Joan Plowright

  • Birth Name: Joan Ann Plowright
  • Birth Place: Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Made her London stage debut in the comic opera The Duenna in 1954.
  • Starred alongside husband Sir Laurence Olivier in the 1960 screen adaptation of The Entertainer and the 1970 drama Three Sisters.
  • Earned the honorary title Commander of the British Empire for her contributions to British theater in 1970.
  • Has a theater named for her (The Plowright Theatre) in her hometown of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England.


  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Winner
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1978, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 1961, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Film: Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1961, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Winner


  • Daisy Margaret Plowright — Mother
  • Tamsin Agnes Margaret Olivier — Daughter
  • Ernest Plowright — Brother
  • Laurence Olivier — Husband (deceased)
  • Richard Kerr Olivier — Son
  • David Plowright — Brother
  • Roger Gage — Ex-husband
  • Julie-Kate Olivier — Daughter
  • William Ernest Plowright — Father


  • Attended Art of Movement Studio, Manchester, England; attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Bristol, England

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