Jo Kendall

Jo Kendall is a British actress.

In August 1963 she appeared in the West End in London, New Zealand and Broadway, in the Cambridge University revue Cambridge Circus directed by Humphrey Barclay, alongside Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, David Hatch and Chris Stuart-Clark.

Moving to radio comedy she was a regular performer in the BBC's I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (with John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and David Hatch), and a member of the panel in the very first edition of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. Kendall was also a regular team member of the popular radio comedy series The Burkiss Way and played 'Lady Cynthia Fitzmelton' in the opening episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In 1978 she appeared in the comedy drama The Unvarnished Truth at London's Phoenix Theatre with Royce Ryton, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden.

Kendall has also appeared in 'straight' drama. She also appeared as 'Annie' in the film adaptation of Howards End (1992), directed by James Ivory and as the Matron in the film version of Scum (1979). Among her television roles, she played 'Mrs. Bardell' in The Pickwick Papers (1985) and had a semi-regular part in Grange Hill in the 1980s as the mother of regular character Roland Browning.

She also played 'Peggy Skilbeck' in the ITV series Emmerdale Farm and delivered the first ever line of the show.

She lives in Suffolk, in the East of England.

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