The bittersweet comedy drama


by Ronald Harwood in memory of Sir Georg Solti
02 June - 10 July 2003
Jennifer Percey

Jennifer Piercey

Cecily Robson

Scotland born Jennifer has appeared in a wealth of popular television programmes but is particularly known as Lilian, Nicholas Lyndhurst’s mother in The Two of Us.

She trained at Edinburgh College of Speech and Drama and started her career at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews before teaching Drama to handicapped children for a year. Jennifer then went to London, initially to work with Caryl Jenner’s Unicorn Theatre for Children before appearing in repertory where her parts ranged from Eleanor of Aquitaine (The Lion in Winter), to Blanche Du Bois (A Streetcar Named Desire), she has also worked extensively with Alan Ayckbourn (in radio as well as Scarborough). In 1974 she joined the National Theatre appearing at The Old Vic in The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, and The Front Page, as well as in All Good Men by Trevor Griffith at the ICA. She then toured Australia in The Front Page. On her return home she went into the National Production of Saturday Sunday Monday at The Queen’s Theatre, followed by Equus at The Albery. Other London appearances include Ayckbourn’s Joking Apart at The Globe, The Slab Boys at The Royal Court, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Golden Girls, Married Love at Wyndhams, Ayckbourn’s Revengers’ Comedies at The Strand and Present Laughter in the West End. Other recent Stage work includes National Tour of Lettice and Lovage, The Sunshine Boys at The Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, directed by Maureen Lipman, It’s Now Or Never at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch and Keyboard Skills and And a Nightingale Sang, both at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton.

Jennifer has appeared in two award-winning films, a children’s story Friend or Foe and Another Time Another Place. Her Television credits include Grange Hill, the lead in a “Play for Today” Young Shoulders, Portrait of Isa Mulvenny (the title role), The Dunroamin’ Rising, and Alec McCowen’s Housekeeper in a play about Boswell and philospher David Hume directed by Jonathan Miller. More recently she has appeared in Taggart, played ‘Mrs Pye’ in Love on a Branch Line, The Advocates, Lovejoy, Inspector Morse, Mud, Desmonds and Absolutely Fabulous, Coronation Street as Raquel’s Mum, Jonathan Creek, Sunday Lunch, The Last Salute, Escape to Somerset and 2 series of My Uncle Silas playing Albert Finney’s sister Cora. Her favourite medium will always be radio. She has completed two contracts with BBC’s Radio drama Company and has much radio work to her credit.