(born 17 February 1941) is an English actress, singer, and theatre director
She was born Julia Kathleen McKenzie
, the daughter of Kathleen Rowe and Albion McKenzie. She is also a patron of The Stephen Sondheim Appreciation Society
In London's West End her performing credits include Guys and Dolls
(Miss Adelaide) and Sweeney Todd
), winning the Olivier Award
for Best Actress in a Musical for both, and Woman in Mind
for which she received the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress. She has also appeared in Follies
and Into the Woods
. She appeared in Side By Side By Sondheim
in the West End and on Broadway, and was nominated for a Tony Award
and a Drama Desk Award
for her performance.
Also McKenzie appeared in a National Theatre
80th birthday tribute to Sir Laurence Olivier
, Happy Birthday, Sir Larry
on 31 May 1987 in the presence of Olivier himself.
On television, McKenzie co-starred with Irene Handl
in the sitcom Maggie and Her
(1978–79), and with Gareth Hunt
in That Beryl Marston...!
(1981). She went on to greater popularity with British viewers as Hester in Fresh Fields
and the sequel French Fields
in the 1980s opposite Anton Rodgers
, for which she was voted TV Times
Favourite Female Comedy Performance for five consecutive years. She also appeared as Mrs Forthby in......