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Nom de naissance Sheila Cameron HancockNationalité Royaume-uniNaissance 22 février 1933
Laurence Olivier Awards, Commandeur de l'ordre de l'Empire britannique
Sheila Hancock est une actrice et auteure britannique née le 22 février 1933 à Blackgang sur l'île de Wight en Angleterre.
Hancock was married to actor Alec Ross from 1955 until his death from oesophageal cancer in 1971. They had one daughter, Ellie Jane, born in 1964. In 1973, Hancock married actor John Thaw. He adopted Ellie Jane and they had another daughter, Joanna. Thaw's daughter Abigail, from his first marriage, also joined their family. All three of their children have become actresses. She has seven grandchildren.
She was married to Thaw until his death from oesophageal cancer on 21 February 2002. Hancock herself was diagnosed with breast cancer during the late 1980s, but made a full recovery. Her 2004 book, The Two of Us is a dual biography, which gives accounts of both their lives, as well as focusing on their 28-year marriage. This was followed by the 2008 book, Just Me, an account of coming to terms with widowhood. In 2014 she published her debut novel, Miss Carter's War.
Hancock is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). She is a patron of the London HIV charity, The Food Chain and worked with the London children's charity Kids Company until its dissolution on the 5 of August 2015.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1974 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours.
Hancock is a friend of Sandi Toksvig and read Maya Angelou's poem "Touched by an Angel" at the "I Do To Equal Marriage" event which celebrated the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Toksvig renewed her vows to her civil partner at the event.
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