Celia Johnson (I) (1908–1982)


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Celia Johnson was an English actress, once nominated for an Academy Award. Johnson was born in the town of Richmond, Surrey in 1908. Richmond was incorporated into Greater London in 1965, as part of an administrative reform. Celia's parents were John Robert Johnson and Ethel Griffiths. Neither of them was involved in show business. In 1916, 8-... See full bio »

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Brief Encounter Laura Jesson
(1945)
This Happy Breed Ethel Gibbons
(1944)
(1969)
The Captain's Paradise Maud St. James
(1953)

Filmography

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 1983 Number 10 (TV Mini Series)
Mrs. Gladstone
- Old Glad Eyes (1983) ... Mrs. Gladstone
 1982 Nanny (TV Series)
Nanny Broughton
- Comings and Goings (1982) ... Nanny Broughton
 1981 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Callifer
- The Potting Shed (1981) ... Mrs. Callifer
 1981 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie)
Countess of Rousillon
 1980 Staying On (TV Movie)
Lucy Smalley
 1980 The Hostage Tower (TV Movie)
Mrs. Wheeler
 1979 Matilda's England (TV Series)
Mrs. Ashburton
- The Tennis Court (1979) ... Mrs. Ashburton
 1978 Les Miserables (TV Movie)
Sister Simplice
 1978 The BBC Television Shakespeare (TV Series)
Nurse
- Romeo & Juliet (1978) ... Nurse
 1977 Centre Play (TV Series)
La Comtesse de Chemaille
- The Emperor's New Hat (1977) ... La Comtesse de Chemaille
 1976 The Dame of Sark (TV Movie)
Dame Sibyl Mary Hathaway
 1976 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Mary-Ann
- The Nicest Man in the World (1976) ... Mary-Ann
 1975 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Ellen Edgeworth
 1975 Lloyd George Knew My Father (TV Movie)
Lady Sheila Boothroyd
 1974 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Miss Hobbish
- Love Affair (1974) ... Miss Hobbish
 1973 Play for Today (TV Series)
Mrs. Palfrey
- Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (1973) ... Mrs. Palfrey
 1968-1971 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Madame Ranyevskaya / Eloise / Sheila / ...
- The Cherry Orchard (1971) ... Madame Ranyevskaya
- The Marquise (1969) ... Eloise
- Relatively Speaking (1969) ... Sheila
- Hay Fever (1968) ... Judith Bliss
- Ghosts (1968) ... Mrs. Alving
 1970 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Countess Isabel von Reger
- The Cellar and the Almond Tree (1970) ... Countess Isabel von Reger
 1969 The Choice (TV Movie)
 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Miss Mackay
 1967 Jackanory (TV Series)
Storyteller
- Baboushka (1967) ... Storyteller
- Babar and Father Christmas (1967) ... Storyteller
- Babar at Home (1967) ... Storyteller
- Babar the King (1967) ... Storyteller
- Babar's Travels (1967) ... Storyteller
 1967 Relatively Speaking (TV Movie)
Sheila
 1963-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Lady Fanny Nelson / Helen / Alida Slade
- Nelson: A Study in Miniature (1966) ... Lady Fanny Nelson
- Helen and Edward and Henry (1965) ... Helen
- Three Roads to Rome (1963) ... Alida Slade
 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Isobel Cherry
- Flowering Cherry (1958) ... Isobel Cherry
 1957 The Good Companions
Miss Trant
 1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Leslie Crosbie
- The Letter (1956) ... Leslie Crosbie
 1955 The Reluctant Debutante (TV Movie)
Sheila Broadbent
 1955 A Kid for Two Farthings
Joanna
 1954 It's Never Too Late (TV Movie)
Laura Hammond
 1953 The Captain's Paradise
Maud St. James
 1952 The Holly and the Ivy
Jenny Gregory
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
- The Distaff Side (1952)
 1952 I Believe in You
Matty
 1951 Studio One (TV Series)
Mary Otis
- A Bolt of Lightning (1951) ... Mary Otis (as Elizabeth Johnson)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Jeannie
- A Matter of Life (1951) ... Jeannie (as Elizabeth Johnson)
 1950 The Astonished Heart
Barbara Faber
 1945 Brief Encounter
Laura Jesson
 1944 This Happy Breed
Ethel Gibbons
 1943 Dear Octopus
Cynthia
 1942 We Serve (Short)
Cargill
 1942 In Which We Serve
Mrs. Alix Kinross
 1941 A Letter from Home (Short)
English Mother
 1939 A Night at the Hardcastles (TV Movie)
Miss Hardcastle
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard", in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, Sussex, England with Sarah Badel, Tom Courtenay, Bill Fraser, John Laurie, Ray McAnally, John Standing, Zena Walker and Hugh Williams in the cast. Lindsay Anderson was the ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Portrayals | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Celia Johnson | Elizabeth Johnson

Spouse:

Peter Fleming  (his death)  (3 children)

Children:

Kate Grimond | See more »
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Trivia:

Although she played Ralph Richardsons daughter in the film The Holly and the Ivy she was only 6 years younger than him,. See more »

Trademark:

Big, round and very expressive eyes

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