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Barbara Flynn

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Barbara Flynn (born Barbara Jay MacMurray, 5 August 1948, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex) is an English actress. She first became known for her appearance in the ITV drama A Family at War, that followed the fortunes of a lower middle class family living in Liverpool from 1938 and through World War II.

During the 1980s Flynn's acting skills led to her being cast in several successful comedy drama television series - including the Beiderbecke Trilogy and A Very Peculiar Practice. She tends to play, in her own words, "feisty strong women".


 early life
Her father was a pathologist, a field her brother also followed. She attended St Mary's School, Hastings. She then trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before appearing in repertory theatre. She married Jeremy George Taylor on 27 February 1982.

  • A Family at War (1970-1972 40 episodes)
  • Open All Hours (1976–1985)
  • Murder Most English
  • The Barchester Chronicles
  • SuperTed and Nuts in Space
  • The Beiderbecke Affair
  • The Beiderbecke Tapes
  • Season's Greetings
  • A Very Peculiar Practice
  • Inspector Morse: The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn
  • The Beiderbecke Connection
  • Joshua Jones
  • Chandler & Co (1994-95 series)
  • Wives and Daughters
  • Cracker
  • Lorna Doone
  • The Forsyte Saga
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
  • He Knew He Was Right
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot - Death on the Nile
  • Sea of Souls
  • Malice Aforethought
  • Elizabeth I
  • The Line of Beauty
  • Cranford (2007–2009)
  • The Queen: The Enemy Within
  • New Tricks
  • Midsomer Murders

In addition to her acting work, Flynn has provided voice overs for numerous TV documentaries, including:
  • Body Styles
  • Time of Her Life
  • Network First
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Deaf Century
  • The 1900 House
  • Horizon
  • The 50s and 60s in Living Colour
  • George Orwell: A Life in Pictures
  • From Here to Paternity
  • The Monastery
  • The Ghost in Your Genes
  • Time Shift: Alan Plater
  • The Queen's Castle
  • The Restaurant
  • ''Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

  • Britannia Hospital
  • King Lear
  • You Are Dead
  • Miss Potter

 Early Theatre Work
Barbara Flynn appeared in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of "Pythagoras" in 1976. This was a new play by Danny Abse. Also in that production was Graham Seed, who went on to play Nigel Pargetter in The Archers.

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