Barbara Hicks
Born(1924-08-12)12 August 1924
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
Died6 September 2013(2013-09-06) (aged 89)
Little Maplestead, Essex, England
Years active1948—2000

Barbara Hicks (12 August 1924 – 6 September 2013) was an English film actress.[1] She appeared in Terry Gilliam's 1985 cult film Brazil and Merchant Ivory Productions's 1992 Bafta award-winning Howards End.[2]


Hicks was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, and lived at Little Maplestead, Essex. She was educated at Adcote School, Shropshire. After training at the Webber Douglas School of Dramatic Art, she made her first appearance on stage in 1948 at the Royal Court, Liverpool in Leo MarksWritten for a Lady, which transferred to the Garrick Theatre, and became her West End debut.[3]

She was married for 40 years to Lieutenant Colonel Peter Taylor (25 January 1913 – 26 March 2010). He was an outstanding front line commander who won two MCs in Italy in 1944.[4]

Hicks appeared in Happy Birthday, Sir Larry, a National Theatre birthday tribute to Laurence Olivier, on 31 May 1987 in the presence of Olivier.[5]

She was the mother of actor Giles Taylor.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1953 Background Mrs. Young
1954 Conflict of Wings Mrs. Thompson
Child's Play Policewoman
1956 Sailor Beware! Little Girl's Mother
1958 I Was Monty's Double Hester
Nowhere to Go Agnes the maid uncredited
1959 Operation Bullshine Sergeant Merrifield
1960 A Touch of Larceny Miss Price uncredited
1961 His and Hers Woman
Hand in Hand Miss Roberts
A Matter of WHO Margery uncredited
Petticoat Pirates Physical Training Instructor
1963 Doctor in Distress Health Farm Receptionist uncredited
1964 Smokescreen Miss Breen
The Third Secret Police Secretary
1968 The Charge of the Light Brigade Mrs. Duberly's maid
1978 Death on the Nile Village schoolmistress uncredited
1980 The Wildcats of St Trinian's Miss Coke
1981 Memoirs of a Survivor Woman on Waste Ground
1982 Evil Under the Sun Flewitt's Secretary
Britannia Hospital Miss Tinker: Administration
A Shocking Accident Aunt Joyce
1983 Dombey and Son Mrs. Pipchin
1985 Brazil Mrs. Alma Terrain
Morons from Outer Space Stenographer
Cover Her Face Miss Molpass
1986 The Murder at the Vicarage Miss Hartnell
1988 We Think the World of You Residents Assoc. Lady 1
1989 Wilt Ms Clinch
1990 The Witches Regina uncredited
1992 Howards End Miss Avery
Orlando Second Older Woman
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side Miss Hartnell
1994 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Emily Garrideb
1997 Remember Me? Elderly sister
FairyTale: A True Story City Woman
Déjà Vu Housekeeper
2000 Up at the Villa Lulu Good final film role


  1. ^ Michael Coveney. "Barbara Hicks obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Barbara Hicks". IMDb.
  3. ^ Quinn, Michael (20 November 2013). "Barbara Hicks | Obituaries".
  4. ^ "Lt-Col Peter Taylor". 6 May 2010 – via
  5. ^ Cast list from Happy Birthday, Sir Larry theatre programme, 31 May 1987
  6. ^ "Interview with Giles". Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2011.