Top 400 British Actresses

by minalex | created - 09 Aug 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

The list includes several Irish actresses. Actresses are presented in approximate chronological order.

Page 1 (1900s-1950s), Page 2 (1950s-1970s), Page 3 (1970s-1990s), Page 4 (1990s-2010s)

1. Florence Williamson

Actress | Attack on a China Mission

Florence Williamson is an actress, known for Attack on a China Mission (1900), The Ayah's Revenge (1908) and Courtship Under Difficulties (1899).

2. Violet Haggar

Actress | Maria Marten

Violet Haggar was born on March 16, 1887 in Poole, Dorset, England. She was an actress, known for The Red Barn Mystery (1908) and The Life of Charles Peace (1905). She was married to Cyril Sydney Yorke. She died on March 21, 1979 in Truro, Cornwall, England.

3. Lily Haggar

Actress | The Life of Charles Peace

Lily Haggar was born on June 2, 1891 in Brynmawr, Monmouthshire, Wales. She was an actress, known for The Life of Charles Peace (1905) and The Squire's Daughter (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.

5. Barbara Hepworth

Actress | Rescued by Rover

Barbara Hepworth was born on December 4, 1904 in London, England as Elizabeth Barbara Hepworth. She was an actress, known for Rescued by Rover (1905), Pamela's Party (1912) and The Dog Outwits the Kidnapper (1908). She died in July 1997.

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 ...

7. Violet Hopson

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 ...

8. Margaret Leahy

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. 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 ...

14. 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...

15. 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 ...

16. 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 ...

17. Maggie Dirrane

Actress | Oidhche Sheanchais

Maggie Dirrane was born in 1899 as Maggie Tom Ní Mhaoláin. She was an actress, known for Oidhche Sheanchais (1935) and Man of Aran (1934). She was married to Johnny Sheáin Éamoin Ó Dioráin. She died in 1995.

18. Maureen O'Sullivan

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 ...

19. Benita Hume

Actress | Tarzan Escapes

Benita Hume was born on October 14, 1906 in London, England as Benita Humm. She was an actress and writer, known for Tarzan Escapes (1936), The Constant Nymph (1928) and Footsteps in the Night (1931). She was married to George Sanders, Ronald Colman and Eric Otto Siepmann. She died on November 1, ...

20. 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 ...

21. 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 ...

22. Madeleine Carroll

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 ...

23. 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 ...

24. 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,...

25. Elizabeth Allan

Actress | The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger

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 ...

26. Gertrude Lawrence

Actress | Lord Camber's Ladies

Gertrude Lawrence was born on July 4, 1898 in London, England as Gertrude Alexandria Dagmar Lawrence-Klasen. She was an actress, known for Lord Camber's Ladies (1932), Mimi (1935) and Rembrandt (1936). She was married to Richard Aldrich and Francis Gordon-Howley. She died on September 6, 1952 in ...

27. 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 ...

28. 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.

29. 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,...

30. 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 ...

31. Olivia de Havilland

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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32. 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 ...

33. 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 ...

34. Margaret Lockwood

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 ...

35. 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), Notorious Gentleman (1945) and South Riding (1938). She was married to Anthony Leyland Val Prinsep. She died on January 21, 1975 in London, England.

36. 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 ...

37. 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...

38. Merle Oberon

Actress | Wuthering Heights

Estelle Merle Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911 of Welsh and Ceylonese (now Sri Lankan) descent. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. She began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts. She appeared in an ...

39. Glennis Lorimer

Actress | Strictly Illegal

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 ...

40. 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 ...

41. 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 ...

42. 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 ...

43. Margaret Wycherly

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...

44. 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 ...

45. 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 ...

46. 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 ...

47. 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 ...

48. 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 Daughter of Darkness (1948). She was married to Wallace Douglas and James Hartley. She died on October 17, 1956 in London, ...

49. Gracie Fields

Actress | Holy Matrimony

A comedienne and singer in the British Music Halls, she was the top box-office draw and the highest paid actress in Britain in the 1930's. Her Northern, working-class girl character was a favourite during the inter-war years.

50. 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 ...

51. 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 ...

52. Amy Veness

Actress | This Happy Breed

Amy Veness was born on February 26, 1876 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. She was an actress, known for This Happy Breed (1944), Lorna Doone (1934) and Oliver Twist (1948). She was married to Basil Springett. She died on September 22, 1960 in Saltdean, Sussex, England.

53. 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), This Happy Breed (1944) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969). She died on July 15, 1990 in London.

54. Ann Stephens

Actress | The Franchise Affair

Ann Stephens was born on May 21, 1931 in London, England. She was an actress, known for The Franchise Affair (1951), Dear Octopus (1943) and Doublecross (1956). She died on July 15, 1966 in England.

55. Gloria Sydney

Actress | Fanny by Gaslight

Gloria Sydney is an actress, known for Man of Evil (1944).

56. 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 ...

57. 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 ...

58. Constance Cummings

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 ...

59. 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, ...

60. 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 ...

61. 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), Badger's Green (1949) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947). She was married to Franklin Dyall, Ian Swinley and John Bouch Hissey. She died on August ...

62. 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 ...

63. 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 ...

64. 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 ...

65. 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 ...

66. 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 first appeared on stage when 5 years old. She was educated at Palmer's Green ...

67. 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), Just William (1940) and Doctor Who (1963). She was married to John Fernald. She died on October 31, 2001 in Camden, London, ...

68. 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...

69. 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 ...

70. 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...

71. 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. ...

72. 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 ...

73. 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 ...

74. 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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75. 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 ...

76. Jean Short

Actress | The Red Shoes

Jean Short is an actress, known for The Red Shoes (1948), Third Time Lucky (1949) and The Fatal Night (1948).

77. 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...

78. Sonia Dresdel

Actress | The Fallen Idol

Sonia Dresdel was born on May 5, 1909 in Hornsea, Yorkshire, England as Lois Obee. She was an actress, known for The Fallen Idol (1948), This Was a Woman (1948) and Wives and Daughters (1971). She died on January 18, 1976 in Canterbury, Kent, England.

79. Betty Warren

Actress | Passport to Pimlico

Betty Warren was born on October 31, 1905 in Fareham, Hampshire, England. She was an actress, known for Passport to Pimlico (1949), The Farmer's Wife (1941) and So Long at the Fair (1950). She died on December 15, 1990 in London, England.

80. 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 ...

81. 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 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). She was married to Thomas Anthony S. Wright, Roy Emerton and Geoffrey ...

82. Kathleen Ryan

Actress | Christopher Columbus

Kathleen Ryan was born on September 8, 1922 in Dublin, Ireland. She was an actress, known for Christopher Columbus (1949), The Sound of Fury (1950) and Odd Man Out (1947). She was married to Dermod Devane. She died on November 11, 1985 in Dublin.

83. 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...

84. Olive Sloane

Actress | The Good Companions

Olive Sloane was born on December 16, 1896 in London, England. She was an actress, known for The Good Companions (1933), BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950) and Money Isn't Everything (1925). She died on June 28, 1963 in London.

85. 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/...

86. 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), Wild Decembers (1956) and Seven Days from Now (1957). She was married to Fulton Mackay and James Northcote. She died on March 29, 1988 in London, England.

87. 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). ...

88. 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).

89. 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...

90. 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 (...

91. 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 ...

92. Kathleen Harrison

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...

93. 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...

94. Fay Compton

Actress | The Haunting

Fay Compton was born on September 18, 1894 in West Kensington, London, England as Virginia Lilian Emmeline Mackenzie. She was an actress, known for The Haunting (1963), Othello (1951) and Laughter in Paradise (1951). She was married to Ralph Michael, Leon Quartermaine, Lauri de Frece and Harry ...

95. Claire Bloom

Actress | The Haunting

Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as an octogenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever.

She was born Patricia Claire Blume on February 15,...

96. Ann Todd

Actress | The Sound Barrier

Ann Todd was a beautiful English actress best known as Gregory Peck's wife in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947). Her third husband was the legendary director David Lean, for whom she appeared in three films, The Passionate Friends (1949), Madeleine (1950), and The Sound Barrier (1952).

97. Dorothy Tutin

Actress | The Importance of Being Earnest

Dame Dorothy Tutin's esteemed company of peers included other remarkable dames, including Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Unlike these others, Dorothy had limited screen time over the years and would develop the respect but not the stardom afforded the other two outside the realm of the theatre. ...

98. Mandy Miller

Actress | Child in the House

The sensitive-looking British child star of the fifties was born Carmen Isabella Miller in 1944 but affectionately called "Mandy" practically from birth. Her father, a BBC Radio producer, took Mandy (then age 6) and her older sister, Jan Miller to watch a film being made at Ealing Studios. Instead ...

99. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian ancestry.

After her parents' divorce, ...

100. Kathryn Beaumont

Actress | Alice in Wonderland

Kathryn Beaumont was just ten years old when she was chosen for the voice of Alice, in Disney's animated version of the classic children's tale, Alice in Wonderland (1951). Walt Disney was so impressed with Kathryn's long curly blonde hair, sparkling eyes and acting ability, that he chose her as ...



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