is one of the world's foremost Shakespearean actoresses, having performed around the world and with such companies as the Old Vic, Stratford upon Avon, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She began her career at the Stratford Memorial Theatre Company in 1950, playing opposite Sir John Gielgud
in Measure for Measure. In addition to her Shakespearean roles, she has acted in plays by Pirandello, Shaw, Wilde, Genet and Giraudoux. In 1965, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for service to the theatre, becoming the youngest ever recipient of the award.
Barbara Jefford has also enjoyed a distinguished career in film, television and radio. Her motion picture credits include Where Angels Fear to Tread, Reunion, written by Harold Pinter; Fellini's And the Ship Sails On, the 1968 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Ulysses. Jefford co-starred in the popular television series The House of Elliott; other notable television credits include The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Return to Blood River, and Inspector Alleyn: Hand in Glove, for BBC TV, and the miniseries Porterhouse Blue.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
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