Patricia Lawlor Hayes, OBE (22 December 1909 – 19 September 1998) was an English comedy actress.
Hayes was born in Streatham, London. As a child Hayes attended Sacred Heart School in Wandsworth.
She was featured in many comedy shows and films between 1940 and 1996, including Hancock's Half Hour, The Arthur Askey Show, The Benny Hill Show, Till Death Us Do Part, The Neverending Story and a A Fish Called Wanda. Hayes also featured as Fin Raziel in the George Lucas film Willow. She also played the part of Henry Bones in the BBC Children's Hour radio programme "Norman and Henry Bones - The Boy Detectives" during the late 1940s.
Her most famous TV appearance was in the title role of the 1971 TV Play Edna, the Inebriate Woman for which she won a BAFTA award. She provided the character voice for comedy puppet performances for television and DVDs - e.g. 'Gran' (Woodland Animations, 1982).
She is the mother of British actor Richard O'Callaghan (born Richard Rooke) by her marriage to the late Valentine Rooke, whom she divorced. She never remarried. She was formerly the head of the (British) Catholic Stage Guild, which her son, Richard, now chairs.
Patricia Hayes died in September 1998 in
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