Who is Judy Cornwell?
Judy Cornwell is an English stage, television and film actress, perhaps best remembered as Daisy in the TV series “Keeping Up Appearances” (1990-1995) and as Queenie in the TV series “EastEnders” (2007-2008), among other famous roles.
Where is Judy Cornwell Now?
Judy made her last on-screen appearance in 2014, guest-starring in an episode of the TV series “Birds of a Feather”. However, this wasn’t the end of her career as she returned to stage to portray Miss Marple in several stage productions, including “A Murder is Announced” from 2014 to 2016. She lives with her husband, John Kelsall Parry, in Brighton, England.
Judy Cornwell Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Judy Valerie Cornwell was born on 22 February 1940 under the Pisces zodiac sign, in Hammersmith, London, England, the daughter of Darcy Nigel Barry, who served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, and Irene McCullen Cornwell.
She spent her childhood in her hometown where she went to a convent school, and then Saint Michael Boarding School in Heacham, Norfolk. However, the family emigrated to Australia, where she spent the rest of her childhood, only to return to England and become a professional dancer and comedian in her teens. She honed her acting skills at the Irving Theatre.
Although she was working on stage, her first credit was on-screen in the role of 4th Girl in the comedy film “Friends and Neighbours” in 1959. Judy spent the early ’60s building a portfolio, with roles in such TV series as the drama “The Younger Generation” (1961), then the adventure thriller drama “The River Flows East” (1962), and in 1964 she featured in the TV series “Paris 1900”.
Three years later she portrayed Pat in the Academy Award-nominated romantic comedy-drama film “Two for the Road”, starring Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney and Eleanor Bron, then the following year Judy starred in “The Wild Racers” action-drama film, co-starring Fabian and Mimsy Farmer.
She continued her career with the starring role in the comedy film “Every Home Should Have One” (1970), and the same year appeared in the romantic drama film “Wuthering Heights”, based on the novel of the same name by Emily Bronte.
She had a few notable roles in the ’70s, including in the horror-thriller film “Who Slew Auntie Roo?” (1972), then starring in the TV comedy-drama film “Moody and Pegg” in 1974, while in 1978 she starred in the TV mini-series “The Mill on the Floss”
Judy began the ’80s with the role of Elizabeth Trant in the TV mini-series “The Good Companions”, while in 1983 she portrayed Jean Watson in the TV series “Fair Ground!”.
In 1985, she co-starred as Anya Claus in the film “Santa Claus: The Movie”, with Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, and David Huddleston in the lead roles, and the same year she featured in the TV series “There Comes a Time”. Next, in 1986 she portrayed Mrs McDipper in the TV mini-series “The December Rose”, while in 1987 she guest-starred as Maddy in the eponymous TV series “Doctor Who”.
Rise to Prominence
Years of hard work finally paid off in 1990, when she was chosen for the role of Daisy in the BAFTA-nominated TV comedy series “Keeping Up Appearances”, co-starring with Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift and Geoffrey Hughes in all 44 episodes of the popular series until 1995, which launched her to stardom.
However, following the end of the comedy series, she became focused on her other interests, and only appeared in minor roles, such as Maddy’s mother in the “Mad Cows” in 1999. Other appearances included in the TV series “The Wrong Side of the Rainbow” (2000) and “The Royal” (2003).
She had different roles in four episodes of the TV series “Doctors” from 2005 to 2013, and then from 2007 to 2008, she was Queenie in the eponymous daytime drama “East Enders”.
In addition to her on-screen work, Judy is known for her on-stage credits.
She made her official debut in 1963 in the play “Oh, What a Lovely War!”, performed in the West End. Since then, she has appeared in such plays as “Sweet Fanny Adams” (1966) at the Theatre Royal, Stratford-upon-Avon, then “Bloomers” in 1970, played at the Gardner Centre Theatre in Sussex, England, “Julius Caesar” with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1972, and “Old Flames” (1975) at the New Vic Theatre, Briston, England, among many other stage appearances.
An Accomplished Author
Judy is a published author – her first book, “Cow and Cow Parsley” was published in 1985, followed by “Fish-Cakes at the Ritz” in 1989. Her third book, “Fear and Favour” (1996), was published in 1996, and the same year she published her fourth book, “The Seventh Sunrise”.
In addition to fiction, she has also written and published her autobiography “Adventures of a Jelly Baby” in 2005, writing about her childhood in England during the war, and later in Australia when the family emigrated.
As of early 2022, Judy Cornwell’s net worth has been estimated to be around $1 million, earned through her successful career as an actress and writer. She’s appeared in more than 90 film and TV titles, and more than a dozen plays during her active career.
Personal Life, Married, Husband, Children
Judy has been married to reporter John Kelsall Parry since 18 December 1960. The two met in 1960 on the Palace Pier when John was sent to make a review of the play in which Judy was the main star.
At first sight, he was infatuated by Judy, and came to her dressing room door after writing a favorable review of her performance and the entire play.
They spent the summer together, after which Judy broke convention and proposed to John. At first he declined, but the two married the same year at St Helen’s Church in Hangleton. The couple has a son together, Edward Parry.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The prominent actress now has grey hair ,and brown eyes. She stands at the height of 5ft 3ins (1.6m), while she weighs approximately 125lbs (57kgs). Her vital statistics are unknown, but she has kept a relatively slim figure despite being in her early 80s.