Carla Lehmann

Carla Lehmann (26 February 1917 – 1 December 1990) was a Canadian-born stage, film and television actress.[1][2]

Carla Lehmann
Born26 February 1917
Died1 December 1990(1990-12-01) (aged 73)
Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Other namesCarla Hillerns Lehmann
Carla Hillerns Townsend
Alma materRADA
OccupationStage actress
Film actress
Television actress
Years active1938-1952


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Lehmann was the youngest of the five children of Dr Julius Lehmann and Elsa Hillerns. She was educated at Riverbend School (now Balmoral Hall), where she edited the school newspaper, and from the age of fifteen appeared at the Little Theatre, Winnipeg. Gaining a place to train for an acting career at RADA in London, she then joined the Croydon Repertory Company for a year before first appearing in the West End.[2] Her stage work included appearances in several Aldwych farces.[2] During the Second World War she starred in war films opposite Stewart Granger and James Mason.[3]

Lehmann notably played Susan Foster in the film Candlelight in Algeria (1944) and Lady Mary Hannay in the BBC television series The Three Hostages (1952).[3]

Private life

Lehmann spent most of her adult life living in England. In 1941 she married George Anderson McDowell Elliot,[4] a former Royal Marine officer recently commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps,[5] but they later divorced. In 1947 she married secondly John R. Townsend, an insurance broker, in Westminster,[6] and they had three sons, John Anthony (born 1948), Nicholas (born 1949),[3] and Alain (1954).[7] She died in Berkshire in 1990.


Year Title Role Notes
1938Luck of the NavyUncredited
1939So This Is LondonElinor Draper
1940Sailors ThreeJane
1941Cottage to LetHelen Barrington
1941Once a CrookEstelle
1942Flying FortressSydney Kelly
1942Secret MissionMichèle de Carnot
1942Talk About JacquelineJacqueline Marlow
1944Candlelight in AlgeriaSusan Foster
194529 Acacia AvenueFay Jones
1947Fame Is the SpurLady Lettice


  1. Profile,; accessed 12 September 2015.
  2. McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9781526111975 via Google Books.
  3. Carla Lehmann: From Winnipeg Little Theatre to London's Stage UPDATE, accessed 3 October 2016
  4. Register of Marriages for Surrey South West, volume 2a, p. 1633.
  5. The London Gazette dated 10 May 1940 (Supplement), p. 2795
  6. Register of Marriages for Westminster, volume 5c, p. 736
  7. Register of Births for Ealing registration district: Jan-Mar 1948, volume 5e, p. 201; July-Sept 1949, volume 5e, p. 152; April–June 1954, volume 5e, p. 151

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