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 1 More Event
Keith joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, and went on to win the 1976 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance for the play Donkeys' Years. … 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.


1982 42 Years Old In 1982 Keith starred in a TV production of Frederick Lonsdale's On Approval.
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.
1989 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She succeeded Lord Olivier as president of the Actors' Benevolent Fund after his death in 1989, and was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the arts and to charity.


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, the third woman to hold the post. … Read More
2004 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Keith has regularly appeared on stage, taking the classics and new plays across the country. These include Shakespeare, Shaw, Sheridan, Wilde, Rattigan and Congreve. She played Lorraine 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
2009 69 Years Old In 2009 she presented Penelope Keith and the Fast Lady, a one-off documentary for BBC Four about Dorothy Levitt, the Edwardian motoring pioneer She presented the four-part BBC documentary The Manor Reborn in 2011. … Read More
2014 74 Years Old In the 2014 New Year Honours, she became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to the Arts and to Charity.
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