WCW: Annette Crosbie


Scottish actress Annette Crosbie is one of those actors who is in everything, and when you see her face, you’re immediately like “Oh! I like her!” And then when you go to write a post about her, you find out that while she is in so many historical films from the last 60 years, there’s hardly any photos of her online in said historical films. Which is a damn shame, because she’s been in some really good flicks! And that’s why we’re going to celebrate her anyway, even though this list represents only about 1/10th of the period films she’s been in…


The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1972) – Catherine of Aragon

Actual Red Head Catherine of Aragon!

A Picture of Katherine Mansfield (1973) – L.M.


Edward the King (1975) – Queen Victoria


The Slipper and the Rose (1976) – Fairy Godmother


Lillie (1978) – Henrietta Labouchere

An absolutely terrible photo of a series that apparently has some amazing costumes. But it’s the only one I could find with Annette in it…


Twelfth Night (1980) – Maria


Little Dorrit (2008) – Mr. F’s Aunt


Cider With Rosie (2015) – Granny Trill


Call the Midwife (2012-) – Clarice Millgrove


What’s your favorite Annette Crosbie historical role? Share it with us in the comments!


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

18 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    One of my favourite roles she’s done is Catherine of Aragon, she’s got the fair hair, and her acting chops are equal to portraying how awesome CoA was.

  2. MoHub

    Annette Crosbie has been a longtime favorite of mine. And her modern stuff isn’t bad either, especially her long-suffering wife in One Foot in the Grave.

    • SarahV

      I saw that in the theater with my grandmother and my sisters and my aunt and all my female cousins and I still have the most wonderful memory of that day!

      (“A bride-finding ball? A bride-finding ball!)

  3. Sharon in Scotland

    I loved her in Slipper and the Rose, she was very matter of fact and stoic about being a fairy Godmother, make a cup of tea for you? no problem, try and make a cup of tea for herself? big hot mess.
    Her daughter is an actress, (was in Being Human) and sounds EXACTLY like her mother

  4. Kelly

    I love love love Slipper and the Rose! Can I have the dog (played by “Fred”), too? And her BBC Twelfth Night was the first production of that play I ever saw, as I embarked on a life-long love affair with the play–this one had bee-yootiful costumes, poignant settings of Feste’s songs, and a gaggle of actors who have been in everything over the years. I didn’t know she’d played Queen Victoria!

  5. Lady Hermina De Pagan

    While she has done many lofty and important works, my favorite role she played was Jessie in Calendar Girls. She was such a hoot!
    She did break my heart as the feisty Ms Millgrave in Call the Midwife. Many times no one talks about the PTSD and trauma suffered by those who fought for women’s sufferage.

    • MoHub

      Calendar Girls is one of my favorite pieces of ensemble work ever. It’s where I first discovered Celia Imrie.

  6. MrsC (Maryanne)

    SLIPPER and the ROSE for the win! Suddenly, suddenly it happens and your dreams come true…my 11 year old self went to the movies to see that three Saturdays in a row!! I fell in love with her and I’ve loved everything she’s done since, and before. I watch Lilly when it was first on TV and it was amazing. Annette Crosbie and Anna Massey, my heroes!

  7. Valéria Fernandes

    I think she is my favorite Queen Victoria, because her work in Edward the King is really marvelous. And she is the best thing in The Slipper and the Rose. Whata would be of this movie without her? 💗

  8. Frannie Germeshausen

    OMG, Six Wives of Henry VIII – my gateway drug to everything!