Shani Wallis

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Shani Wallis' (born 14 April 1933) is an English actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the West End, and for the role of Nancy in the 1968 Oscar-winning film musical Oliver!. She is one of the last surviving actors who played an adult in the film, along with Sheila White, following the death of Ron Moody in June 2015.

Wallis was born in Tottenham, London and made her first stage appearance at the age of four and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) on a scholarship and resumed her theatrical career appearing in many London and provincial productions. She made her theatrical debut in Call Me Madam at the London Coliseum (as "Princess Marie") with Anton Walbrook.

Wallis is a naturalized citizen of the United States, where she has lived for more than forty years. She married her agent Bernie Rich on 13 September 1968, and they have one child and two granddaughters.[1] Wallis is a patron of the theatre charity the Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.[2]

Selected credits




She also appeared in the first television version of "Once Upon A Mattress" as Lady Larkin, with most of the original Broadway cast.

British TV


  • "Look To Love" (1967) Kapp 8388
  • Oliver! (1968) - Original film cast recording
  • Call Me Madam - Original London stage recording
  • Wish You Were Here - Original London stage recording
  • The Girl From Oliver
  • I'm a Girl!, Kapp Records Stereo KS-3472
  • Personality, Please Don't Say No, Don't Take Your Love Away From Me, There Goes My Heart, with Wally Stott
  • From Atlanta To Goodbye (Richard Ahlert-Leon Carr) and Another Monday (Stanley Jay Gelber): both KAPP K-2044 (produced by Hy Grill; with musical direction by Jimmy Dale)


  1. [ "I'd do anything to be a judge on I'd Do Anything ... but all they offered me was a one-minute slot, says the original Nancy"], Daily Mail (online edition), 22 March 2008, accessed 1 August 2013.
  2. [ "Our Treasured Patrons"], The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America (online), accessed 1 August 2013.

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