Person Details

Birthday: 1889-05-31 22:14:41

Death: 1990-09-12 22:14:41

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Hackney, London, England, UK

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Movie Involvements: 29

TV Involvements: 0


Most Famous Work

Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Athene Seyler, CBE (31 May 1889 – 12 September 1990) was an English actress. Although better known as a stage actress - she first appeared on the stage in 1909 - she made her film debut in 1921, and became known for playing slightly dotty old ladies in many British films from the 1930s to the 1960s. Her most memorable stage credits included Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and a double-act, with her good friend Dame Sybil Thorndike, as the murderous spinster sisters in Arsenic and Old Lace. Her film and television career lasted into the 1960s, and included roles in The Citadel (1938), Night of the Demon (1957), and The Avengers (1964, 1965). She was also a regular cast member in screen adaptations of Charles Dickens' novels. She virtually retired from acting after 1970, but continued making public appearances until well into the 1980s. In 1990, at the age of 101, she appeared at the National Theatre, talking about her long life and career. Athene Seyler was President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) from 1950, and a member of the Theatrical Ladies' Guild. She also wrote The Craft of Comedy. She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1959.

Most Famous Work

Night of the Demon
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7

Night of the Demon

(1957) Mrs. Karswell
The Citadel
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6

The Citadel

(1938) Lady Raebank
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
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7

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

(1958) Jeannie Lawson
The Queen of Spades
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7

The Queen of Spades

(1949) Princess Ivashin
Francis of Assisi
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8

Francis of Assisi

(1961) Aunt Buona
Visa to Canton
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5

Visa to Canton

(1960) Mao Tai Tai
The Saint in London
Average
6

The Saint in London

(1939) Mother Buckley
Campbell's Kingdom
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5

Campbell's Kingdom

(1957) Miss Abigail

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1963 Miss Farthingale
1962 Aunt Heather Chandler
Mrs Adelaide Hignett
Aunt Phoebe Tonks
Sister Agness
1961 Aunt Buona
N/A
1960 Mao Tai Tai
Dame Beatrice Appleby
1959 N/A
1958 Jeannie Lawson
Aunt Harriet
Miss Pross
1957 Mrs. Karswell
Miss Abigail
Grannie (Victoria Clitterbern)
Lady Hawkins
1956 Miss Bligh
1955 Mrs. Arbuthnot
1954 Miss Mainbrace
Millie Williams
1953 Mrs. Trapes
1952 Miss Witherfield
Miss Honeycroft
Consuelo Howard
Mrs. Reginald Kellick
1951 Nanny Gallop
Aunt Lin
1949 Princess Ivashin
1947 Miss La Creevy
1943 Aunt Belle
1941 Aunt Mary
1939 Milliner
Mother Buckley
1938 Mrs Pinto
Lady Raebank
Victoria Gulliver
1937 Aunt Veronica
Madame Alary
Mrs. Pullet
1936 Madame Henry
Mrs. Durland
1935 Scrooge's Charwoman
Madame Anna Sabine
Queen Elizabeth
1934 Theresa, the Innkeeper, a Middle Aged Lady of Young Sentiment
Archduchess Maria Victoria
1932 Mrs. Pategg
1931 Lady Westhaven
1921 Rachel Wardle
Grandma
Year Character Movie/Tv

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