Freda Dowie

Freda Dowie (born 22 July 1928) is an English actress. She was born in Carlisle, Cumberland. Her television credits include: Dixon of Dock Green, Doomwatch, Edna, the Inebriate Woman, Upstairs, Downstairs, The Carnforth Practice, I, Claudius, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Pickwick Papers, Lillie, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Our Friends in the North, Lovejoy and Heartbeat.

Her film career includes roles in Subterfuge (1968), The Omen (1976), The Monk (1990), Butterfly Kiss (1995), Jude (1996), Cider with Rosie (1998), and Fragile (2005). For co-starring as the Mother in the 1988 film Distant Voices, Still Lives, she was nominated for a European Film Award.

Freda Dowie
Born22 July 1928 (age 90)
Carlisle, Cumberland, England,


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Subterfuge Waitress
1976 The Omen Nun
1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives Mother
1989 Goldeneye Harley Street Doctor
1990 The Monk Sister Ursula
1995 Butterfly Kiss Elsie
1996 Jude Elderly Landlady
1996 Black Eyes Gran
1998 Cider with Rosie Granny Wallon TV movie
2005 Fragile Old Lady #1

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A Touch of Murder

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Butterfly Kiss

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Cider with Rosie (film)

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The film is made up of two separate films, shot two years apart, but with the same cast and crew. The first section, 'Distant Voices', chronicles the early life of a working-class Catholic family living under a domineering father. The second section, 'Still Lives', sees the children grown up and emerging into a brighter 1950s Britain, only a few years from rock and roll and The Beatles, yet somehow still a lifetime away.

The film won the Grand Prix of the Belgian Film Critics Association. In 2007 the British Film Institute re-printed and distributed the film across some of Britain's most high-profile independent cinemas, prompting The Guardian newspaper to describe Distant Voices, Still Lives as "Britain's forgotten cinematic masterpiece".

In a 2011 poll carried out by Time Out of the 100 greatest British films of all time, Distant Voices, Still Lives was ranked third.


Dowie is a surname, and may refer to:

Andy Dowie, Scottish footballer

Bob Dowie, British football coach

Freda Dowie, British actress

Iain Dowie, former professional football player

John Dowie (disambiguation), various people with this name

Ménie Muriel Dowie (1867—1945), British writer

William James Dowie (1969- ), American folk hero and liberal political activist.

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European Film Award for Best Supporting Actress

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