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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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 1988 The Management (TV Series)
Judge
- The Arrest (1988) ... Judge
 1987 Never Say Die (TV Series)
Dorothy
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Dorothy
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Dorothy
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Dorothy
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Dorothy
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Dorothy
 1986-1987 In Sickness and in Health (TV Series)
Gwenneth
- Episode #3.4 (1987) ... Gwenneth
- Episode #2.6 (1986) ... Gwenneth
 1986 The Kenny Everett Television Show (TV Series)
- Episode #4.6 (1986)
 1986 Mapp & Lucia (TV Series)
Poppy, Duchess of Sheffield
- Au Reservoir (1986) ... Poppy, Duchess of Sheffield
 1986 Absolute Beginners
Mrs. Larkin
 1986 Screen Two (TV Series)
Madame de Bonneuil
- Hotel du Lac (1986) ... Madame de Bonneuil
 1985 Theatre Night (TV Series)
The Nurse
- The Father (1985) ... The Nurse
 1985 Super Gran (TV Series)
Clinging Ivey
- Supergran and the Magic Ian (1985) ... Clinging Ivey
 1984 Dramarama (TV Series)
Maureen
- Fowl Pest (1984) ... Maureen
 1980-1983 Metal Mickey (TV Series)
Granny
- Mickey to the Rescue (1983) ... Granny
- Detective Mickey Christmas (1982) ... Granny
- Mickey Pops the Question (1982) ... Granny
- Mickey Meets Mumsie (1982) ... Granny
- His Worship the Mickey (1982) ... Granny
 1982 It's Your Move (TV Short)
Grand old lady
 1982 Emery Presents: Legacy of Murder (TV Series)
Cousin Looby
- Corpse in the Act (1982) ... Cousin Looby
 1981 Riding High
Gran
 1980 Bio Woman (Short) (voice)
 1980 The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
Cinema Usherette
 1976-1979 Maggie and Her (TV Series)
Mrs P.
- Reg and the Computer (1979) ... Mrs P.
- The Return of Fred (1979) ... Mrs P.
- The Good Old Days (1979) ... Mrs P.
- Enter a Psychologist (1979) ... Mrs P.
- Good Old Saturday Night (1979) ... Mrs P.
 1978 The Light Princess (TV Movie)
 1977 Come Spy with Me (TV Movie)
Mother Fink
 1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste
Miss Wormwood
 1977 Come Play with Me
Lady Bovington
 1977 Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers
Mrs. Phillimore
 1977 Adventures of a Private Eye
Miss Friggin
 1977 The Fosters (TV Series)
Mrs. Draper
- New Year with the Fosters (1977) ... Mrs. Draper
 1976 Confessions of a Driving Instructor
Miss Slenderparts
 1976 Angels (TV Series)
Annie
- Concert (1976) ... Annie
- Day Hospital (1976) ... Annie
 1976 The Chiffy Kids (TV Series)
Lady on crossing
- Room to Let (1976) ... Lady on crossing
 1975 A Legacy (TV Series)
Grandmama Merz
- Episode #1.5 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz
- Episode #1.4 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz
- Episode #1.3 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz
- Episode #1.2 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz
- Episode #1.1 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz
 1970 Rookery Nook (TV Movie)
Mrs. Leverett
 1970 Doctor in Trouble
Mrs. Dailey
 1969 World in Ferment (TV Series)
Madame Astoria
- Episode #1.6 (1969) ... Madame Astoria
- Episode #1.5 (1969) ... Madame Astoria
- Episode #1.4 (1969) ... Madame Astoria
- Episode #1.3 (1969) ... Madame Astoria
- Episode #1.2 (1969) ... Madame Astoria
 1969 Q9 (TV Series)
Special Guest
- Episode #1.1 (1969) ... Special Guest
 1968 Lionheart
Lil
 1968 European Eye (TV Movie)
Miss Dancy
 1968 Wonderwall
Mrs. Peurofoy
 1968 Mum's Boys (TV Series)
Crystal Pallise
- Where There's a Will (1968) ... Crystal Pallise
- Cuckoo Plays Cupid (1968) ... Crystal Pallise
- The Root of Evil (1968) ... Crystal Pallise
- That's What Friends Are For (1968) ... Crystal Pallise
- Tune on an Old Fiddle (1968) ... Crystal Pallise
 1967 The Mini-Mob
Cook in Chinese Restaurant
 1967 Smashing Time
Mrs. Gimble
 1967 Misleading Cases (TV Series)
Mrs. Philby-Potter
- Is a Golfer a Gentleman? (1967) ... Mrs. Philby-Potter
 1966 The Wrong Box
Mrs. Hackett
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Agnes Oaks
- A Man Like That (1966) ... Agnes Oaks
 1965-1966 Barney Is My Darling (TV Series)
Ramona Pank
- The Prodigal Son (1966) ... Ramona Pank
- My Son! My Son! (1966) ... Ramona Pank
- Weddings, Funerals and Christenings (1966) ... Ramona Pank
- The Twenty Six Year Itch (1965) ... Ramona Pank
- The 2000 Pounds a Year Man (1965) ... Ramona Pank
 1965 You Must Be Joking!
Elderly Woman
 1964 The Big Noise (TV Series)
Aunt Lily
- Episode #1.3 (1964) ... Aunt Lily
 1963 Heavens Above!
Rene Smith
 1963 The Dickie Henderson Show (TV Series)
- The Housekeeper (1963)
 1963 The Rag Trade (TV Series)
Reg's Mum
- Episode #3.12 (1963) ... Reg's Mum
- Episode #3.9 (1963) ... Reg's Mum
 1963 Just for Fun
Housewife
 1962 Citizen James (TV Series)
Mrs. Bullock-Smythe
- The Watchdog (1962) ... Mrs. Bullock-Smythe
 1962 Hugh and I (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1962)
 1961 Nothing Barred
Elsie
 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
Lily
 1960 Two Way Stretch
Mrs. Price
 1959 Desert Mice
Miss Patch
 1959 Upstairs and Downstairs
Large Woman
 1958-1959 Educating Archie (TV Series)
Mrs. Twissle
- Episode #2.6 (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle
- The Prune Mutiny (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle
- The Man Who Couldn't Grow Up (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle
- Episode #1.13 (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle
- Episode #1.12 (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle
 1959 I'm All Right Jack
Mrs. Kite
 1959 H.G.Wells' Invisible Man (TV Series)
Woman in Lift
- Shadow on the Screen (1959) ... Woman in Lift
 1959 Left Right and Centre
Mrs. Maggs
 1959 The Crowning Touch
Bebe
 1959 Alfred Marks Time (TV Series)
- Episode #4.5 (1959)
 1959 Carry on Nurse
Mrs. Madge Hickson
 1959 Man in a Cocked Hat
Mrs. Carter
 1959 Dial 999 (TV Series)
Mrs. Rigby
- The Big Fish (1959) ... Mrs. Rigby
 1959 Glencannon (TV Series)
 1958 Spectacular (TV Series)
 1958 Mary Britten, M.D. (TV Series)
Mrs. Levy
- A Day's Fishing (1958) ... Mrs. Levy
 1958 Next to No Time
Mrs. Crowley, Greengrocer
 1958 Law and Disorder
Woman in Train
 1958 The Key
Clerk
 1958 Happy Is the Bride
Mme. Edna
 1958 My Pal Bob (TV Series)
- Episode #2.3 (1958)
 1957 A Santa for Christmas (TV Movie)
 1957 Small Hotel
Mrs. Gammon
 1957 Chelsea at Nine (TV Series)
Comedy Regular
 1957 The Schirmer Inheritance (TV Series)
Frau Gresser
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... Frau Gresser
 1957 Drake's Progress (TV Series)
 1957 Brothers in Law
Mrs. Potter
 1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Polly
- The Shell Game (1957) ... Polly
 1956 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Miss Rawlings
- Shooting Star (1956) ... Miss Rawlings
 1956 The Silken Affair
Receptionist
 1956 Opening Night (TV Movie)
 1956 Hancock's Half Hour (TV Series)
Miss Medworthy / Model / Nurse
- The Bequest (1956) ... Miss Medworthy
- The Artist (1956) ... Model
- The First TV Show (1956) ... Nurse
 1956 It's Never Too Late
New Neighbor
 1956 Who Done It?
Customer (uncredited)
 1956 Now and Forever
Middle-Aged Woman (uncredited)
 1954-1955 Fast and Loose (TV Series)
- Episode #2.4 (1955)
- Episode #2.1 (1955)
- Episode #1.4 (1954)
- Episode #1.1 (1954)
 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
Undetermined Minor Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1954 Young and Willing
Waitress
 1953 Meet Mr. Lucifer
Lady with Dog
 1953 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Dora Rippe
- The Door (1953) ... Dora Rippe
 1953 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Hassall
- Portrait by Peko (1953) ... Mrs. Hassall
 1952 Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow
Mrs. Tidmarsh
 1952 Treasure Hunt
Nanny (uncredited)
 1951 Young Wives' Tale
Nanny
 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
Cook
 1948 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
Trude
 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 Millions Like Us
Landlady (uncredited)
 1943 Dear Octopus
Flora
 1943 The Flemish Farm
Frau
 1943 I'll Walk Beside You
Ma Perkins
 1943 Get Cracking
Maggie Turner (uncredited)
 1943 Rhythm Serenade
Mrs. Crumbling
 1942 Uncensored
Frau von Koerner
 1942 Partners in Crime (Short)
Mrs. Wilson
 1941 'Pimpernel' Smith
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1941 The Spell of Amy Nugent
Mrs. Nugent
 1941 Gasbags
Burgomaster's wife
 1941 Mr. Proudfoot Shows a Light (Short)
Councillor
 1940 George and Margaret
Beer
 1940 Night Train to Munich
Station Master (uncredited)
 1940 Girl in the News
Gertrude Mary Blaker
 1940 Dr. O'Dowd
Sarah
 1940 Mrs. Pym of Scotland Yard
Miss Bell
 1939 Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday
Boarder (uncredited)
 1939 The Fugitive
Neighbour
 1938 Strange Boarders
Mrs. Dewar
 1938 The Terror
Kitchen Maid (uncredited)
 1937 Missing, Believed Married
Chambermaid
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Other Works:

She acted in Edward Bond''s play, "Restoration," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with Simon Callow in the cast. Edward Bond was also director. See more »

Height:

4' 11½" (1.51 m)
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Trivia:

Did not take to the stage until she was 36. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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