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Margaret Leighton (1922–1976)

British theatre actress Margaret Leighton made her classical stage debut at age 16. The daughter of a businessman, she joined the Old Vic Company under the direction of Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson and in the late 40s and 50s earned kudos for her theatrical endeavors on both the London and Broadway stages. She was nominated for four Tony ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 1976 Journey Through the Black Sun (TV Movie)
Arra
 1976 A Dirty Knight's Work
Ma Gore
 1975 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
Arra
- Collision Course (1975) ... Arra
 1975 Galileo
Elderly Court Lady
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
Miss Havisham
 1974 From Beyond the Grave
Madame Orloff (segment 3 "The Elemental")
 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story (TV Movie)
Francoise DuVal
 1973 The Upper Crusts (TV Series)
Lady Seacroft
- Putting on the Ritz (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
- A Tradition of Service (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
- Sitting Pretty (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
- One Door Opens (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
- By Endeavour Alone (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
 1970-1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
The woman / Gertrude
- The Guests (1972) ... The woman
- Hamlet (1970) ... Gertrude
 1972 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Huntercombe
- Hot Summer: Do Not Sell (1972) ... Lady Huntercombe
 1972 X, Y and Zee
Gladys
 1971 The Go-Between
Mrs. Maudsley
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Amelia Rayner
- The King of Denmark (1970) ... Amelia Rayner
 1969 The Vortex (TV Movie)
Florence Lancaster
 1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot
Constance, the Madwoman of Passy
 1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Mary Wright
- The Crystal Maze (1969) ... Mary Wright
 1968 A Touch of Venus (TV Series)
Rosemary
- All on Her Own (1968) ... Rosemary
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Gita Volander
- The Lethal Eagle Affair (1966) ... Gita Volander
 1966 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Amy Hunter
- The Chameleon (1966) ... Amy Hunter
 1966 7 Women
Agatha Andrews - Head of Mission
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Chris Becker / Paula Winfield
- Web of Hate (1965) ... Chris Becker
- Lullaby for an Indian Summer (1965) ... Paula Winfield
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Nell Snyder
- Where the Woodbine Twineth (1965) ... Nell Snyder
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Connie Hanson
- Who Killed Everybody? (1964) ... Connie Hanson
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Leila Farr
- August Is the Month Before Christmas (1964) ... Leila Farr
 1964 The Best Man
Alice Russell
 1955-1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mrs. Manningham / Natalya Petrovna
- Gaslight (1960) ... Mrs. Manningham
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Miss Kerrison
- The Second Man (1959) ... Miss Kerrison
 1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Iris Teleton
- Tea Time (1958) ... Iris Teleton
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Miss Perry
- The Sparkle of Diamonds (1957) ... Miss Perry
 1957 A Novel Affair
Judith Wynter / Leonie Hathaway
 1956 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Marion (wife)
- The Triumphant (1956) ... Marion (wife)
 1955 Marriage a la Mode
The Law: Counsel for the Defence
 1954 Court Martial
Valerie
 1954 The Teckman Mystery
Helen Teckman
 1951-1953 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Rosalind / Catherine Bailey
- As You Like It (1953) ... Rosalind
- Release (I) (1951) ... Catherine Bailey
 1951 Calling Bulldog Drummond
Sgt. Helen Smith
 1950 The Astonished Heart
Leonora Vail
 1948 Bonnie Prince Charlie
Flora MacDonald
 1948 Arms and the Man (TV Movie)
Raina Petkoff
 1947 Everyman (TV Movie)
Beauty
 1938 Laugh with Me (TV Movie)
Dorothy
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She acted in Julian Mitchell's play, "A Family and A Fortune," at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, East Sussex, England with Alec Guinness, Nicola Pagett, Rachel Kempson, and Anthony Nicholls in the cast. Alan Strachan was director. See more »

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Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Her frequent co-star on both stage and screen was Ralph Richardson. She played Roxane to his Cyrano in the 1946 London stage revival of "Cyrano de Bergerac", one of Richardson's greatest stage successes. See more »

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