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Actor name: Anne Stallybrass
Date of Birth: December 1938, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England
Role played: Anne Webster (the wife of
Anne Stallybrass (born 1938) is a British actress who
trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
She was born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. After three years
training at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won the
Drama Gold Medal, Anne began her professional acting career
by spending several years in repertory, gaining experience
in Folkestone Kent, with the Arthur Brough Players, before
moving to Nottingham and then Sheffield.
The television roles for which she is best known are: Jane
Seymour, the Queen of England (name of the
character, not the actress
Jane Seymour) in The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970), and Anne
Onedin in the long-running
Line. Other major roles include Anna Strauss in The
Strauss Family (1972), Susan Henchard in The Mayor of
Casterbridge (1978 adaptation), and Muriel Thomas in The Old
Devils (1992). In 1995, she regained popularity playing the
good-hearted & warm role of Eileen Reynolds in ITV period
police drama Heartbeat, set in the 60s, a role which she
held up until 1998.
She was twice nominated for the British Academy Television
Award for Best Actress; for her portrayals of
Anne Onedin and
She has been married twice and has no children. She met her
first husband, Roger Rowland, whilst working in Nottingham
and married him in 1963. Anne & Roger separated after nine
years of marriage and later divorced.
Gilmore's second marriage broke up not long after and
the friendship between the two Onedin Line stars gradually
developed; they fell in love and moved in together. In 1987,
after ten years together, the couple married. They live in
Barnes, west London and have a small cottage in Dartmouth,
Devon - which was used as a film location for scenes in
The Onedin Line.