Betty Box and directed by Gerald's brother Ralph Thomas.

Best known for: The Times once said: "She was one of the last great stage aristocrats, a stylish comedienne best known for playing on stage and screen a succession of increasingly 'grandes dames' with an endearing mixture of Edwardian snobbery and eccentric absent-mindedness". Her most famous roles were in the films Room At The Top (1959) and Beserk! (1967 - opposite Joan Crawford). On television she played Lady Helen for seven years in the series Hadleigh.

Did you know: An established and much-respected theatre performer, Ambrosine played Lady MacBeth at the young age of just 19.


What are they up to now: Sadly Ambrosine Phillpotts passed away at the age of 68 in October 1980. Her last credited screen appearance was as Mrs Mowbray in the 1980 film The Wildcats of St Trinian's.

Stay tuned for the next entry in my A - Z of Carry On Supporting Actors! 

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