Freda Dowie
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Freda Dowie

Freda Dowie
Born(1928-07-22)22 July 1928
Died10 August 2019(2019-08-10) (aged 91)

Freda Dowie (22 July 1928 – 10 August 2019[1]) was an English actress. She was born in Carlisle, Cumberland. She died on 10 August 2019 in Suffolk.[2]

Her television credits include: Dixon of Dock Green, Doomwatch, Edna, the Inebriate Woman, Upstairs, Downstairs, The Carnforth Practice, I, Claudius, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Pickwick Papers, Lillie, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Our Friends in the North, Common As Muck, Lovejoy and Heartbeat.

Dowie frequently portrayed long-suffering roles,[3] most notably as the Mother in the 1988 film Distant Voices, Still Lives, for which she was nominated for a European Film Award. Her film career also includes roles in Subterfuge (1968), The Omen (1976), The Monk (1990), Butterfly Kiss (1995), Jude (1996), Cider with Rosie (1998), and Fragile (2005).


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Subterfuge Waitress
1976 The Omen Nun
1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives Mother
1989 Goldeneye Harley Street Doctor
1990 The Monk Sister Ursula
1995 Butterfly Kiss Elsie
1996 Jude Elderly Landlady
1996 Black Eyes Gran
1998 Cider with Rosie Granny Wallon TV movie
2005 Fragile Old Lady #1


  1. ^ Hayward, Anthony (23 August 2019). "Freda Dowie obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "FREDA MARY THOMPSON (née DOWIE)". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Obituaries, Telegraph (22 August 2019). "Freda Dowie, actress who excelled as the long-suffering abused mother in Terence Davies's 'Distant Voices, Still Lives' - obituary". Retrieved 2019 – via

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