|BCSHEET47||The Centenary of Florence Nightingales Death||£40.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET47S||Centenary of Florence Nightingales Death - Signed Sylvia Sims||£50.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 01/08/2010
Issue Name: Centenary of Florence Nightingales Death Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Celebrating the famous 'Lady with the lamp', whose changes to methods in nursing are still in practice today. This lovely sheet features the Remembrance poppy stamp and a beautiful label depicting Florence engaged in the work she had such a passion for.
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the Poppy stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
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Total number of sheets printed: 500
Sylvia Syms was born in London, England, the daughter of Daisy (née Hale) and Edwin Syms, a trade unionist and civil servant.She was educated at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, on whose council she has served. Her daughter Beatie Edney is also an actress.
Syms started as a starlet. In her second film My Teenage Daughter (1954), she played Anna Neagle's "problem" daughter, and by 1960 had worked with Flora Robson, Orson Welles, Stanley Holloway, Lilli Palmer and William Holden — and made the film Ice-Cold in Alex (1958). Co-starring John Mills, Anthony Quayle and Harry Andrews, this has become a cult film in recent years because an extract from it was used in a beer commercial. It is an entertaining story about three British Army personnel and one German trying to get through enemy territory. A love scene between Mills and Syms was dropped from the film because it was considered too strong.
Also in 1958, she appeared in the English Civil War story The Moonraker with George Baker as her male lead. Syms played Tony Hancock's wife in The Punch and Judy Man (1962) along with her nephew, Nick Webb. Other comedies followed, such as The Big Job (1965) with Hancock's former co-star Sid James, but it was for drama that she won acclaim, including The Tamarind Seed (1974) with Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif, for which she was nominated for a British Film Academy award. My Good Woman in 1972 was a husband-and-wife television comedy series which ran until 1974 with Leslie Crowther. At the same time, she was one of two team captains on the BBC's weekly "Movie Quiz", hosted by Robin Ray. In 1975, she was the head of the jury at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival.
Shortly after the downfall of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Syms portrayed Thatcher in a TV play covering the events surrounding her demise on ITV, later recreating the role on the stage. In 1989, she appeared in the Doctor Who story Ghost Light.
From 2000 until 2003, Syms played the part of Marion Riley in the ITV comedy-drama series At Home with the Braithwaites.
In 2002, she starred in the serial, The Jury, and contributed "Sonnet 142" to the compilation album, When Love Speaks (EMI Classics). In 2006, she co-starred as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in Stephen Frears' The Queen, alongside Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren. She also appeared in The Poseidon Adventure, an American television movie with little connection to the original movie of the same name made in the 1970s. She has also taken up producing and directing.
Among the many other famous actors and actresses Syms has worked with are: Dirk Bogarde, Marius Goring, Hardy Krüger, Herbert Lom, Cliff Richard, Jenny Agutter, Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Roger Moore, Ray Milland, Bernard Miles and Richard Todd.
In 2009, she appeared in the film Is Anybody There?, alongside Michael Caine and Anne-Marie Duff and the ITV1 drama Collision. In 2010, she guest starred as a patient in BBC1's Casualty; this was Syms' second appearance in the series after playing a different character in an episode in 2007. Syms also appeared as another character in Casualty's sister series Holby City in 2003.
Since 2007, Syms has also had a recurring role in BBC1's EastEnders, playing dressmaker Olive Woodhouse, an old friend of Peggy Mitchell. Her most recent appearance in the role was on 20 July 2010.
In 2010 she took part in BBC's The Young Ones, in which six celebrities in their 70s and 80s attempt to overcome some of the problems of ageing by harking back to the 1970s.