Bassett, Linda 1950-

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Bassett, Linda 1950-


Born February 4, 1950, in Kent, England; father, a police officer; mother, a typist.


Actress. Performer with and director of the Belgrade Theatre-in-Education Company, Coventry, England, 1977.

Awards, Honors:

Valladolid International Film Festival Award, best actress, 1999, Film Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a leading role, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2000, and ALFS Award nomination, British Actress of the Year, London Film Critics Circle awards, 2000, all for East Is East; Theatrical Management Association (TMA) Award, best actress, 2004, for Lucky Dog.


Film Appearances:

Gertrude Stein, Waiting for the Moon (also known as Warten auf den Mond), Skouras Pictures, 1987.

Janet Swanton, Paris by Night, Cineplex Odeon Films, 1988.

Mrs. Miles, Let Him Have It (also known as L'age de vivre), 1991.

Sandra Matkin, A Small Dance, 1991.

Gwen, A Village Affair, 1994.

Madame Brontski, Haunted, October Films, 1995.

Doctor, Indian Summer (also known as Alive and Kicking and Alive & Kicking), First Look Pictures Releasing, 1996.

Mary's mother, Mary Reilly, TriStar, 1996.

Betty Stratton, Oscar and Lucinda, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1997.

Ella Khan, East Is East (also known as Fish & Chips, Aust er aust, El casamiento, Itae on itae, Oriente es oriente, and Tradicao e tradicao), Channel Four Films, 1999, Miramax, 2000.

Nurse, Beautiful People (also known as Ihminen ihmiselle, Oraioi anthropoi, and Underbara maenniskor), Channel Four Films, 1999, Trimark Pictures, 2000.

Voice, Lounge Act (animated short film), 2000.

Anthea, The Martins, Icon Film Distribution, 2001.

Evelyn, The Last Time (short film), Zanita Films, 2002.

Nelly Boxall, The Hours (also known as As horas, Az orak, The Hours—Von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit, Las horas, Les heures, Timmarna, and Tunnit), Paramount, 2002.

Cora, Calendar Girls (also known as As garotas do calendario, Chicas de calendario, Dziewczyny z kalendarza, Feluel semmi, Fetele din calendar, Kalender Girls, Kalenderflickorna, Kalendrituedrukud, Kalenteritytoet, Las chicas del calendario, and Ta koritsia tou imerologiou), Buena Vista, 2003.

Auntie Vee, Spivs, Carnaby International, 2004.

Maggie, Separate Lies, Twentieth Century-Fox/Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2005.

Melanie (Mel), Kinky Boots (also known as The Kinky Boot Factory and Pisando fuerte), Harbour Pictures, 2005, Miramax, 2006.

Trolley lady, Colour Me Kubrick: A Trueish Story (also known as Color Me Kubrick, Colour Me Kubrick, Appelez-moi Kubrick, Kubrick menet, and Lege me Kubrick), First Choice Films, 2005, Magnolia Pictures, 2007.

Doll, Cass, Optimum Releasing, 2008.

Television Appearances; Series:

Ellen, No Bananas (also known as Unidos pela guerra), BBC, 1996.

Carol-Anne Kumar, Out of Hours (also known as Paeivystysvuoro), BBC, 1998.

Maureen Tyler, The Brief, Independent Television (England), 2004-2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Rachel Lithgow, Traffik (also known as Traffik, le sang du pavot), Channel 4 (England), 1989, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 1990.

Mary Thornton, The Life and Crimes of William Palmer, Yorkshire Television, 1998, broadcast on Mystery!, PBS, 1998.

Maryann Money, Far from the Madding Crowd (also known as Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd"), Granada Television, 1998, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 1998.

Abby Potterson, Our Mutual Friend (also known as "Our Mutual Friend"—By Charles Dickens and Um amigo comum), BBC, 1998, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, 1999.

The housekeeper, Don Quixote (also known as Don Quichotte and Don Quijote), TNT, 2000.

Mrs. Jennings, Sense and Sensibility, BBC, 2007.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Leave to Remain, Channel 4 (England), 1988.

Virginia Lyddon, News Hounds, BBC, 1990.

Mother, Loved Up, BBC, 1995.

Tom's mother, Losing It, 2000.

Nurse Nina, The Little Life, BBC, 2003.

Monica Pringle, The English Harem, Independent Television (England), 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Meg Crawford, "Making Waves," Dramarama, Independent Television (England), 1988.

Therapist, Say Hello to the Real Dr. Snide, Channel 4 (England), 1992.

Mrs. Spud, Spoonface Steinberg, BBC, 1998.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The British Comedy Awards 2003, Independent Television (England), 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Mrs. Sheridan, "In It for the Monet," Boon, Independent Television (England), 1989.

Shena Jackson, "Plato for Policemen," The Bill, Independent Television, 1990.

Shena Jackson, "Testimony," The Bill, Independent Television, 1990.

Eileen, "Babies," Frank Stubbs Promotes (also known as Frank Stubbs), Independent Television, 1994.

Janice, "Blue Heaven," Love Hurts, BBC, 1994.

Mrs. Cornish, "Nothing to Hide," A Touch of Frost, Independent Television, 1994.

Maud, Bramwell (also known as Bramwell II), Independent Television, 1995, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS, c. 1996.

Miss Haddon (Queen's counsel), "Mute of Malice," Kavanagh QC (also known as Kavanagh Q.C.), Central Independent Television (England), 1997.

Peggy, "Trouble," Dinnerladies, BBC, 1999.

Beryl Palmer, "Burden of Proof," Heartbeat (also known as Classic Heartbeat), Independent Television, 2005.

Eileen Carnack, "The Animal Within," Midsomer Murders, Independent Television, BBC, and Arts and Entertainment, 2007.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Iris Jennings, The Peter Principle (also known as The Boss and Herra pankinjohtaja), BBC, 1995.

Stage Appearances:

Shirley, Shona, Miss Cade, and Margaret, Fen, Joint Stock Theatre Group, London, and New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, LuEsther Hall, New York City, both 1983.

Doctor, House, and first girl, Woyceck, Haymarket Studio Company, Liverpool, England, then Almeida Theatre, London, 1985.

Mrs. Smith, The Bald Prima Donna, Haymarket Studio Company, then Almeida Theatre, 1985.

Mother, June, and Flora, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Royal Court Theatre, London, beginning 1985, and New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, 1985-86.

Marylou Baines, Mrs. Etherington, and Dolcie Star, Serious Money, Royal Court Theatre and New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Newman Theater, both 1987.

Leontine, The Triumph of Love, Almeida Theatre, 1999.

Five Kinds of Silence, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 2000.

Sue Webber, Lucky Dog, Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, 2004.

Oenon, Phaedra, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 2006.

Appeared in The Cherry Orchard, George Dandin, and Medea, all Leicester Haymarket Studio, Leicester, England. Also appeared in other productions, including Abel's Sister and East Is East.



Herself, "Calendar Girls": Creating the Calendar (short), 2004.