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Celia Johnson (I) (1908–1982)

Celia Johnson was born on December 18, 1908 in Ellerker Gate, Richmond, Surrey, England as Celia Elizabeth Johnson. She was an actress, known for Brief Encounter (1945), This Happy Breed (1944) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969). She was married to Peter Fleming. She died on April 26, 1982 in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, England. See full bio »

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Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter Laura Jesson
This Happy Breed
This Happy Breed Ethel Gibbons
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
All's Well That Ends Well
All's Well That Ends Well Countess of Rousillon


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 1983 Number 10 (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Gladstone
- Old Glad Eyes (1983) ... Mrs. Gladstone
 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
 1981 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie)
Countess of Rousillon
 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
 1975 Lloyd George Knew My Father (TV Movie)
Lady Sheila Boothroyd
 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 Cherry Orchard (1971) ... Madame Ranyevskaya
- The Marquise (1969) ... Eloise
- Relatively Speaking (1969) ... Sheila
- 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
 1967 Relatively Speaking (TV Movie)
 1963-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Lady Fanny Nelson / Helen / Alida Slade
- Nelson: A Study in Miniature (1966) ... Lady Fanny Nelson
- Helen and Edward and Henry (1965) ... Helen
- Three Roads to Rome (1963) ... Alida Slade
 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Isobel Cherry
- Flowering Cherry (1958) ... Isobel Cherry
 1957 The Good Companions
Miss Trant
 1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Leslie Crosbie
- The Letter (1956) ... Leslie Crosbie
 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 The Holly and the Ivy
Jenny Gregory
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
- The Distaff Side (1952)
 1952 I Believe in You
 1951 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mary Otis
- A Bolt of Lightning (1951) ... Mary Otis (as Elizabeth Johnson)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- A Matter of Life (1951) ... Jeannie (as Elizabeth Johnson)
 1950 The Astonished Heart
Barbara Faber
 1945 Brief Encounter
Laura Jesson
 1944 This Happy Breed
Ethel Gibbons
 1943 Dear Octopus
 1942 In Which We Serve
Mrs. Alix Kinross
 1941 A Letter from Home (Short)
English Mother
 1939 A Night at the Hardcastles (TV Movie)
Miss Hardcastle
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Other Works:

She acted in Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Master Builder", in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Jeanne Hepple and Edward Hardwicke in the cast. Peter Wood was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Celia Johnson | Elizabeth Johnson

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She was awarded the DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama. See more »

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