Pauline Collins

Pauline Collins, OBE (born 3 September 1940) is an English actress of the stage, television, and film. She first came to prominence portraying Sarah Moffat in Upstairs, Downstairs and its spin-off Thomas & Sarah during the 1970s. She later drew acclaim for playing the title role in the play Shirley Valentine for which she received Laurence Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk awards. She reprised the role in a 1989 film adaptation, winning a BAFTA and garnering Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Description above from the Wikipedia article Pauline Collins, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Time to Time (2010)

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A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Fellowes
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Dominic West  •  Timothy Spall  •  Alexander Nathan Etel

A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Fellowes
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Dominic West  •  Timothy Spall  •  Alexander Nathan Etel

Albert Nobbs (2011)

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Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Mia Wasikowska  •  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Pauline Collins

Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo García
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Mia Wasikowska  •  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Pauline Collins

Sparkling Cyanide (2003)

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tristram Powell
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Oliver Ford Davies  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Jonathan Firth

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tristram Powell
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Oliver Ford Davies  •  Kenneth Cranham  •  Jonathan Firth

Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War (2003)

After her husband's death, A woman starts looking for independence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Sharp
CAST:  John Alderton  •  Pauline Collins  •  Paul Freeman  •  Peter Capaldi

After her husband's death, A woman starts looking for independence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Sharp
CAST:  John Alderton  •  Pauline Collins  •  Paul Freeman  •  Peter Capaldi

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

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Two married couples find only trouble and heartache as their complicated lives unfold. After 40 years of marriage, Alfie leaves his wife to pursue what he thinks is happiness with a call girl. His wife, Helena, reeling from abandonment, decides to follow the advice ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Josh Brolin  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Ewen Bremner

Two married couples find only trouble and heartache as their complicated lives unfold. After 40 years of marriage, Alfie leaves his wife to pursue what he thinks is happiness with a call girl. His wife, Helena, reeling from abandonment, decides to follow the advice ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Josh Brolin  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Ewen Bremner

Quartet (2012)

The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a high-drama comedy about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dustin Hoffman
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Billy Connolly  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Michael Gambon

The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a high-drama comedy about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dustin Hoffman
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Billy Connolly  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Michael Gambon

Shirley Valentine (1989)

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Wondering what has happened to herself, now feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley Valentine finds herself regularly talking to the wall while preparing her husband's chips and egg. When her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece Shirley begins to see the world, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Tom Conti  •  Julia McKenzie  •  Alison Steadman

Wondering what has happened to herself, now feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley Valentine finds herself regularly talking to the wall while preparing her husband's chips and egg. When her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece Shirley begins to see the world, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Gilbert
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Tom Conti  •  Julia McKenzie  •  Alison Steadman

Paradise Road (1997)

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A group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women creates a vocal orchestra while being imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp on Sumatra during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Frances McDormand  •  Pauline Collins  •  Cate Blanchett

A group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women creates a vocal orchestra while being imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp on Sumatra during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Glenn Close  •  Frances McDormand  •  Pauline Collins  •  Cate Blanchett

Secrets of a Windmill Girl (1966)

One Windmill girl tells the tragic history of another who took to drink and, finally, killed herself after working in strip clubs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arnold L. Miller
CAST:  April Wilding  •  Pauline Collins  •  Renée Houston  •  Derek Bond

One Windmill girl tells the tragic history of another who took to drink and, finally, killed herself after working in strip clubs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arnold L. Miller
CAST:  April Wilding  •  Pauline Collins  •  Renée Houston  •  Derek Bond

My Mother's Courage (1995)

The deportation of 4000 Jews from Budapest to Auschwitz in July 1944, as told by George Tabori, and how the narrator's mother escaped it, owing to coincidence, courage and some help from where you'd least expect it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Verhoeven
CAST:  George Tabori  •  Pauline Collins  •  Ulrich Tukur  •  Heribert Sasse

The deportation of 4000 Jews from Budapest to Auschwitz in July 1944, as told by George Tabori, and how the narrator's mother escaped it, owing to coincidence, courage and some help from where you'd least expect it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Verhoeven
CAST:  George Tabori  •  Pauline Collins  •  Ulrich Tukur  •  Heribert Sasse

Ernestine & Kit (2016)

Two ladies in their seventies drive through north County Sligo in a neat Japanese car. As they pass by village pubs and beaches, they imagine the terrible, immoral lives people are living today. Their one consolation is the innocence of children… Adapted from a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Bird
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Rosaleen Linehan  •  Gemma-Leah Devereux  •  Charlene Gleeson

Two ladies in their seventies drive through north County Sligo in a neat Japanese car. As they pass by village pubs and beaches, they imagine the terrible, immoral lives people are living today. Their one consolation is the innocence of children… Adapted from a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Bird
CAST:  Pauline Collins  •  Rosaleen Linehan  •  Gemma-Leah Devereux  •  Charlene Gleeson

Dough (2015)

An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice accidentally drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Goldschmidt
CAST:  Jonathan Pryce  •  Jerome Holder  •  Pauline Collins  •  Phil Davis

An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice accidentally drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Goldschmidt
CAST:  Jonathan Pryce  •  Jerome Holder  •  Pauline Collins  •  Phil Davis

The Time of Their Lives (2017)

Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover's funeral on glamorous French hideaway Île de Ré, former Hollywood siren Helen escapes her London retirement home with help of repressed English housewife Priscilla and they hit the road together in a race to get to the funeral ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Goldby
CAST:  Joan Collins  •  Pauline Collins  •  Franco Nero  •  Ronald Pickup

Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover's funeral on glamorous French hideaway Île de Ré, former Hollywood siren Helen escapes her London retirement home with help of repressed English housewife Priscilla and they hit the road together in a race to get to the funeral ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Goldby
CAST:  Joan Collins  •  Pauline Collins  •  Franco Nero  •  Ronald Pickup

The Last Dragonslayer (2016)

In a fantasy world where magic is being superceded by technology, an orphaned teen discovers her destiny to become a dragonslayer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jamie Magnus Stone
CAST:  Ellise Chappell  •  Andrew Buchan  •  Richard E. Grant  •  Adeel Akhtar

In a fantasy world where magic is being superceded by technology, an orphaned teen discovers her destiny to become a dragonslayer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jamie Magnus Stone
CAST:  Ellise Chappell  •  Andrew Buchan  •  Richard E. Grant  •  Adeel Akhtar

City of Joy (1992)

Max Lowe is a Houston surgeon who has grown weary of the bureaucracy of American medicine. When he loses a patient on the operating table, Max impulsively decides to leave America and travel to India in the hope of finding himself. Not long after he arrives in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Joffé
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Om Puri  •  Pauline Collins  •  Shabana Azmi

Max Lowe is a Houston surgeon who has grown weary of the bureaucracy of American medicine. When he loses a patient on the operating table, Max impulsively decides to leave America and travel to India in the hope of finding himself. Not long after he arrives in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Joffé
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Om Puri  •  Pauline Collins  •  Shabana Azmi

Long Distance Information (1979)

Play For Today written by and starring Neville Smith. Christian Harvey , a local radio DJ and ageing rocker, is an obsessive fan of Elvis and the news of Elvis's death is for him a personal tragedy as well as the end of an era.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Pauline Collins  •  Malcolm Terris  •  Anne Zelda

Play For Today written by and starring Neville Smith. Christian Harvey , a local radio DJ and ageing rocker, is an obsessive fan of Elvis and the news of Elvis's death is for him a personal tragedy as well as the end of an era.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Pauline Collins  •  Malcolm Terris  •  Anne Zelda

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones (1967)

The TARDIS arrives on Earth in July, 1966, on a runway at Gatwick Airport. Polly witnesses a murder in a nearby hangar and is then kidnapped by the perpetrator, Spencer of Chameleon Tours. Ben also vanishes. The Second Doctor and Jamie are left to convince the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gerry Mill
CAST:  Patrick Troughton  •  Anneke Wills  •  Michael Craze  •  Frazer Hines

The TARDIS arrives on Earth in July, 1966, on a runway at Gatwick Airport. Polly witnesses a murder in a nearby hangar and is then kidnapped by the perpetrator, Spencer of Chameleon Tours. Ben also vanishes. The Second Doctor and Jamie are left to convince the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gerry Mill
CAST:  Patrick Troughton  •  Anneke Wills  •  Michael Craze  •  Frazer Hines