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Linda Bassett is an English screen and theatre actress and plays Phyllis Crane on Call the Midwife. Bassett has been active since 1979 and outside of Call the Midwife, is best known for her roles as Queenie Turrille in Lark Rise to Candleford and and Grandma in the BBC Two comedy Grandma's House.[1]


Bassett was born in Pluckley, Kent, England, to a typist mother and a police officer father. Her roles include the award-winning part of Ella Khan in the 1999 British comedy film East is East. Other roles include Mrs. Jennings in the three-part BBC adaptation Sense and Sensibility, Queenie Turrill in Lark Rise to Candleford, Doll in the film Cass.

In film, she first gained notice when she was cast as Gertrude Stein opposite Linda Hunt as Alice B. Toklas in Waiting for the Moon in 1987. She also appeared as Julia Roberts' mother in Mary Reilly in 1996, Mrs. Brenner, the prison official in the 2008 film The Reader and as Cora in Calendar Girls (March).

More recently she played Grandma in the BBC Two comedy Grandma's House. Since 2015, she has portrayed Nurse Phyllis Crane on the BBC One drama series Call the Midwife.

Personal Life[]

Bassett lives in Kent, in a village close to her birthplace.


  1. Linda Basset's Wikipedia