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Hattie Jacques was an English actress specialising in playing authority figures.

HistoryEdit

Originally training as a hairdresser, Hattie was briefly an arc welder. She began a two year stint as a Red Cross Nurse in 1942, before joining the Players Theatre in London in 1944, performing with them for 18 years. A devotee of Victorian music hall, her favourite part was that of the Fairy Godmother in pantomime. Hattie made her film debut in Green for Danger (1946), portraying the fifth columnist voice of doom.

Hattie found stardom on radio, playing Sophie Tuckshop in ITMA (It's That Man Again) (1946-1949) and Angela Dinglebody in Educating Archie (1950-1951), both for the BBC. She also delivered finely etched characterisations in film adaptations of Nicholas Nickleby (1947), Oliver Twist (1948) and Scrooge (1951). Played Grizelda Pugh, Tony's stoic secretary in the radio version of Hancock's Half Hour, and appeared as various characters when the series moved to television. Cast as Eric Sykes's sister[N 1] in Sykes (1960-1965), Hattie and Eric continued to work together, reuniting for Sykes when it returned (1972-1979), as well as a television remake of Rhubarb Rhubarb!, which was transmitted in December 1980.[3]

Carry OnsEdit

SalariesEdit

  • Carry On Sergeant (1958) - £150
  • Carry on Nurse (1959) - £250
  • Carry on Teacher (1959) - £700
  • Carry on Constable (1960) - £375
  • Carry on Regardless (1961) - £100
  • Carry on Cabby (1963) - £4,500
  • Carry on Camping (1969) - £3,000
  • Carry on Again Doctor (1969) - £3,000
  • Carry on Loving (1970) - £3,000
  • Carry on at Your Convenience (1971) - £2,000
  • Carry on Matron (1972) - £2,500
  • Carry on Abroad (1972) - £500
  • Carry on Dick (1974) - £2,000[4]

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Her portrayal was so convincing that many people were convinced that the pair really were brother and sister. Indeed, When Hattie died, Sykes stated that she had been like a real sister to him.[2]

SourcesEdit

  1. Brit Movie Website
  2. Hibben Page 27.
  3. Classic Carry On Film Collection Issue 4
  4. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0415150/bio?ref_=nm_ql_1

BibliographyEdit

  • Classic Carry On Film Collection
  • Hibben. What A Carry On. Hamlyn Publishing. 1988