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Renée Asherson (1915–2014)


A beautiful and durable actress of screen, stage and television. She played the bride of Laurence Olivier's title character in Henry V (1944) (Henry V (1944)). She later appeared in Maniacs on Wheels (1949), a speedway drama with Dirk Bogarde. A frequent co-star of the actor Robert Donat, whom she married in 1953. The couple separated in 1956, but... See full bio »

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The Others Old Lady
(2001)
The Cure for Love Milly Southern
(1949)
Rheingold Theatre Anna Van Klemens / Chloe / Dr. Susan Braden / Megan
(1953-1956)

Filmography

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 2001 The Others
Old Lady
 1999 Grey Owl
Carrie Belaney
 1997 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Emily Simpson
- The Killings at Badger's Drift (1997) ... Emily Simpson (as Renee Asherson)
 1995 Performance (TV Series)
Marjorie
- Bed (1995) ... Marjorie
 1994 Brighton Belles (TV Series)
Diana
- The Younger Man (1994) ... Diana
 1993 Harnessing Peacocks (TV Movie)
Louisa Fox
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Baroness
- Dainty Dish (1993) ... Baroness
 1992 Screen One (TV Series)
Old Lady
- Running Late (1992) ... Old Lady
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Charmian Colston
- Memento Mori (1992) ... Charmian Colston
 1990 Life After Life (TV Movie)
Rosie Treadwell
 1990 Chain (TV Mini-Series)
Evelyn Brinkwell
- Miss Brinkwell (1990) ... Evelyn Brinkwell
 1989 Sir Norbert Smith, a Life (TV Movie)
Lady Norbert
 1989 Tom's Midnight Garden (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Bartholemew
- Episode #1.6 (1989) ... Mrs. Bartholemew
- Episode #1.5 (1989) ... Mrs. Bartholemew
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Mrs. Bartholemew
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Mrs. Bartholemew
 1985 Time for Murder (TV Series)
Helen, Lady Sibley
- Bright Smiler (1985) ... Helen, Lady Sibley
 1985 Romance on the Orient Express (TV Movie)
Beatrice
 1985 Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (TV Mini-Series)
Miss Bunner
- Part 2 (1985) ... Miss Bunner (as Renee Asherson)
- Part 1 (1985) ... Miss Bunner (as Renee Asherson)
 1984 Edwin (TV Movie)
Lady Margaret Truscott
 1984 Crown Court (TV Series)
Mrs. Rogers
- Love and War: Part 1 (1984) ... Mrs. Rogers
 1984 Love and Marriage (TV Series)
Dame Ursula Ford
- Sweet Echo (1984) ... Dame Ursula Ford
 1981 Tenko (TV Series)
Sylvia Ashburton
- Part Ten (1981) ... Sylvia Ashburton
- Part Nine (1981) ... Sylvia Ashburton
- Part Eight (1981) ... Sylvia Ashburton
- Part Seven (1981) ... Sylvia Ashburton
- Part Six (1981) ... Sylvia Ashburton
 1981 Goodbye Darling (TV Series)
Maude Ransome
- Lina (1981) ... Maude Ransome
- Barbara (1981) ... Maude Ransome
- Maude (1981) ... Maude Ransome
- Anne (1981) ... Maude Ransome
 1980 Flesh and Blood (TV Series)
Jean Brassington
- Time of Life (1980) ... Jean Brassington
- Every Man Is an Island (1980) ... Jean Brassington
- Feeling Your Age (1980) ... Jean Brassington
 1979 A Man Called Intrepid (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Wainwright
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Mrs. Wainwright
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Mrs. Wainwright
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Mrs. Wainwright
 1979 Two's Company (TV Series)
Felicity
- The Friendly Aristocrats (1979) ... Felicity
 1978 Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Bradford
- The Chief 1872-1881 (1978) ... Lady Bradford
 1978 Armchair Thriller (TV Series)
Mother Ancilla
- Quiet as a Nun: Part 6: Death and Decision (1978) ... Mother Ancilla
- Quiet as a Nun: Part 5: Powers of Darkness (1978) ... Mother Ancilla
- Quiet as a Nun: Part 4: Witness and Wills (1978) ... Mother Ancilla
- Quiet as a Nun: Part 3: The Black Nun (1978) ... Mother Ancilla
- Quiet as a Nun: Part 2: The Chapel (1978) ... Mother Ancilla
 1977 Jubilee (TV Series)
Lady Maude Birt
- Wind of Change (1977) ... Lady Maude Birt
 1976 Victorian Scandals (TV Series)
Miss Robinson
- The Portland Millions (1976) ... Miss Robinson
 1976 Clayhanger (TV Series)
Miss Gailey
- Punishment (1976) ... Miss Gailey
- Marriage (1976) ... Miss Gailey
- Brighton (1976) ... Miss Gailey
- Taking a Share (1976) ... Miss Gailey
- Escape to Bleakridge (1976) ... Miss Gailey
 1974 Miss Nightingale (TV Movie)
Fanny Nightingale (as Renee Asherson)
 1973 Away from It All (TV Series)
Evie
- This Quiet Half Hour (1973) ... Evie
 1973 Theater of Blood
Mrs. Maxwell (as Renee Asherson)
 1973 Country Matters (TV Series)
Mother
- An Aspidistra in Babylon (1973) ... Mother
 1971 Kate (TV Series)
Cynthia
- A Sort of Change (1971) ... Cynthia
- A Sort of Beauty (1971) ... Cynthia
 1969 Strange Report (TV Series)
Miss Dalton
 1969 School for Unclaimed Girls
Anne Johnson (as Renee Asherson)
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Miss Parks
- The Sounds of War (1966) ... Miss Parks
 1966 Rasputin: The Mad Monk
Tsarina (as Renee Asherson)
 1963 Thirty Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Anne Massingham
- The Simple Truth (1963) ... Anne Massingham
 1963 Love Story (TV Series)
Harriet Summers
- The Kiss of Truth (1963) ... Harriet Summers
 1960-1962 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Antonia May / Vinnie Day / Ruth Morris
- Life with Father (1961) ... Vinnie Day
- The Accomplices (1960) ... Ruth Morris
 1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Fay Driver / Mary Charrington
- The Long Memory (1962) ... Fay Driver
- Black Limelight (1962) ... Mary Charrington
 1961 The Pursuers (TV Series)
Freda
- The Gun (1961) ... Freda
 1960-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Jean Norman / Woman
- The Balance of her Mind (1961) ... Jean Norman
- At Home (1960)
- The Man Who Could Find Things (1960) ... Woman
 1960 At Home (TV Movie)
The Wife
 1953-1956 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Susan Braden / Chloe / Anna Van Klemens / ...
- A New Life (1956) ... Dr. Susan Braden
- A Walk in the Wilderness (1956) ... Chloe
- The Patriarch (1955) ... Anna Van Klemens
- The Journey (1953)
- The Red Dress (1953) ... Megan
 1955 Lilli Palmer Theatre (TV Series)
Blanche
- The Door (1955) ... Blanche
 1954 The Red Dress
Megan (segment "Red Dress' story)
 1954 Time Is My Enemy
Barbara Everton (as Renee Asherson)
 1953 Malta Story
Joan Rivers (as Renee Asherson)
 1952 Happy and Glorious (TV Series)
Queen Victoria
- 1891-1900 (1952) ... Queen Victoria
- 1875-1887 (1952) ... Queen Victoria
- 1861-1862 (1952) ... Queen Victoria
- 1842-1853 (1952) ... Queen Victoria
- 1838-1841 (1952) ... Queen Victoria
 1951 The Magic Box
Miss Tagg (as Renee Asherson)
 1951 Pool of London
Sally
 1949 The Cure for Love
Milly Southern
 1949 Hour of Glory
A.T.S. Corporal
 1949 Maniacs on Wheels
Pat (as Renee Asherson)
 1948 The Rivals (TV Movie)
Lydia Languish
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Iras (uncredited)
 1945 Johnny in the Clouds
Iris Winterton (as Renee Asherson)
 1944 Henry V
Princess Katherine (as Renee Asherson)
 1944 The Way Ahead
Marjorie Gillingham (as Renee Ascherson)
 1939 Smiling at Grief (TV Movie)
Sybil (as Renee Ascherson)
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Other Works:

She acted in Clifford Odets' play, "The Big Knife", at the Westminster Theatre in London, England with John Harrison, Sam Wanamaker, Frederick Valk, George Coulouris, Heather Stannard, Joseph O'Conor and Diane Cilento in the cast. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Renee Ascherson | Renee Asherson | Rene Asherson
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Personal Quote:

Larry [Laurence Olivier] saw me when I was at the Mercury, doing a revival of the Mask of Virtue, the play in which Vivien Leigh had made her name. Apparently they had come to see the play and then asked me to do a test for Henry V - I didn't even know Larry was filming it. Larry also asked Janet Burnell who was playing my mother to test for the Queen, and we both got the parts. It had been ... See more »

Trivia:

Her parents, Charles and Dorothy (who married on 14 December 1910), narrowly avoided being passengers on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, after Charles reportedly canceled the passage due to suffering from appendicitis. See more »

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