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Martita Hunt (1899–1969)

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, she grew in stature as a dramatic actress with the... See full bio »


(age 70) in London, England, UK

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Great Expectations
Great Expectations Miss Havisham
Bunny Lake Is Missing
Becket Empress Matilda
The Brides of Dracula
The Brides of Dracula Baroness Meinster


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 1969 The Best House in London
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing
Ada Ford
 1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Grand Duchess Elise Lupavinova
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Madame Desmermortes
- Ring Round the Moon (1964) ... Madame Desmermortes
 1964 Becket
Empress Matilda
 1964 First Night (TV Series)
Madame Nodier
- The Happy Ones (1964) ... Madame Nodier
 1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Mrs. Baxter
- Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing (1962) ... Mrs. Baxter
 1962 Saki (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Bastable
- Episode #1.8 (1962) ... Lady Bastable
- Episode #1.7 (1962) ... Lady Bastable
- Episode #1.6 (1962) ... Lady Bastable
- Episode #1.5 (1962) ... Lady Bastable
- Episode #1.4 (1962) ... Lady Bastable
 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
Anna Richter (Story Teller)
 1959-1962 Fredric March Presents Tales from Dickens (TV Series)
Betsey Trotwood
- David and Betsy Trotwood (1962) ... Betsey Trotwood
- David and Dora Get Married (1962) ... Betsey Trotwood
- Uriah Heep (1959) ... Betsey Trotwood
 1962 Sykes and A... (TV Series)
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Celia Sommerville
- The Last of the Sommervilles (1961) ... Celia Sommerville
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Madame Kuprin
- A Call on Kuprin: Part 2 (1961) ... Madame Kuprin
- A Call on Kuprin: Part 1 (1961) ... Madame Kuprin
 1961 I Like Money
 1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mabel Roach
- The Two Wise Virgins of Hove (1960) ... Mabel Roach
 1960 Festival (TV Series)
- The Old Ladies (1960)
 1960 Song Without End
Grand Duchess
 1960 The Brides of Dracula
Baroness Meinster
 1960 Bottoms Up
Lady Gore-Willoughby
 1959 La prima notte
Lisa Bradwell
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- What Every Woman Knows (1959) ... Comtesse
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Julia Sharpe
- The Franchise Affair (1958) ... Julia Sharpe
 1958 Me and the Colonel
Mother Superior
 1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Lady Bracknell
- The Importance of Being Earnest (1958) ... Lady Bracknell
 1958 Bonjour Tristesse
Philippe's Mother
 1957 Dangerous Exile
Lady Lydia Fell
 1957 Les espions
Connie Harper
 1957 Paradise Lagoon
Lady Brocklehurst
 1957 Sword of Freedom (TV Series)
Duchess Di Luca / Duchess Di Crespi
- The Tower (1957) ... Duchess Di Luca (uncredited)
- The Beseiged Duchess (1957) ... Duchess Di Crespi
 1956 Three Men in a Boat
Mrs. Willis
 1956 Anastasia
Baroness Elena von Livenbaum
 1956 The March Hare
Lady Anne
 1955 King's Rhapsody
Queen Mother
 1953 Melba
Mme. Marchesi
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
- Arms and the Man (1953) ... Louka
 1952 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Great Lady (1952)
 1952 Folly to Be Wise
Lady Dodd
 1952 It Started in Paradise
Mme. Alice
 1952 Tonight at 8:30
Mabel Grace: Red Peppers
 1952 Treasure Hunt
Aunt Anna Rose
 1949 The Fan
Duchess of Berwick
 1948 My Sister and I
Mrs. Camelot
 1948 Liberation (TV Short)
Jeanne Marsan
 1948 So Evil My Love
Mrs. Courtney
 1948 Anna Karenina
Princess Betty Tversky
 1947 The Little Ballerina
Miss Crichton
 1946 Great Expectations
Miss Havisham
 1946 The Queen of Spades (TV Movie)
Countess Anna Fedorovna
 1946 Dangerous Corner (TV Movie)
Miss Mockridge
 1945 The Wicked Lady
Cousin Agatha
 1944 Welcome, Mr. Washington
Miss Finch
 1943 The Man in Grey
Miss Patchett
 1942 Talk About Jacqueline
Colonel's Wife (uncredited)
 1942 The Great Mr. Handel
Chorister (uncredited)
 1942 Sabotage at Sea
Daphne Faber
 1942 Lady from Lisbon
Susan Wellington-Smythe
 1942 Wings and the Woman
Miss Bland
 1942 The Seventh Survivor
Mrs. Lindley
 1941 The Strangler
 1941 Quiet Wedding
Mme. Mirelle
 1941 A Voice in the Night
Frau Lehmann the Concierge
 1940 Miss Grant Goes to the Door (Short)
 1940 Tilly of Bloomsbury
Lady Marion Mainwaring
 1940 The Good Old Days
Sara Macaulay
 1940 The Middle Watch
Lady Elizabeth Hewett
 1940 House of Mystery
Helen Vaquier
 1940 Miss Knowall (Short)
Miss Hardcastle
 1939 Old Mother Riley Joins Up
 1939 Young Man's Fancy
Duchess of Beaumont
 1939 Goodbye, Mr. Chips
British Tourist on Bicycle (uncredited)
 1939 A Girl Must Live
Mme. Dupont, assistant
 1939 The Nursemaid Who Disappeared
Lady Alice Ballister
 1939 Trouble Brewing
Madame Berdi
 1938 Prison Without Bars
Mme. Appel
 1938 Strange Boarders
Miss Pitter
 1938 Second Best Bed
Mrs. Mather
 1937 Gaiety Girls
Mme. Bernard (uncredited)
 1937 Troopship
Adela Swayle
 1937 Good Morning, Boys
Lady Bogshott
 1936 The Mill on the Floss
Mrs. Glegg
 1936 Sabotage
Miss Chatham - The Professor's Daughter (uncredited)
 1936 The Beloved Vagabond
Lady with lorgnettes (uncredited)
 1936 The Interrupted Honeymoon
Nora Briggs
 1936 Nine Days a Queen
Jane's Mother
 1936 Pot Luck
Mrs. Cream
 1936 When Knights Were Bold
Aunt Esther
 1935 King of the Damned
Woman on Plane (uncredited)
 1935 First a Girl
 1935 Man of the Moment
Roulette Player
 1935 The Case of Gabriel Perry
Mrs. Read
 1935 Mr. What's-His-Name?
Mrs. Davies
 1934 Too Many Millions
Mrs. Pilcher
 1933 Friday the Thirteenth
Agnes Lightfoot
 1933 I Was a Spy
Aunt Lucille
 1932 Love on Wheels
Piano Demonstrator
 1932 Reserved for Ladies
Aline - Countess Ricardi's Maid (uncredited)
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She acted in John Webster's play, "The White Devil," at the Duchess Theatre in London, England with Margaret Rawlings, Sir Robert Helpmann CBE, Andrew Cruickshank, Hugh Griffith, Patrick Macnee, Heather Stannard, and Claire Bloom in the cast. Michael Benthall was director. See more »

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In 1933, she was employed by a young Alec Guinness as an acting coach. After 12 lessons she told him, "You'll never make an actor, Mr Guinness", although the two remained friends. Guinness persevered and made his professional stage debut the following year, and in 1946, his film debut as Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), in which he co-starred with none other than Martita Hunt. See more »


Dowager-like features and a stately toned speaking voice

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