Now in her late eighties, her sheer dedication to her work and her love of acting has guaranteed her a string of accolades and awards. At the centre of this industry is Dame Thora's diary, a huge book which she keeps with her at all times, next to the telephone which rings constantly. Not in the Diary reveals her reflections and her behind-the-scenes stories, from glamourous engagements to domestic and family commitments - the material that never finds its way into the diary of events. During this period, she had a bad fall which resulted in several weeks in hospital. She also suffers from severe arthritis and is wheelchair bound, going to work in an ambulance. Yet her will to work never fails. She is one of Britain's foremost personalities and beloved by all.
Thora Hird, one of Britain's best-known TV personalities, was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, the daughter of theatrical parents. She began acting when she was twenty and has had a highly successful film career as well as starring in many TV comedies. She presented Praise Be! for many years and in 1993 became a Dame of the British Empire.