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Felicity Kendal in The Good Life

Born on 25th September 1946, Felicity Kendal grew up in India, where her father led a touring repertory company.

She is best known for her role as the perky welly-wearing Barbara Good in popular '70s sitcom The Good Life, who with husband Tom (Richard Briers), leaves behind her comfortable middle-class existence to pursue a self-sufficient lifestyle out of her own back-garden.

With her dirt smudged face, tomboyish dungarees, and signature tiger-cub growl of 'Oh Tom', the character won Kendal legions of male fans and established her status as an enduring sex symbol.

After The Good Life, Kendal was cast as the lead in BBC sitcoms Solo and The Mistress, both written by Carla Lane, though neither series came near to achieving a similar level of popularity.

In 1994, she starred in naff BBC sitcom Honey For Teał in which she was miscast as a brash American.

Kendal went on to pursue a successful stage career, until she returned to screens and to her horticultural roots in 2003, playing green-fingered crime-buster Rosemary in popular murder mystery series Rosemary and Thyme.

Appearances by Felicity Kendal
Start YearAliasProgramme BrandCountry

As an Actor

The Good Life 1975

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