Sally Grace

Sally Joy Grace (1938[1] – 20 November 2016) was a British actress who worked extensively in radio and animation.

She was a member of the team on Week Ending, the BBC Radio 4 topical satirical sketch show, where she was the voice of Margaret Thatcher from 1983 onwards,[2] remaining until the series ended in 1998.

Her work with Ken Bruce on Radio 2's What If Show led The Independent on Sunday to describe her as "the best impressionist in the business".[3]

She voiced the part of Elena in BBC Radio 4's adaptions of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.[4] Her animation roles include the voices of pompous Owl and loud Weasel in the popular TV series The Animals of Farthing Wood. She lent her voice to the series Noah's Island, Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, Dennis the Menace, Pongwiffy and the animated short Bob's Birthday.

Other TV credits include Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, Sorry! ("Does Your Mother Know You're Out?"), Raffles ("The First Step"), The Ruth Rendell Mysteries ("From Doon With Death") and featured in some episodes of Coronation Street. Her last acting roles were as the Queen in Alistair McGowan's sketches about the Royle Family, and as Betty Marsden in a touring stage adaptation of Round the Horne.[5] Her film credits include Ghost Story (1974) and Boston Kickout (1995).

She was professor of speech at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.[6] In 2011, She was awarded the College's prestigious Green Rose as an acknowledgement of her contribution to Voice and Speech.[1]


Sally Grace died on 20 November 2016.[7] She was survived by her daughter Sarah.[7]


  1. 1 2 Sally Grace 1938-2016,; accessed 3 December 2016.
  2. Donovan, Paul (1991). The radio companion. HarperCollins. p. 282. ISBN 978-0-246-13648-0.
  3. Gaisford, Sue (15 June 1997). "Cheer up - it might never have happened". The Independent on Sunday. London, UK. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  4. "Dirk Gently - Sally Grace". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  5. "Review: Round the Horne Unseen and Uncut at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre". This is Surrey Today. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  6. "RAE 2001 : Submissions". Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  7. 1 2 Professor Sally Joy Grace dies,; accessed 3 December 2016.

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