Patricia Routledge Biography
Patricia Routledge (Katherine Patricia Routledge) is an English singer and actress born on 17th February 1929 in Tranmere, United Kingdom. She is popularly known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.
His parents are Catherine (née Perry) and Isaac Routledge. Her father was a haberdasher and during the Second World War, the family lived in the basement of his shop for weeks at a time.
Patricia Routledge Age
- Patricia was born on 17th February 1929 (89 years as of 2018)
Patricia Routledge Education
She attended Mersey Park Primary School, Birkenhead High School and later attended the University of Liverpool where she graduated with Honours in English Language and Literature. In 2008, Routledge received a Doctor of Letters degree from Lancaster University for her contribution to drama and theatre.
After graduating from the University of Liverpool she trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and launched her acting career at the Liverpool Playhouse. She began acting in theatre particularly musical theatre. She was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Patricia Routledge Career
Patricia Routledge began her acting career in theatre, particularly musical theatre, in the United Kingdom and the United States.She has been a long-standing member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), appearing in such acclaimed productions as the 1983 Richard III, which starred Antony Sher in the title role. Her West End credits include Little Mary Sunshine, Cowardy Custard, Virtue in Danger, Noises Off, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Solid Gold Cadillac, as well as a number of less successful vehicles.
She was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in And a Nightingale Sang in 1979. A classically trained singer, she has occasionally made forays into
operetta including taking the title role in an acclaimed production of Jacques Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein at the 1978 Camden Festival; “As the Grand Duchess she invested every phrase, spoken or sung […] with wit and meaning, and coloured her tone to express a wide variety of emotions. Never did she resort to the hoydenish behaviour that this role — in British productions at least — seems to invite.”
She made her Broadway debut in 1966 in Roger Milner’s outrageous comedy, ‘How’s the World Treating You?’, returning in the short-lived 1968 musical Darling of the Day, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, sharing the honour with Leslie Uggams of ‘Hallelujah, Baby!’.
In 1988 she won a Laurence Olivier Award for her portrayal of the Old Lady in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in the London cast of the critically acclaimed Scottish Opera production.
Patricia Routledge Keeping Up Appearances
In 1990, Routledge was cast as Hyacinth Bucket in the comedy series Keeping Up Appearances. She portrayed a formerly working-class woman with social pretensions (insisting her surname be pronounced “bouquet”) and delusions of grandeur (her oft-mentioned “candlelight suppers”). Routledge delighted in portraying Hyacinth, as she claimed she couldn’t stand people like her in real life. In 1991, she won a British Comedy Award for her portrayal, and she was later nominated for two BAFTA TV Awards in 1992 and 1993. The series ended at Routledge’s request in 1995.
Patricia Routledge Partner – Patricia Routledge Husband
She has never married, has no children
Patricia Routledge House
She resides in Chichester, West Sussex, and regularly worships at Chichester Cathedral.
Patricia Routledge Films/ Movies
- 1967 – To Sir, with Love
- 1967 – Pretty Polly / A Matter of Innocence
- 1967 – Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
- 1968 – 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia
- 1968 – The Bliss of Mrs Blossom
- 1969 – Lock Up Your Daughters
- 1969 – If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
- 1971 – Girl Stroke Boy
Patricia Routledge TV Shows
- 1959 – ITV Play of the Week
- 1960 – The Terrible Choice
- 1961 – Hilda Lessways
- 1961 – Coronation Street
- 1962 – Z-Cars
- 1964 – Victoria Regina
- 1965 – Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life
- 1965 – No Hiding Place
- 1965 – Gaslight Theatre
- 1956–66 – ITV Play of the Week
- 1966 – Eamonn Andrews Show
- 1967 – Thirty-Minute Theatre –
- 1967 – Seven Deadly Sins
- 1967 – Androcles and the Lion
- 1968 – The Ed Sullivan Show
- 1969 – ITV Saturday Night Theatre
- 1970 – Egghead’s Robot
- 1961–70 – Armchair Theatre
- 1970 – ITV Playhouse
- 1971 – Sense and Sensibility
- 1971 – Doctor at Large
- 1971 – Play of the Month: Tartuffe
- 1971 – Vincent Price Is in the Country
- 1972 – His and Hers
- 1973 – Ooh La La!
- 1973 – That’s Life
- 1974 – Affairs of the Heart
- 1974 – Steptoe and Son
- 1974 – …And Mother Makes Five
- 1974 – David Copperfield
- 1975 – More Awkward Customers
- 1971–75 – Play of the Month: When We Are Married
- 1977 – Nicholas Nickleby
- 1977 – Jubilee
- 1977 – The Cost of Loving
- 1978 – BBC2 Play of the Week
- 1978 – Doris and Doreen
- 1979 – Crown Court
- 1980 – The Pirates of Penzance
- 1980 – Play for Today
- 1980 – The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb
- 1982 – Objects of Affection
- 1983 – The Beggar’s Opera
- 1983 – Keep Off the Grass
- 1983 – The Two Ronnies
- 1984 – Home Video
- 1985 – Marjorie and Men
- 1985–86 – Victoria Wood as Seen on TV
- 1987 – When We Are Married
- 1988 – Tales of the Unexpected
- 1988 – Talking Heads
- 1988 – Sophia and Constance
- 1989 – First and Last
- 1989 – Let’s Face the Music
- 1990 – Missing Persons
- 1990 – Alas Smith and Jones
- 1991 – Miss Pym’s Day Out
- 1993 – The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends
- 1994 – Hildegard of Bingen
- 1990–95 – Keeping Up Appearances
- 1997 – Heroes of Comedy
- 1996–98 – Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
- 1998 – Talking Heads 2
- 1998 – Funny Women
- 2001 – Anybody’s Nightmare
- 2003–2009 – Blips
- 2004 – The Funny Ladies of British Comedy
- 2004 – Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute
- 2004 – Comedy Connections –
- 2005 – The Funny Blokes of British Comedy
- 2006 – A Taste of My Life
- 2008 – Keeping Up Appearances: Life Lessons from Onslow
- 2008 – The Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments
- 2016 – Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge
Patricia Routledge Theatre
- 1952: A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Hippolyta, Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool.
- 1954: The Duenna as Carlotta at Bristol Old Vic and Westminster Theatre, London
- 1956: The Comedy of Errors as Adriana, Arts Theatre, London
- 1957: Zuleika as Aunt Mabel, Saville Theatre, London
- 1959: The Love Doctor as Henrietta Argan, Piccadilly Theatre, London
- 1960: Follow That Girl as Mrs. Gilchrist at Vaudeville Theatre, London
- 1961: Come As You Are at Guildford
- 1961: Out of My Mind at Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
- 1962: Little Mary Sunshine as Mary Potts (“Little Mary Sunshine”) at Comedy Theatre, London
- 1963: The Relapse, Virtue in Danger as Berinthia at Mermaid Theatre and Strand Theatre, London
- 1964: Home and Beauty as Victoria at Croydon
- 1965: How’s the World Treating You? as Violet/Nell/Rover at Arts Theatre and Wyndham’s Theatre, London (1965) and Music Box Theatre, New York City (1966)
- 1968: Darling of the Day as Alice Challice at George Abbott Theatre, New York City
- 1968: Love Match as Queen Victoria at Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
- 1969: The Caucasian Chalk Circle as Mother-in-law at Chichester Festival Theatre
- 1969: The Country Wife as Lady Fidget at Chichester Festival Theatre
- 1969: The Magistrate as Agatha Posket at Chichester Festival Theatre and Cambridge Theatre, London
- 1971: First Impressions as Mrs Bennet at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
- 1972: Cowardy Custard at Mermaid Theatre, London
- 1973: Dandy Dick as Georgina Tidman at Chichester Festival Theatre and Garrick Theatre, London
- 1975: The Cherry Orchard as Madame Ranevskyat Bristol Old Vic
- 1975: Othello as Emilia at Chichester Festival Theatre
- 1975: Made in Heaven as Martha Avon at Chichester Festival Theatre
- 1976: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as All of the First Ladies at Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City
- 1976: The Rivals as Mrs Malaprop at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
- 1976: Zack as Mrs Munnings at Royal Exchange Theatre
- 1977: On Approval as Maria Wislack at Vaudeville Theatre, London
- 1978: Gracious Living as Daisy Tuttle at Eisenhower Theatre, Washington, D.C.
- 1978: Semmelweiss as Julia at Eisenhower Theatre, Washington, D.C.
- 1979: The Schoolmistress as Miss Dyott at Royal Exchange Theatre
- 1979: And a Nightingale Sang… as Peggy Stott at Queen’s Theatre, London
- 1980: The Pirates of Penzance as Ruth at Delacorte Theater, New York City
- 1981: Say Hello to Harvey at Toronto
- 1982: Noises Off as Dotty Otley at Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and Savoy Theatre, London
- 1983: When the Wind Blows at Whitehall Theatre, London
- 1984: Richard III as Queen Margaret for Royal Shakespeare Company
- 1985: When We Are Married as Maria Heliwell at Whitehall Theatre, London
- 1988: Candide as Old Lady at The Old Vic, London
- 1989: Come for the Ride (one-woman show) at UK tour
- 1992: Talking Heads at Comedy Theatre, London
- 1992: Carousel as Nettie Fowler at National Theatre, London
- 1994: Mr and Mrs Nobody as Carrie Pooter at Greenwich Theatre, London
- 1994: The Rivals as Mrs Malaprop at Chichester Festival Theatre and Albery Theatre, London
- 1994: The Schoolmistress as Miss Dyott at Chichester Festival Theatre
- 1997: Beatrix as Beatrix Potter at Minerva Theatre, Chichester and UK tour
- 1999–2001: The Importance of Being Earnest as Lady Bracknell at Chichester Festival Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket, London (1999),Australian tour (2000) and Savoy Theatre, London (2001)
- 2002: Wild Orchids as Duchess at Chichester Festival Theatre
- 2004: The Solid Gold Cadillac as Mrs Laura Partridge at Garrick Theatre, London
- 2006: The Best of Friends as Dame Laurentia MacLachlan at Hampstead Theatre and UK tour
- 2007: Office Suite as Doreen/Miss Protheroe at Minerva Theatre, Chichester and UK tour
- 2008: Crown Matrimonial as Queen Mary at UK tour
- 2009–present: Admission: One Shilling as Myra Hess, UK and Australian tours
- 2009–present: Facing the Music, UK tours
- 2014: An Ideal Husband as Lady Markby as Chichester Festival Theatre
Patricia Routledge Interview
You studied English at Liverpool University. What inspired you to get into acting?
Patricia Routledge: Looking back, I was always acting. The written word, which i loved, became the spoken word and I realized the power of that. I was always the one being picked for plays such as Alice in wonderland at school. It’s part of one’s whole education really. History, geography, singing, dancing? They were all part of my school education.
How did you get the role of hyacinth?
Patricia Routledge: I was sent a pile of scripts by the director. I read them and immediately thought to myself: I can net this woman up. It was very clear to me what she was and that I could really sink my teeth into the part. But I didn’t expect it to take off the way it did.
Are there any similarities between you and hyacinth?
Patricia Routledge: Apart from two arms, two legs, two eyes, a nose and a mouth, I sincerely hope not! It’s what acting’s all about. Just because I may play a murderer doesn’t mean I have to commit a murder? You just play a part.
What did you enjoy most about hetty wainthropp?
Patricia Routledge: I just loved the part itself. The down-to-earth honesty and good sense of the character was wonderful and she was such a counterpoint to hyacinth. A lot of care was taken over the script, and I felt it was of very high quality. I also enjoyed the filming very much, which we mostly did up in the north, in Lancashire.
You’ve done a lot of work in the theatre. Do you prefer treading the boards, or does your passion lie in tv?
Patricia Routledge: I do love the theatre. Performing in front of a live audience? There’s nothing like it when it works. But I like good writing wherever it is. Good writing is appropriate writing, by which I mean something that achieves what it sets out to do.
Who has influenced you the most in your career?
Patricia Routledge: My mother was my great inspiration, right from the start. She wasn’t a theatre mother at all. Where I come from, you don’t really encourage your children to go on stage but my mother was always wonderful and always behind me. I’m very lucky to have had her.
Patricia Routledge News
At last someone’s noticed’: Keeping Up Appearances’ Patricia Routledge says Prince Charles is ‘pleased’ she’s finally been made a Dame
She’s best known for playing Hyacinth Bucket in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.
And Patricia Routledge has finally been recognised for her acting as she was made a Dame at Buckingham Palace on Friday.
The 88-year-old was honoured at the ceremony by Prince Charles, along with other stars including GB hockey player Sam Quek.
Wearing an elegant black suit teamed with pearls and a burgundy cap for the ceremony, the actress said Prince Charles said he was ‘pleased’ she was finally receiving the honour.
The actress, who was recognised for her services to the theatre and charity, said: ‘I’m still in a state of surprise and very thrilled, and very thrilled that the Prince of Wales is here today because he just loves actors and he’s our much-appreciated patron of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund.’
She added: ‘He said, “at last somebody’s noticed”. He said how pleased he was, and a little more.’
Dame Patricia is most famous for her role as the hilariously snobbish Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, but has also had a prolific career in the theatre.
She has worked in a wide range of productions across six decades, winning an Olivier Award for her role as the Old Lady in Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide in 1988, and a Tony Award for her part as Alice Challice in Darling Of The Day in 1968.
Dame Patricia said she has no favoured role from her long career on the stage, adding: ‘I don’t do beloved roles, I’ve just had a wonderfully interesting time with so many roles. So many interesting plays.’
She said she will now keep her medal safely stowed in a drawer, but admitted she was going to show it off later in the day.
‘I shall show it to people at lunch, obviously,’ she said, revealing that she is celebrating by hosting a lunch party.
Patricia Routledge Singing
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