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Nora Swinburne (1902–2000)

Known for her genteel ways and stately beauty in tea service drama, British actress Nora Swinburne was born Elinore Johnson on July 24, 1902, in Bath, England. Performing on stage as both actress and dancer from the age of 10, her father, Henry Swinburne Johnson, manufactured toys for a living. She was a member of Clive Currie's Young Players in ... See full bio »


(age 97) in London, England, UK

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The River
The River The Mother
Quo Vadis
Quo Vadis Pomponia
Anne of the Thousand Days
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 1974 The Early Life of Stephen Hind (TV Series)
Mary Duquesne
- Episode #1.3 (1974) ... Mary Duquesne
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Mary Duquesne
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Mary Duquesne
 1974 Notorious Woman (TV Mini-Series)
Comtesse de Musset
- Conflict (1974) ... Comtesse de Musset
 1974 Fall of Eagles (TV Mini-Series)
Katharina Schratt
- Indian Summer of an Emperor (1974) ... Katharina Schratt
 1969-1972 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Dora Randolph / Lavender Collingham
- Murder: Return to Yesterday (1969) ... Lavender Collingham
 1972 Dead of Night (TV Series)
Mariella Jubb
- Death Cancels All Debts (1972) ... Mariella Jubb
 1972 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Mrs. Raven
- Mrs. Raven (1972) ... Mrs. Raven
 1972 Man at the Top (TV Series)
Lady Belmont
- Living Like a Lord (1972) ... Lady Belmont
 1971 Kate (TV Series)
May Barnett
- The Great Female Rebellion (1971) ... May Barnett
 1970 Manhunt (TV Series)
The Countess
- What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1970) ... The Countess
 1969 Anne of the Thousand Days
Lady Kingston
 1968 The Jazz Age (TV Series)
Lady Cavan
- Post Mortem (1968) ... Lady Cavan
 1968 Interlude
 1968 A Man of our Times (TV Series)
Mrs. Prentice
- Got Yourself Sorted Out at All? (1968) ... Mrs. Prentice
 1967 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (TV Series)
Lady Crabbe
- The Brown Hand (1967) ... Lady Crabbe
 1966 A Man Could Get Killed
Lady Frazier (uncredited)
 1965 Compact (TV Series)
Lady Marsden
- The End of a Song (1965) ... Lady Marsden
- Food for Thought (1965) ... Lady Marsden
 1964 The Hidden Truth (TV Series)
Mrs. Pargeter
- One of the Hampshire Pargeters (1964) ... Mrs. Pargeter
 1963 Decision at Midnight
 1961 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Mrs. Phillips
- Drama '61: The Dinner Party (1961) ... Mrs. Phillips
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Augusta Dill / Sybil Birling
- Fury in Petticoats (1961) ... Mrs. Augusta Dill
 1960 The Small House at Allington (TV Series)
Mrs. Dale
- Part 6 (1960) ... Mrs. Dale
- Part 5 (1960) ... Mrs. Dale
- Part 4 (1960) ... Mrs. Dale
- Part 3 (1960) ... Mrs. Dale
- Part 2 (1960) ... Mrs. Dale
 1960 Conspiracy of Hearts
Sister Tia
 1959 Third Man on the Mountain
Frau Matt
 1959 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Catherine Hayling
- Fool's Paradise (1959) ... Catherine Hayling
 1958 Female Fiends
Mrs. Friend
 1958 The Winslow Boy (TV Movie)
Grace Winslow
 1958 Television World Theatre (TV Series)
Madame Ranevsky
- The Cherry Orchard (1958) ... Madame Ranevsky
 1958 The Veil (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Myra Willowden
- Jack the Ripper (1958) ... Mrs. Myra Willowden
 1957 The First Mrs. Fraser (TV Movie)
Janet Fraser
 1957 Sailor of Fortune (TV Series)
Mrs. Mostovoy
- The Diamond Chips (1957) ... Mrs. Mostovoy
 1957 A Woman of Property (TV Movie)
Mrs. Lucy Penfold
 1957 O.S.S. (TV Series)
Madame Latour
- Operation Dagger (1957) ... Madame Latour
 1954-1956 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Mary / Grace Stevens / Mrs. Stratton / ...
- A Train to the Sea (1956) ... Mary
- The Long White Line (1955) ... Grace Stevens
- The Heirloom (1954) ... Mrs. Stratton
- Second Wind (1954) ... Alice
 1956 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Carla Grahame
- The Lady Asks for Help (1956) ... Carla Grahame
 1955 The End of the Affair
Mrs. Bertram
 1954 Betrayed
The Scarf's Mother
 1951 The River
The Mother
 1949 Landfall
Admiral's Wife
 1949 Marry Me
Enid Lawson
 1949 Fools Rush In
Angela Dickson
 1948 Quartet
Mrs. Peregrine (segment "The Colonel's Lady")
 1948 The Blind Goddess
Lady Dearing
 1948 Good-Time Girl
Miss Mills
 1946 They Knew Mr. Knight
Celia Blake
 1943 The Man in Grey
Mrs. Fitzherbert (as Norah Swinburne)
 1942 Wings and the Woman
ATA Commandant
 1940 It Happened to One Man
Alice Quair
 1938 Lily of Laguna
Gloria Grey
 1938 The Citadel
Mrs. Thornton
 1937 Dinner at the Ritz
Lady Railton
 1936 Lonely Road
Lady Anne
 1936 The Gay Adventure
Fay d'Allary
 1936 Jury's Evidence
Mary Trent
 1935 Lend Me Your Husband
Virgie Green
 1934 Boomerang
Elizabeth Stafford
 1934 The Office Wife (Short)
 1933 Too Many Wives
Hilary Wildely
 1933 Perfect Understanding
Lady Stephanie Fitzmaurice
 1932 The Man Who Won
Diana Trenchard
 1932 A Voice Said Goodnight (Short)
Joan Creighton
 1931 Potiphar's Wife
Lady Diana Bromford
 1931 A Man of Mayfair
Elaine Barclay
 1931 These Charming People
Julia Berridge
 1930 The Royal Four-Flusher (Short)
The Queen
 1930 Nay, Nay, Nero (Short)
 1926 One Colombo Night
Jean Caldicott
 1925 A Girl of London
 1924 His Grace Gives Notice
Cynthia Bannock
 1924 The Unwanted
Joyce Mannering
 1923 Hornet's Nest
Lady Rona
 1922 Die weisse Wüste
 1922 Wee MacGregor's Sweetheart
Jessie Mary
 1922 Allein im Urwald
Lydia Gyldendal
 1921 The Autumn of Pride
Peggy Naylor
 1921 The Fortune of Christina McNab
Christina McNab
 1920 Saved from the Sea
Nancy Brooks
 1920 Branded
Doris Jerningham
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Other Works:

She acted in the play, "Red Letter Day," at the Garrick Theatre in London, England with Fay Compton, Jimmy Verner, Hugh Williams, Mary Marvin, June Thorburn, Terence Longdon, Dorothy Dickson, and Donald Sinden in the cast. See more »

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Norah Swinburne


5' 5½" (1.66 m)

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Died within months of death of friends Joan Marion and Jane Welsh. See more »

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