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Patsy Byrne
Patsy Byrne
Born 13 July 1933
Died 17 June 2014 (aged: 80)
First appearance "Bells"
Last appearance Blackadder: Back & Forth
Series Blackadder II
Episode count 6 Episodes + 2 Specials

Patsy Byrne (born 13 July 1933 in Ashford, Kent; died 17 June 2014) was an English actress.


She was educated at Ashford School for Girls, and attended the school around the same time as Lorna Fendall, and Joanna Brough, daughter of Arthur Brough. After that she studied drama at the Rose Bruford School before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company playing parts such as Maria in Twelfth Night and Gruscha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Aldwych Theatre in the early 1960s. In the 1980s she also worked at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Patsy is famous for playing round, jolly, often slightly insane old women. Probably the most famous of these is Nursie in the popular BBC sitcom Blackadder II. She once again starred alongside Tony Robinson in a Series 3 episode of Maid Marian and her Merry Men. She also starred as Betty the Tea Lady in the BBC children's programme Playdays.

She is also famous for being able to do the splits well into her 60s, which she showed off when she played Malcolm's domineering mother in Watching.

She has also starred in Stealing Heaven (1988), Inspector Morse (1989), Les Misérables (1998), David Copperfield (1999) and Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000) and numerous radio plays.

Roles in Blackadder[]

Blackadder II: Nursie

Blackadder's Christmas Carol: The Spirit of Christmas: Nursie/Husbandoid

Blackadder: Back & Forth: Nursie

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