Happy 80th Birthday, Prunella Scales!

Time to break out the rat-infested crackers and toss a Waldorf salad, for Prunella Scales – Sybil Fawlty herself – celebrates her 80th birthday today.

Still very much a working actress with a 60-year career, Prunella’s most recent appearance was in the 2011 movie adaptation of Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry books, in which she plays Great Aunt Greta.

Here’s an interview with John Cleese, in which he describes how Prunella’s arrival changed the character of Sybil Fawlty – still her most famous role, even for an actress who has played the Queen, as she did in Alan Bennett’s 1991 play A Question of Attribution.

Let’s just hope that someone somewhere is baking a cake in the shape of Sybil’s hair. Glass of Cinzano, anyone?

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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