Annette Carell

Annette Karen Carell (variously Carrell; born Anneliese Erlanger; 7 January 1926 – 20 October 1967)[1][2][3][Note 1] was a German-born American actress of stage, screen, and television who lived in the United States and Britain at various stages of her career. She appeared in American, British, and German films, plays, and television series, including Beyond the Curtain, No Hiding Place, The Prisoner, The Avengers, Out of the Unknown, Our Mother's House, Z-Cars and others.[5][6][7]

Annette Carell
Carell in Martin Luther (1953)
Anneliese Erlanger

(1926-01-07)7 January 1926
Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
Died20 October 1967 (aged 41)
London, England, UK
Cause of deathBarbiturate overdose
Other namesAnnette Karen Carell
Spouse(s)Gerald Savory (1953–1967; her death)


Early life

Carell was born Anneliese Erlanger in Nuremberg, Bavaria, the daughter of Stephen (Stefan) Erlanger and Lilly Kromwell.[8][9][10] Her family were Jewish,[7][11][12] and left Nazi Germany for England in the late 1930s.[8][13][14] In 1942 the family emigrated from England to the United States,[12] where Carell acquired American citizenship on 12 February 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts.[15][1] She attended the Leland Powers School in Boston.[8]


Under the name Annette Erlanger, her first notable acting role was a supporting part in the National Theatre production of Robert E. Sherwood's play The Rugged Path (1945), starring Spencer Tracy.[16] While acting in Germany in the early 1950s, she adopted the stage name Carell.[17] Her most prominent film role was probably the German-shot Martin Luther (1953) as Luther's wife, Katherine von Bora.[6] She also had supporting roles in Darling (1965),[18] Our Mother's House (1967),[19] and The Vulture (1967).[20]

Personal life

Carell married expatriate British playwright Gerald Savory in New Jersey on 1 September 1953.[8] They returned to England from the U.S. in 1956;[21] the couple had no children.

Carell died of a barbiturate overdose at her home in London on 20 October 1967, in what was ruled a suicide.[21][3]



Year Production Role Notes
1952 The Sergeant's Daughter (Der Grosse Zapfenstreich) Bettina von Laufen
1953 Martin Luther Katherine von Bora[15]
1960 Beyond the Curtain Governor
1960 The Tell-Tale Heart Betty's Landlady
1961 Wings of Death Marie Short film
1961 Return of a Stranger Matron
1961 Two Wives at One Wedding Maria
1965 Darling Billie Castiglione
1967 The Vulture Ellen West
1967 Our Mother's House Mother


Year Production Role Notes
1956 Armchair Theatre Madame Klost Episode: "The Outsider"
1957 The Queen and the Rebels Elizabetta TV Film
1957 BBC Sunday Night Theatre Princess Caroline of Brunswick Episode: "The Lass of Richmond Hill"
1957 ITV Television Playhouse Maria Kovali Episode: "Who Killed Kovali?"
1957 Hour of Mystery Helen Webste Episode: "Sound Alibi"
1958 Television World Theatre Sick Girl Episode: "The Captain of Koepenick"
1958 Saturday Playhouse Anna Kirsten Episode: "So Many Children"
1959 Love and Mr Lewisham Miss Alice Heydinger 5 episodes
1959 Bleak House Mademoiselle Hortense 5 episodes
1960 International Detective Rose Di Marco Episode: "The Raffael Case"
1960 No Hiding Place Claudine van Buren Episode: "Bed of Roses"
1960 Maigret Sylvie Episode: "Liberty Bar"
1961 One Step Beyond Frieda Hessler Episode: "The Prisoner"
1961 ITV Play of the Week Margery Bellows Episode: "The Burden of Proof"
1961 Emergency – Ward 10 Elaine Carr 4 episodes
1962 Dixon of Dock Green Ada Jones Episode: "A Special Kind of Jones"
1962 The Six Proud Walkers Miss. Manson 2 episodes
1962 Outbreak of Murder Sugar Bayliss 2 episodes
1962 Compact Madame Roussin 4 episodes
1963 The Human Jungle Laurie Winters Episode: "The Flip Side Man"
1963 The Scales of Justice Mrs. Joyce Warren Episode: "The Invisible Asset"
1963-1965 Crane
  • Unknown
  • Giulia Bauer
2 Episodes:
  • "A Death of No Importance" (1963)
  • "The Man in the Gold Waistcoat" (1965)
1964 Sergeant Cork Clara Lancing Episode: "The Case of the Six Suspects"
1965 The Saint Katerina Episode: "The Persistent Parasites"
1965 Buddenbrooks Gerda TV Mini-Series
1965 BBC Play of the Month Hansi Brand Episode: "The Joel Brand Story"
1965 The Man Who Never Was Kaeth Van Zeeland Episode: "Search for a Bent Twig"
1966 Out of the Unknown Emma Bowles Episode: "The Fastest Draw"
1967 Adam Adamant Lives! Monique Episode: "Conspiracy of Death"
1967 The Avengers Dr. Voss Episode: "The Fear Merchants"
1967 The Baron Eleanor Saumarez Episode: "Long Ago and Far Away"
1967 Z-Cars Nina Papadopoulos Double episode: "Who Said Anything About the Law?"
1967 Theatre 625 Anna Episode: "Firebrand"
1967 The Prisoner 'B' Episode: "A. B. and C."
1967 Man in a Suitcase Gilchrist Episode: "The Girl Who Never Was"
1967 The Informer Moira Hepworth Episode: "Your Money or Your Life"


  1. Some sources give her year of birth as 1929.[4]


  1. "Massachusetts, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1798-1950". National Archives at Boston. Retrieved 27 June 2018 via
  2. "U.S., Records of Aliens Pre-Examined in Canada, 1904-1954". National Archives. Retrieved 1 July 2018 via
  3. Death certificate: Annette Karen Savory. Westminster, London. Register 925, Entry 132. General Register Office, 1967.
  4. Noble, Peter (ed.). British Film and Television Yearbook 1960/61. British and American Film Press.
  5. "Annette Carell". The Avengers Forever!. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  6. "Annette Carell Plays Female Lead in 'Martin Luther' Film". Perry County Times. Pennsylvania. 22 October 1953. p. 10.
  7. "Old Acquaintances: Obituaries" (PDF). AJR Information. Association of Jewish Refugees. 22 (12): 5. December 1967.
  8. "Annette Erlanger, Actress, Is Wed". The Montclair Times. New Jersey. 3 September 1953. p. 14 via
  9. "Montclair, New Jersey, City Directory, 1955". U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. Retrieved 10 October 2019 via
  10. Hepp, Michael (2011). Listen in chronologischer Reihenfolge (in German). Walter de Gruyter. p. 419. ISBN 9783110950625.
  11. "U.S., Records of Aliens Pre-Examined in Canada, 1904-1954". National Archives via
  12. "Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 10 October 2019 via (registration required)
  13. "UK, WWII Alien Internees, 1939-1945 (Stefan Erlanger)". The National Archives; Kew, London, England. Retrieved 10 October 2019 via
  14. "UK, WWII Alien Internees, 1939-1945 (Lilly Erlanger)". The National Archives; Kew, London, England. Retrieved 10 October 2019 via
  15. "'Martin Luther' Female Lead Coming Here for Three Days". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 25 September 1953. p. 21 via
  16. Atlas, Ben (13 October 1945). "Out-Of-Town Openings: The Rugged Path". Billboard. p. 41.
  17. "ROMANTIK: Natürlich ohne Gage". Der Spiegel (in German). Spiegel Online. 6 September 1950.
  18. Bourne, Stephen (2016). Brief Encounters: Lesbians and Gays in British Cinema 1930 - 1971. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 190. ISBN 9781474291347.
  19. Monahan, Kaspar (10 November 1967). "Horror Movie Brings Chills to Shadyside". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 37.
  20. Guarino, Ann (20 May 1967). "Two Mildly Suspenseful Thrillers". Daily News. New York. p. 26.
  21. "Annette Carell". The Stage and Television Today (453). 26 October 1967. p. 9. (subscription required)
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