Patricia Hayes

For other people named Patricia Hayes, see Patricia Hayes (disambiguation).
Patricia Hayes
Born Patricia Lawlor Hayes
(1909-12-22)22 December 1909
Wandsworth,[1]London, England, UK
Died 19 September 1998(1998-09-19) (aged 88)
Surrey, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1938-1996
Spouse(s) Valentine Brooke (divorced)
Children Richard O'Callaghan (born 1940)

Patricia Lawlor "Pat" Hayes, OBE (22 December 1909 19 September 1998) was an English BAFTA Television Award winning character actress.

Early life

Hayes was born in Streatham, London.[2] As a child Hayes attended the Sacred Heart School in Wandsworth.


She was featured in many radio and television comedy shows between 1940 and 1996, including Hancock's Half Hour, Ray's a Laugh, The Arthur Askey Show, The Benny Hill Show, Bootsie and Snudge and Till Death Us Do Part. She played the part of Henry Bones in the BBC Children's Hour radio programme Norman and Henry Bones - The Boy Detectives during the late 1940s.

Hayes was cast in supporting roles for films including The Bargee (1964), The NeverEnding Story (1984), A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and was also featured as Fin Raziel in the Ron Howard film Willow (1988).

Her most substantial television appearance was in the title role of Edna, the Inebriate Woman (Play for Today, 1971) for which she won a BAFTA award. She provided the character voice for comedy puppet performances for television and DVDs - e.g. Gran (Woodland Animations, 1982).

In April 1975, Hayes was interviewed by Roy Plomley for Desert Island Discs. A sizeable, yet incomplete, extract is available to listen to and download via the programme's website on the BBC.[3]

In 1977 she appeared on the BBC's long running TV variety show The Good Old Days, she had been an early member of The Players Theatre in London, the famous Old Time Music Hall club, from the 1950s onwards.

In 1985 she starred in the title role of the TV play Mrs. Capper's Birthday, by Noel Coward.

Personal life

She was the mother of British actor Richard O'Callaghan (born Richard Brooke) by her marriage to the late Valentine Brooke, whom she divorced. She never remarried. She was formerly the head of the (British) Catholic Stage Guild, which her son, Richard, now chairs.

She was awarded the OBE in 1988.


Patricia Hayes died in September 1998 in Surrey[4] but she appeared posthumously in the 2002 film Crime and Punishment which had been filmed in 1993, but delayed due to a legal case.[5]

Television roles

Year Title Role
1938 When We Are Married Ruby Birtle
1957 The Benny Hill Show (TV series) Various
1957 to 1958 Educated Evans Joe's Mother
1958 to 1960 Hancock Mrs. Cravatte
1962 to 1966 Hugh and I Griselda Wormold
1967 to 1969 The Very Merry Widow Katie
1968 to 1969 According To Dora Various
1968 to 1969 The World Of Beachcomber Various
1969 Catweazle ("The wisdom of Solomon") Mrs. Skinner
1970 Grasshopper Island Lupus
1971 Edna, the Inebriate Woman Edna
1971 The Trouble With Lilian Lilian
1971 to 1972 The Last of the Baskets Mrs Basket
1972 The Goodies: "That Old Black Magic" (ep 3.4) Hazel, or "Hecate, Queen of Necromancy"
1974 Holiday With Strings Air Hostess
1977 London Belongs To Me Connie Coke
1980 Juliet Bravo Doris Latham
1980 to 1982 Spooner's Patch Mrs Cantaford
1981 Till Death... Min Reed
1983 The Witches and the Grinnygog Miss Bendybones
1983 to 1984 The Lady Is a Tramp Old Pat
1984 The Neverending Story Urgl
1985 Marjorie & Men Alice Tripp
1993 Lovejoy (Series 5, Episode 3) Lady Alfreston
1995 Heartbeat (Series 5, Episode 2) Flo

Selected filmography


  1. Births England and Wales 1837-1983
  2. GRO Register of Births: Mar 1910 1d 623 WANDSWORTH - Patricia Lawlor HAYES
  3. BBC Radio 4: Desert Island Discs
  4. GRO Register of Deaths: SEP 1998 A5B 70 WEST SURREY - Patricia Lawlor Brook, DoB 22 Dec 1909 aged 88
  5. Paul, Louis (2007). Tales from the cult film trenches: interviews with 36 actors from horror, science fiction and exploitation cinema. McFarland.
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