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Cropper, Anna Biography




biography of Cropper, Anna

13 May 1938, Brierfield, Lancashire, England, UK
22 January 2007, Tangmere, West Sussex, England, UK


-   'William Roache' (qv) (1961 - 1974) (divorced); 2 children


-   Mother of 'Linus Roache' (qv)

-   Performed on British TV for more than four decades.

-   Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and first acted in repertory theatre in Nottingham. From 1960, had a prolific career on television, in BBC radio plays and on the West End stage.

-   Her father was a dentist and her mother an actress and director of amateur dramatics.


-   (1968) She acted in John Bowen's play, "Little Boxes," at the Duchess Theatre in London, England with David Cook, Sylvia Coleridge, Peter Howell, June Jago, Elizabeth MacLennan, Frank Middlemass, Larry Noble and Maureen Pryor in the cast. Philip Grout was director.

-   (1970) She acted in Arnold Wesker's play, "The Friends," at the Roundhouse Theatre in London, England with John Bluthal, Susan Engel, Lynn Fairleigh, Victor Henry, Ian Holm, and Roy Marsden in the cast. Arnold Wesker was also director. Nicholas Georgiadias was designer.


-   "Radio Times" (UK), 22 July 1995, Vol. 286, Iss. 3731, pg. 12, "My Choice"


-   "The Times" (UK), 7 April 2007, by: Anonymous, "Anna Cropper, actor, was born on May 13, 1938. She died on January 22, 2007, aged 68"

-   "The Guardian" (UK), 7 February 2007, by: Philip Purser, "Anna Cropper"

-   "Daily Telegraph" (UK), 2 February 2007, Iss. 47171, pg. 27, "Anna Cropper (obituary)"

-   "The Independent" (UK), 2 February 2007, Iss. 6333, pg. 42, by: Anthony Hayward, "Obituary: Cutting-edge television actress"

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Acting in movies

  1. "Midsomer Murders" (1997) {Death's Shadow (#2.1)}
  2. "Kavanagh QC" (1995) {Ancient History (#3.3)}
  3. September (1996) (TV)
  4. The Affair (1995) (TV)
  5. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.1)}
  6. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.10)}
  7. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.11)}
  8. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.12)}
  9. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.13)}
  10. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.14)}
  11. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.15)}
  12. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.16)}
  13. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.17)}
  14. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.18)}
  15. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.19)}
  16. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.2)}
  17. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.20)}
  18. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.21)}
  19. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.22)}
  20. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.23)}
  21. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.24)}
  22. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.3)}
  23. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.4)}
  24. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.5)}
  25. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.6)}
  26. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.7)}
  27. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.8)}
  28. "Castles" (1995) {(#1.9)}
  29. "Everyman" (1977) {Prisoners in Time}
  30. Don't Get Me Started (1994)
  31. Midnight Movie (1994) (TV)
  32. "A Skirt Through History" (1994) {The Wreckers (#1.4)}
  33. "Capital Lives" (1994) {Jealousy (#1.2)}
  34. The Marshal (1993) (TV)
  35. "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (1989) {The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb (#5.1)}
  36. "Alleyn Mysteries" (1990) {Death at the Bar (#1.4)}
  37. "Heartbeat" (1992) {Going Home (#3.4)}
  38. "If You See God, Tell Him" (1993) {(#1.2)}
  39. "Early Travellers in North America" (1992) {(#1.4)}
  40. "Early Travellers in North America" (1992) {Indians (#1.3)}
  41. "Moon and Son" (1992) {Past, Present and Future (#1.9)}
  42. "Screen Two" (1985) {Memento Mori (#8.14)}
  43. "The Bill" (1984) {Going Soft (#8.23)}
  44. "The Old Devils" (1992) {Clapped-Out Casanovas (#1.3)}
  45. "The Old Devils" (1992) {Love, Lust and Litre Bottles (#1.1)}
  46. "The Old Devils" (1992) {Rhiannon's Boys (#1.2)}
  47. "Woof!" (1989) {Dad's Birthday (#4.1)}
  48. "Casualty" (1986) {Facing Up (#6.13)}
  49. "Ruth Rendell Mysteries" (1987) {A New Lease of Death: Part One (#5.1)}
  50. "Ruth Rendell Mysteries" (1987) {A New Lease of Death: Part Three (#5.3)}
  51. "Ruth Rendell Mysteries" (1987) {A New Lease of Death: Part Two (#5.2)}
  52. "Van der Valk" (1972) {The Little Rascals (#4.4)}
  53. "Boon" (1986) {Bully Boys (#5.6)}
  54. "Chancer" (1990) {Wreckage (#1.9)}
  55. "Omnibus" (1967) {Van Gogh}
  56. "Nativity Blues" (1989)
  57. A Day in Summer (1989) (TV)
  58. Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989) (TV)
  59. The Child Eater (1989)
  60. "Woof!" (1989) {The Moneyspinner (#2.3)}
  61. Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987) (TV)
  62. "Worlds Beyond" (1986) {Undying Love (#1.10)}
  63. Man-Eaters of Kumaon (1986) (TV)
  64. Nanou (1986)
  65. "Call Me Mister" (1986) {The Creative Accountant (#1.3)}
  66. "Anna of the Five Towns" (1985) {(#1.1)}
  67. "Anna of the Five Towns" (1985) {(#1.2)}
  68. "Anna of the Five Towns" (1985) {(#1.3)}
  69. "Anna of the Five Towns" (1985) {(#1.4)}
  70. "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984) {Daughters of the Regiment (#1.7)}
  71. "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984) {Questions of Loyalty (#1.3)}
  72. "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984) {Regimental Silver (#1.5)}
  73. "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984) {The Day of the Scorpion (#1.8)}
  74. "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984) {The Towers of Silence (#1.9)}
  75. Praying Mantis (1983) (TV)
  76. "Maybury" (1981) {Alice: Part 1 (#2.3)}
  77. "Maybury" (1981) {Alice: Part 2 (#2.4)}
  78. "Maybury" (1981) {Alice: Part 3 (#2.5)}
  79. "BBC2 Playhouse" (1974) {Preview (#8.10)}
  80. "Jackanory Playhouse" (1972) {The Princess and the Inventor (#11.3)}
  81. "Nanny" (1981) {A Twist of Fate (#2.10)}
  82. "Nanny" (1981) {Ashes to Ashes (#2.2)}
  83. "Nanny" (1981) {Ringtime (#2.1)}
  84. Very Like a Whale (1981) (TV)
  85. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {The Perfect House (#13.2)}
  86. "Nanny" (1981) {A Pinch of Dragon's Blood (#1.9)}
  87. "Nanny" (1981) {Other Peoples' Babies (#1.10)}
  88. "The Treachery Game" (1981) {(#1.1)}
  89. "The Treachery Game" (1981) {(#1.2)}
  90. "The Treachery Game" (1981) {(#1.3)}
  91. "BBC2 Playhouse" (1974) {Mary's Wife (#6.19)}
  92. "The Two Ronnies" (1971) {(#8.3)}
  93. "Shoestring" (1979) {Higher Ground (#1.3)}
  94. "The Lost Boys" (1978) {An Awfully Big Adventure (#1.3)}
  95. "The Lost Boys" (1978) {Dark and Sinister Man (#1.2)}
  96. "The Lost Boys" (1978) {We Set Out to Be Wrecked (#1.1)}
  97. "Kossoff and Company" (1977) {(#1.6)}
  98. "Television Club" (1977) {A Place Like Home: Errol}
  99. "Television Club" (1977) {A Place Like Home: Janice}
  100. "Television Club" (1977) {A Place Like Home: Lydia}
  101. "Television Club" (1977) {A Place Like Home: Pud}
  102. "The Cost of Loving" (1977) {Albert's Part (#1.1)}
  103. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.31)}
  104. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.32)}
  105. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.33)}
  106. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.40)}
  107. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.41)}
  108. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.42)}
  109. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.43)}
  110. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.44)}
  111. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.45)}
  112. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.28)}
  113. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.29)}
  114. "Couples" (1975) {(#1.30)}
  115. "Softly Softly: Task Force" (1969) {Bargains (#7.5)}
  116. Crown Matrimonial (1974) (TV)
  117. Footsteps (1974)
  118. "Armchair Theatre" (1956) {Amy, Wonderful Amy (#16.2)}
  119. "Dial M for Murder" (1974) {Both Hands Free (#1.9)}
  120. "Play for Today" (1970) {Schmoedipus (#4.20)}
  121. "Spy Trap" (1972) {A Hero's Return (#2.6)}
  122. "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" (1972) {Execution Day (#1.4)}
  123. "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" (1972) {Mr. Oliver (#1.2)}
  124. "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" (1972) {Mysterious Circumstances (#1.1)}
  125. "The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" (1972) {That Damned Dorland Woman (#1.3)}
  126. "Emmerdale Farm" (1972)
  127. "Country Matters" (1972) {Crippled Bloom (#1.4)}
  128. "Dead of Night" (1972) {The Exorcism (#1.1)}
  129. "Mistress of Hardwick" (1972) {An Insatiable Dream (#1.6)}
  130. "Mistress of Hardwick" (1972) {Cousin to King James (#1.7)}
  131. "Mistress of Hardwick" (1972) {Royal Prisoner (#1.9)}
  132. "Mistress of Hardwick" (1972) {They Expect a New Queen (#1.1)}
  133. "Mistress of Hardwick" (1972) {This Costly Countess (#1.8)}
  134. "Softly Softly: Task Force" (1969) {Killer (#4.2)}
  135. "The Moonstone" (1972) {(#1.1)}
  136. "The Moonstone" (1972) {(#1.2)}
  137. "The Moonstone" (1972) {(#1.3)}
  138. "The Moonstone" (1972) {(#1.4)}
  139. "Armchair Theatre" (1956) {Brown Skin Gal, Stay Home and Mind Bay-Bee (#13.5)}
  140. "Take Three Girls" (1969) {The Private Sector (#2.2)}
  141. "Thirty-Minute Theatre" (1965) {Gun Play (#7.3)}
  142. Cromwell (1970)
  143. "Play for Today" (1970) {Robin Redbreast (#1.9)}
  144. "Z Cars" (1962) {Eleanor Rigby Slept Here: Part 1 (#6.309)}
  145. "Z Cars" (1962) {Eleanor Rigby Slept Here: Part 2 (#6.310)}
  146. All Neat in Black Stockings (1969)
  147. Imperial Palace (1969) (TV)
  148. "The First Lady" (1968) {All in a Good Cause (#2.12)}
  149. "W. Somerset Maugham" (1969) {Before the Party (#1.13)}
  150. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {Murder: The Rest of Our Lives (#1.38)}
  151. "Pere Goriot" (1968) {Gilded Youth (#1.1)}
  152. "Sanctuary" (1967) {Insurrection's Child (#2.3)}
  153. "Angel Pavement" (1967) {Arabian Nights (#1.3)}
  154. "Angel Pavement" (1967) {They Arrive (#1.1)}
  155. "Angel Pavement" (1967) {They Go Home (#1.4)}
  156. "City 68'" (1967) {Son of the City (#1.2)}
  157. "Dr. Finlay's Casebook" (1962) {Criss-Cross (#6.1)}
  158. "The Wednesday Play" (1964) {In Two Minds (#1.84)}
  159. "The Spies" (1966) {Go Ahead, I Only Live Here (#1.3)}
  160. "Sherlock Holmes" (1964) {The Man with the Twisted Lip (#1.7)}
  161. "The Mind of the Enemy" (1965) {A Forcing Bid (#1.3)}
  162. "The Mind of the Enemy" (1965) {Process of Elimination (#1.4)}
  163. "The Mind of the Enemy" (1965) {The Fatal Slip (#1.5)}
  164. "The Mind of the Enemy" (1965) {The New Member (#1.1)}
  165. "The Mind of the Enemy" (1965) {The Trap (#1.2)}
  166. "The Troubleshooters" (1965) {Meet Miss. Mogul (#1.10)}
  167. "Silas Marner" (1964) {A New Life (#1.2)}
  168. "Silas Marner" (1964) {Courtship and Crime (#1.1)}
  169. The Birth of a Private Man (1963) (TV)
  170. "First Night" (1963) {Funny Noises with Their Mouths (#1.5)}
  171. "The Odd Man" (1960) {A Last Tilt at the Windmill (#4.8)}
  172. "The Odd Man" (1960) {A Pattern of Little Silver Devils (#4.5)}
  173. "The Odd Man" (1960) {The Pretty Silver Game (#3.1)}
  174. "The Odd Man" (1960) {The Saga of Johnny Mac (#4.1)}
  175. "BBC Sunday-Night Play" (1960) {The Rivals (#3.17)}
  176. "Coronation Street" (1960) {(#1.188)}
  177. "Coronation Street" (1960) {(#1.189)}
  178. "Coronation Street" (1960) {(#1.190)}
  179. "Coronation Street" (1960) {(#1.191)}
  180. "No Hiding Place" (1959) {The Front Man (#4.32)}
  181. "Deadline Midnight" (1960) {Doggo (#2.9)}
  182. "Emergency-Ward 10" (1957) {(#1.411)}
  183. "Emergency-Ward 10" (1957) {(#1.412)}
  184. "Emergency-Ward 10" (1957) {(#1.413)}
  185. "Emergency-Ward 10" (1957) {(#1.414)}
  186. "Emergency-Ward 10" (1957) {(#1.415)}
  187. "Emergency-Ward 10" (1957) {(#1.419)}
  188. "Harpers West One" (1961) {(#1.4)}
  189. "BBC Sunday-Night Play" (1960) {Twentieth Century Theatre: The Insect Play (#1.25)}
  190. "Probation Officer" (1959) {(#2.13)}

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