Rosalind Knight Wiki – Biography
Rosalind Knight was an English actress, has died. Her career spanned 70 years on stage, screen, and television. Her film appearances include Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1957), Carry On Nurse (1959), Carry On Teacher (1959), Tom Jones (1963), and About a Boy (2002). She played Beryl in the BBC sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999–2001). She played Horrible Grandma in Friday Night Dinner (2012, 2016–2020).
Knight was born in Marylebone, London. She was the daughter of Esmond Knight and his first wife, Frances Clare, and the stepdaughter of actress Nora Swinburne. Being from a theatrical family, she was introduced to theatre at an early age. She was inspired by a visit to the bombed-out Old Vic Theatre in 1949 with her father to see performances of The Snow Queen and As You Like It. After studying there for two years under Glen Byam Shaw and George Devine, she was offered a position as Assistant Stage Manager at the Midland Theatre Company in Coventry. From Coventry, she moved to Ipswich Repertory Company where Joe Orton was a fellow ASM.
Rosalind Knight Age
Rosalind Knight has died at the age of 87-years-old.
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Appearing in Carry On Teacher and Carry On Nurse in the 1950s, she also played a schoolgirl in the 1957 film Blue Murder At St Trinian’s, and decades later was a teacher in The Wildcats Of St Trinian’s in 1980.
On the stage, she made her name opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the 1961 Royal Shakespeare Company production of As You Like It.
She joined a touring group, the West of England Theatre Company, for an eight-month stint. She was spotted by a producer, which led to her being cast as a schoolgirl in Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1957). That same year, she starred with her father, playing father and daughter, in the BBC production of Nicholas Nickleby. An earlier film role, albeit uncredited, was as a lady-in-waiting in Laurence Olivier’s film Richard III (1955), which also featured her father. She performed in two early Carry On films. In Carry On Nurse, she played Nurse Nightingale and in Carry On Teacher she played Felicity Wheeler, a prim school inspector whose amorous hopes toward Kenneth Connor’s wimpy science master are continually thwarted.
Her other films include Prick Up Your Ears (1987) and About a Boy (2002). Throughout her career, Rosalind Knight continued to work in the theatre, including with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre and the Old Vic. She also worked at the Manchester Royal Exchange and the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
Husband & Children
Knight married director and producer Michael Elliott in July 1959; the couple remained married until his death in 1984. They had two daughters – Marianne Elliott, a theatre director, and Susannah Elliott-Knight. Marianne is married to actor Nick Sidi; their daughter was born in August 2004.
Her other screen credits include 1957’s Blue Murder At St Trinian’s, where she played a schoolgirl and a teacher in The Wildcats Of St Trinian’s in 1980.
She also starred as retired prostitute Beryl in BBC sitcom Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, which ran from 1999 to 2001, with Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus.
Knight’s family said in their statement: “She was known to so many generations, for so many different roles, and will be missed as much by the kids today who howl at Horrible Grandma in Friday Night Dinner as by those of us who are old enough to remember her in the very first Carry On films.”
Her daughters, theatre director Marianne Elliott and actress Susannah Elliott, said she would be remembered for her “immense spirit and sense of fun, and her utter individuality”.
Cause of Death
Friday Night Dinner star Rosalind Knight, whose stage and screen career spanned more than six decades, has died at the age of 87.
Known to younger audiences as Horrible Grandma in the Channel 4 comedy, she will also be remembered for her roles in the early Carry On films.
In a statement, her family said the “well-loved” actress who had a “glorious career” died on Saturday.