Joan Sims

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Date of Birth: May 9th 1930

English actress best remembered for her roles in the Carry On films, and latterly for playing Madge Hardcastle in As Time Goes By.  Sims made her first film appearance in Will Any Gentleman? with George Cole in 1953, closely followed by Trouble in Store with Norman Wisdom. In 1954 she made a cameo appearance in Doctor in the House, opposite Dirk Bogarde as the sexually repressed Nurse Rigor Mortis. Sims became a regular in the Doctors series, which was produced by Betty E. Box, and was hence spotted by Box's husband Peter Rogers.[2]

A few years later, in 1958, Sims received a script from Peter Rogers, it was for Carry On Nurse. The film Carry On Sergeant had been a huge success at the box office and in the autumn of that year and Rogers and director Gerald Thomas began planning a follow up.

She first starred in Carry On Nurse, then Carry On Teacher, followed by Carry On Constable and Carry On Regardless and this sealed her future as a regular Carry On performer. Following a bout of ill health, Dilys Laye had to be brought in to take her place in Carry On Cruising at very short notice; however, Sims rejoined the team with Carry On Cleo.

Following the success of Carry On Cleo she stayed with the films all the way though to the final film in the original series, Carry On Emmannuelle, having appeared in twenty-four Carry On films. She did not return for the one-off revival film Carry On Columbus.

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