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Delia Phyllis Daphne Heard
21 August 1904
|Died||22 June 1983 (aged 78)|
Delia Phyllis Daphne Heard (21 August 1904 – 22 June 1983) was an English actress and acting teacher. She was born in Plymouth, Devon. She was perhaps best known in latter years as Richard's elderly mother Mrs Polouvicka in To the Manor Born.
Her film credits include roles in Goodbye Gemini (1970), the film version of Please Sir! (1971) as an old gypsy, Jude the Obscure (1971) as Drusilla Fawley, and The Triple Echo (1972). She also appeared as the nanny in Laurence Olivier's film Three Sisters (1970) based on Chekhov's play, opposite Joan Plowright, Alan Bates and Olivier himself as Chebutikin.
Television and radio
She played in many other television serials, including Wild, Wild Women, Doctor Who (in a story-stealing turn in the serial Image of the Fendahl as white witch 'Granny' Tyler), the sitcom Don't Forget to Write! as Mrs Field the cleaner, Z-Cars and Nanny Webster in Upstairs, Downstairs, series 2, episode 8, Out of the Everywhere. In 1966 she gave an outstanding performance in the major role as a beleaguered tenant in Vacant Possession, a TV play put on by Rediffusion. From its inception until her death in 1983 she played the part of Maud, the eccentric housekeeper, in the Hinge and Bracket radio series.
In 1971 Daphne starred in a couple of episodes in the TV sitcom 'For The Love of Ada' playing the nosey, next door neighbour.
In 1974 she played the part of Mrs. Froggitt in the pilot show of Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt.
During the 1950s and 1960s she was a member of the teaching staff at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
- Per original research added by a contributor from IP address 22.214.171.124 to this article on 21 August 2020, Heard appears in the 1939 England & Wales Register as Daphne Barns (her married name) with the birth date of 21 August 1904; the contributor also commented "A few years ago, only her month and year of birth were known and the 1st [n.b. another date formerly given in the article] was probably a guess".
- ""Blackmail" Vacant Possession (TV Episode 1966) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
- Daphne Heard at IMDb
- a young Daphne Heard in the play She Stoops To Conquer(Univ. of Washington Sayre Collection)(*url updated)
- Daphne Heard(Aveleyman)