Sylvia Syms Biography

Birthday: 1934-01-06
Place of Birth: London, England
Wiki Biography: London-born Sylvia Syms hit major film appeal at a relatively young age. Born on January 6, 1934, she was educated at convent schools before receiving dramatic training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A repertory player by the time she was discovered for films by the British star Anna Neagle and her director/husband Herbert Wilcox, the lovely demure blonde started out auspiciously enough in the delinquent film Teenage Bad Girl (1956) in which she played Neagle's troubled daughter. This was followed by a second Neagle/Wilcox collaboration with No Time for Tears (1957). Excelling whether cast in stark melodrama, spirited adventure or harmless comedy fluff, Syms' film list grew impressive in the late 1950s and early 1960s working alongside the likes of John Mills and Anthony Quayle in Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Curd Jürgens and Orson Welles in Ferry to Hong Kong (1959), Lilli Palmer and Yvonne Mitchell in Conspiracy of Hearts (1960), Laurence Harvey in Expresso Bongo (1959), William Holden in The World of Suzie Wong (1960), and Dirk Bogarde in the landmark gay-themed Victim (1961), playing the unsuspecting wife of Bogarde's closeted male. Ably portraying innocent love interests throughout the years, she graced a number of pictures without ever nabbing that one role that would truly put her over the top. She was nominated, however, three times for British Film Academy Awards--twice for best actress in Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957) and No Trees in the Street (1959) and once for supporting actress in The Tamarind Seed (1974) that starred Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif. The 1970s saw quite a bit of TV series work and she played British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at one point on both stage and TV. She grew plumper with middle age and found herself immersed in character roles, offering support in such films as Absolute Beginners (1986), Shirley Valentine (1989) and Shining Through (1992). American audiences have recently seen her as the dog-doting "Princess Charlotte" in the light teen comedy What a Girl Wants (2003) with Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth, and treading water as the Shelley Winters character in the TV-remake of The Poseidon Adventure (2005) (TV). Daughter Beatie Edney is a well-known actress in her own right. Ms. Syms is sometimes confused with Brooklyn-born jazz/cabaret performer and recording artist Sylvia Syms (1917-1992) (nee Sylvia Blagman).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Bat Out of Hell 1966
The Jury 2002 Drama
The Week We Went To War Herself 2009 Family
Operation Crossbow Constance Babington Smith 2011 History
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Woman in a Dressing Gown 1958 Drama, Romance
Ice-Cold in Alex 1958 Adventure, Drama
Ferry to Hong Kong 1959 Action, Adventure, Drama
The World of Suzie Wong 1960 0
Expresso Bongo Maisie King 1960 Drama, Music
The Victim Laura Farr 1962
The Punch and Judy Man 1963
Operation Crossbow Constance Babington Smith 1965 0
The Desperados Laura 1969
The Tamarind Seed 1974 0
Shirley Valentine 1989 0, 0
A Chorus of Disapproval Rebecca Huntley-Pike 1989 Comedy, Drama, Musical
Shining Through 1992 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Staggered Margaret 1994 Comedy
Food of Love Mrs Harvey-Brown 1998 Comedy, Romance
What a Girl Wants Princess Charlotte 2003 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Queen Queen Mother 2006
Is Anybody There? 2009 Drama
Bunny and the Bull Hotelier 2009 Comedy
Victim 2012 Game Show
Booked Out Mrs. Nicholls 2012 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Hatching Mrs. Wembridge 2014 Horror