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Joan Sims

Joan Sims

Birthday: 9 May 1930, Laindon, Essex, England, UK
Birth Name: Irene Joan Marion Sims
Height: 165 cm

The First Lady of Carry On, was born Irene Joan Marion Sims on 9 May 1930. The daughter of an Essex railway station master, Joan was interested in pursuing show-business, and soon became a familiar fa ...Show more

Joan Sims
"I was always being ticked off for making the class laugh, usually by mimicking the teacher." (2000) "I was always being ticked off for making the class laugh, usually by mimicking the teacher." (2000)
"I used to be very extravagant. Once, because I was appearing on The Kenneth Williams Show (1970) I Show more "I used to be very extravagant. Once, because I was appearing on The Kenneth Williams Show (1970) I went to Harvey Nicks and bought two outfits for £600 - which was a fortune in those days - and then took myself to the Hyde Park Hotel for tea." (2000) Hide
"To be a comic woman, you have to put up with quite a bit of banter. But I didn't mind. I've got a d Show more "To be a comic woman, you have to put up with quite a bit of banter. But I didn't mind. I've got a dirty sense of humour and I never found those things really offensive." (2000) Hide
[Speaking in 1998 about her appearance in Carry on England (1976)] There was certainly a decline in Show more [Speaking in 1998 about her appearance in Carry on England (1976)] There was certainly a decline in yours truly, that ated] face, which was coming out of that ated] uniform, I mean it was horrific. I thought go home and put your feet up love. Hide
"I was always being ticked off for making my class laugh, usually by mimicking the teacher." (2000) "I was always being ticked off for making my class laugh, usually by mimicking the teacher." (2000)
"I don't think I've ever had anybody say the words, 'Will you marry me?', not even someone tight as Show more "I don't think I've ever had anybody say the words, 'Will you marry me?', not even someone tight as a tick at a party." (2000) Hide
[In reference to Carry on Cowboy (1965) and to her character Belle Armitage and Belle's appearance o Show more [In reference to Carry on Cowboy (1965) and to her character Belle Armitage and Belle's appearance on the hotel saloon's stairs during the film] I think it was one of my favourite scenes in any of the "Carry On..." films. I was really living out a lot of fantasies during that scene, because it was a gorgeous dress, I liked the way my hair was done and then I encounter Sid, playing Rumpo, and I get to say that 'my name is Belle - but my intimate friends call me Ding Dong'. Really subtle lines like that! (1998) Hide
[In reference to the Dinner Party scene in Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)] "It was three horrendou Show more [In reference to the Dinner Party scene in Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)] "It was three horrendous days, there were people dropping sacks of muck from the ceiling. It was a nightmare but it was still terrific fun." (1998) Hide
[on making the "Carry On..." films] "It was like going back to school each time." [on making the "Carry On..." films] "It was like going back to school each time."
"Men are put off by funny women." (2000) "Men are put off by funny women." (2000)
"I'm a workaholic, really, so it's hard when I'm not working. I'm not a great reader, so I do watch Show more "I'm a workaholic, really, so it's hard when I'm not working. I'm not a great reader, so I do watch a lot of telly. I've actually become the most frightful cabbage potato." (2000) Hide
[In reference to Sidney James and 1990s documentaries on his life and apparent affairs and behaviour Show more [In reference to Sidney James and 1990s documentaries on his life and apparent affairs and behaviour] "I think it's quite unnecessary. Why can't the poor man and his family be left alone? He gave the public a great deal of enjoyment." Hide
[In reference to Sidney James and his death in 1976] "Sid was a darling man and that's the only way Show more [In reference to Sidney James and his death in 1976] "Sid was a darling man and that's the only way I can describe him. He was always very kind to the ladies and he was always very protective about the ladies. He was a very very sad loss." (1998) Hide
I don't think it worked without us, dear. We were a unique formula. [on the film Carry on Columbus ( Show more I don't think it worked without us, dear. We were a unique formula. [on the film Carry on Columbus (1992)] Hide
I was once mistaken for Shirley MacLaine in a fish-and-chip shop off the Edgware Road. I was once mistaken for Shirley MacLaine in a fish-and-chip shop off the Edgware Road.
"A new Carry On is a big event in the cinema nowadays, it is not surprising that we all want to be o Show more "A new Carry On is a big event in the cinema nowadays, it is not surprising that we all want to be on our toes when we get Peter Rogers call to make another one." (1961) Hide
I had not expected to end up on my own in a small rented flat". [After 50 years in show business and Show more I had not expected to end up on my own in a small rented flat". [After 50 years in show business and in reference to her flat in Kensington] Hide
"I can get quite embarrassed seeing some of the things on television. I don't know whether things ha Show more "I can get quite embarrassed seeing some of the things on television. I don't know whether things have to be quite as explicit as they are nowadays. Carry On films were much more innocent." (2000) Hide
[on the "Carry On..." films being repeated on television] "I do have deep feelings of injustice for Show more [on the "Carry On..." films being repeated on television] "I do have deep feelings of injustice for myself and the others. The public might think we are paid residuals, but we get nothing for the films or those television compilations." (2000) Hide
Joan Sims's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (52)
Joan Sims Joan Sims'S roles
Chloë Moore
Chloë Moore

Reenie Turpin
Reenie Turpin

Joan Fussey
Joan Fussey

Ellen Moore
Ellen Moore

Chloë Gibson
Chloë Gibson

Queen Marie
Queen Marie

Mrs. Tidey
Mrs. Tidey

Calpurnia
Calpurnia

Lady Ruff-Diamond
Lady Ruff-Diamond

Daphne Barnes
Daphne Barnes

Zig-Zig
Zig-Zig

Désirée Dubarry
Désirée Dubarry

Katryca
Katryca

Private Jennifer Ffoukes-Sharpe
Private Jennifer Ffoukes-Sharpe

Connie Philpotts
Connie Philpotts

Esme Crowfoot
Esme Crowfoot

Emily Bung
Emily Bung

Lady Evelyn Bagley
Lady Evelyn Bagley

Belle Armitage
Belle Armitage

Madame Desirée
Madame Desirée

Mrs. Dangle
Mrs. Dangle

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