Person Details

Birthday: 1923-02-07 00:15:53

Death: 2014-07-23 00:15:53

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Parbold, Lancashire, England, UK

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Movie Involvements: 33

TV Involvements: 3


Most Famous Work

Biography

Dora May Bryan OBE was an English actress of stage, film and television. Born Dora May Broadbent, her career began in pantomime as a child actor. In World War II she joined the ENSA in Italy to entertain British troops.  After having established herself as a versatile stage actress, covering everything from drama and comedy to musicals, she started to appear in film in the late 1940s, and in 1968 she even had her own TV series, "According to Dora". At one point in her career she was Britain's highest-paid star. She was active on stage until the mid 1990s and continued to work in film and television until 2005, when she finally had to give up the acting profession as she could no longer remember her lines.  Her autobiography According To Dora was published in 1987. In 1996, she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to acting and the same year she was also awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for her role in the West End production of the Harold Pinter play "The Birthday Party". She was married to British cricket player Bill Lawton from 1954 to his death in 2008. She lived in a nursing home in Hove, outside Brighton, until her death in 2014. 

Most Famous Work

Casualty
Average
5

Casualty

(1986) Hester Blewett
Doctors
Average
5

Doctors

(2000) Lily Anderson
MirrorMask
Average
7

MirrorMask

(2005) Aunt Nan
Odd Man Out
Average
7

Odd Man Out

(1947) Girl in Telephone Kiosk (uncredited)
The Fallen Idol
Average
7

The Fallen Idol

(1948) Rose
A Taste of Honey
Average
7

A Taste of Honey

(1961) Helen
Hands of the Ripper
Average
7

Hands of the Ripper

(1971) Mrs. Golding
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
Average
6

The Man Who Wouldn't Talk

(1958) Telephonist

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2005 Aunt Nan
2000 Lily Anderson
1998 Connie
1996 Millie
1995 Bosom Lady
1994 N/A
1993 Molly Bramley
1992 N/A
N/A
Jane Thompson
1990 N/A
1989 Margaret McKinney
1986 Hester Blewett
1983 Emma
1978 Self
1973 Ros
Roz
1972 Cora Crumpington
1971 Mrs. Golding
1967 Ruby Hopkins
N/A
1966 Mrs. De Vere
Amber Spottiswood
1961 Helen
1960 N/A
herself
Julie Skidmore
N/A
1959 Pvt. Cox
Gay Bennett
1958 Norah
Telephonist
1957 (uncredited)
1956 Lily
Cassie
1955 Myrtie
May
Herself
Hortense Tipp
1954 Comedian
Berengaria
Marge
Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Mary Rawlings, the maid
N/A
1953 Dora Bee
Barmaid
Prostitute
1952 Olga
Mrs. Hackett
Pearl
Tilly
Peggy Stebbins
Glad Flanagan
Valerie
Miss La Fosse
1951 Movie Publicist
N/A
Maggie
Bubbles Fitzgerald
Elsie Tripp
1950 Eva
Maisie
Maisie
Waitress
1949 Jenny Jenkins
the waitress
Blonde Sales Assistant (uncredited)
Winnie
Model in Shop
Barmaid
1948 The Girl
Rose
1947 Girl in Telephone Kiosk (uncredited)
N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

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