Margaretta Scott (13 February 1912 – 15 April 2005) was an English stage, screen and television actress whose career spanned over seventy years. She is best remembered for playing the eccentric widow Mrs. Pumphrey in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small (1978–1990).
Scott was born in London in 1912 to Bertha Eugene and Hugh Arthur Scott, a distinguished music critic. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she shared a scholarship with Celia Johnson and was awarded the Kendal Prize.
After giving private performances of verse-speaking and dance drama as a child for her family and their friends, she made her first appearance on the London stage at the age of 14 as Mercutio's Page in a 1926, Fellowship of Players revival of Romeo and Juliet. Scott became a leading exponent of the work of William Shakespeare through a series of notable performances in the early and mid-1930s: Cast firstly as the Player Queen and then Ophelia in Hamlet, she followed this with Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing for the Oxford University Dramatic Society.
She appeared as Viola at The New Theatre and as Ophelia and Juliet in a couple of BBC radio productions in 1932. In
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