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  • BIRTH 18/02/1915
  • DEATH 08/10/2002
  • Country United Kingdom
  • SHOWS 5
  • MOVIES 10

Phyllis Calvert

Phyllis Calvert (18 February 1915 – 8 October 2002) was an English film, stage and television actress.

Born Phyllis Hannah Bickle in Chelsea, she trained at the Margaret Morris School of Dancing and performed from the age of ten, gaining her first film role at the age of 12, in The Arcadians (1927), also known as The Land of Heart's Desire. Calvert performed in repertory theatre and in several films, before making her London stage debut in A Woman's Privilege in 1939.

During the following decade, she starred in many romances, including Fanny by Gaslight, with James Mason and Stewart Granger, and My Own True Love, becoming one of Britain's highest paid stars. However, three Hollywood studios failed to pay her what she asked.

She first found success in the film adaptation of H. G. Wells' Kipps (1941), but it was The Man in Grey (1943) that confirmed her status.

She acted in over 40 films, her later films include Oh! What a Lovely War and The Walking Stick. Calvert had already appeared on television, playing Mrs. March in the 1958 serials Little Women and Good Wives (both adapted from Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women), as well as individual episodes of several other programmes, when, in 1970, she landed the part of an agony aunt with problems of her own in Kate. She made TV appearances in programmes such as Crown Court, Ladykillers, Tales of the Unexpected, Boon, After Henry and The Line Grove Story.

She was married to the actor and antiquarian bookseller Peter Murray Hill, with whom she had two children, Ann Auriol (born 1943) and Piers Auriol (born 1954). She died in London in 2002, from natural causes, aged 87.

Phyllis Calvert

Shows (5)

Midsomer Murders
Midsomer Murders
Alice Bly
Sherlock Holmes (1984)
Sherlock Holmes (1984)
Agnes Garrideb
Casualty
Casualty
Mary
Tales of the Unexpected
Tales of the Unexpected
Mabel Ince
The House of Eliott
The House of Eliott
Mrs Gurney

Movies (10)

Indiscreet
Indiscreet
Mrs. Margaret Munson
Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway
Aunt Helena
Mandy
Mandy
Christine Garland
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
Constance Wilde
My Own True Love
My Own True Love
Joan Clews
The Golden Madonna
The Golden Madonna
Patricia Chandler
Bed
Bed
Woman
Two Thousand Women
Two Thousand Women
Freda Thompson
Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind
Kate Fernald
Twisted Nerve
Twisted Nerve
Enid Durnley