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Celia Johnson (I) (1908–1982)

Stage actress who appeared in a handful of UK films. She is best remembered for her screen performance in Noel Coward's and David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945), opposite Trevor Howard. This film wasn't released in the United States until 1946, and her subsequent nomination for an Academy Award for the Best Actress in a Leading Role did not occur ... See full bio »

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 1983 Number 10 (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Gladstone
 1982 Lloyd George Knew My Father (TV Movie)
Lady Sheila Boothroyd
 1982 Nanny (TV Series)
Nanny Broughton
- Comings and Goings (1982) ... Nanny Broughton
 1981 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Callifer
- The Potting Shed (1981) ... Mrs. Callifer
 1980 Staying On (TV Movie)
Lucy Smalley
 1980 The Hostage Tower (TV Movie)
Mrs. Wheeler
 1979 Matilda's England (TV Series)
Mrs. Ashburton
- The Tennis Court (1979) ... Mrs. Ashburton
 1978 Les Miserables (TV Movie)
Sister Simplice
 1978 Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie)
 1977 Centre Play (TV Series)
La Comtesse de Chemaille
- The Emporer's New Hat (1977) ... La Comtesse de Chemaille
 1976 Dame of Sark (TV Movie)
Dame Sibyl Mary Hathaway
 1976 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
- The Nicest Man in the World (1976) ... Mary-Ann
 1974 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Miss Hobbish
- Love Affair (1974) ... Miss Hobbish
 1973 Play for Today (TV Series)
Mrs. Palfrey
- Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (1973) ... Mrs. Palfrey
 1968-1971 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Madame Ranyevskaya / Eloise / Sheila / ...
- The Marquise (1969) ... Eloise
- Hay Fever (1968) ... Judith Bliss
- Ghosts (1968) ... Mrs. Alving
 1970 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Countess Isabel von Reger
- The Cellar and the Almond Tree (1970) ... Countess Isabel von Reger
 1969 The Choice (TV Movie)
 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Miss Mackay
 1967 Jackanory (TV Series)
- Baboushka (1967) ... Storyteller
- Babar and Father Christmas (1967) ... Storyteller
- Babar at Home (1967) ... Storyteller
- Babar the King (1967) ... Storyteller
- Babar's Travels (1967) ... Storyteller
 1963-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Lady Nelson / Helen / Alida Slade
- Three Roads to Rome (1963) ... Alida Slade
 1955 The Reluctant Debutante (TV Movie)
Sheila Broadbent
 1955 A Kid for Two Farthings
 1954 It's Never Too Late (TV Movie)
Laura Hammond
 1953 The Captain's Paradise
Maud St. James
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
- The Distaff Side (1952)
 1952 I Believe in You
Matty Matheson
 1951 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mary Otis
- A Bolt of Lightning (1951) ... Mary Otis (as Elizabeth Johnson)
 1950 The Astonished Heart
Barbara Faber
 1942 In Which We Serve
Mrs. Kinross / Alix
 1941 A Letter from Home (Short)
English Mother
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She acted in The Old Vic Theatre Season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Alec Guinness, Mark Dignam, George Relph, Harry Andrews, Bernard Miles, Renee Asherson, Rosalind Atkinson, Patricia Burke, John Clements, and Trevor Howard in the cast. John Burrell, Laurence Olivier, and Ralph Richardson were directors. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Celia Johnson | Elizabeth Johnson

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After Diana Wynyard passed away, she replaced her and appeared in "The Master Builder" with Michael Redgrave and Maggie Smith as part of the new National Theatre Company in 1964. She and Smith would later appear together in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969). See more »

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