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Anne Gwendoline Craig

Birthplace: Sacriston, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Craig and Anne Craig
Widow of Jack Bentley
Ex-partner of Sir John Clifford Mortimer CBE QC
Mother of Alaster Bentley; Rosie Bentley and Ross Bentley

Occupation: Actress
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About Wendy Craig

Wendy Craig

From Wikipedia:

Wendy Craig (born 20 June 1934[1]) is an English actress who is best known for her appearances in the sitcoms Not in Front of the Children, Butterflies, ...And Mother Makes Three and ...And Mother Makes Five. She played the recurring role of Matron in the TV series The Royal (2003–11).


Anne Gwendolyn Craig was born in Sacriston, County Durham[1] the daughter of farmer George Craig and his wife Anne (née Lindsay).[2] She attended Durham High School for Girls, initially as a day pupil and later as a boarder,[3] which she visited on 13 October 2007 when she opened a new building named after her.[citation needed] She passed the Eleven Plus examination and went to Darlington High School.[3] When she was twelve years old the family moved to Picton and she attended nearby Yarm Grammar School.[2] She trained as an actress at the Central School of Dramatic Art.[4]

From the mid-1950s Craig appeared in British films such as The Servant (1963) and The Nanny (1965) with Bette Davis, but it was her appearances in British sitcoms of the late 1960s/1970s which led to her becoming a household name, usually playing a scatty middle class housewife. She went from the BBC's Not in Front of the Children (1967) to ITV's ...And Mother Makes Three (1971) (in which she played a single parent), which later evolved into ...And Mother Makes Five. Then came Butterflies (1978), a comedy on BBC2.

Craig returned to drama with the series Nanny (1981–83), a series she created, and wrote some episodes herself as Jonathan Marr,[4] a pseudonym she had used before when writing episodes of ...And Mother Makes Five. Twenty years later, she played a hospital matron in ITV's The Royal (2003–11). However, she has continued to be associated with comedy, having taken one of the leading roles as Annie in Brighton Belles (1993–94), the UK's short-lived version of The Golden Girls. She appeared as Reggie's mother in the BBC1 comedy Reggie Perrin (2009, Series 1 and 2010, Series 2), an update of the 1970s' series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.

In 2012 Craig appeared as a guest in Episode 12 of the Series Masterchef, along with many other 1970s sitcom stars. In January 2014 she appeared in an episode of the BBC popular drama Waterloo Road.

Personal life

She was married to John 'Jack' Bentley, a trombonist, scriptwriter and journalist, from 1955 until his death in 1994.[5] They had two sons, Alaster (later principal oboist for the Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia)[5] and Ross.[1] In 2004, it was revealed that her second son was the result of a short affair with John Mortimer.[5]

Selected filmography[edit] The Secret Place (1957) Room at the Top (1959) The Mind Benders (1963) The Servant (1963) The Nanny (1965) Just like a Woman (1967) I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967) Joseph Andrews (1977) Run for Your Wife (2012)


^ Jump up to: a b c Pickering, David. "Craig, Wendy - British Actor". Museum.TV. Chicago, Illinois, USA: The Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 9 January 2012. ^ Jump up to: a b Mike Morgan. 'Actress Wendy Craig talks up Teesside'. The Gazette (Middlesbrough). 9 April 2010. ^ Jump up to: a b Sandie Jones. 'Wendy Craig: "After the war started I remember spending one breakfast picking weevils out of our cornflakes"'. Daily Mail. 16 July 2010. ^ Jump up to: a b Julia Hallam Wendy Craig profile, screenonline.org.uk; accessed 20 August 2014. ^ Jump up to: a b c Walker, Tim; Eden, Richard (12 September 2004). "Mortimer's joy at son with Wendy Craig". The Daily Telegraph. London, UK. Retrieved 9 January 2012.

External links

Wendy Craig at the Internet Movie Database Wendy Craig at the Museum of Broadcast Communications

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June 20, 1934
Sacriston, County Durham, England, United Kingdom