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Jane Carr
Ellen Jane Carr

(1950-08-13) 13 August 1950 (age 71)
Loughton, Essex, England
Years active1969–present

Ellen Jane Carr (born 13 August 1950) is an English stage, film and voice actress. She is well known for her first film role as Mary McGregor in drama The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and the voice role of "Pud'n" on the animated The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (US, 2001–2007). She also played a character called "Pudding" in the Jilly Cooper-penned BBC sitcom It's Awfully Bad For Your Eyes, Darling (UK, 1971).

Early life

Carr was born in Loughton, Essex, England, the daughter of Patrick Carr, a steel erector and Gwendoline Rose Carr (née Clark), a post office employee.[1]



Her earliest film role was as Mary McGregor in the 1969 British film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, directed by Ronald Neame from a screenplay written by Jay Presson Allen, adapted from her own stage play, which was based in turn on the 1961 novel of the same name by Muriel Spark. In this role, like her fellow young actors, she had to portray the character at ages ranging from 11 to 18.

In 1970, she co-starred with Angela Lansbury and Michael York in Something for Everyone, and also starred in Danny Jones (1972) with Frank Finlay. Her other film roles have included the TV movie The Bunker (1981), Deal of a Lifetime (1999), Crazy as Hell (2002), Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006), Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) as Lucinda, Editor of Bonchic Magazine, and The Five-Year Engagement (2012). In 2014, she voiced Mrs. Goggins and Granny in Postman Pat: The Movie,[2] and portrays Sister Serpent in the Halloween themed slasher film 31 (2015).[3]


Carr received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination in 1977 for her performance as Mary Mooney in the comedy Once a Catholic. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978, receiving a second Olivier nomination in 1982 for A Midsummer Night's Dream and appearing in The Tempest, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor. She played Wendy in the 1982 RSC adaptation of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan at the Barbican in 1982 and appeared opposite Maggie Smith in the 1985 production of Congreve's The Way of the World.

In 1987 she moved to the United States while touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. From 2006 to 2009 she played Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins on Broadway. Jane was part of the original cast of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the Tony Winner for Best Musical in 2014. She played the part of Miss Shingle. In August 2014, she left the role and was succeeded by Carole Shelley.[4]


In 1980 she appeared as Rita in National Pelmet, series two opening episode of critically acclaimed drama Minder (UK, 1979–1994). She had a featured part as "Louise" in the US version of TV series Dear John (1988–92).[5]

In 1994, she played the quotable Timov (vomit spelled backwards), daughter of Al-ghul (Arabic: الغول, the ghoul), one of the three wives of Londo Mollari in the episode "Soul Mates" on US TV series Babylon 5. She continues to play occasional roles on television, including Fran Metzgar in Curb Your Enthusiasm (US, 2000), besides her voice work. In 2006, she served as both body double and voice actress of "Tabitha Lenox" on the US daytime drama Passions when actress Juliet Mills was on a brief vacation.[citation needed]

In 2002 she played the part of Malcolm Reed's mother, Mary Reed, in the episode "Silent Enemy" of the US TV series Star Trek: Enterprise. Carr appeared on an episode of US TV series Friends, "The One with Ross's Wedding", and on three episodes ('We've Got Magic to Do') of Gilmore Girls (US, 2000–2007).[which?]

In 2011, Carr played a resident of the apartment building Alex and Harper lived in on Wizards of Waverly Place. In 2012, she again played a nanny, this time as Mrs. Buckminster in a Season 8 episode of How I Met Your Mother. In 2018-19, she appeared as Tabitha, the fairy godmother, on five episodes of Legends of Tomorrow.[citation needed]

In 2020, Carr had a guest role as "Betty" on the CBS sitcom "Mom" (Season 8 Episode 3 - "Tang and a Safe Space for Everybody")

Voice acting

In 1985, she voiced the dual role of Computer and its Inner Voice in the Doctor Who radio series Slipback (UK, 1985). In 2008, she voiced the character of Grandma Winifred Fletcher in the American Disney animated television series Phineas and Ferb. She also voiced Lady Cecelia in Familias Regnant universe Heris Serrano trilogy graphic audio book.

She also provides the voice of Cosmo's mother Mama Cosma in the Nickelodeon animated series The Fairly OddParents.


Year Title Role Notes
1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Mary McGregor
1970 Something for Everyone Lotte Von Ornstein
1971 Percy Nurse
1972 Danny Jones Angie Dickson
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Woman - Pecker
1999 Blue Streak Museum Official
1999 Deal of a Lifetime Nancy
2002 Crazy as Hell Nurse Danza
2002 Treasure Planet Mrs. Dunwitty Voice
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Mrs. Whitney
2006 Air Buddies Mrs. Niggles
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Lucinda
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Grandma Katherine
2014 Postman Pat: The Movie Mrs. Goggins / Granny Voice
2015 31 Sister Serpent


  1. ^ Jane Carr Biography,
  2. ^ "Rob Zombie's 31 – Jane Carr Slithers as Sister Serpent". 20 March 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  3. ^ Miska, Brad (20 March 2015). "Rob Zombie's '31' Has a Satanic Sister Serpent". Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Tony Winner Carole Shelley Will Join Cast of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder". Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Dear John (1988–1992) Jane Carr: Louise Mercer". Retrieved 20 September 2020.

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