With her sunken mouth, deep-set, sad eyes and small frame, Smith has excelled at playing dispirited, down-trodden women. She made her screen debut in Mike Leigh's "Bleak Moments" (1971) as a cantankerous, bed-ridden old woman who proudly displays her false teeth by her bedside, and was memorable as a worn-out cleaning lady in Leigh's harrowing drama, "Hard Labour" (1973). Smith has appeared in several period dramas (as Mrs. Heep in the BBC production of "David Copperfield" and the fortune teller in Ridley Scott's "The Duellists" 1977), gave an indelible comic performance as Maggie Smith's dotty mother in "A Private Function" (1984), and was outstanding as the mother of convict Gary Oldman in "We Think the World of You" (1988).
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Had feature film debut in "Bleak Moments"
Won a BAFTA for her performance in "A Private Function"
Had recurring role on the British comedy series "2point4 children"; played the mother of Belinda Lang's Bill
Had recurring role as Letitia Cropley in "The Vicar of Dibley"
Claimed another recurring role, as Grandma on the series "The Queen's Nose"
Played Norma Speakman in "The Royle Family"
Appeared in TV mini-series "Between the Sheets" as Audrey Delany
Provided the voice of Mrs. Mulch in "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
Had final screen-acting role as Harriet Stone on "The Tunnel"