Patricia Routledge Biography
Patricia Routledge (Katherine Patricia Routledge) is an English singer, comedian and actress born on 17th February 1929 in Tranmere, United Kingdom. She is famous for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.
Patricia Routledge Age
Patricia was born on 17 February 1929,in Tranmere, United Kingdom. Her birthday sign is Aquarius.
Patricia Routledge Parents and Siblings
Routledge was born in Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire, to her mother Catherine Routledge and father Isaac Routledge. Patricia’s father was a haberdasher. Her siblings have not been publicly listed.
Patricia Routledge Husband
Routledge has never been married, she does not have any children. Her relationships,if any, have not been publicly published.
Patricia Routledge Education
She attended Mersey Park Primary School, Birkenhead High School and later the University of Liverpool where she graduated with Honours in English Language and Literature. In 2008, Routledge received a Doctor of Letters degree from Lancaster University for her contribution to drama and theatre.
After graduating from the University of Liverpool she trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and launched her acting career at the Liverpool Playhouse.
Patricia Routledge Career
Routledge began her acting career in theatre, particularly musical theatre, in the United Kingdom and the United States. She has been a long-standing member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), appearing in some celebrated productions as the 1983 Richard III, which featured Antony Sher in the title role.
Her West End credits include Little Cowardy Custard, Mary Sunshine, Noises Off, Virtue in Danger, The Solid Gold Cadillac, and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as a number of less successful vehicles.
She was a nominee at the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in And a Nightingale Sang in 1979. A classically trained singer, she has irregularly made forays into operetta including taking the title role in an acclaimed production of Jacques Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein at the 1978 Camden Festival; “As the Grand Duchess, she invested every phrase, spoken or sung with wit and meaning, and coloured her tone to express a broad variety of emotions. Never did she resort to the hoydenish behaviour that this role — in British productions at least — seems to invite.”
She made her Broadway breakthrough in 1966 in Roger Milner’s outrageous comedy, ‘How’s the World Treating You?’, going back in the short-lived 1968 musical Darling of the Day, for which she earned the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, sharing the honour with Leslie Uggams of ‘Hallelujah, Baby!’.
In 1988 she received a Laurence Olivier Award for her depiction of the Old Lady in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in the London cast of the critically acclaimed Scottish Opera production.
Patricia Routledge Keeping Up Appearances
In 1990, Routledge was cast as Hyacinth Bucket in the comedy series Keeping Up Appearances. Her role being as a formerly working-class woman with social pretensions (insisting her surname be pronounced “bouquet”) and delusions of grandeur (her oft-mentioned “candlelight suppers”).
She enjoyed portraying Hyacinth, as she claimed she couldn’t stand people like her in real life. In 1991, she won a British Comedy Award for her portrayal, and she was later nominated for two BAFTA TV Awards in 1992 and 1993. The series concluded at Routledge’s request in 1995.
Patricia Routledge Films
- 1967 – To Sir, with Love
- 1967 – Pretty Polly / A Matter of Innocence
- 1967 – Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
- 1968 – 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia
- 1968 – The Bliss of Mrs Blossom
- 1969 – Lock Up Your Daughters
- 1969 – If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
- 1971 – Girl Stroke Boy
Patricia Routledge TV Shows;
- 1959 – ITV Play of the Week
- 1960 – The Terrible Choice
- 1961 – Hilda Lessways
- 1961 – Coronation Street
- 1962 – Z-Cars
- 1964 – Victoria Regina
- 1965 – Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life
- 1965 – No Hiding Place
- 1965 – Gaslight Theatre
- 1956–66 – ITV Play of the Week
- 1966 – Eamonn Andrews Show
- 1967 – Thirty-Minute Theatre –
- 1967 – Seven Deadly Sins
- 1967 – Androcles and the Lion
- 1968 – The Ed Sullivan Show
- 1969 – ITV Saturday Night Theatre
- 1970 – Egghead’s Robot
- 1961–70 – Armchair Theatre
- 1970 – ITV Playhouse
- 1971 – Sense and Sensibility
- 1971 – Doctor at Large
- 1971 – Play of the Month: Tartuffe
- 1971 – Vincent Price Is in the Country
- 1972 – His and Hers
- 1973 – Ooh La La!
- 1973 – That’s Life
- 1974 – Affairs of the Heart
- 1974 – Steptoe and Son
- 1974 – …And Mother Makes Five
- 1974 – David Copperfield
- 1975 – More Awkward Customers
- 1971–75 – Play of the Month: When We Are Married
- 1977 – Nicholas Nickleby
- 1977 – Jubilee
- 1977 – The Cost of Loving
- 1978 – BBC2 Play of the Week
- 1978 – Doris and Doreen
- 1979 – Crown Court
- 1980 – The Pirates of Penzance
- 1980 – Play for Today
- 1980 – The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb
- 1982 – Objects of Affection
- 1983 – The Beggar’s Opera
- 1983 – Keep Off the Grass
- 1983 – The Two Ronnies
- 1984 – Home Video
- 1985 – Marjorie and Men
- 1985–86 – Victoria Wood as Seen on TV
- 1987 – When We Are Married
- 1988 – Tales of the Unexpected
- 1988 – Talking Heads
- 1988 – Sophia and Constance
- 1989 – First and Last
- 1989 – Let’s Face the Music
- 1990 – Missing Persons
- 1990 – Alas Smith and Jones
- 1991 – Miss Pym’s Day Out
- 1993 – The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends
- 1994 – Hildegard of Bingen
- 1990–95 – Keeping Up Appearances
- 1997 – Heroes of Comedy
- 1996–98 – Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
- 1998 – Talking Heads 2
- 1998 – Funny Women
- 2001 – Anybody’s Nightmare
- 2003–2009 – Blips
- 2004 – The Funny Ladies of British Comedy
- 2004 – Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute
- 2004 – Comedy Connections –
- 2005 – The Funny Blokes of British Comedy
- 2006 – A Taste of My Life
- 2008 – Keeping Up Appearances: Life Lessons from Onslow
- 2008 – The Greatest Christmas Comedy Moments
- 2016 – Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge
Patricia Routledge Net Worth
Routledge has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry spanning in decades. She has been able to accumulate a modest fortune that is estimated to be worth about $2.5 million.