Hannah Campbell Grant Gordon|
9 April 1941
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Norman Warwick (5 February 1970 - 26 August 1994) (his death) |
Hannah Campbell Grant Gordon (born 9 April 1941) is a British actress who is well known in the United Kingdom for her television work, including My Wife Next Door (1972), Upstairs, Downstairs (1974–75), Telford's Change (1979), Joint Account (1989–90) and an appearance in the final episode of One Foot in the Grave. She is also known for her appearance as Ann Treves in David Lynch's 1980 film The Elephant Man. She is sometimes known as Hannah Warwick.
Gordon was born in Edinburgh, the daughter of Hannah (née Grant) and William Munro Gordon. She studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and, after graduating, spent one year at a repertory theatre in Dundee. In 1966-67, Gordon played Kirsty in the Doctor Who serial The Highlanders, and made appearances on Jackanory (1969). In 1967, she appeared in the stage play Spring and Port Wine, and in 1970 took the same role in the film version.
Film and television career
Her first appearance was as Virginia Hamilton who later married Lord Bellamy in the fourth and fifth series of the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. In 1979, she appeared in Telford's Change, another drama. During the 1970s, Gordon also appeared in Play for Today, The Persuaders! and the 1973 Christmas edition of The Morecambe & Wise Show. In 1989-90 she starred as a bank manager with Peter Egan and John Bird in the BBC sitcom Joint Account. She voiced the character Hyzenthlay in Watership Down (1978), her other film roles included Alfie Darling (1975) and The Elephant Man (1980) as the wife of Anthony Hopkins. Her most recent film role was as Kevin McKidd's mother in Made of Honour (2008).
In 1981 she starred in Miss Morrison's Ghosts (with Wendy Hiller). She has appeared on television in Goodbye, Mr Kent (1982), Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (1984), My Family and Other Animals (1987), Taggart (1993) and Jonathan Creek (1998). In 2000, Gordon played Glynis, the woman who kills Victor Meldrew in "Things Aren't Simple Any More", the final episode of the sitcom One Foot in the Grave.
She also more recently appeared in the 2007 Christmas episodes of BBC Scotland soap River City, as hotel owner Rose who had rescued Archie Buchanan from the cliffside and taken him in because of his memory loss. In the final episode of series 7 of the BBC series Hustle (2011), she played an old flame of Albert Stroller.
Stage and theatre
She was the narrator of the opening concert at the 2008 Edinburgh International Festival - Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht at Usher Hall on Friday, 8 August 2008. This performance brought together the RSNO, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the ladies of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and eight soloists.
Throughout the 1980s, Hannah was the face of the British division of Safeway. She appeared in all the TV commercials, voiced the radio adverts and was present at many store openings.
Hannah Gordon - the rose
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