Wendy Hiller (I) (1912–2003)

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Wendy Hiller, daughter of Frank and Marie Hiller, was born on 15th August 1912 in Bramhall, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was educated at Winceby House School, Bexhill then moved on to Manchester Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage in Sir John Barry's tour of Evensong, then as Sally Hardcastle in Love on the Dole. She toured ... See full bio »

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Murder on the Orient Express Princess Dragomiroff
Pygmalion Eliza
Separate Tables Pat Cooper


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 1992 Screenplay (TV Series)
Countess Alice von Holzendorf
- The Countess Alice (1992) ... Countess Alice von Holzendorf
 1991 The Best of Friends (TV Movie)
Laurentia McLachlan
 1989 Ending Up (TV Movie)
 1988 A Taste for Death (TV Mini Series)
Lady Ursula Berowne
- Episode #1.6 (1988) ... Lady Ursula Berowne
- Episode #1.5 (1988) ... Lady Ursula Berowne
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Lady Ursula Berowne
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Lady Ursula Berowne
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Lady Ursula Berowne
 1987 Anne of Avonlea (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Margaret Harris
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Mrs. Margaret Harris (as Dame Wendy Hiller)
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Mrs. Margaret Harris (as Dame Wendy Hiller)
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Mrs. Margaret Harris (as Dame Wendy Hiller)
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Mrs. Margaret Harris (as Dame Wendy Hiller)
 1987 The Death of the Heart (TV Movie)
 1986 All Passion Spent (TV Mini Series)
Lady Slane
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Lady Slane
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Lady Slane
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Lady Slane
 1986 Masterpiece Theatre: Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy (TV Mini Series)
Princess Victoria
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Princess Victoria
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Princess Victoria
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Princess Victoria
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Princess Victoria
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Princess Victoria
 1985 Great Performances (TV Series)
Lady Bracknell
- The Importance of Being Earnest (1985) ... Lady Bracknell
 1984 All the World's a Stage (TV Mini Series)
Extracts from Peer Gynt
- The Master Builders (1984) ... Extracts from Peer Gynt
 1983 Attracta
 1983 The Comedy of Errors (TV Movie)
 1982 The Kingfisher (TV Movie)
 1982 Witness for the Prosecution (TV Movie)
Janet Mackenzie
 1982 Making Love
 1981 Miss Morison's Ghosts (TV Movie)
Miss Elizabeth P. Morison
 1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Daisy - Lady Carlion
- Country (1981) ... Daisy - Lady Carlion
 1980 The Elephant Man
 1980 The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (TV Movie)
Princess Vilma
 1979 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
- Edward the Conqueror (1979) ... Louisa
 1978 The BBC Television Shakespeare (TV Series)
Duchess of York
- Richard II (1978) ... Duchess of York
 1978 The Cat and the Canary
Allison Crosby
 1978 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Abercrombie
- Last Wishes (1978) ... Mrs. Abercrombie
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
Rebecca Weiler
 1974 Murder on the Orient Express
Princess Dragomiroff
 1972 Stage 2 (TV Series)
- Peer Gynt (1972) ... Aase
 1972 Clochemerle (TV Series)
Justine Putet
- The Glorious Triumph of Barthelemey Piechut (1972) ... Justine Putet
- The Dreaded Arrival of Captain Tardivaux (1972) ... Justine Putet
- The Awful Awakening of Claudius Brodequin (1972) ... Justine Putet
 1972 Love Story (TV Series)
Ariadne Lewis
- Never Too Late (1972) ... Ariadne Lewis
 1970 When We Dead Awaken (TV Movie)
 1970 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mrs. Micawber
 1969 The Growing Summer (TV Movie)
Great Aunt Dymphna
 1969 Plays of Today (TV Series)
Mary Fox
- The English Boy (1969) ... Mary Fox
 1968 The Growing Summer (TV Series)
Great Aunt Dymphna / Great-Aunt Dymphna
- Return (1968) ... Great-Aunt Dymphna
- Danger (1968) ... Great Aunt Dymphna
- Blood (1968) ... Great Aunt Dymphna
- Stephan (1968) ... Great Aunt Dymphna
- Reenmore (1968) ... Great Aunt Dymphna
 1966-1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Lilly Moffat / Harriet
- The Corn Is Green (1968) ... Lilly Moffat
- Where Angels Fear to Tread (1966) ... Harriet
 1968 From Chekhov with Love (TV Movie)
Mme. Avilova
 1966 A Man for All Seasons
 1966 Knock on Any Door (TV Series)
Bee Burton
- Sunday in Prospective (1966) ... Bee Burton
 1965 Jackanory (TV Series)
- Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas (1965) ... Storyteller
- Squirrel Goes Skating (1965) ... Storyteller
- Wise Owl's Story (1965) ... Storyteller
- How Little Grey Rabbit Got Back Her Tail (1965) ... Storyteller
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Anne Hutchinson
- Anne Hutchinson (1965) ... Anne Hutchinson
 1964 Z Cars (TV Series)
Mrs. Hulme
- In a Day's Work (1964) ... Mrs. Hulme
 1963 Toys in the Attic
Anna Berniers
 1960 Sons and Lovers
Mrs. Morel
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Laura Siddons
- Graduating Class (1959) ... Laura Siddons
 1958 Separate Tables
Pat Cooper
 1957-1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- Eden End (1958)
- Ann Veronica (1957)
 1957/I The Twelve Pound Look (TV Movie)
Kate Sims
 1957 How to Murder a Rich Uncle
Edith Clitterburn
 1957 Something of Value
Henry's Daughter - Elizabeth
 1955-1956 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Ethel Waters
- On Any One Day (1956)
- The Game and the Onlooker (1955) ... Ethel Waters
 1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Janet De Mullin (Mrs. Seagrave)
- The Last of the De Mullins (1954) ... Janet De Mullin (Mrs. Seagrave)
 1953 Sailor of the King
Lucinda Bentley
 1951 Outcast of the Islands
Mrs. Almayer
 1947 Hindle Wakes (TV Movie)
Fanny Hawthorn
 1945 I Know Where I'm Going!
Joan Webster
 1941 Major Barbara
Major Barbara Undershaft
 1939 The Fame of Grace Darling (TV Movie)
Grace Darling
 1938 Pygmalion
 1937 Lancashire Luck
Betty Lovejoy
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Winter's Tale", at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, John Neville, Charles Gray and Zena Walker in the cast. Michael Benthall was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Wendy Hiller


5' 7" (1.7 m)


Ronald Gow  (his death)  (2 children)


Gow, Ann


Hiller, Marie | Hiller, Frank


Hiller, Albert (grandparent) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[speaking in 1988, during the run of "Driving Miss Daisy", in which she played the title role] Luckily, West End audiences seem to rather like very old people. They think, 'My God, we saw her acting in the war and there she is still doing it,' and mentally they give you a sort of prize for sheer survival, as long as you turn up every night and remember most of the lines. Not that it ever gets any... See more »


She was director Sidney Lumet's second choice to play Princess Dragonmiroff in Murder on the Orient Express (1974). His first choice was vetoed by the producers. Ingrid Bergman was then offered the role and declined, instead choosing to play Greta Ohlsson. The role of the Princess was then offered to Hiller. See more »


Her unique speaking voice - described as "at once crisp and quavering" - which made her adept at playing imperious or stately characters.

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