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Actor was best known for her roles as the mother in The Railway Children and the 1953 comedy Genevieve

The film star Dinah Sheridan, who played the mother in The Railway Children, has died. Sheridan, 92, who also starred in the 1953 film comedy Genevieve, died peacefully at her home in Northwood, Middlesex on Sunday surrounded by her family, said her agent Gareth Owen.

Sheridan, the mother of actor Jenny Hanley and politician Sir Jeremy Hanley, was considered the quintessential English rose because of her elegance and understated beauty.

She was born Dinah Nadyejda Ginsburg in Hampstead, north London, in 1920 to a Russian father and German mother who were photographers to the royal family. Her first stage role came at the age of 12 and she subsequently went on tour as Wendy in Peter Pan which starred Charles Laughton as Captain Hook. Her film break came shortly and she appeared in such films as »

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