Beryl Measor

Beryl Measor, (22 April 1908 – 8 February 1965) was an English actress. She was born in Shanghai,[1] and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[2] She was a star pupil, winning the RADA Silver Medal in 1931.[3]

Among her stage roles was Madame Arcati in the original production of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, succeeding Margaret Rutherford in the part, during the record-breaking run.[4] She originated two roles in other plays by Coward: Edie in This Happy Breed and the central character's wise and long-suffering secretary, Monica Reed, in Present Laughter, both in 1942.[5] In 1957 she was nominated for a Tony award as Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Miss Cooper in Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables on Broadway.[6]

Measor was married to the actor Terence De Marney. She died in London at the age of 56.[1]

Film and television roles

  • Almost a Honeymoon– Mabel, the barmaid (1938)
  • Richard of Bordeaux– Countess of Derby (1938)
  • English Without Tears– Miss Faljambe (1944)
  • Dual Alibi– Gwen (1947)
  • Odd Man Out – Maudie (1947)
  • The Mark of Cain – Nurse Brand (1947)
  • While the Sun Shines– Woman in train (1947)
  • Blithe Spirit Madame Arcati (1948)
  • Esther Waters – Mrs Spires (1948)
  • Morning Star – Amarilla Arbuthnot (1956)
  • Please Murder Me – cast member (1958)
  • Uncle Harry– Hester Quincey (1958)
  • How Did He Get It?– Mrs Proudie (1959)
  • No Wreath for the General Episode 3 – middle-aged woman (1960)
Source: British Film Institute.[1]


  1. "Beryl Measor", British Film Institute, retrieved 19 March 2014
  2. "Royal Academy of Dramatic Art", The Times, 31 July 1930, p. 12
  3. "Royal Academy of Dramatic Art", The Times, 8 August 1931, p. 8
  4. "Theatres", The Times, 29 June 1942, p. 6
  5. Coward, unnumbered introductory page
  6. "Beryl Measor search" Archived 2016-08-31 at the Wayback Machine, Tony Awards, retrieved 19 March 2014


  • Beryl Measor on IMDb 
  • Coward, Noël (1994). Plays, Four. London: Methuen. ISBN 0413461203.

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