Penelope Alice Wilton
"The thing about being an actor is that you turn into other people. You have to hide yourself a bit in order to let that other person come out."
"Penelope Wilton who through her unmoving face and eyes can display tumbling internal memories and thoughts in a way which quite gives us the willies."



Penelope Wilton in rehearsals for ‘The Chalk Garden’, 2008

"Penelope Wilton who through her unmoving face and eyes can display tumbling internal memories and thoughts in a way which quite gives us the willies."

Penelope Wilton in rehearsals for ‘The Chalk Garden’, 2008

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Penelope Wilton in rehearsals for ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ at The National Theatre

Penelope Wilton in rehearsals for ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ at The National Theatre

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"Wilton anchored the show and was obviously having a terrific time playing this role."
Penelope Wilton in ‘Women Beware Women’ (x)

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Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton - behind the scenes on season 5 of Downton Abbey

Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton - behind the scenes on season 5 of Downton Abbey

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If your 16-year-old self could see you, what would she say?"I think she would be amazed I’ve come so far" - Penelope Wilton

If your 16-year-old self could see you, what would she say?
"I think she would be amazed I’ve come so far" - Penelope Wilton

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Penelope Wilton in ‘Bedroom Farce’ at The National Theatre 50th anniversary gala

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“Penelope Wilton is superb as Livia, who throws herself upon Leantio after he’s been cuckolded by the Duke”
(Penelope Wilton and Elliot Cowan in ‘Women Beware Women’)

Penelope Wilton is superb as Livia, who throws herself upon Leantio after he’s been cuckolded by the Duke”

(Penelope Wilton and Elliot Cowan in ‘Women Beware Women’)

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"She has the ear of a musician and the eye of a painter. With her voice, that bluesy alto, she can bend a note from joy to a sob and she has a dancer’s dexterity, always using her body expressively. In film they say you should hold everything in, in theatre the opposite. But Judi breaks the rules; in any medium she seems mercurial and yet constant, she’s entirely open yet never lets you feel – as in life – that you’ve glimpsed the whole person."- Richard Eyre on Judi Dench

"She has the ear of a musician and the eye of a painter. With her voice, that bluesy alto, she can bend a note from joy to a sob and she has a dancer’s dexterity, always using her body expressively. In film they say you should hold everything in, in theatre the opposite. But Judi breaks the rules; in any medium she seems mercurial and yet constant, she’s entirely open yet never lets you feel – as in life – that you’ve glimpsed the whole person."
- Richard Eyre on Judi Dench

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- "She is most accomplished"
- "Hers was the most diligent governess"

Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson and Penelope Wilton in ‘Belle’, 2013

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