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Penelope Keith

Actress + Gardener; High Sheriff of Surrey
Born Apr 2, 1940

Penelope Anne Constance Keith, CBE, DL is an English actress. Having started her television career in the 1950s, Penelope Keith became a household name in the United Kingdom in the 1970s when she played Margo Leadbetter in the sitcom The Good Life. This role earned Keith her first of two BAFTAs, the second being in 1978 for The Norman Conquests.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Penelope Keith.


1940 Birth Born on April 2, 1940.


1963 23 Years Old She began her career working in repertory theatre across the UK, including Lincoln, Manchester and Salisbury. Keith's earliest appearances were in The Tunnel of Love, Gigi and Flowering Cherry. In 1963, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company both in Stratford and at the Aldwych Theatre in London. … Read More
1967 27 Years Old In 1967, she had a minor role in Carry On Doctor, but the scene was cut from the final edit.


1974 34 Years Old Her best known theatre appearance, in 1974, was playing Sarah in The Norman Conquests, opposite Richard Briers, her co-star in The Good Life. … Read More
1975 35 Years Old Penelope Keith achieved popular fame in 1975 when the BBC sitcom The Good Life began. … Read More
1977 37 Years Old In 1977, Keith won a BAFTA award for 'Best Comedy Performer' for her role of Margo Leadbetter. … Read More
1978 38 Years Old 1 More Event
She won a second BAFTA award as 'Best Actress' in 1978 for The Norman Conquests.


1988 48 Years Old In 1988, she hosted one series of the ITV panel show What's My Line?, following the death of its original presenter Eamonn Andrews.


1990 50 Years Old She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1990 New Year Honours, and was promoted to a Commander (CBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours for "charitable services".
1998 58 Years Old She had a featured role in the 1998 ITV serial Coming Home.


2002 62 Years Old On 2 April 2002, her 62nd birthday, she began a one-year term as High Sheriff of Surrey, being only the third woman to hold the post. … Read More
2004 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Keith has regularly appeared on stage across the country. This has included a role in Noël Coward's Star Quality, while in 2004 she played Madame Arcati in Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Savoy Theatre.
2007 67 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, she played the part of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest on tour, which transferred to the West End in 2008, at the Vaudeville Theatre. … Read More
2011 71 Years Old She returned to television in 2011 presenting the four part BBC documentary To The Manor Reborn
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