Penelope Wilton is an English actress who has appeared on the stage, in film and television. She starred opposite Richard Briers in the BBC situation comedy Ever Decreasing Circles. She has also appeared in Doctor Who and in the period drama Downton Abbey. She has twice won the Critics Circle Theatre Award –for her performance in Much Ado About Nothing and The Deep Blue Sea. Penelope has also been nominated for the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for her performance in The Little Foxes. In 2004, she was made an Officer of the British Empire for her services to drama.
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