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Phyllis Calvert

Phyllis Calvert (18 February 1915 – 8 October 2002) was an English film, stage and television actress. Born Phyllis Hannah Bickle in Chelsea, she trained at the Margaret Morris School of Dancing and performed from the age of ten, gaining her first film role at the age of 12, in The Arcadians (1927), also known as The Land of Heart's Desire. Calvert performed in repertory theatre and in several films, before making her London stage debut in A Woman's Privilege in 1939. During the following decade, she starred in many romances, including Fanny by Gaslight, with James Mason and Stewart Granger, and My Own True Love, becoming one of Britain's highest paid stars. However, three Hollywood studios failed to pay her what she asked. She first found success in the film adaptation of H. G. Wells' Kipps (1941), but it was The Man in Grey (1943) that confirmed her status. She acted in over 40 films, her later films include Oh! What a Lovely War and The Walking Stick. Calvert had already appeared on television, playing Mrs. March in the 1958 serials Little Women and Good Wives (both adapted from Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women), as well as individual episodes of several other programmes, when, in 1970, she landed the part of an agony aunt with problems of her own in Kate. She made TV appearances in programmes such as Crown Court, Ladykillers, Tales of the Unexpected, Boon, After Henry and The Line Grove Story. She was married to the actor and antiquarian bookseller Peter Murray Hill, with whom she had two children, Ann Auriol (born 1943) and Piers Auriol (born 1954). She died in London in 2002, from natural causes, aged 87.

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Feb 18, 1915 In London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie They Came by Night 1940-03-07
Latest Project:
Movie Mrs. Dalloway 1997-09-01
Known For
Poster of Casualty
Poster of Sherlock Holmes
Poster of Tales of the Unexpected
Poster of The Woman with No Name
Series Midsomer Murders Unknown 1997-03-23
Movie Mrs. Dalloway Aunt Helena 1997-09-01
Movie Bed Woman 1995-10-20
Series The House of Eliott Mrs Gurney 1991-08-31
Series Victoria Wood Unknown 1989-11-16
Movie Across the Lake Lady Dolly Campbell 1988-01-01
Movie The Woman He Loved Queen Mary 1988-04-03
Movie The Death of the Heart Mrs. Heccomb 1987-05-03
Series Casualty Mary 1986-09-06
Movie All Passion Spent Carrie 1986-12-09
Series Sherlock Holmes Agnes Garrideb 1984-04-24
Series Tales of the Unexpected Mabel Ince 1979-03-24
Series Kate Unknown 1970-01-06
Movie The Walking Stick Erica Dainton 1970-04-15
Movie Oh! What a Lovely War Lady Dorothy Haig 1969-03-10
Movie Twisted Nerve Enid Durnley 1968-12-20
Movie The Battle of the Villa Fiorita Margot 1965-05-26
Movie Oscar Wilde Constance Wilde 1960-05-29
Movie Indiscreet Mrs. Margaret Munson 1958-07-16
Movie A Lady Mislaid Esther Wallace 1958-01-01
Movie The Young and the Guilty Gladys Connor 1958-01-01
Movie It's Never Too Late Laura Hammond 1956-05-07
Movie Child in the House Evelyn Acheson 1956-08-14
Movie The Net Lydia Heathley 1953-02-09
Movie Mandy Christine Garland 1952-07-29
Movie Mr. Denning Drives North Kay Denning 1951-12-18
Movie Appointment with Danger Sister Augustine 1950-04-07
Movie The Woman with No Name Yvonne Winter 1950-10-31
Movie My Own True Love Joan Clews 1949-02-02
Movie The Golden Madonna Patricia Chandler 1949-05-23
Movie Broken Journey Mary Johnstone 1948-04-14
Movie The Root of All Evil Jeckie Farnish 1947-02-05
Movie Time Out Of Mind Kate Fernald 1947-04-05
Movie Men of Two Worlds Dr. Caroline Munro 1946-09-19
Movie The Magic Bow Jeanne 1946-09-20
Movie Madonna of the Seven Moons Maddalena 1945-01-22
Movie They Were Sisters Lucy Moore 1945-07-02
Movie Fanny by Gaslight Fanny 1944-05-08
Movie Two Thousand Women Freda Thompson 1944-11-06
Movie The Man in Grey Clarissa Richmond Rohan / Clarissa Rohan 1943-08-06
Movie The Young Mr. Pitt Eleanor Eden 1942-09-21
Movie Uncensored Julie Lanvin 1942-08-24
Movie Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It Mrs. Wilkinson 1941-05-17
Movie Kipps Ann Pornick (adult) 1941-06-28
Movie They Came by Night Sally 1940-03-07
Movie Let George Do It! Mary Wilson 1940-07-12
Movie Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt Betty Forsythe 1940-08-31
Movie Neutral Port Helen Carter 1940-12-06