Polly James

Last updated 09 January 2020

Polly James
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Pauline Devaney

Born: Tuesday 8th July 1941 (age: 82)


Polly James is an award winning British actress with a varied career in theatre, film, television and radio spanning nearly 40 years. 

She is best know for playing Beryl Hennessey in the first four series of the British sitcom The Liver Birds (1969-74).

She appeared in the 1984 Doctor Who story, The Awakening.

Her TV career began in BBC2's Thirty-Minute Theatre, followed by the role of a drug addict in Z-Cars in 1967. She played Audrey Hargreaves in Coronation Street in 1967.  

She played Cicely Courtneidge in the biographical musical of the actress Once More with Music

In conjunction with her acting career, Polly James developed her directing and teaching skills both in the London theatre and in drama-based development workshops with the internationally renowned Skyros community.

Her son is the actor Adam James.