Previously at Chichester Mrs Squeezum in Lock Up Your Daughters (Festival Theatre).
Theatre includes Maude in Harold and Maude (Charing Cross Theatre); Edith in Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse); Mother Superior in Sister Act (London Palladium); Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (The Lyric); The Anniversary (Garrick); Under the Blue Sky (Royal Court); The Cherry Orchard, The Duchess of Malfi (National Theatre); The Winter's Tale, Titus Andronicus, Peter Pan (RSC); Vassa (Albery Theatre); Entertaining Mr Sloane (New York); Sweeney Todd (Drury Lane); Annie (Victoria Palace).
Credits as Director include A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC); The Critic (Olivier Theatre/National Theatre); The Constant Wife, Dandy Dick, The Soldier's Fortune (Cambridge Theatre Company).
Television includes The Dali and the Cooper, Delicious, Endeavour, Nellie and Melba, The Last Word, Hustle, New Tricks, Catherine Tate, After Thomas, Bleak House, Featherboy, Grumpy Old Women, Bedtime, Russian Bride and in features: Sheila Hancock Brushes Up: The Art of Watercolours, National Treasures: Female Spies, Words of the Blitz, Suffragette City, My Life in Verse.
Films include Edie, The More You Ignore Me, The Dark Mile, This Beautiful Fantastic, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Hold Back the Night, Love and Death on Long Island, Three Men and a Little Lady, The Anniversary.
Sheila wrote The Two of Us (British Book Industry Author of the Year Award); Just Me, Ramblings of an Actress, Miss Carter’s War (Political Fiction nomination). She is an active Patron of the Digismart Charity; Vice President of St Christopher’s Hospice; Trustee of the John Thaw Foundation and was Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth (2007-12).