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Overview (3)

Born in Ellerker Gate, Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
Died in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, England, UK  (stroke)
Birth NameCelia Elizabeth Johnson

Mini Bio (1)

Celia Johnson was born on December 18, 1908 in Ellerker Gate, Richmond, Surrey, England as Celia Elizabeth Johnson. She was an actress, known for Brief Encounter (1945), This Happy Breed (1944) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969). She was married to Peter Fleming. She died on April 26, 1982 in Nettlebed, Oxfordshire, England.

Spouse (1)

Peter Fleming (10 December 1935 - 9 August 1971) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Big, round and very expressive eyes

Trivia (14)

She was awarded the DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1981 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
Her husband of 36 years was travel writer Peter Fleming, who was the elder brother of author Ian Fleming of "James Bond" fame. They had three children: son Nicol and daughters Kate and Lucy Fleming, who is also an actress, most notably in the series Survivors (1975).
Her daughters Kate and Lucy Fleming have bought out the literary estate of their uncle Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond). Kate Fleming's father-in-law was the late Liberal politician Jo Grimond (Lord Grimond, Life Peer) and her mother-in-law Laura, Lady Grimond (nee Bonham Carter) was a descendant of the Liberal Prime Minister H.H. Asquith (the 1st Earl of Oxford & Asquith).
Parents were Robert Johnson and Ethel Griffiths; she was the second daughter.
Her feature film debut, In Which We Serve (1942), was also that of both Richard Attenborough and Juliet Mills.
Daughter Kate Fleming wrote her mother's biography titled "Celia Johnson" (1991).
After Diana Wynyard passed away, she replaced her and appeared in "The Master Builder" with Michael Redgrave and Maggie Smith as part of the new National Theatre Company in 1964. She and Smith would later appear together in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969).
Her father was a physician to the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 38, a daughter Eve Lucinda Fleming (aka Lucy Fleming) on 15 May 1947. Child's father was her husband, Peter Fleming.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 37, a daughter Kate Fleming in 1946. Child's father was her husband, Peter Fleming.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 30, a son Nicholas Peter Val Fleming on 3 January 1939. Child's father was her husband, Peter Fleming.
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1958 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
Stage actress who appeared in a handful of UK films. She is best remembered for her screen performance in Noël Coward's and David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945), opposite Trevor Howard. This film wasn't released in the United States until 1946, and her subsequent nomination for an Academy Award for the Best Actress in a Leading Role did not occur until 1947.

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