11 Facts About Barbara Jefford


Mary Barbara Jefford, OBE was a British actress, best known for her theatrical performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Vic and the National Theatre and her role as Molly Bloom in the 1967 film of James Joyce's Ulysses.

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Mary Barbara Jefford was born in Plymstock, Devon, the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Ellen and Percival Francis Jefford.

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Barbara Jefford was brought up in the West Country and attended Weirfield School in Taunton, Somerset.

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Barbara Jefford attended the Hartly-Hodder School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal.

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Barbara Jefford played Gwendoline in The Importance of Being Earnest, Beatrice in Shelley's The Cenci and Joan in George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, emulating her mentor and friend, Dame Sybil Thorndike.

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Barbara Jefford repeated many Shakespearean roles in her long career, appearing in 54 productions of all but four of his plays.

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Barbara Jefford provided additional voice work in later Bond films, dubbing Molly Peters in Thunderball and Caroline Munro in The Spy Who Loved Me.

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Barbara Jefford appeared in several television dramas in the Play For Today series ; and in several other series.

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Barbara Jefford has appeared in episodes of The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Campion and the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries.

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Barbara Jefford appeared in The Creeper, a 2010 episode of Midsomer Murders.

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In 1965, Barbara Jefford was awarded the Officer of Order of the British Empire for her service to the theatre, becoming the youngest civilian recipient of the award to that date.

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