Patsy Rowlands, a British actress who regularly appeared in the “Carry On” comedy films, died Jan. 22 of breast cancer in Hove, in southern Britain. She was 71.
Rowlands appeared in nine films of the perennially popular, often vulgar “Carry On” series, including “Carry On Again, Doctor,” “Carry On Matron” and “Carry On at Your Convenience.”
She also had a solid history of theater roles and was acclaimed for her performance as Betty, Sid James’s dizzy neighbor in the TV series “Bless This House.” Other film credits included the landlady in “Tess” for the director Roman Polanski, and roles in “Tom Jones” and “A Kind of Loving.”
At the age of 15, Ms. Rowlands won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began her career in London at the Saville Theater in Sandy Wilson’s play “Valmouth.”
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Other appearances in the West End included roles in David Turner’s “Semi-Detached” with Laurence Olivier, “Shut Your Eyes and Think of England” with Donald Sinden, and “The Seagull,” directed by Lindsay Anderson. She was also seen in “The Pied Piper” and “The Wind in the Willows,” both at the National Theater in London and directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Her musical credits included playing Jack’s mother in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” and a role in the Sam Mendes production of “Oliver!” at the London Palladium.
She is survived by her son, Alan.