Anita is currently playing Abanazar in Aladdin (Brighton Centre) and can be seen on your screens playing Bertha Plummer in the Dodger Christmas Special (BBC).
Anita’s many stage appearances include Budgie (Cambridge Theatre); Olga in The Three Sisters (Royal Court); Madame Jourdain in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Royal National Theatre); Donna in Kvetch (The Garrick); Rose Weiss in My Lovely Shayna Maidel (The Ambassadors); Kitty in Charley’s Aunt (Aldwych Theatre); Gladys in The Pyjama Game (Victoria Palace); The Vagina Monologues (Arts Theatre and UK tour); Cleanthis in The Island Of Slaves (Lyric Hammersmith); Nancy in Frozen (Royal National Theatre) for which she was nominated for an Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics Award; Mama Morton in Chicago (Adelphi Theatre); Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Milly (Shaftesbury Theatre); Gertrude in Hamlet (New Ambassadors and UK tour); Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! (Theatre Royal Lincoln and UK tour); Frau von Luber in Kurt Weill’s opera The Silver Lake (Wexford Festival); Christ Harper in Calendar Girls (Noel Coward Theatre); Rika in Two Sisters (Eastbourne and Brighton); Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty (Richmond); Strictly Come Dancing Live!; Joan Crawford in Bette And Joan (Arts Theatre); Mistress Quickly in Merry Wives Of Windsor (for the RSC); Jacosta in Steven Berkoff's production of Oedipus (Edinburgh Festival at the Pleasance Grand.); Parfait in Carnival Of The Animals; Miss Austin in Crush - A Girl's Own Musical; Stella in the all-star concert version of Follies (Royal Albert Hall); Mrs Hardcastle in She Stoops To Conquer (Theatre Royal, Bath); Madame Morrible in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Lady Cooper and Ma in The Shadow Factory (Nuffield Southampton Theatre); Eleanor in 3 Women (Trafalgar Studio); Miss Hannigan in Annie (UK Tour) and most recently Yente in Fiddler on the Roof (Playhouse Theatre).
As Angie Watts in EastEnders, Anita Dobson was one of the most popular characters on television, winning her the Pye Award for Television Personality Of The Year, the Daily Mirror’s Actress Of The Year and the TV Times Actress Of The Year award, voted by the readers.
Her other television work includes Red Dwarf, Rab C Nesbitt, Smokescreen, I'll Be Watching You, Dangerfield, The Famous Five, Highlander, Get Well Soon, Junk, Sunburn, The Stretch, Hearts And Bones, Urban Gothic, Ncs Manhunt, Fun At The Funeral Parlour, The Last Detective, Doctors, New Tricks, The Bill, Hotel Babylone, Casualty, Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, 12 O'clock Girls, Green Santa, Little Crackers My First Nativity, Coming Up (Hooked), Sadie J, Moving On, Pompidou, Holby City, Armada, Call The Midwife, The Worst Witch, The Rebel 1 & 2, Torvill And Dean, The Long Call and Andy and the Band.
Film includes Christmas at the Holly Day Inn, Tomorrow Morning, Seaview Knights, Beyond Bedlam, The Tichborne Claimant, The Revengers' Comedies, Darkness Falls, Charlie, Soltary, The Rise Of The Krays, The Fall Of The Krays, London Road taken from the acclaimed National Theatre production directed by Rufus Norris and The Fight.