Shirley Anne Field

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Born: 27 June 1936, Forest Gate, Essex, England. 

Shirley Anne Field was an English actress who performed on stage, film and television since 1955, prominent during the British New Wave.

Shirley Anne Field was born as Shirley Broomfield in Forest Gate, London and was partly raised in a children’s home after being abandoned by her parents. She was evacuated to Bolton during the war, where she was fostered by two families. She returned to London at the age of 15 and trained as a typist while attending school. She also enrolled in a modelling course and became a pin-up model for magazines.

Shirley Anne Field’s acting career began with small parts in films such as Simon and Laura (1955) and Yield to the Night (1956). Her breakthrough came when she was cast as Tina, a beauty queen, opposite Laurence Olivier in The Entertainer (1960), directed by Tony Richardson. She then starred as Doreen, the girlfriend of a rebellious factory worker, played by Albert Finney, in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), a landmark film of the New Wave movement.

Shirley Anne Field went on to work with Hollywood stars such as Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Yul Brynner and George Chakiris in films such as The War Lover (1962) and Kings of the Sun (1963). She also appeared in British comedies such as Alfie (1966) and Carry On Admiral (1957). She continued to act in theatre and TV, notably in the soap opera Santa Barbara (1988) and the acclaimed film My Beautiful Laundrette (1985).

Field married Charles Crichton-Stuart, a Scottish aristocrat, in 1967 and had a son, Adam, in 1968. They divorced in 1975. Field never remarried, but had several relationships, including one with the actor Ned Beatty. In 1979, she found her biological mother and discovered that she had three half-sisters living in Georgia, USA. She died in 2023 at the age of 87, after a long and varied career in film, theatre and TV.


Suggested viewing


Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.5

A young factory worker named Arthur escapes the monotony of his job through weekend hedonism, indulging in heavy drinking and casual affairs. However, his carefree lifestyle is challenged when he impregnates a married coworker, forcing him to confront his commitment to both women and grapple with the prospect of settling down into a life he previously disdained.

Top cast: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker, Norman Rossington, Bryan Pringle, Robert Cawdron, Avis Bunnage, Colin Blakely.

The Damned (1962)

The Damned poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.6

An American tourist stumbles upon a hidden world beneath a military base, encountering a group of children ostracized for their unsettling abilities. As he forms an attachment to a young woman from the group, he uncovers a sinister government experiment that exploits the children’s mutations, forcing him to confront a chilling truth and fight for their survival in a world that fears them.

Top cast: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox, Oliver Reed, Walter Gotell, James Villiers, Tom Kempinski, Kenneth Cope.

Doctor in Clover (1966)

Doctor in Clover poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 5.7

A mischievous doctor, more interested in romance than medicine, lands in hot water after losing his prison job. Seeking redemption, he enrolls in a refresher course under his stern mentor. With a prestigious position up for grabs, the doctor hatches a plan to outmaneuver his rival cousin, all while coping with the chaos of hospital life and the allure of the beautiful physiotherapist.

Top cast: Leslie Phillips, James Robertson Justice, Shirley Anne Field, John Fraser, Joan Sims, Arthur Haynes, Fenella Fielding, Jeremy Lloyd, Noel Purcell, Terry Scott, Elizabeth Ercy, Alfie Bass.

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