Kathleen Harrison (I) (1892–1995)

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Although British actress Kathleen Harrison was born in 1892 in the Lancashire town of Blackburn, she was fondly known for her cockney characters throughout her career. Trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art she first married and lived overseas in Argentina for nearly eight years. Upon her return she made her initial stage ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Christmas Carol Mrs. Dilber
Night Must Fall Mrs. Terence
Oliver Twist Mrs Sowerberry
The Ghoul Kaney


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 1979 The London Connection
Elderly Lady
 1979 Danger UXB (TV Series)
Mrs. Dollery
- The Quiet Weekend (1979) ... Mrs. Dollery
 1976 Our Mutual Friend (TV Mini Series)
Henerietty Boffin
- Episode #1.7 (1976) ... Henerietty Boffin
- Episode #1.5 (1976) ... Henerietty Boffin
- Episode #1.3 (1976) ... Henerietty Boffin
- Episode #1.2 (1976) ... Henerietty Boffin
 1976 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Mrs. Salmon
- The Case for the Defence (1976) ... Mrs. Salmon
 1973 Stars on Sunday (TV Series)
Mrs. Wardle
- Glories of Christmas (1973) ... Mrs. Wardle
 1973 Spring & Autumn (TV Series)
Daisy / Ice Cream Vendor
- Episode #1.5 (1973) ... Daisy
- Episode #1.4 (1973) ... Daisy / Ice Cream Vendor
 1973 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
- The Coffee Lace (1973) ... Rose
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
- Pinter People (1969) ... (voice)
 1969 Lock Up Your Daughters!
Lady Clumsey
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Mrs. Ashworth
- Waters of the Moon (1968) ... Mrs. Ashworth
 1968 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Kitty Pitman
- High Finance (1968) ... Kitty Pitman
 1966-1967 Mrs. Thursday (TV Series)
Alice Thursday
- We Bid You All Goodbye (1967) ... Alice Thursday
- Everything in Concert (1967) ... Alice Thursday
- A Question of Being Entitled (1967) ... Alice Thursday
- In the Sea Air (1967) ... Alice Thursday
- Alice Is at It Again (1967) ... Alice Thursday
 1964 Laughter from the Whitehall (TV Series)
Nannie Cartwright
- All for Mary (1964) ... Nannie Cartwright
 1964 Martin Chuzzlewit (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Prig
- Episode #1.12 (1964) ... Mrs. Prig
- Episode #1.9 (1964) ... Mrs. Prig
- Episode #1.8 (1964) ... Mrs. Prig
 1963 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
- Shamrot (1963) ... Woman
 1963 West 11
Mrs. Beckett
 1962 The Fast Lady
Mrs. Staggers
 1962 Mrs. Gibbons' Boys
Mrs. Gibbons
 1961 Operation Snafu
Mrs. Cooksley
 1959-1960 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Emma Hornett / Gladys Pudney
- Watch It, Sailor! (1960) ... Emma Hornett
- How Say You? (1959) ... Gladys Pudney
 1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Ashworth
- Waters of the Moon (1959) ... Mrs. Ashworth
 1958 Alive and Kicking
 1958 A Cry from the Streets
Mrs. Farrer
 1957 The Beasts of Marseilles
Mme. Abou
 1956 The Big Money
Mrs. Frith
 1956 Nude with Violin (TV Movie)
Cherry-May Waterton
 1956 Home and Away
 1956 It's a Wonderful World
Miss Gilly
 1956 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Mintern
- Treasure in Store (1956) ... Mrs. Mintern
 1955 All for Mary
Nannie Cartwright
 1955 Cast a Dark Shadow
 1955 Where There's a Will
Annie Yeo
 1954 Let's Make Up
 1954 All for Mary (TV Movie)
Nannie Cartwright
 1953 The Dog and the Diamonds
Mrs. Fossett
 1953 Turn the Key Softly
Granny Quilliam
 1952 The Pickwick Papers
Rachel Wardle
 1952 Mr. Lord Says No
Lillian Lord
 1951 A Christmas Carol
Mrs. Dilber
 1951 The Magic Box
Mother in Family Group
 1950 Trio
Emma Brown Foreman (segment "The Verger")
 1950 Waterfront Women
Mrs. McCabe
 1950 Double Confession
 1949 The Gay Adventure
 1949 Landfall
Mona's Mother
 1949 The Huggetts Abroad
The Huggett Family - Mother
 1949 Now Barabbas
Mrs. Brown
 1949 Vote for Huggett
Ethel Huggett
 1948 The Day Begins Early (Short)
Ethel Huggett
 1948 Here Come the Huggetts
Ethel Huggett, Mother
 1948 The Winslow Boy
Violet - the maid
 1948 Bond Street
Ethel Brawn
 1948 Oliver Twist
Mrs Sowerberry
 1947 Holiday Camp
Mrs. Huggett
 1947 Code of Scotland Yard
Mrs. Catt
 1947 Temptation Harbor
Mabel Slater
 1946 Carnival
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1946 I See a Dark Stranger
Waitress (uncredited)
 1946 Wanted for Murder
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Egyptian Woman (uncredited)
 1945 Great Day
Pub Customer
 1945 Meet Sexton Blake!
Mrs. Bardell
 1945 Waterloo Road
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1944 It Happened One Sunday
Mrs. Purkiss
 1943 The New Lot (Short)
Keith's Mother (uncredited)
 1943 Dear Octopus
Mrs. Glossop
 1942 Much Too Shy
Amelia Peabody
 1942 In Which We Serve
Mrs. Blake
 1942 The Big Blockade
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1941 A Letter from Home (Short)
The Maid
 1941 I Thank You
 1941 Once a Crook
 1941 The Remarkable Mr. Kipps
Customer (uncredited)
 1941 Major Barbara
Mrs. Price
 1941 The Ghost Train
Miss Bourne
 1940 A Call for Arms! (Short)
Mrs. James
 1940 Salvage with a Smile (Short)
The Housekeeper
 1940 The Flying Squad
Mrs. Schiffan
 1940 The Girl in the News
 1940 Tilly of Bloomsbury
Mrs. Welwyn
 1940 Gaslight
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1940 They Came by Night
Mrs. Lightbody
 1940 Mad Men of Europe
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1939 Discoveries
Kitchen Maid
 1939 Who Is Guilty?
 1939 Home from Home
 1939 A Girl Must Live
 1939 The Outsider
Mrs. Coates
 1938 I've Got a Horse
 1938 The Terror
Parlor Maid (uncredited)
 1938 Almost a Gentleman
Mrs. Barker
 1938 Convict 99
 1938 Jane Steps Out
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1938 Bank Holiday
 1937 Night Must Fall
Mrs. Terence
 1937 Wanted!
 1937 Aren't Men Beasts
 1936 Everybody Dance
 1936 The Tenth Man
Confused Voter
 1936 Broken Blossoms
Mrs. Lossy
 1935 Line Engaged
 1935 Dandy Dick
Jane (the Maid) (uncredited)
 1935 Inside the Room
Nurse (uncredited)
 1934 What Happened Then?
Mrs Munday (uncredited)
 1934 The Great Defender
Agnes Carter - Locke's Maid
 1933 The Ghoul
 1933 The Man from Toronto
 1932 Aren't We All?
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1932 Detective Lloyd
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1931 Hobson's Choice
Ada Figgins
 1915 Our Boys (Short)
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She acted in Noël Coward's play, "Nude with Violin", at the Globe Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Joyce Carey and David Horne in the cast. See more »


5' 3" (1.6 m)


John Henry Back  (his death)  (3 children)

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Personal Quote:

Because of my popularity as Mrs. Thursday, I can't go shopping anymore. It's embarrassing to be recognized and stopped all the time.


While rehearsing the role of Eliza Doolittle for a production of "Pygmalion" at RADA, the play's writer, George Bernard Shaw, visited and gave her advice that would help her in her subsequent career: 'Go out into the Old Kent Road and just listen to the women talking'. See more »


Played slightly dithering, warm hearted motherly roles

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