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Mona Washbourne (1903–1988)

Beloved round and roly-poly British character player Mona Washbourne was a natural symbol for the working-class as much of her early career was in playing midwives, barmaids, nannies, landladies and factory workers. Born November 27, 1903, in Birmingham, England, the daughter of Arthur Edmund Washbourne and his wife Kate (Robinson), the piano was ... See full bio »


(age 84) in London, England, UK

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady Mrs. Pearce
Stevie Aunt
Billy Liar
Billy Liar Alice Fisher
The Bed Sitting Room


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 1984 December Flower (TV Movie)
Mary Grey
 1982 Charles & Diana: A Royal Love Story (TV Movie)
Queen Mother
 1981 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Pearce
- Pygmalion (1981) ... Mrs. Pearce
 1981 Brideshead Revisited (TV Mini-Series)
Nanny Hawkins
- Brideshead Revisited (1981) ... Nanny Hawkins
- A Twitch Upon the Thread (1981) ... Nanny Hawkins
- A Blow Upon a Bruise (1981) ... Nanny Hawkins
- Et in Arcadia Ego (1981) ... Nanny Hawkins
 1981 Shillingbury Tales (TV Series)
Marjorie Cavendish
- The Shillingbury Daydream (1981) ... Marjorie Cavendish
 1980 Thérèse Raquin (TV Mini-Series)
Madame Raquin
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Madame Raquin
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Madame Raquin
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Madame Raquin
 1979 The London Connection
Aunt Lydia
 1979 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Aunt Lydia
- The Omega Connection (1979) ... Aunt Lydia
 1978 Stevie
 1977 The Galton & Simpson Playhouse (TV Series)
Ethel Duckworth
- Car Along the Pass (1977) ... Ethel Duckworth
 1976 The Blue Bird
 1975 Mr. Quilp
Mrs. Jarley
 1975 Centre Play (TV Series)
- Tea at Four (1975) ... Hilda
 1975 Tea at Four (TV Movie)
 1974 The Driver's Seat
Mrs. Helen Fiedke
 1974 Marty Back Together Again (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... Various Characters
 1973 Six Days of Justice (TV Series)
Chairman of the Bench
- We'll Support You Evermore (1973) ... Chairman of the Bench
 1973 O Lucky Man!
Neighbour / Usher / Sister Hallett
 1972 All Star Comedy Carnival (TV Movie)
 1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Hudson
- I Spy a Stranger (1972) ... Mrs. Hudson
 1972 What Became of Jack and Jill?
Gran Alice Tallent
 1972 Play for Today (TV Series)
- Home (1972) ... Kathleen
 1959-1970 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Sister / Harriet / Ellen Ridgeway / ...
- Poor Mother (1970) ... Sister
- What's a Mother For? (1969) ... Harriet
- Suspicious Mind (1959) ... Ellen Ridgeway
- Hand in Glove (1959) ... Auntie B.
 1970 Fragment of Fear
Mrs. Gray
 1970 The Dustbinmen (TV Series)
Mrs. Cullingforth
- Episode #3.3 (1970) ... Mrs. Cullingforth
 1970 The Games
Mrs. Hayes
 1970 The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (TV Movie)
Mrs. Jarley
 1970 Wicked Women (TV Series)
- Christiana Edmund (1970) ... Mama
 1969 Parkin's Patch (TV Series)
Mrs. Jackson
- Bonus (1969) ... Mrs. Jackson
 1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Fumble
- Rogues Gallery: The Prude Pursued (1969) ... Mrs. Fumble
 1969 Rogues' Gallery (TV Series)
Mrs. Fumble
- The Prude Pursued (1969) ... Mrs. Fumble
 1969 The Bed Sitting Room
 1968-1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Mary / Julia Pyrton
- Murder: When Robin Was a Boy (1969) ... Mary
- Number Ten (1968) ... Julia Pyrton
 1968 If....
Matron: Staff
 1968 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- Home (1968) ... Kathleen
 1967 Two a Penny
Mrs. Duckett
 1967 Casino Royale
Tea Lady (uncredited)
 1965 The Third Day
Catherine Parsons
 1965 The Collector
Aunt Annie
 1965 One Way Pendulum
Aunt Mildred
 1964 Ferry Cross the Mersey
Aunt Lil
 1964 My Fair Lady
Mrs. Pearce
 1964 Night Must Fall
Mrs. Bramson
 1963 Billy Liar
Alice Fisher
 1960-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Doris Mapp / Margaret Mason
- The Serpent's Tooth (1961) ... Mrs. Doris Mapp
- Margaret Moves On (1960) ... Margaret Mason
 1961 No Love for Johnnie
Well-wisher at Train Station (uncredited)
 1960 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Alice Fisher
- Billy Liar (1960) ... Alice Fisher
 1960 The Brides of Dracula
Frau Lang
 1960 Knight Errant Limited (TV Series)
Miss Mathilda Lawson-Hardy
- Two for Tea (1960) ... Miss Mathilda Lawson-Hardy
 1960 A Chance to Live (TV Movie)
Mrs. Jordan
 1959 Count Your Blessings
 1958 A Cry from the Streets
Mrs. Daniels
 1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mrs. Savage
- The Curious Savage (1958) ... Mrs. Savage
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- The Velvet Glove (1958)
 1958 Dunkirk
Worker Who Speaks to Holden (uncredited)
 1957 The Vise (TV Series)
Mrs. Sullivan
- The Baby-Sitter (1957) ... Mrs. Sullivan
 1957 A Stranger in Town
Agnes Smith
 1957 The Good Companions
Mrs. Joe
 1956 It's Great to Be Young!
Miss Morrow, School Mistress
 1956 Fanny (TV Movie)
 1956 Circus Friends
Miss Linstead
 1956 Loser Takes All
Nurse (uncredited)
 1956 Blonde Sinner
Mrs. Thomas
 1956 Tears for Simon
Library Manageress (uncredited)
 1955 Count of Twelve
Supporting Role (episode "The Count of Twelve")
 1955 Alias John Preston (uncredited)
 1955 Lilli Palmer Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Turner
- Mister Betts Runs Away (1955) ... Mrs. Turner
 1955 Cast a Dark Shadow
Monica Bare
 1955 John and Julie
Miss Rendlesham
 1954 Cash on Delivery
Mid Wife Appleby.
 1954 Child's Play
Miss Emily Goslett
 1954 Betrayed
Waitress (uncredited)
 1954 Doctor in the House
Midwifery Sister (uncredited)
 1954 Star of My Night
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1954 Man with a Million
Mum with Pram (uncredited)
 1954 Adventure in the Hopfields
Mrs. McBain
 1953 The Disagreeable Man (TV Short)
Mrs. Temperley
 1953 Johnny on the Run
Mrs. MacGregor
 1952 Gambler and the Lady
Miss Minter
 1952 My Dear Petitioner (TV Movie)
Kay Ballard
 1950 Probation Officer (Short)
 1950 Dark Interval
 1950 Double Confession
Fussy Mother
 1949 John Keats Lived Here (TV Movie)
Mrs. Brawne
 1949 Maytime in Mayfair
Lady Leveson
 1949 Adam and Evalyn
Mrs. Salop - Lady Gambler (uncredited)
 1949 The Huggetts Abroad
Lugubrious Housewife (uncredited)
 1949 Once Upon a Dream
Vicar's Wife
 1948 The Winslow Boy
Miss Barnes
 1948 A Hundred Years Old (TV Movie)
Carmen Campos
 1934 Evergreen
Barmaid (uncredited)
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She acted in Jean Anouilh and Christopher Fry's play, "Ring Round the Moon," at the Globe Theatre in London, England with Paul Scofield, Margaret Rutherford, Claire Bloom, Richard Wattis, Cecil Trouncer, and William Mervyn in the cast. Peter Brook was director. Oliver Messel was designer. Richard Addinsell was musical director. See more »

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