Kay Walsh (I) (1911–2005)

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Kay Walsh graced the British Cinema of the 1930s and 1940s as a leading lady, before maturing into character roles. She was born Kathleen Walsh in London, England of Irish parentage. She and her sister Peggy were raised in Pimlico by their grandmother. She began her career as a dancer in the chorus of several Andre Charlot revues, before performing... See full bio »

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Known For

The Horse's Mouth Dee Coker
Oliver Twist Nancy
Stage Fright Nellie Goode
The Ruling Class Mrs. Piggott-Jones


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 1982 Night Crossing
Doris' Mother
 1979 Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (TV Series)
Mrs. Hudson
- The Case of the Speckled Band (1979) ... Mrs. Hudson
- A Motive for Murder (1979) ... Mrs. Hudson (uncredited)
 1972 The Ruling Class
Mrs. Piggott-Jones
 1970 Scrooge
Mrs. Fezziwig
 1970 Connecting Rooms
Mrs. Brent
 1970 The Virgin and the Gypsy
Aunt Cissie
 1969 Taste of Excitement
Miss Barrow
 1969 Journey to the Unknown (TV Movie)
Mrs. Joan Walker (episode 'The Last Visitor'
 1969 Journey to the Unknown (TV Series)
Mrs. Joan Walker
- The Last Visitor (1969) ... Mrs. Joan Walker
 1967 Bikini Paradise
Harriet Pembroke
 1966 The Witches
Stephanie Bax
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
- Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? (1966) ... Greta
 1966 The Baron (TV Series)
Ingar Sorensen
- And Suddenly You're Dead (1966) ... Ingar Sorensen
 1965-1966 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Harriet Bright / Martha
- Morna (1966) ... Harriet Bright
- The Housekeeper (1965) ... Martha
 1965 A Study in Terror
Cathy Eddowes
 1965 He Who Rides a Tiger
Mrs. Woodley
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Mrs. Kross
- Struggle for a Mind (1964) ... Mrs. Kross
 1964 Contest Girl
Mrs. Freeman
 1964 Circus World
Flo Hunt
 1963 Lunch Hour
 1963 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Mrs. Waggett
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 3 (1963) ... Mrs. Waggett
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 2 (1963) ... Mrs. Waggett
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 (1963) ... Mrs. Waggett
 1963 Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
Mrs. Waggett
 1963 80,000 Suspects
 1962 The L-Shaped Room
Prostitute (uncredited)
 1962 Reach for Glory
Mrs. Curlew
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mrs. Morgan
- I Spy (1961) ... Mrs. Morgan
 1961 Theatre 70 (TV Series)
Katie Blair
- News from Jericho (1961) ... Katie Blair
 1960 Tunes of Glory
Mary Titterington
 1958 The Horse's Mouth
Dee Coker
 1956 Adventure Theater (TV Series)
- The Missing Passenger (1956) ... Priscilla
 1956 Now and Forever
Miss Muir
 1955 Cast a Dark Shadow
Charlotte Young
 1954 Lease of Life
Vera Thorne
 1954 The Rainbow Jacket
 1953 Young Bess
Mrs. Ashley
 1952 Tonight at 8:30
Lily Pepper (segment "Red Peppers")
 1952 The Stranger in Between
Mrs. Sykes
 1951 Encore
Miss Molly Reid (segment "Winter Cruise")
 1951 The Magic Box
Hotel Receptionist
 1950 The Magnet
Mrs. Brent
 1950 Last Holiday
Mrs. Poole
 1950 Stage Fright
Nellie Goode
 1948 Oliver Twist
 1948 Vice Versa
Florence 'Fanny' Verlane
 1947 The October Man
Molly Newman
 1944 This Happy Breed
 1942 In Which We Serve
Freda Lewis
 1940 The Middle Watch
Fay Eaton
 1940 The Second Mr. Bush
Angela Windel-Tod
 1940 The Chinese Den
Sadie Merivale
 1940 All at Sea
 1939 Sons of the Sea
Alison Devar
 1939 The Missing People
Peggy Gillette
 1939 The Mysterious Mr. Reeder
Peggy Gillette
 1938 Meet Mr. Penny
Peggy Allgood
 1938 I See Ice!
Judy Gaye
 1937 The Last Adventurers
Margaret Arkell
 1937 Keep Fit
Joan Allen
 1937 All That Glitters
Eve Payne-Coade
 1936 The Secret of Stamboul
 1936 The Luck of the Irish
Eileen O'Donnel
 1936 If I Were Rich
Chrissie de la Mothe
 1935 Smith's Wives
Mabel Smith
 1934 Get Your Man
Mary Vivien
 1934 The Bedroom Diplomat
Bit Role (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (3 credits)
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I loved the cinema but had no dreams to be an actress. I didn't think I would be good enough. I really wanted to be a writer. See more »


Her relationship with David Lean was best described as torrid and tormented, but even Lean's final wife, Sandra, once told a reporter: "She was terribly in love with him, and although she was an actress, she was in no way a prima donna. Truthfully, I think he should have stayed with her.". See more »

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