Margaret Leighton (1922–1976)


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Tall, reedy, thin-browed, light-haired British award-winning theatre actress Margaret Leighton was born in Worchestershire, England, on February 26, 1922, the daughter of a businessman. Expressing an early desire to act, she quit school at age 15 and auditioned and joined Sir Barry Jackson's Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Becoming one of his star ... See full bio »

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The Go-Between Mrs. Maudsley
(1971)
The Loved One Mrs. Kenton
(1965)
The Nelson Affair Lady Frances Nelson
(1973)
The Winslow Boy Catherine Winslow
(1948)

Filmography

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 1976 Journey Through the Black Sun (TV Movie)
Arra
 1976 A Dirty Knight's Work
Ma Gore
 1975 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
Arra
- Collision Course (1975) ... Arra
 1975 Galileo
Elderly Court Lady
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
Miss Havisham
 1974 From Beyond the Grave
Madame Orloff (Segment 3 "The Elemental")
 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story (TV Movie)
Francoise DuVal
 1973 The Nelson Affair
Lady Frances Nelson
 1973 The Upper Crusts (TV Series)
Lady Seacroft
- Putting on the Ritz (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
- A Tradition of Service (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
- Sitting Pretty (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
- One Door Opens (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
- By Endeavour Alone (1973) ... Lady Seacroft
 1970-1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
The woman / Gertrude
- The Guests (1972) ... The woman
- Hamlet (1970) ... Gertrude
 1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
Lady Melbourne
 1972 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Lady Huntercombe
- High Summer (1972) ... Lady Huntercombe
 1972 X, Y and Zee
Gladys
 1971 The Go-Between
Mrs. Maudsley
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Amelia Rayner
- The King of Denmark (1970) ... Amelia Rayner
 1969 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Florence Lancaster
- The Vortex (1969) ... Florence Lancaster
 1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot
Constance
 1968-1969 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Mrs. Cheveley / Helen Lancaster
- An Ideal Husband (1969) ... Mrs. Cheveley
- Waters of the Moon (1968) ... Helen Lancaster
 1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Mary Wright
- The Crystal Maze (1969) ... Mary Wright
 1968 A Touch of Venus (TV Series)
Rosemary
- All on Her Own (1968) ... Rosemary
 1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Gita Volander
- The Lethal Eagle Affair (1966) ... Gita Volander
 1966 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Amy Hunter
- The Chameleon (1966) ... Amy Hunter
 1966 7 Women
Agatha Andrews
 1965 The Loved One
Mrs. Kenton
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Chris Becker / Paula Winfield
- Horizontal Hero (1965) ... Chris Becker
- Web of Hate (1965) ... Chris Becker
- A Life for a Life (1965) ... Chris Becker
- Behold the Great Man (1965) ... Chris Becker
- Lullaby for an Indian Summer (1965) ... Paula Winfield
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Nell Snyder
- Where the Woodbine Twineth (1965) ... Nell Snyder
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Connie Hanson
- Who Killed Everybody? (1964) ... Connie Hanson
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Leila Farr
- August Is the Month Before Christmas (1964) ... Leila Farr
 1964 The Best Man
Alice Russell
 1962 Waltz of the Toreadors
Emily Fitzjohn
 1955-1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mrs. Manningham / Frances Farrar / Natalya Petrovna
- Gaslight (1960) ... Mrs. Manningham
- A Day by the Sea (1959) ... Frances Farrar
- A Month in the Country (1955) ... Natalya Petrovna
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Millie Crocker-Harris
- The Browning Version (1959) ... Millie Crocker-Harris
 1959 The Sound and the Fury
Caddy Compson
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Miss Kerrison
- The Second Man (1959) ... Miss Kerrison
 1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Iris Teleton
- Tea Time (1958) ... Iris Teleton
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Miss Perry
- The Sparkle of Diamonds (1957) ... Miss Perry
 1957 A Novel Affair
Judith Wynter / Leonie Hathaway
 1956 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Marion (wife)
- The Triumphant (1956) ... Marion (wife)
 1955 ITV Opening Night at the Guildhall (TV Movie)
Gwendolen Fairfax
 1955 Marriage a la Mode
The Law - Counsel for the Defence
 1954 Court Martial
Mrs. Valerie Carrington
 1954 The Teckman Mystery
Helen Teckman
 1954 The Good Die Young
Eve
 1951-1953 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Rosalind / Lucasta Angel / Catherine Bailey
- The Confidential Clerk (1953) ... Lucasta Angel
- As You Like It/II (1953) ... Rosalind
- As You Like It (1953) ... Rosalind
- Release (I) (1951) ... Catherine Bailey
 1952 The Holly and the Ivy
Margaret Gregory
 1952 Murder on Monday
Janet Preston
 1951 Calling Bulldog Drummond
Sgt. Helen Smith
 1950 The Astonished Heart
Leonora Vail
 1949 Under Capricorn
Milly
 1949 The Fighting Pimpernel
Marguerite Blakeney
 1948 Bonnie Prince Charlie
Flora MacDonald
 1948 The Winslow Boy
Catherine Winslow
 1948 Arms and the Man (TV Movie)
Raina Petkoff
 1947 Everyman (TV Movie)
Beauty
 1938 Laugh with Me (TV Movie)
Dorothy
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She acted in the Old Vic Theatre Season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Nicholas Hannen, Pamela Brown, Alec Guinness, Joyce Redman, George Relph, Harry Andrews, Yvonne Mitchell, Lewis Casson, and Michael Warre in the cast. John Burrell, Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson ... See more »

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Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Michael Wilding  (her death) | See more »
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Her frequent co-star on both stage and screen was Ralph Richardson. She played Roxane to his Cyrano in the 1946 London stage revival of "Cyrano de Bergerac", one of Richardson's greatest stage successes. See more »

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