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Irene Handl (1901–1987)

English character actress best known for her many portrayals of feisty cockney types, ranging from barmaids to landladies, charwomen to cooks. Unlike her working class screen personae, Irene's parentage was quite cosmopolitan, her father a Viennese banker, her mother a French aristocrat - affluent enough to enable her to travel extensively in her ... See full bio »

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 1986 Absolute Beginners
Mrs. Larkin
 1981 Riding High
 1980 The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
Cinema Usherette
 1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste
Miss Wormwood
 1977 Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers
Mrs. Phillimore
 1977 Adventures of a Private Eye
Miss Friggin
 1976 Confessions of a Driving Instructor
Miss Slenderparts
 1970 Doctor in Trouble
Mrs. Dailey
 1968 Lionheart
 1968 Wonderwall
Mrs. Peurofoy
 1967 The Mini-Mob
Cook in Chinese Restaurant
 1967 Smashing Time
Mrs. Gimble
 1966 The Wrong Box
Mrs. Hackett
 1965 You Must Be Joking!
Elderly Woman
 1963 Heavens Above!
Rene Smith
 1963 Just for Fun
 1961 Nothing Barred
 1961 Make Mine a Double
Mrs. Billingsgate
 1961 Double Bunk
Mrs. Harper
 1961 A Weekend with Lulu
Florence Bell
 1961 Beware of Children
Mrs. Spicer
 1960 The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's
Miss Harker-Parker
 1960 A French Mistress
Staff Sgt. Hodges
 1960 Make Mine Mink
Madame Spolinski
 1960 Doctor in Love
Professor MacRitchie
 1960 School for Scoundrels
Mrs. Stringer
 1960 Carry on Constable
Distraught Mother
 1960 Inn for Trouble
 1960 Two Way Stretch
Mrs. Price
 1959 Desert Mice
Miss Patch
 1959 Upstairs and Downstairs
Large Woman
 1959 I'm All Right Jack
Mrs. Kite
 1959 Left Right and Centre
Mrs. Maggs
 1959 The Crowning Touch
 1959 Carry on Nurse
Mrs. Madge Hickson
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat
Mrs. Carter
 1958 Next to No Time
Mrs. Crowley, Greengrocer
 1958 Law and Disorder
Woman in Train
 1958 The Key
 1958 Happy Is the Bride
Mme. Edna
 1957 Small Hotel
Mrs. Gammon
 1957 Brothers in Law
Mrs. Potter
 1956 The Silken Affair
 1956 It's Never Too Late
New Neighbor
 1956 Who Done It?
Customer (uncredited)
 1956 Now and Forever
Middle-Aged Woman (uncredited)
 1955 A Kid for Two Farthings
Mrs. Abramowitz
 1954 Burnt Evidence
Mrs. Raymond
 1954 Mad About Men
Mme. Blanche
 1954 The Belles of St. Trinian's
Miss Gale
 1954 Duel in the Jungle
Mary Taylor (uncredited)
 1954 Young and Willing
 1953 Meet Mr. Lucifer
Lady with the Dog
 1952 Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow
Mrs. Tidmarsh
 1952 Treasure Hunt
Nanny (uncredited)
 1951 Young Wives' Tale
 1951 One Wild Oat
Emily Pepys (Audrey Cuttle #2)
 1950 Stage Fright
Mrs. Mason - Gill's Maid (uncredited)
 1949 Dark Secret
'Woody' Woodman
 1949 Adam and Evalyn
Mrs. Crouch - Manageress (uncredited)
 1949 The Perfect Woman
Mrs. Butters
 1949 For Them That Trespass
Inn Proprietress
 1949 Cardboard Cavalier
Lady Agnes
 1949 The History of Mr. Polly
Lady on left
 1949 Silent Dust
 1949 The Fool and the Princess
Mrs. Wicker
 1948 Woman Hater
Mrs. Fletcher
 1947 The Hills of Donegal
Mrs. Mactavish
 1947 Code of Scotland Yard
Ruby Towser
 1947 Temptation Harbor
Mrs. Gowshall
 1946 I'll Turn to You
Mrs. Gammon
 1945 Brief Encounter
Cellist and Organist (uncredited)
 1945 Great Day
Lady serving Tea in Tea Stall.
 1945 For You Alone
Miss Trotter
 1945 Kiss the Bride Goodbye
Mrs. Victory
 1944 The Gay Intruders
Mrs. Farnsworth
 1944 Mr. Emmanuel
 1944 Give Us the Moon
Miss Haddock
 1944 Her Man Gilbey (uncredited)
 1944 Welcome, Mr. Washington
Mrs. Pidgeon (uncredited)
 1944 It's in the Bag
Mrs. Beam
 1943 Rhythm Serenade
Mrs. Crumbling
 1943 Millions Like Us
Landlady (uncredited)
 1943 Dear Octopus
 1943 The Flemish Farm
 1943 I'll Walk Beside You
Ma Perkins
 1943 Get Cracking
Maggie Turner (uncredited)
 1942 Uncensored
Frau von Koerner
 1941 'Pimpernel' Smith
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1941 The Spell of Amy Nugent
Mrs. Nugent
 1941 Gasbags
Burgomaster's wife
 1940 Night Train to Munich
Station Master (uncredited)
 1940 Girl in the News
Gertrude Mary Blaker
 1940 Dr. O'Dowd
 1940 Mrs. Pym of Scotland Yard
Miss Bell
 1939 The Fugitive
 1939 Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday
Boarder (uncredited)
 1938 Strange Boarders
Mrs. Dewar
 1938 The Terror
Kitchen Maid (uncredited)
 1937 Missing, Believed Married
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She acted in Ronald Harwood's play, "A Family," in a Royal Exchange production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Paul Scofield, Harry Andrews, Eleanor Bron, Trevor Peacock, Gary Waldhorn, and Celia Gregory in the cast. Caspar Wrede was director. See more »


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Born to a wealthy Austrian banker and an aristocraric Frenchwoman. See more »

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