A Masterclass with the award winning actor Maureen Lipman. Maureen worked onstage with 2 Masterclass members on comedy monologues.


About Maureen Lipman


Maureen Lipman was born in Hull and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, learning her trade in Laurence Olivier's Company at the Old Vic from 1970. Maureen numerous West End credits include Daytona at the Theatre Royal Haymarket last year, When We Are Married, Trevor Nunn’s production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Wonderful Town, Glorious!, the NT production of Oklahoma!, Peggy for You, Lost in Yonkers, The Sisters Rosensweig, Jumpers, The Front Page and Barefoot in the Park (which she also directed)  
On television, she starred in the sit-com Agony, Agony Again and All at No 20 and the series About Faceand Ladies of Letters. She is well-known for playing Joyce Grenfell in the biographical show Re: Joyce!,which she co-wrote, and for Beattie a series of award-winning television commercials for British Telecom.

 She appeared in the films Up The Junction, Gumshoe and Educating Rita and played the mother in Polanski's award-winning film The Pianist. She was The Wire in the 2006 series of Doctor Who, The landlady of The Rover’s Return in Coronation Street, the mother in He Kills Coppers and a patient inHolby City.

 Maureen presented two television series on the subject of Art deco and Style, wrote a monthly column for Good Housekeeping magazine for fourteen years and a weekly column in The Guardian and ten autobiographical books, the latest being ‘I Must Collect Myself’.

She was married to the late screen writer Jack Rosenthal for 31 years and appeared in several of his award winning television films including The Evacuees, The Knowledge and Eskimo Days. Maureen was awarded a CBE in 1999.
Harvey, in which Maureen perfomed at Theatre Royal Haymarket, marked her 20th West End appearance.