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Davenport, Claire

Claire Davenport

Claire Bernice Davenport was born to Leslie Stuart Davenport (an Insurance Brokers Clerk) and Hilda Madeline Davenport (née Goodyear) on April 24, 1933, in Sale, Cheshire, England, UK.
Davenport dreamed of being an actress from the time she was a young girl, she attended Lymme Grammar School, then trained as and became a secondary modern school teacher at St. Catherine's College in Liverpool, her first teaching role outside of St. Catherine's was at St. Cyprians in Salford.
From the years 1958 - 1960 Miss Davenport was a teacher at West Liverpool Street Junior School in Salford, Lancashire, UK.
Davenport spent her evenings outside of teaching to pursue acting at The Garrick Playhouse. She left teaching and enrolled at RADA in 1960 and before she could finish her studies she got her first role in The Rag Trade, a stage production based on the TV series.

From Fawlty Towers: Fully Booked: "Davenport was a larger than life character actress who worked with the great and the good of British Comedy. Claire Davenport was a perfect vehicle for humour based on innuendo, farce, and sometimes downright smut."

After several strokes in the mid-90s, Davenport died on February 25, 2002 of renal failure at Hammersmith Hospital. She was never married, and was survived by her brother.

Flush~1994 (short) - Nursey
Camping~1990 - Gerda - English Camper
Benjamin Britten's War Requiem~1988 - Brittania/Charge Sister
Screamtime~1986 - uncredited Mrs. Harlett
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi~1983 - Yarna d'al' Gargan (right) - Jabba's Palace
The Elephant Man~1980 - Fat Lady (see Actor Connections - Film)
Tempest~1980 - Sycorax
Birth of the Beatles~1979 - Nude Model - Figure Drawing Class (see Actor Connections - Film)

Adventures of a Plumber's Mate~1978 - Belinda
Carry On Emmannuelle~1978 - Closet Queen of Camden Town (Blonde in Pub) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse~1978 - Mrs. Buchanan
Jubilee~1978 - First Customs Lady (see Actor Connections - Film)
Intimate Games~1976 - Stripper
The Return of the Pink Panther~1975 - Masseuse (see Actor Connections - Film)

Best Pair of Legs in the Business, The~1972 - Eating Lady
On the Buses~1971 - Peggy (see Actor Connections - Film)
Some Will, Some Won't~1970 - Blowzy Woman
Crossplot~1969 - Wedding Guest
Ladies Who Do~1963 - Passerby

Stick With Me, Kid~1995 - Nurse in The Damsel in This Dress

Space Vets~1992 - Lizard Alien
Smell of Mortimer & Reeves~1993 - performer
Valentine Park~1988 - Mayoress in:
     A Rose by Any Other Name
Alice in Wonderland~1986 - Duchess in 1.2 & 1.3 (she sings)
By The Sword Divided~1986 - Dorothy, the Cook (recurring role) (see Actor Connections - TV)
Minder~1985 - Nigel's Mum in From Fulham with Love
Emu's Brand New Pink Windmill Show/Emu's world~1980's - Green Witch Grotbags
Remington Steele~1985 - Hilda Lake in Steele Searching: Part 1
In Sickness and in Health~1985 - Lady in Loo in 1.2
Freud~1984 (mini) - Teresa
By the Sword Divided~1983-1985 - Mrs. Dumfry (15 episodes) (see Actor Connections - TV)
3-2-1~1982 - Herself in New Year Special
Frankie Howerd Strikes Again~1981 - extra (see Actor Connections - TV)
Sink or Swim~1981 - Nurse in Tourists
Metal Mickey~1981 - Cavewoman in Caveman Mickey
Kelly Monteith~1980 - in 2.2
The Nesbitts Are Coming~1980 - Stripper in Another Town, Another Place
Not the Nine O'Clock News~1980 - Stout Lady for Pepsi Parody in 2.3
Mind Your Language~1979 - Eva in Repent at Leisure
The Dick Emery Show~1976-1979 - 15.5/6, 17.2
The Losers~1978 - Landlady in The Naming of Parts
George & Mildred~1976-1978 -
     Gloria in I Believe in Yesterday
     Shop Assistant in ...And Women Must Weep
Angels~1978 - Doreen Smith in Human Error
I Didn't Know You Cared~1975-1978 - Mrs. Skelhorn in:
     Party Games
     A Signal Disaster
     After the Ball Was Over
Odd Man Out~1977 - Woman on Honeymoon in Ooh La La
Raffles~1977 - Lady Rumbold in Home Affairs
1990~1977 - Nurse Stevens in A Voice From The Past
Robin's Nest~1977 - Fat Lady in Oh Happy Day
The Fuzz~1977 - Miss Bullock in A Grand Old Team to Play For
Drama~1977 - Madame Pace in Six Characters in Search of an Author by Pirandello
Couples~1976 - Mrs. Bagley (6 episodes)
Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones~1976 -
Don't Drink the Water~1975 - Bertha in:
     Keeping Fit
     The Neighbors
Fawlty Towers~1975 - Mrs. Wilson in The Germans
My Son Reuben~1975 - Woman in A Matter of Dispute
Love Thy Neighbor~1975 - Fatima in 5.6
Churchill's People~1975 - Boudicca in Pritan
Shoulder to Shoulder~1974 (mini) - Nurse Pine in:
     Christabel Pankhurst
Z Cars~1974 -
     Mrs. Eccles in Old Bones
     Big Peggy in Miller (see Actor Connections - TV)
Funny Ha-Ha~1974 - Mrs. Thompson in The Molly Wopsy
Sez Les~1973 - Herself in 7.7
Billy Liar~1973 - Ilse in Billy and the Au Pair
On the Buses~1973 - Mrs. Webb in:
    Friends in High Places
    The Allowance
Menace~1973 - Barmaid in Tom
Pollyanna~1973 - Mrs. Spencer in 1.3
Hey Brian!~1973 - in 1.5
The Song of Songs~1973 - Neighbour in 1.1
Stage 2~1972 - in Peer Gynt
Casanova~1971 (mini) - Madame Lenoir in Window, Window
Play for Today~1971 - Nurse in The Rainbirds
Keep It In The Family~1971 - Maisie in The Suit
The Last of the Baskets~1971 - Alice Higgins in For Richer, For Poorer
Queenie's Castle~1971 - Glenda in The Ladykillers
The Misfit~1971 - Boris in On Europe and Foreigners and Things
ITV Sunday Night Theatre~1971 - Maxine in Tales of Piccadilly: Behind the Spearmint Sign
Basil Brush Show~1970 -
Biography~1970 - Gretchen in I Measured the Skies
The Other Reg Varney~1970 - Various Characters
W. Somerset Maugham~1970 - Rosa in The Closed Shop
Wednesday Play~1969 - Megs in The Last Train Through the Harecastle Tunnel (see Actor Connections - TV)
Armchair Theatre~1969 - Mrs. Kapodis in What's a Mother For?
Two of a Kind (Morcambe & Wise)~1968 - Herself in 3 December 1968 with Sheila Bernette, Mike Britton, Children of The Corona Stage School
Boy Meets Girl~1968 - Nurse Vileski in The Enchanted Shore
Theatre 625~1968 - Mrs. Bliss - Nude Model in The Life Class
ITV Playhouse~1968 - Mrs. Mosscrop in Rogues Gallery: The Curious Adventures of Miss Jane Rawley
George and the Dragon~1968 - Samantha in 3.?
Hancock's~1967 - in 1.6
Mike and Bernie's Show~1966 - ?
     9/17 with ?
     9/10 with Alan Haven and Tony Crombie
     9/03 with Janie Jones
Way with Words~1966 - Woman in Restaurant in Judgment
Gideon C.I.D.~1966 - Helen in Morna
The Baron~1966 - Anna Lobovitch in Diplomatic Immunity
The Sullivan Brothers~1965 - Mrs. Melvin in A Case of Conscience
It's Tarbuck!~1964 -
Crossroads~1964 - Miss Montgomery
Love Story~1964 - Miss Denning in The Apprentices
Doctor Who~1964 -
     Empress in Marco Polo: Assassin at Peking
     Empress in Marco Polo: Episode 1 The Roof of the World Part 2
The Rag Trade~1963 - Myrtle in:
     The Australian
A Christmas Night With the Stars~1962 - Myrtle in 25 December 1962
Bulldog Breed~1962 - Landlady in The New Digs
Dick Emery Show~19?? (see Actor Connections - TV)
Task Force~19?? - (see Actor Connections - TV)
Dr. Finlay Casebook~19?? - (see Actor Connections - TV)
Softly, Softly~19?? - (see Actor Connections - TV)
Dixon of Dock Green~19?? - (see Actor Connections - TV)

On The Air~1998 - Dame Agnes Parker (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
Volpone~1981 - (Croydon Warehouse, Croydon, England, UK)
Ubu Roi~1980 - Queen Gladys (Open Space Theatre, London, England, UK)
A Flea in Her Ear~1980 - (Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, Surrey, England, UK)
Six Characters In Search Of An Author~1979 - Madame Pace (Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich, South London, England, UK)
Frozen Assets~1979 - Auntie Conne (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, UK)
Cranford~1975 - (Royal Theatre, Stratford, England, UK)
Dangerous Corner~1974-1975 - (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England, UK)
When We Are Married~1970 - (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England, UK)
Alice in Wonderland~1970 - Duchess (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England, UK)
Bartholomew Fair~1966-1967 - Ursula (Little Theatre -Bristol Old Vic, Co., Bristol, England, UK)
Tons of Money~1966 - Miss Benita Mullett (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, England, UK)
Hedda Gabler~1966 - Bertha (Royal Bristol Theatre, Bristol, England, UK)
Hotel Paradiso~1966 - Angelique (Marlowe Theatre Arena, Canterbury, England, UK)
A Christmas Carol~1966 - (Royal Stratford, )
Plunder~1965 - (Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead, Surrey, England, UK)
Ivanov (Chekhov)~1965 - Avdotya Nazarovna (Vanbrugh Theatre, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK)
Collapse of Stout Party~1965 - Grace (Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, England, UK)
Memento Mori~1964 - (Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, England, UK)
Major Barbara~1964 - Rummy Mitchens
Hayfever~1964 - Clara ( England, UK)
She Stoops to Conquer~1964 - Mrs. Hardcastle (England, UK)
The Hostess~1964 - Mrs. Dillon (England, UK)
The Matchmaker~1963 - (Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, London, England, UK)
Dandy Dick~1962 - Georgina Tidman (Vanbrugh Theatre, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK)
The Rag Trade~1962-1963 - (Piccadilly Theatre, London, England, UK)
The Hollow~1962 - (Vanbrugh Theatre, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK
Caesar and Cleopatra~1961 - Ftatateeta (Playhouse Theatre, Oxford, UK)
A Search for Comets~1956 - (The Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre, Beech Walk, Crayford, Kent, England, UK)

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