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Jenny Laird (I) (1912–2001)

Jenny Laird was born on February 13, 1912 in Chorlton, Manchester, England as Phyllis Edith Mary Blythe. She was an actress and writer, known for Black Narcissus (1947), Village of the Damned (1960) and The Girl of the Canal (1945). She was married to John Fernald. She died on October 31, 2001 in Camden, London, England. See full bio »

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Black Narcissus
Black Narcissus Sister Honey
Village of the Damned
Village of the Damned Mrs. Harrington
The Girl of the Canal
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Passenger to London Barbara lane


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 1991 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Mrs. Keelan
- Second Time Around (1991) ... Mrs. Keelan
 1988 All Creatures Great and Small (TV Series)
Mrs. Whithorn
- Barks and Bites (1988) ... Mrs. Whithorn
 1980 Hammer House of Horror (TV Series)
Mrs. Roberts
- The Two Faces of Evil (1980) ... Mrs. Roberts
 1980 Spy! (TV Series)
Frau Pohl
- The Murder Machine (1980) ... Frau Pohl
 1979 Henry IV Part II (TV Movie)
Lady Northumberland
 1979 A Family Affair (TV Mini-Series)
- A Bit of a Troublemaker (1979) ... Matron
 1978 Secret Army (TV Series)
Else Lambrichts
- Little Old Lady (1978) ... Else Lambrichts
 1978 Lillie (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Stratton
- The Jersey Lily (1978) ... Mrs. Stratton
 1978 1990 (TV Series)
Mrs. Brooks
- What Pleases the Prince (1978) ... Mrs. Brooks
 1975 Within These Walls (TV Series)
Elspeth McIntosh
- Inside Out (1975) ... Elspeth McIntosh
 1974 Justice (TV Series)
Betty Watson
- Under Suspicion (1974) ... Betty Watson
 1974 The Aweful Mr. Goodall (TV Series)
Mrs. Robson
- The Good Samaritan (1974) ... Mrs. Robson
 1974 Shoulder to Shoulder (TV Mini-Series)
Matron of Holloway
- Lady Constance Lytton (1974) ... Matron of Holloway
 1973 Thriller (TV Series)
- A Place to Die (1973) ... Nan
 1972 The Onedin Line (TV Series)
Ellen Jessop
- A Woman Alone (1972) ... Ellen Jessop
- Pound and Pint (1972) ... Ellen Jessop
- The Hard Case (1972) ... Ellen Jessop
 1966 This Man Craig (TV Series)
Mrs. Brewer
- The Romantic (1966) ... Mrs. Brewer
 1965 Z Cars (TV Series)
Mrs. Parker
- The Mice Will Play (1965) ... Mrs. Parker
 1964 The Old Wives' Tale (TV Series)
Madame Foucault
- Young Wives (1964) ... Madame Foucault
 1962-1964 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Fanny Wishart / Alison
- Without the City (1964) ... Fanny Wishart
- Carver Tam (1962) ... Alison
 1963 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Mary Szczepanski
- Episode #1.622 (1963) ... Mary Szczepanski
 1963 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Sarah Hawkins
- Run with the Devil (1963) ... Sarah Hawkins
 1962 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Mrs. Devereux
- Drama '62: Luck of the Draw (1962) ... Mrs. Devereux
 1962 Probation Officer (TV Series)
Mrs. Thomas
- Episode #4.11 (1962) ... Mrs. Thomas
 1961 Maigret (TV Series)
Madame Lorilleux
- A Crime for Christmas (1961) ... Madame Lorilleux
 1961 Call Oxbridge 2000 (TV Series)
Miss Hawkins
- Episode #1.9 (1961) ... Miss Hawkins
 1961 Ghost Squad (TV Series)
Mrs. Cookson
- Million Dollar Ransom (1961) ... Mrs. Cookson
 1961 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dr. Fraser
- Miss Treeves (1961) ... Dr. Fraser
 1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. MacPhail
- Rain (1960) ... Mrs. MacPhail
 1960 Village of the Damned
Mrs. Harrington
 1960 Conspiracy of Hearts
Sister Honoria
 1959 The Flying Doctor (TV Series)
Mrs Heyward
- Blood Donor (1959) ... Mrs Heyward
 1955-1958 The Vise (TV Series)
Mrs.Sanson / Martha
- The Captive Brain (1958) ... Mrs.Sanson
- The Search for Martha Harris (1955) ... Martha
 1957 Menace in the Night
Postman's Widow
 1951 The Princess and the Swineherd (TV Movie)
Princess Clair-de-Lune
 1951 Life in Her Hands
 1951 Spring at Marino (TV Movie)
 1951 The Long Dark Hall
Mrs. Sims
 1950 Lady Precious Stream (TV Movie)
Silver Stream
 1950 Eye Witness
Mary Baxter, Sam's Wife
 1948 The Haunted (TV Movie)
 1948 Kid Flanagan (TV Movie)
Susan Richards
 1947 The Little Dry Thorn (TV Movie)
 1946 Wanted for Murder
Jeannie McLaren
 1946 Beware of Pity
 1945 The Girl of the Canal
Mary Smith
 1944 Browned Off (Short)
 1943 The Lamp Still Burns
Ginger Watkins
 1940 Love on Leave (Short)
Katherine Anderson
 1939 An Expert in Crime (TV Movie)
Ann Grayson
 1939 Murder on the Second Floor (TV Movie)
Sylvia Armitage
 1939 False Rapture
 1938 Lily of Laguna
Jane Marshall
 1938 Hay Fever (TV Movie)
Jackie Coryton #1
 1938 What a Man!
Daisy Pennyfeather
 1937 The Last Chance
 1937 The House of Silence (Short)
Joan Hallam
 1937 Auld Lang Syne
Alison Begbie
 1937 Passenger to London
Barbara lane
 1935 The Morals of Marcus
Maid (uncredited)
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She acted in Alan Plater's play, "A Smashing Day", at the New Arts Theatre in London, England with Basil Dignam, Barbara Barnett, Hywel Bennett, Michael Blackham, Vyvian Hall and Christine Hargreaves in the cast. John Fernald was the director. See more »

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Her play, "Ballad Hunter", at the Chicago Dramatists Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, was nominated for a 2000 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work. See more »

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