Kneale was born on October 17 1925, the daughter of William Lawrence Kneale and
his wife Isabel Mary (Dodds), she was educated at Eastbourne and privately. Patricia's
first marriage was to Jeremy Geidt, her second to Neil J. Osbourne. Patricia gained
the Meggie Albanese Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and it was
there that she received the Kendal Prize and the Bancroft Gold Medal.
Kneale's stage debut was at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park on May 22 1947
playing Olivia in Twelfth Night, and her long and prolific stage
career has seen her in a great number of plays over the years.
Patricia has also made many television appearances including: Judy Adamson
in the 1961 sci-fi series A
For Andromeda. Patricia also appears in an episode of the
adventure series Crane
with Patrick Allen and Sam Kydd in an episode entitled Recoil (March
9 1964). In this episode, Patricia plays the Contessa d' Avezzano, and
she invites Crane and Orlando to her villa for dinner, but the invitation
could have potentially murderous consequences for Crane!
Patricia's other television work includes the police drama series No Hiding
Place with Raymond Francis (Patricia has also worked with Raymond Francis'
son Clive, also an actor at the Leicester Phoenix Theatre), and comedies George
and Mildred and Rosie. In
the last few years Patricia has been touring in the UK and in the United States
with her One Woman Shows including: Hester, the Lady of Lebanon,
Sarah Siddons, Constance Markievicz and Fanny Kemble.
we have to report that the announcement of Patricia's death was made in the January
8 2009 edition of The Stage. Patricia died suddenly at her home on December