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Doreen Mantle
Born (1926-06-22)22 June 1926
Died 9 August 2023(2023-08-09) (aged 97)
Alma mater University of the Witwatersrand
Occupation Actress
Years active 1964–2023
Television Coronation Street (2010–2011)
One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000)
The Duchess of Duke Street (1976)
Graham Smith
(m. 1953, divorced)
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Doreen June Mantle (22 June 1926 – 9 August 2023) was a South African-born British actress who played Jean Warboys in One Foot in the Grave (1990–2000). She appeared in many British television series since the 1960s, including The Duchess of Duke Street, The Wild House, Sam Saturday, Chalk, Casualty, The Bill, Doctors, Holby City, Lovejoy, Coronation Street and Jonathan Creek. She played lollipop lady Queenie in Jam & Jerusalem (2006–2009).


Mantle worked extensively on the stage in such productions as My Fair Lady, Keep It in the Family, The Seagull and Hamlet. She also toured Britain in Billy Liar in the role of Florence Boothroyd and performed at the National Theatre in The Voysey Inheritance. In 1979, she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Death of a Salesman. She also undertook radio work for BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service. Mantle played the long suffering wife of the rabbi in BBC Radio 4's comedy series The Attractive Young Rabbi.

Mantle played Mrs Shaemen in Barbra Streisand's film version of Yentl (1983). From 2010 to 2011, Mantle appeared in Coronation Street as Joy Fishwick, the mother of Colin Fishwick (David Crellin), whose identity was taken by John Stape (Graeme Hawley).

Personal life

Doreen June Mantle was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 22 June 1926. She attended the University of the Witwatersrand and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 23, out of opposition to Apartheid, and settled in London.

Mantle married Graham Smith in 1953; they had two sons and later divorced. Mantle died on 9 August 2023, at the age of 97.


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Year Title Role Note
1967 Privilege Miss Crawford
1972 Frenzy Woman in Crowd Uncredited
1975 All Creatures Great and Small Mrs Seaton TV movie
1979 Black Jack Mrs Carter
1979 Secret Orchards Aunt Bunny TV movie
1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman Lady on Train
1983 Yentl Mrs Shaemen
1983 St. Ursula's in Danger Miss Cowley
1984 Home Video
1985 Star Quality: Bon Voyage Mrs Teitelbaum TV movie
1990 Mountains of the Moon Mrs Speke
1992 The Turn of the Screw Doreen
1994 A Man You Don't Meet Every Day Mrs Norton
1996 In Love and War Emilia
1997 So This Is Romance? Clairvoyant
2004 Suzie Gold Nana's Friend
2005 Antonio's Breakfast Lady with Rubbish Short
2006 Scoop Joe's Co-Passenger
2010 Two Ladies & a Hill Hillary Short
2011 Late Bloomers Nora
2012 The Owner Felicity
2012 Over the Hill? Mrs Parker
2013 Fire Horse Ada Short
2017 55 Steps Eleanor's Mother
2018 Knock at the Door Mrs. Harris Short
2018 Jean Jean Short
2019 Blind Mrs Wood Short


Year Title Role Notes
1964–1965 Emergency Ward 10 Mrs Cox
1965 A Passage to India (Play of the Month) Mrs Fletcher
1966–1973 Love Story Mrs Driver / Madge / Mrs Bryant
1967 Uncle Charles American Wife
1969 Strange Report Mrs Ogilive
1969 The Letter Madame Joyce
1969–1973 Special Branch Miss Mitchell / Mrs Harris
1972 Kate Harriet Bates
1972 Six Days of Justice Probation Officer
1972–1977 Crown Court Vera Tilley / Mrs Verity Holt-Mattthews
1973 Armchair 30 Miss Fanshaw
1973 Public Eye Miss Barnwell
1973 Vienna 1900 Frau Arbesbacher
1973 The Song of Songs Frau Czepanek
1974 Intimate Strangers Dorothy
1974 Marked Personal Mrs Hastings
1974–1979 Play for Today Mary Hunter / Julia Branston / Mother
1976 The Duchess of Duke Street Mrs Catchpole
1976 Billy Brand Edna James
1977 Esther Waters Mrs Randal
1977 Headmaster Chairwoman
1977 Eleanor Marx Frau Marx
1978 Secret Army Mme. Desmarts
1979 Mystery!: Malice Aforethought Hilda
1979 Thomas & Sarah Mrs Ryder
1980 The Gentle Touch Beryl King
1980 Ladykillers Mrs Wheeler
1980 Pride and Prejudice Mrs Reynolds
1980–1981 BBC2 Playhouse Mrs Orpen / Margaret
1983 The Home Front Medora
1984 Charlie Maggie
1985 Summer Season Matron
1985 Connie Miss Greer
1987 Sunday Premiere Mrs Venables
1987 Screenplay Mother Monica
1990 Screen Two Landlady
1990–2000 One Foot in the Grave Mrs Warboys 18 episodes
1990–2002 Casualty Renee Wainwright / Mrs Duffin
1991 Stanley and the Women Lady Bailey
1992 Nice Town Jean Thompson
1992 The Secret Agent Mrs Waller
1992 Sam Saturday Rita Sterne
1992 Mr Wakefield's Crusade Chrissie
1992 Lovejoy Vera
1994 Class Act Hilda Skoric
1994 Peak Practice Mary Eastman
1996 Testament: The Bible in Animation Naomi
1996 Our Friends in the North Mrs Wilson
1996 The Vet Edie Davenport
1997 Chalk Dr. Eleanor Gillespie
1997–1999 The Wild House Granny
2000 Where the Heart Is Miriam Stone
2001–2019 Doctors Mrs Merriam / Winnie Carpenter / Doris Forsyth / Rose Recurring roles
2003 The Bill Anne Culshaw
2004 Doc Martin Marianne Walker
2004 Shadow Play Queen Victoria
2004–2009 Holby City Simone Mannstein / Sylvia Wheeler
2005 Love Soup Mavis Bledsoe
2005 Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky Marion Chingford
2005 Hustle Anne Foster
2006 Brief Encounters Frances
2006–2008 Jam & Jerusalem Queenie
2007 The Sarah Jane Adventures Mrs Randall
2007 Holby Blue Maureen Jessie
2008 Bonekickers Mary Cunley
2009 The Queen The Queen Mother
2010 Dirk Gently Ruth Jordan
2010 Jonathan Creek Mrs Gantry
2010–2011 Coronation Street Joy Fishwick 10 episodes
2011 My Family Lillian
2013–2014 The Mimic Martin's Grandma / Martin's Nan
2015 Lewis Joan
2018 Father Brown Miss Tibby
2023 One Foot in the Grave - 30 Years Of Laughs Herself/Mrs Warboys
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