Top 400 British Actressesby minalex | created - 09 Aug 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Actress | The Life of Charles Peace
Violet Haggar was born on March 16, 1887 in Poole, Dorset, England. She was an actress, known for The Life of Charles Peace (1905) and The Red Barn Mystery (1908). She was married to Cyril Sydney Yorke. She died on March 21, 1979 in Truro, Cornwall, England.
3. Lily Haggar
Actress | The Squire's Daughter
Lily Haggar was born on June 2, 1891 in Brynmawr, Monmouthshire, Wales. She was an actress, known for The Squire's Daughter (1905) and The Life of Charles Peace (1905). She was married to Bert Richards. She died on January 17, 1973 in Southsea, Hants, England.
4. May Clark
Actress | A Seaside Girl
May Clark was born in June 1885 in Kent, England as Mabel Clark. She was an actress, known for A Seaside Girl (1907), Alice in Wonderland (1903) and How It Feels to Be Run Over (1900). She was married to Norman Whitten. She died on March 17, 1971 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.
6. Alma Taylor
Actress | Trelawny of the Wells
Brown-haired, blue-eyed, round-faced British actress of great charm who started as a child in the early silents, and continued the child-like roles into her late teens. Best remembered for her roles in the long-running 'Tilly the Tomboy' series. Her output and popularity began to fall away in the ...
Actress | The Case of Lady Camber
Violet Hopson born Elma Kate Victoria Karkeek in Port August, Australia in 1891, her earliest performances were with the Pollard Opera Company in Australia and New Zealand from 1898 to 1900. Arrived in the US in the early 1900's with her older sister Zoe and became popular in drama theatre, a few ...
Actress | Three Ages
At 18 years of age, Margaret Leahy set up a costume shop in England designing women's clothing and modeling her designs for interested buyers. In 1922, Constance and Norma Talmadge, Joseph Schenck and film director Edward Jose held a contest in England to find a new leading lady. The contestants ...
9. June Tripp
Actress | The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
June Tripp was born on June 11, 1901 in Blackpool, England as June Howard Tripp. She was an actress, known for The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), The River (1951) and The Yellow Claw (1920). She was married to Edward Hillman Jr. and John Alan Burns, 4th Baron Inverclyde. She died on ...
10. Marie Ault
Actress | The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
Marie Ault was born on September 2, 1870 in Wigan, Lancashire, England as Mary Cragg. She was an actress, known for The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), Fanny Hawthorne (1927) and Major Barbara (1941). She was married to James Alexander Paterson. She died on May 9, 1951 in London, England.
11. Norah Baring
Actress | Murder!
Norah Baring was born on November 26, 1905 in Acton, London, England as Norah Minnie Baker. She was an actress, known for Murder! (1930), Underground (1928) and Mystery at the Villa Rose (1930). She was married to John Henry K. Baerselman, Douglas A. Forbes and Ronald M. Simon. She died on February...
12. Joan Barry
Actress | Rich and Strange
Joan Barry was born in 1903. At the age of 15 she had her first small part in "Luck of the Navy". Some of her talking pictures were: "Head Waiter", A Man of Mayfair (1931) and Rome Express (1932), while her her first title role was in the film Sally Bishop (1932).
Joan is likely to be remembered ...
13. Dorothy Mackaill
Actress | Bulldog Drummond at Bay
Dorothy Mackaill was 11 when her parents separated; she then lived with her father. A rebellious teenager, Dorothy -- who had long wanted a career in the theater -- ran away to London and finally persuaded her father to pay for her board and lessons. Her first job was in the chorus; she then ...
14. Binnie Barnes
Actress | The Time of Their Lives
British-born actress who appeared in both British and American films, but who found her greatest success in Hollywood second leads. After a variety of jobs, including nurse, chorus girl and milkmaid, Barnes entered vaudeville. She appeared in more than a score of short comedies with comedian ...
15. Diana Wynyard
Actress | Cavalcade
One of the outstanding stage actresses of her time, Diana Wynyard will always be remembered for her unforgettable performance in the British version of the thriller Gaslight (1940) (re-made in Hollywood in 1944 with Ingrid Bergman). Starring opposite the great Anton Walbrook, she played the part of...
16. Una O'Connor
Actress | Bride of Frankenstein
Delightful character actress who held her own against such acting heavyweights as Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck, and Sydney Greenstreet. Often cast by studio heads as comic relief thanks to her thick Irish accent and rubber-faced expressions, most notably in ...
17. Ursula Jeans
Actress | Dark Journey
Fair-haired, blue-eyed British actress with a long career on the London stage. She was born Ursula Jean McMinn in India, schooled in London and trained for acting at RADA. Ursula made her theatrical debut at the Criterion Theatre in 1922. From the 1930's, she specialised in classical plays by ...
18. Edna Best
Actress | The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Genteel, ladylike British actress who was a much respected theatrical star in the 1920s and '30s, both in her own country and in the United States. Born in March 1900 in Hove, Sussex, she took to the stage at the age of seventeen as Ela Delahay in 'Charley's Aunt'. She played Peter Pan three years ...
Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters
Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born on May 17, 1911 in County Roscommon, Ireland, to Evangeline "Mary Eva" Lovatt (Frazer) and Charles Joseph O'Sullivan, an officer in the Connaught Rangers. She was of Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The future mother of Mia Farrow was educated in private ...
21. Benita Hume
Actress | The Constant Nymph
Benita Hume was born on October 14, 1906 in London, England as Benita Humm. She was an actress and writer, known for The Constant Nymph (1928), Tarzan Escapes (1936) and The Lady of the Lake (1928). She was married to George Sanders, Ronald Colman and Eric Otto Siepmann. She died on November 1, ...
22. Jessie Matthews
Actress | First a Girl
Born to a huge, poor family in Soho in London's West End, Jessie Matthews became a big stage star in the late 1920s and 1930s, enjoying some crossover success in musical films. Her career never quite relaunched after the war, though, but she staged a comeback when she replaced the lead actress in ...
23. Elsa Lanchester
Actress | Witness for the Prosecution
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century. Her parents, James "Shamus" Sullivan and Edith "Biddy" Lanchester, were socialists - very active members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in a rather broad sense and did not believe in the ...
Actress | The 39 Steps
The original ash-blonde "iceberg maiden", Madeleine Carroll was a knowing beauty with a confident air, the epitome of poise and "breeding". Not only did she have looks and allure in abundance, but she had intellectual heft to go with them, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham ...
25. Heather Angel
Actress | Alice in Wonderland
Heather Grace Angel was born in Oxford, England, on February 9, 1909. She dabbled on the stage for a time before coming to California to try her luck on the screen. Heather was 20 years old when she landed a bit part for the 1929 film, Bulldog Drummond (1929). Although she didn't know it at the ...
26. Margot Grahame
Actress | The Three Musketeers
Margot Grahame was born on February 20, 1911 in Canterbury, Kent, England as Margaret Clark. She was an actress, known for The Three Musketeers (1935), Criminal Lawyer (1937) and Black Magic (1949). She was married to Augustus Dudley Peters, Allan McMartin and Francis Lister. She died on January 1,...
27. Elizabeth Allan
British stage and film actress Elizabeth Allan was born in Skegness, Lincolnshire. She made her stage debut at the age of 17; her movie debut came about four years later with an appearance in the Hercule Poirot mystery Alibi (1931).
At the beginning of her career, Allan mainly appeared in films for ...
28. Florence Desmond
Actress | Some Girls Do
Florence Desmond was born on May 31, 1905 in Islington, London, England as Florence Elizabeth Dawson. She was an actress, known for Some Girls Do (1969), Sally in Our Alley (1931) and Murder on the Second Floor (1932). She was married to Charles Hughesdon and Tom Campbell Black. She died on January...
Actress | Things Are Looking Up
Cicely Courtneidge was born on April 1, 1893 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Esmerelda Cicely Courtneidge. She was an actress, known for Things Are Looking Up (1935), Along Came Sally (1934) and The Ghost Train (1931). She was married to Jack Hulbert. She died on April 26, 1980 in Putney, ...
Actress | Rembrandt
Gertrude Lawrence was born on July 4, 1898 in London, England as Gertrude Alexandria Dagmar Lawrence-Klasen. She was an actress, known for Rembrandt (1936), Mimi (1935) and Lord Camber's Ladies (1932). She was married to Richard Aldrich and Francis Gordon-Howley. She died on September 6, 1952 in ...
31. Margaretta Scott
Actress | All Creatures Great and Small
Margaretta Scott was born on February 13, 1912 in Westminster, London, England as Margaretta Mary Winifred Scott. She was an actress and writer, known for All Creatures Great and Small (1978), Things to Come (1936) and Where's Charley? (1952). She was married to John Wooldridge. She died on April ...
32. Irene Vanbrugh
Actress | The Gay Lord Quex
Irene Vanbrugh was born on December 2, 1872 in Exeter, Devon, England as Irene Barnes. She was an actress, known for The Gay Lord Quex (1917), Knight Without Armor (1937) and Youthful Folly (1934). She was married to Dion Boucicault Jr.. She died on November 30, 1949 in London, England.
33. Nova Pilbeam
Actress | Young and Innocent
Nova Pilbeam was a famous child actress on stage and screen in the UK. Her biggest sucesses were her two movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock, "The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and "Young and Innocent". She married director Pen Tennyson in 1939 and retired in the 40s.
34. Martita Hunt
Actress | Great Expectations
Popular British character actress known for her rich cluster of queens, dowagers, shrews and evildoers, Martita Hunt was born on a ranch in Argentina to British parents, but moved with her family to England at age 10 for her formal education. On stage at age 21 with the Liverpool Repertory Theatre,...
35. Wendy Barrie
Actress | The Gay Falcon
Wendy Barrie was born in Hong Kong to an English-Irish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Her dad was the distinguished King's Counsel F.C. Jenkins which ensured that the family was well off. Wendy received her education at a convent school in England and a finishing school in Switzerland. After ...
Actress | The Heiress
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...
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37. Wendy Hiller
Actress | Murder on the Orient Express
Wendy Hiller, daughter of Frank and Marie Hiller, was born on 15th August 1912 in Bramhall, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was educated at Winceby House School, Bexhill then moved on to Manchester Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage in Sir John Barry's tour of Evensong, then as Sally ...
38. May Whitty
Actress | Night Must Fall
Born Mary Whitty on June 19, 1865 to a Liverpool newspaper editor and his wife, she became known as May Whitty to the world.
She first stepped on the London stage in 1882. She worked as an understudy at the St. James Theatre, and then, began playing leading roles when she joined a traveling stock ...
Actress | The Lady Vanishes
Karachi-born Margaret Lockwood, daughter of a British colonial railway clerk, was educated in London and studied to be an actress at the Italia Conti Drama School. Her first moment on stage came at the age of 12, when she played a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1928. She had a bit part in ...
40. Marie Lohr
Actress | Pygmalion
Marie Lohr was born on July 28, 1890 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Marie Kaye Wouldes Lohr. She was an actress, known for Pygmalion (1938), South Riding (1938) and Notorious Gentleman (1945). She was married to Anthony Leyland Val Prinsep. She died on January 21, 1975 in London, England.
41. Vivien Leigh
Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...
42. Maureen O'Hara
Actress | The Quiet Man
In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made...
43. Merle Oberon
Actress | Wuthering Heights
Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. Merle began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts. She appeared in an uncredited role in Alf's Button (1930), a ...
44. Glennis Lorimer
Actress | Ask a Policeman
Glennis Lorimer (birth name: Glennis Dorothy Browne) was born on April 27, 1913 in Wandsworth, England. Married twice (Thomas Henry Ennis 1939, John Cowles Evans 1948). She was an actress, known for Ask a Policeman (1939), Crown v. Stevens (1936) and Old Faithful (1935). She died of Esophagus ...
45. Pamela Mason
Pamela Mason was born on March 10, 1916 in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England as Pamela Helene Ostrer. She was an actress and writer, known for Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972), I Met a Murderer (1939) and Lady Possessed (1952). She was married to James ...
46. June Duprez
Actress | And Then There Were None
Glamorous June Duprez was born in Teddington, England, during an air raid on May 14, 1918. Her father, Fred Duprez, was an American vaudevillian who found stage and film work in England. She herself picked up an interest in performing and eventually joined the Coventry Repertory Company to gather ...
47. Frieda Inescort
Actress | Pride and Prejudice
Tall, dark and regal Frieda Inescort's placid loveliness and dignified patrician features boded her well in Hollywood during the late '30s and '40s. Born on June 29, 1901, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the stage-established actress didn't arrive in Hollywood until age 34 (then considered too late for ...
48. Sara Allgood
Actress | How Green Was My Valley
Dublin-born Sara Allgood started her acting career in her native country with the famed Abbey Theatre. From there she traveled to the English stage, where she played for many years before making her film debut in 1918. Her warm, open Irish face meant that she spent a lot of time playing Irish ...
Actress | White Heat
Margaret Wycherly was born in London, England on October 26, 1881. She was predominately a stage actress, continuing stage work even after performing in films. Her first film role came when she appeared in The Fight (1915) at 34 years old. It was not until 1929 that audiences got another glimpse of...
50. Greer Garson
Actress | Mrs. Miniver
Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904 in London, England, to Nancy Sophia (Greer) and George Garson, a commercial clerk. She was of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an ...
51. Deborah Kerr
Actress | The King and I
Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory ...
52. Anna Lee
Actress | The Sound of Music
The daughter of a clergyman, Anna Lee was born Joan Boniface Winnifrith and encouraged to pursue an acting career by her father. After training at London's Royal Albert Hall, she took to the boards and later began appearing in English films, first as an extra, then working her way up to featured ...
53. Patricia Roc
Actress | Canyon Passage
One of Britain's biggest female stars of the post-war years, she appeared at various positions (3rd being the highest) in the British and Motion Picture Herald popularity polls, between 1945-50. She was pretty, vivacious and charming, which was all most of her early roles called for. She appeared ...
54. Anne Crawford
Actress | Knights of the Round Table
Anne Crawford was born on November 22, 1920 in Haifa, Palestine as Imelda Anne Crawford. She was an actress, known for Knights of the Round Table (1953), Caravan (1946) and The Peterville Diamond (1943). She was married to Wallace Douglas and James Hartley. She died on October 17, 1956 in London, ...
56. Sheila Sim
Actress | A Canterbury Tale
Sheila Sim was born on June 5, 1922 in Liverpool, Lancashire [now in Merseyside], England as Sheila Beryl Grant Sim. She was an actress, known for A Canterbury Tale (1944), West of Zanzibar (1954) and Dear Mr. Prohack (1949). She was married to Richard Attenborough. She died on January 19, 2016 in ...
57. Phyllis Calvert
Actress | Mandy
Phyllis Hannah Bickle was born in Chelsea in 1915 and studied dancing at the Margaret Morris school of dance, until an injury forced her to give up dancing and turn instead to acting. Her 70 year film career began with a bit part in The Arcadians (1927) when she was just 12 years old. Along with ...
58. Amy Veness
Actress | Lorna Doone
Amy Veness was born on February 26, 1876 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. She was an actress, known for Lorna Doone (1934), Oliver Twist (1948) and Hobson's Choice (1931). She was married to Basil Springett. She died on September 22, 1960 in Saltdean, Sussex, England.
59. Alison Leggatt
Actress | The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Alison Leggatt was born on February 7, 1904 in Kensington, London, England as Alison Joy Leggatt. She was an actress, known for The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) and A Tale of Two Cities (1965). She died on July 15, 1990 in London.
62. Beatrice Lillie
Actress | Thoroughly Modern Millie
Dubbed "the funniest woman in the world", comedienne Beatrice Lillie was born the daughter of a Canadian government official and grew up in Toronto. She sang in a family trio act with her mother, Lucy, and her piano-playing older sister, Muriel. Times were hard and the ambitious mother eventually ...
63. Celia Johnson
Actress | Brief Encounter
Celia Johnson was an English actress, once nominated for an Academy Award. Johnson was born in the town of Richmond, Surrey in 1908. Richmond was incorporated into Greater London in 1965, as part of an administrative reform. Celia's parents were John Robert Johnson and Ethel Griffiths. Neither of ...
Actress | Blithe Spirit
Coming from a musical family - her mother was a concert soprano - Constance Cummings made her show business debut in 1926 in regional stock theater, and by 1928 had appeared in her first Broadway play. Her success in the theater resulted in an invitation to Hollywood, where she went 1931. Although ...
65. Kay Hammond
Actress | Blithe Spirit
Delightful, sophisticated English actress, daughter of the distinguished thespian Sir Guy Standing. Kay trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and was taught elocution by Mrs. Patrick Campbell. She made her theatrical debut in "Tilly of Bloomsbury" in 1927. Within just a few years, ...
66. Joyce Carey
Actress | Brief Encounter
Genteel London-born actress Joyce Carey came from a distinguished theatrical family. Her own lengthy career on the stage began in 1916 when she played Princess Katherine in an all-female ensemble of "Henry V". She made her debut on the legitimate stage in a small part in the West End production of ...
67. Mary Merrall
Actress | Dead of Night
Mary Merrall was born on January 5, 1890 in Liverpool, England as Elsie Lloyd. She was an actress, known for Dead of Night (1945), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947) and Dr. O'Dowd (1940). She was married to Franklin Dyall, Ian Swinley and John Bouch Hissey. She died on August 31, ...
68. Rosamund John
Actress | The First of the Few
A leading British stage and screen actress Rosamund John is remembered with affection for her roles in film classics such as The Way to the Stars, Green For Danger and The Tawny Pipit.
Born in 1913 she grew up in Tottenham, London and studied at the Embassy School of Acting. She made her film debut ...
69. Isabel Jeans
Actress | Gigi
Stately Isabel Jeans was brought to Hollywood by the director Anatole Litvak to appear as Fermonde Dupond in his comedy Tovarich (1937). The daughter of an art critic, Frederick George Jeans, she had aspired to be a singer but instead forged a career on the stage. Her first role came courtesy of ...
70. Valerie Hobson
Actress | Bride of Frankenstein
Elegant, quintessentially English (although born in Northern Ireland) Valerie Hobson was the daughter of a British army officer. She studied dancing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and appeared on the stage for the first time at age 16, but she contracted a case of scarlet fever and ...
71. Jean Gillie
Actress | Decoy
British actress Jean Gillie met husband Jack Bernhard while he was stationed in Britain during the war. When they came to Hollywood, he produced and directed Decoy in May 1946 as a vehicle to showcase her talents to American audiences, while Gillie was simultaneously at work in The Macomber Affair ...
72. Kathleen Byron
Actress | Saving Private Ryan
Kathleen Byron trained for the stage at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, beginning her work in the movies soon after she finished her training. Her early work with Michael Powell made her name in the UK. She went to Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s but found it difficult to break into the US ...
73. Flora Robson
Actress | Clash of the Titans
Flora Robson knew she was no beauty, but her wise and sympathetic face would become a familiar - indeed, shining - ornament of the 1930s and 40s silver screen. Though not sure of acting as a career in her early years, she nevertheless appeared on stage for the first time at 5 years old. She was ...
74. Jenny Laird
Actress | Black Narcissus
Jenny Laird was born on February 13, 1912 in Chorlton, Manchester, England as Phyllis Edith Mary Blythe. She was an actress and writer, known for Black Narcissus (1947), Doctor Who (1963) and Just William (1940). She was married to John Fernald. She died on October 31, 2001 in Camden, London, ...
75. Sally Gray
Actress | The Saint's Vacation
Lovely, statuesque actress Sally Gray, complete with husky voice and dumb blonde persona was born Constance Vera Stevens in London, England on February 14, 1915. In a career instigated by her ballerina mother, Sally began performing at age 10 in minstrel shows and was initially trained in dance and...
76. Rene Ray
Actress | His Lordship
British singer and supporting or second lead actress of stage and screen, born Irene Creese in London, England. Her father was the noted automotive and aviation engineer Alfred Edward Creese (1872-1943), inventor of the first operational monoplane and associate of Albert Einstein. In addition to ...
77. Sally Ann Howes
Actress | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Sally Ann Howes grew up in a show business family led by her father, famous English comedian/actor Bobby Howes, her mother Patricia Malone and grandfather, Broadway director Capt. J.A.E. Malone. She had her first screen test offer on her 12th birthday and went on to star in several films before she...
78. Dulcie Gray
Actress | The Franchise Affair
Veteran British actress Dulcie Gray's career is often linked with that of her late actor/husband Michael Denison, with whom she appeared frequently on stage, TV and in films. Dulcie was born in Malaya, where her father was a lawyer and sent her to boarding school in England at quite an early age. ...
79. Christine Norden
Actress | An Ideal Husband
Britain's first notorious post-war sex siren in films, the enticing, green-eyed blonde bombshell Christine Norden, was a singer and dancer who had been performing since her teens. The story goes that she was "discovered" by agents of the distinguished film mogul Sir Alexander Korda while waiting ...
80. Vida Hope
Actress | The Man in the White Suit
Vida Hope was born on December 16, 1910 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England as Vida B. F. Hope. She is known for her work on The Man in the White Suit (1951), Hue and Cry (1947) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947). She was married to Derek N. Twist. She died on December 23, 1963 ...
81. Joan Fontaine
Actress | Rebecca
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to ...
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82. Moira Shearer
Actress | The Red Shoes
Moira was born the daughter of Harold Charles King, a civil engineer, in Dunfermline, Scotland. She was educated at Dunfermline High School, Ndola in Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) and Bearsden Academy, Scotland. She received her professional training at the Mayfair School and The Nicholas ...
84. Kay Walsh
Actress | The Horse's Mouth
Kay Walsh graced the British Cinema of the 1930s and 1940s as a leading lady, before maturing into character roles. She was born Kathleen Walsh in London, England of Irish parentage. She and her sister Peggy were raised in Pimlico by their grandmother. She began her career as a dancer in the chorus...
87. Barbara Murray
Actress | The Pallisers
A self-assured and stylish actress, Barbara Murray was born into a showbusiness family, the daughter of actors and granddaughter of professional ballroom dancers. She was first thrust into the limelight as a six year old, dancing in the family variety act. Barbara and her mother were evacuated to ...
88. Catherine Lacey
Actress | The Lady Vanishes
Catherine Lacey was born on May 6, 1904 in Paddington, London, England as Catherine Alice Ada Lacey. She was an actress, known for The Lady Vanishes (1938), Whisky Galore! (1949) and Gideon C.I.D. (1964). She was married to Thomas Anthony S. Wright, Roy Emerton and Geoffrey Clark. She died on ...
90. Googie Withers
Actress | One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
Googie Withers began her acting career at the age of 12. She was dancing in the chorus in a West End revue when she was spotted by a Warner Brothers casting director. She went to do a screen test for them at the Riverside Studios and was invited to become an extra. On her first day at the filming of...
92. Anna Neagle
Actress | Odette
Dame Anna Neagle, the endearingly popular British star during WWII, was born Florence Marjorie Robertson and began dancing as a professional in chorus lines at age 14. She starred with actor Jack Buchanan in the musical "Stand Up and Sing" in the West End and earned her big break when producer/...
93. Sheila Manahan
Actress | Crown Court
Sheila Manahan was born on January 1, 1924 in Dublin, Ireland. She was an actress, known for Crown Court (1972), Seven Days from Now (1957) and Wild Decembers (1956). She was married to Fulton Mackay and James Northcote. She died on March 29, 1988 in London, England.
94. Joan Greenwood
Actress | Kind Hearts and Coronets
Joan Greenwood, of the plummy feline voice, was born in the well-to-do London section of Chelsea, the daughter of renowned portrait painter Sydney Earnshaw Greenwood (1887-1949). Dancing from the age of eight, she took ballet lessons and later enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). ...
95. Patricia Walters
Actress | The River
Found in Bengal in a casting call by director Jean Renoir, Walters was the daughter of a man on the staff of one of the local industrial concerns, according to Renoir's memoir. She did not make any more movies after playing the central role in Renoir's The River (1951).
96. Nora Swinburne
Actress | Quo Vadis
Known for her genteel ways and stately beauty in tea service drama, British actress Nora Swinburne was born Elinore Johnson on July 24, 1902, in Bath, England. Performing on stage as both actress and dancer from the age of 10, her father, Henry Swinburne Johnson, manufactured toys for a living. She...
97. Ida Lupino
Actress | High Sierra
Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire (1932). Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson (...
98. Jean Kent
Actress | Caravan
Vivacious, hazel-eyed, strawberry-haired Jean Kent was a popular star of British films in the 1940's and early 50's. The daughter of variety performers Norman Field and Nina Norre, she was convent-educated. By the age of ten, she accompanied her mother on tour, then spent several years in the ...
Actress | Scrooge
Although British actress Kathleen Harrison was born in 1892 in the Lancashire town of Blackburn, she was fondly known for her cockney characters throughout her career. Trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she first married and lived overseas in Argentina for nearly eight years...
100. Renée Asherson
Actress | The Others
A beautiful and durable actress of screen, stage and television, Asherson was born Renée Ascherson in London (dropping the "c" early in her acting career), the younger daughter of Charles Ascherson, a businessman and bibliophile of German-Jewish extraction, and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman, who...