Sheila Cameron Hancock, CBE is an English actress and author. Hancock trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before starting her career in repertory theatre. Her Broadway debut in Entertaining Mr Sloane earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in Play.
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Sheila Cameron Hancock, CBE is an English actress and author. Hancock trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before starting her career in repertory theatre. Hancock went on to perform in plays and musicals in London, and her Broadway debut in Entertaining Mr Sloane earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in Play. She won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role in Cabaret. Hancock’s first big television role was as Carol in the BBC sitcom The Rag Trade in the early 1960s. She also played the lead roles in the sitcoms The Bed-Sit Girl, Mr Digby Darling, The Secretary Bird and Now Take My Wife. Her other television credits include Doctor Who, Kavanagh QC, Gone to the Dogs, Brighton Belles, EastEnders, The Russian Bride, Bedtime, Fortysomething, Feather Boy, Bleak House, New Tricks, Hustle and The Catherine Tate Show.
In 2009 she played Liz in The Rain Has Stopped On On The BBC mini-series Moving On. In 2010 she presented the story of Suffragette City through objects from the Museum of London’s collection. In 2011 she presented The Art of Watercolours, exploring the history of watercolours via the paintings of watercolourists. In 2013, Hancock starred alongside Lee Evans and Keeley Hawes in the comedy Barking in Essex at Wyndham’s Theatre. In 2019, Hancock will star in This Is My Family at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester. She has also directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the RSC on tour.
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