A splendidly severe-looking actress, yet impressively versatile, her long career encompasses roles as varied as society ladies and exhausted servants, via a slew of nouveau riche harridans, cruel nurses, shy spinsters and nosy neighbours.
|In 'Ladies Who Do' (1963)|
I don't know if it still exists but I would love to see the Ken Russell-directed silent movie version of 'Diary Of A Nobody' made for the BBC's 'Monitor' arts programme in 1964, which saw her play Mrs Pooter in a great little cast that also included Murray Melvin, Jonathan Cecil and Brian Murphy. Particularly as it has music by Ivor Cutler.
|As Lou Evans in the Nina Bawden adaptation 'Carrie's War'|
a major BBC family drama success of 1974.
|Publicity shot for 'The Three Sisters' with George Cole.|
|In George & Mildred' as the social climbing Ethel with wealthy hubby |
Humphrey, played by king of the sitcom bosses, the late Reginald Marsh.
Trivia note: After 20 years, Avril Elgar appeared in 'The Moles', an episode of 'Tales Of The Unexpected', alongside Harry H Corbett, her co-star in the film 'Ladies Who Do'. It was to be his last role and was screened a month after his death in 1982.