Sheila Hancock Biography

Birthday: 1933-02-22
Place of Birth: Blackgang, Isle of Wight
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: Sheila Hancock was born 22nd February 1933 on the Isle of Wight. She later moved to King's Cross in London where her mother and father ran a pub. Sheila went to Dartford Grammar School, and then with a grant she went to RADA. Sheila then went into 9 years of weekly rep around the country. While in Rep in Bath she meet actor Alec Ross, who she married in 1955 and had a daughter Melanie 'Ellie Jane' Thaw on 15th July 1964. Sheila's first big TV hit was her appearance in The Rag Trade in the early 1960s, her first theatre success was in Rattle of a Simple Man at the Garrick Theatre London. In 1969 Sheila starred in the West End hit So Want About Love? where she meet the actor John Thaw. The same year her mother died of cancer, followed nearly nine months later by Alec's tragic death. On 24th December 1973 she married John Thaw, with their daughters Melanie and Abigail present. On 27th July 1974 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith, Sheila gave birth to her only child with John, Joanna Suzy Thaw. In the 1980s Sheila toured the UK with RSC and later with the National Theatre. In 1988 Sheila was told she had breast cancer, she fought and won her battle against it. She and Thaw split briefly during this period. In the early 1990s Sheila and John bought a house in Luckington Wiltshire. As well as farm house in Provence in France. In 2001 John was told he had cancer. For nine months John fought against it, and with Sheila's help his privacy was protected. John died in Sheila's arms the day before her 69th birthday. Since his death Sheila has written a book called The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw, and has made numerous Television and stage appearance talking about the book and her life with John. Sheila lives in Hammersmith near her daughters and grandchildren.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Buccaneers Adventure
The Rag Trade 1961 Comedy
The Wednesday Thriller 1965 Thriller
The Bed-Sit Girl 1965 Comedy
The Bed Sit Girl 1965 Comedy
Menace Rose / ... 1970 - 1973
Now Take My Wife 1971 Comedy
Scoop Mrs. Stitch 1972 - 1972
Making Waves 1987 Drama
Dangerous Lady 1995 Drama
The Thing About Vince 2000 Comedy
Bedtime Alice Oldfield 2001 - 2002
Feather Boy 2004 Drama
Bunk Gwendolen Hartley 2011
Antiques Road Trip Herself 2011
The Story Of Musicals Herself 2012 Documentary
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Moon-Spinners 1964 Family, Mystery, Romance
Carry On Cleo Senna Pod 1965 Comedy
How I Won the War 1967 Comedy
The Anniversary Karen Taggart 1968
The Wildcats of St Trinian's 1980
The Love Child Edith 1988 Comedy, Drama
3 Men and a Little Lady 1990 Comedy, Drama, Family
A Business Affair Judith 1995 Comedy, Romance
Love and Death on Long Island 1998 Comedy, Drama
Hold Back the Night Vera 1999
Yes Aunt 2004
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Grandma 2008 Drama, History
Words of the Blitz Various 2010 History
Delicious Patti 2013 Comedy, Drama, Romance