Joan Sims (May 9, 1930 - June 28, 2001) was a British actress best known as a key cast member of the Carry On films.
She was born in Laindon, Essex. After graduating from RADA in 1950, Joan Sims made her first appearance in Trouble in Store (opposite Norman Wisdom) in 1953, before appearing as Nurse Rigor Mortis in Doctor in the House (1954). In 1959 she began her recurring roles in 24 Carry On films, starting with Carry On Nurse and ending with Carry On Emmannuelle in 1978. After the end of the Carry On series, she had several roles in sitcoms such as On The Up and As Time Goes By.
She also guest starred in two episodes of the British television comedy series The Goodies, and also in two "An Audience With..." shows (Kenneth Williams, 1982 and Victoria Wood, 1988) for ITV.
In 1986 Sims appeared in the long running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who serial The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet in the part of Katryca. During the late 90's Sims also appeared as Mrs. White in a computer-game version of the popular board-game Cluedo.
Her last performance was alongside Judi Dench and Olympia Dukakis in The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.
Sims slipped into a coma due to ill health brought on by years of heavy drinking and died on June 28, 2001.