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Rita Tushingham

Rita Tushingham was born and raised in Liverpool and trained at the city's Playhouse. She first appeared on screen in 1960 with her heartbreaking portrayal of Jo in Tony Richardson's film A Taste of Honey playing opposite Dora Bryan and Robert Stephens. She has since appeared in many film roles including Dot in The Leather Boys, as Kate Brady, opposite Peter Finch, in The Girl with Green Eyes, as Nancy in The Knack, with Omar Sharif and Julie Christie in David Lean's celebrated Dr. Zhivago, with Michael York in The Guru, as Aunt Lily with Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman in Mike Newell's An Awfully Big Adventure and as Mags Luxford in Nick Mead's Swing.

TV credits include No Strings, Granada's The Lady Killers, BBC's long running sitcom Bread, HTV's Sunday Pursuit, I've Been Eddie Moysten and Peter Weber's Stretford Wives and Margo - Beyond the Box also for the BBC and an art short The Loneliness Of The Modern Penthalon. Theatre includes The Changeling, Twelfth Night, The Knack, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mistress of Novices, Children Children and, most recently, The Vagina Monologues.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, among them: The British Film Academy; Golden Globe; Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival; New York Film Critics' Award and 3 Variety Club awards including Best Actress and BBC Personality of the Year. She also received the Mexican Silver Goddess for best actress, The People's Actress award – Moscow, Best Actress at The Karlovy Vary Film Festival and 1997 she was selected to be in the Potsdam Film Museum as one of the six most influential actresses of her generation. In 2003 Rita received a Scouseology award from the City of Liverpool for lifetime achievement and a special tribute for her work in film at the International Film Festival at Valenciennes, France in March of this year.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Rita Tushingham Facts

BirthdayMarch 14, 1940 (81)
BirthplaceLiverpool, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Not available.