- Edna Doré
name = Edna Doré
birthdate = birth year and age |1922|
birthname = Edna Gorring
notable role =Mrs. Bender in
"Nil by Mouth"
Edna Doré (born Edna Gorring" [http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/individual/181698 DORÉ, Alexander] ", "Film and Tv database". URL last accessed on
2006-12-15] in 1922) is a British actress. Doré is one of Britain's best known senior citizen actresses. She is known for her bit-part roles in situation comedies and for playing the character of Mo Butcherin the BBC soap opera" EastEnders" (1988 - 1990).
She began her career as a chorus girl in ENSA, then spent twenty years in
repertory theatrebefore becoming a member of the National Theatre for ten years.cite book |last= Kingsley|first= Hilary|title= The EastEnders Handbook |year=1990|publisher=BBC books|id=ISBN 0-563-36292-8] She turned to television acting in 1960 and subsequently had parts in many successful series including: " Dixon of Dock Green", " Doctor in the House", " The Liver Birds", " Terry and June", "Tenko", " Z Cars" and " Open All Hours
In 1988 she starred in
Mike Leigh's award winning film, "High Hopes", for which she received the award for "Best Supporting Player" at the 1989 European Film Awards." [http://www.europeanfilmacademy.org/htm/4Winners1989.html European Film Awards 1989] ", "europeanfilmacademy.org". URL last accessed on 2006-12-15] Here she played Mrs. Bender, who suffers from the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease.
In 1988 she was cast in the popular BBC soap opera "
EastEnders", where she played Mo Butcher, the battleaxe mother of Mike Reid's character, Frank Butcher. During her time in the show she once again received wide acclaim for her portrayal of an elderly lady's descent into Alzheimer's Disease. The story — about the effect that Alzheimer's has on the sufferer's family — had to be curtailed when Doré decided to leave the programme in 1990. The character was killed off at the end of 1992.cite book |last=Brake|first= Colin|authorlink= Colin Brake|title= |year=1995|publisher=BBC Books|id=ISBN 0-563-37057-2] In 1997 she played the role of Kath in the Gary Oldmanaward winning film "Nil by Mouth". Other film credits include " Tube Tales" (1999), "Weak at Denise" (2001) and "All or Nothing" (2002).
In recent years she has had parts in many successful television shows including: "Love Hurts" (1992), "A Year in Provence" (1993), "Casualty" (1993;1997), "
Men Behaving Badly" (1997), " Peak Practice" (2000), " Holby City" (2001), " Time Gentlemen Please" (2000-2002), " The Bill" (2002;2003 & 2006), " Eyes Down" (2003 - 2004), " Murder in Mind" (2003), " My Family" (2004), " Hotel Babylon" (2006) and "Doctors" (2006), among others. She also played the role of Maeve in the " Doctor Who" episode " Fear Her" in June 2006.
In September 2006 she appeared in the
BBC2comedy sketch show " That Mitchell and Webb Look" and in April 2007 she appeared in a guest star role opposite David Jasonin ITV's "Diamond Geezer", playing the role of Violet.
Doré trained to be an actress with
Anna Wing, who is famous for playing Lou Bealein "EastEnders"." [http://wgazette.com/int-wing.html Anna Wing Interview] ", "Walford Gzette". URL last accessed on 2006-12-15]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2003/07_july/23/eyes_down_dore.shtml Interview promoting "Eyes Down"]
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