Flora Robson (1902–1984)


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Flora Robson knew she was no beauty, but her wise and sympathetic face would become a familiar - indeed, shining - ornament of the 1930s and 40s silver screen. Though not sure of acting as a career in her early years, she first appeared on stage when 5 years old. She was educated at Palmer's Green High School and went on still in her teens to the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Clash of the Titans A Stygian Witch
(1981)
The Sea Hawk Queen Elizabeth
(1940)
Wuthering Heights Ellen Dean
(1939)
Black Narcissus Sister Philippa
(1947)

Filmography

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 1981 Clash of the Titans
A Stygian Witch
 1980 A Tale of Two Cities (TV Movie)
Miss Pross
 1980 Gauguin the Savage (TV Movie)
Sister Allandre (as Dame Flora Robson)
 1979 A Man Called Intrepid (TV Mini-Series)
Sister Luke
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Sister Luke
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Sister Luke
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Sister Luke
 1979 Dominique
Mrs. Davis
 1979 Oresteia (TV Mini-Series)
Kilissa
- Grave Gifts (1979) ... Kilissa
 1978 Les Miserables (TV Movie)
The Prioress
 1978 Mr. Lollipop, MA (TV Movie)
Miss Morris
 1977 Eustace and Hilda (TV Series)
Miss Fothergill
- The Shrimp and the Anemone (1977) ... Miss Fothergill
 1975 A Legacy (TV Series)
Narrator
- Episode #1.5 (1975) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.4 (1975) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.3 (1975) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.2 (1975) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.1 (1975) ... Narrator (voice)
 1974 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Mrs. Umney
 1974 Heidi (TV Mini-Series)
Grandmother
- Episode #1.6 (1974) ... Grandmother
- Episode #1.5 (1974) ... Grandmother
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Grandmother
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Grandmother
 1972 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Queen of Hearts
 1972 The Brighton Belle (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Craig
- In for the Night (1972) ... Mrs. Craig
 1971 The Beloved
Antigone
 1971 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Frobisher
- Something for the Children (1971) ... Mrs. Frobisher
 1971 The Beast in the Cellar
Joyce Ballantyne
 1971 The Big Black Sow
La Nonna
 1970 Fragment of Fear
Lucy Dawson
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
May Beringer
- The Old Ladies (1968) ... May Beringer
 1967 Cry in the Wind
Anasthasia
 1967 The Shuttered Room
Aunt Agatha
 1966 Eye of the Devil
Countess Estell
 1966 David Copperfield (TV Series)
Betsey Trotwood
- Home at Last (1966) ... Betsey Trotwood
- Fortunes Restored (1966) ... Betsey Trotwood
- 'Umble Aspirations (1966) ... Betsey Trotwood
- Domestic Tangles (1966) ... Betsey Trotwood
- The Proposal (1966) ... Betsey Trotwood
 1966 7 Women
Miss Binns
 1956-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mother / Nurse Edith Cavell
- The Misunderstanding (1965) ... Mother
- ... And Humanity (1958) ... Nurse Edith Cavell
 1965 Young Cassidy
Mrs. Cassidy
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Dorothy Wyley
- Conscience on a Rack (1964) ... Dorothy Wyley
 1964 Guns at Batasi
Miss Barker-Wise
 1963 Murder at the Gallop
Miss Milchrest
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Rose Darby
- The Gentle Shade (1961) ... Rose Darby
 1959 World Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
Anna Fierling
- Mother Courage and Her Children (1959) ... Anna Fierling
 1955-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Newby / Sister Agatha / Lilly Moffat / ...
- The Untouchable (1958) ... Mrs. Newby
- The Return (1956) ... Sister Agatha
- The Corn Is Green (1956) ... Lilly Moffat
- Romeo and Juliet (1955) ... Nurse
 1958 Innocent Sinners
Olivia Chesney
 1958 The Gypsy and the Gentleman
Mrs. Haggard
 1957 No Time for Tears
Sister Birch
 1957 High Tide at Noon
Donna MacKenzie
 1957 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Catherine Brooke / Miss. Pringle
- Autumn (1957) ... Catherine Brooke
- The Witness (1957) ... Miss. Pringle
 1955 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Jane
- The Little Black Book (1955) ... Jane
 1954 Romeo and Juliet
Nurse
 1953 Malta Story
Melita Gonzar - Maria's Mum
 1952 The Frightened Bride
Mary Rackham
 1948 Saraband
Countess Platen
 1948 Good-Time Girl
Miss Thorpe
 1947 Holiday Camp
Esther Harman
 1947 Frieda
Nell
 1947 Black Narcissus
Sister Philippa
 1946 The Years Between
Nanny
 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
Ftatateeta
 1945 Saratoga Trunk
Angelique Buiton
 1945 Great Day
Mrs. Liz Ellis
 1944 Two Thousand Women
Miss Muriel Manningford
 1941 Bahama Passage
Mrs. Ainsworth
 1940 The Sea Hawk
Queen Elizabeth
 1939 Invisible Stripes
Mrs. Taylor
 1939 We Are Not Alone
Jessica Newcome
 1939 Poison Pen
Mary Rider
 1939 Smith (Short)
Mary Smith
 1939 Wuthering Heights
Ellen Dean
 1937 I, Claudius
Livia
 1937 Troopship
Lucy Blair
 1937 Anna Christie (TV Short)
Anna Christopherson
 1937 Theatre Parade (TV Series)
Anna Christopherson
- Anna Christie (1937) ... Anna Christopherson
 1937 Fire Over England
Queen Elizabeth
 1934 The Private Life of Don Juan
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
 1934 The Rise of Catherine the Great
Empress Elisabeth
 1933 One Precious Year
Julia Skene
 1931 Dance Pretty Lady
Mrs. Raeburn
 1931 A Gentleman of Paris (uncredited)
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Other Works:

She acted in Henrik Ibsen's play, "Ghosts," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Michael Hordern and Ronald Lewis in the cast. John Fernald was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Flora Robson

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Trivia:

Alfred Hitchcock was so impressed by her portrayal of Ellen Dean in Wuthering Heights (1939) that he sought her for the role of Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca (1940). Ultimately, Judith Anderson won the role. See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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