Patricia Phoenix (November 26 1923 – September 18 1986) was a British actress who became one of the first sex symbols of British television.
Phoenix attended Fallowfield Central School, Manchester. As a child she nursed early theatrical ambitions, appearing regularly on the radio in Children's Hour. After leaving school, she worked as a filing clerk for the gas department of Manchester Corporation, performing in amateur dramatics in her spare time. Her break came in 1948, playing Sandy Powell's wife in the Mancunian Film Studios' motion picture Cup-tie Honeymoon, followed by a summer season in Blackpool with Thora Hird. Exposure led to more serious work with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. She also worked as scriptwriter for ventriloquist Terry Hall and comedian Harry Worth. Though some undistinguished film work followed in 1958 (Blood of the Vampire and Jack the Ripper), in 1960 she returned to Manchester with her ambition all but...
Cup-Tie Honeymoon was the first motion picture to be filmed at the Dickenson Road Studios by the Mancunian Film Corporation in 1948, themed around football.
A business man's son (Powell) has to choose between playing for his father's team and their rivals in a football match. He does the right thing and romantically impresses his father's secretary.
Filmed in Rusholme, Manchester, much of the shooting took place on local streets and at the nearby Maine Road stadium.
Pat Phoenix, later to achieve fame in Coronation Street was credited as "Patricia Pilkington".
Release of the film coincided with the start of the 1948 football season.