Siân Phillips, CBE, (; born Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips; 14 May 1933) is a Welsh actress.
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Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips
Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, UK
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Siân Phillips, CBE, (/ˈʃɑːn/; born Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips; 14 May 1933) is a Welsh actress.
Phillips was born in Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, West Glamorgan, Wales, the daughter of Sally (née Thomas), a teacher, and David Phillips, a steelworker-turned-policeman. She is a Welsh-speaker: in the first volume of her autobiography (Private Faces) she notes that she spoke only Welsh for much of her childhood, learning English by listening to the radio.
She attended Pontardawe Grammar School and was originally known there as Jane. But her Welsh teacher, Eic Davies, called her Siân (pronounced Shahn), the Welsh form of Jane. Later she took up English and Philosophy at University College Cardiff. At RADA she won the Bancroft Gold Medal.
Phillips graduated from the University of Wales in 1955. She entered RADA, with a scholarship, in September 1955, the same year as Dame Diana Rigg and Glenda Jackson. She went on to win the prestigious Bancroft Gold Medal for Hedda Gabler and was offered a Hollywood contract when she left. She was offered three film contracts, entailing her to work for an extended period of time in the United States, while she was still at RADA. But she declined, preferring to work on stage instead.
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Pontardawe Grammar School
University College Cardiff for English and Philosophy
Actress, Author, Singer
Brown - Light
Claim to Fame
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Wales in 1955
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Dalzell and Beresford Ltd.
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