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Thora Hird

Thora Hird, one of Britain's best-known TV personalities, was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, the daughter of theatrical parents. She began acting when she was twenty and has had a highly successful film career as well as starring in many TV comedies. She presented 'Praise Be!' for many years and in 1993 became a Dame of the British Empire.

She married James Scott and had a daughter, Janette Scott, the film actress. James died in 1994 after nearly sixty years of marriage. She has two grandchildren, Daisy Anne and James. She has written two volumes of autobiography, Is It Thora? and Scene And Hird, a number of 'Praise Be!' books and Thora's Book Of Bygones.