Edna Winifred Mitchell
23 July 1926
|Died||2 May 2012 85) (aged|
|Known for||The Adventures of Black Beauty|
|Children||Dominic Guard |
|Relatives||Pippa Guard (niece)|
In the 1950s she provided lyrics, sketches, and occasionally acted in revues on London's West End. She was especially successful in her ventures providing lyrics for Madeleine Dring in Airs on a Shoestring (1953), Pay the Piper (1954), and Fresh Airs (1956), all productions of Laurier Lister.
She was once (allegedly) the girlfriend of Peter Sellers, and appeared in The Goon Show episodes Ye Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1954) as Maid Marian and Tales of Montmartre (1956) as Seagoon's love interest, Fifi. Charlotte Mitchell was married to the actor Philip Guard and was the mother of three children, actors Christopher Guard and Dominic Guard and animator and novelist Candy Guard. Charlotte lived in West London during the later part of her life and continued to be active as a poet.
She appeared on BBC Radio with Ian Carmichael in The Small, Intricate Life of Gerald C. Potter. Carmichael played Gerald C. Potter, mystery writer, while she played Diana, his wife, who, under the pseudonym of Miss Magnolia Badminton, wrote romantic novels. She also played, on radio, the Dowager Duchess (Lord Peter Wimsey's mother) in the radio adaption of Strong Poison that starred Ian Carmichael as Peter Wimsey and the character of Kath Miller in the BBC Radio 2 daily serial Waggoners' Walk. She also featured as Maid Marion in The Goon Show's "Ye Bandit of Sherwood Forest" in December 1958. On television, she played Amy Winthrop the housekeeper in The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972–74), and Monica Spencer in And Mother Makes Five.
Her poetry was published in collections such as "Twelve Burnt Saucepans", "Looking Round Dangerously", "I Want to Go Home" and "Just in Case". These provided the basis of a series of popular programmes on BBC Radio 4 in which she read her own work. Her poetry is often requested and read on the BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please, and one of her poems was chosen by Judi Dench and Michael Williams in their joint BBC Radio 4 programme With Great Pleasure.
- The Romantic Age (1949, Naughty Arlette 1950 in the US) – Charlotte (uncredited)
- The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) – Ethel (uncredited)
- Laughter in Paradise (1951) – Ethel
- The Man in the White Suit (1951) – Mill Girl
- Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951) – Lucille
- Curtain Up (1952) – Daphne Ray
- Time Bomb (1953) – Buffet Waitress (uncredited)
- The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) (or The Great Gilbert and Sullivan in the US) – Charlotte
- Street Corner (1953, Both Sides of the Law 1954 in the US) – Lily Propert (uncredited)
- Lost (1955, Tears for Simon 1957 in the US) – Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
- The Bridal Path (1959) – Mrs. Mavis Bruce (uncredited)
- Village of the Damned (1960) – Janet Pawle
- Dentist in the Chair (1960) – Woman in Surgery
- Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961) – Miss Chamberlain
- Dentist on the Job (1961, Get on with It! 1963 in the US) – Mrs. Burke
- The Blood on Satan's Claw (1970) – Ellen
- Jim, the World's Greatest (1975) – School Secretary
- The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) – Mrs. Tranter
- Out of the Darkness (1985) – Mrs. Barrow
- The First Kangaroos (1988) – Mrs. Oaks
- Not in Front of the Children (1967–1970) – Mary
- Persuasion (1971) – Mrs. Clay
- The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972–1974) – Amy Winthrop
- The Kids from 47A (1973, Writer)
- ...And Mother Makes Five (1974–1976) – Monica Spencer
- In This House of Brede (1975, TV Movie) – Mrs. Fraser
- Miss Jones and Son (1977) – Mum
- Shades of Darkness (1983) – Mrs. Blinder
- Return to Treasure Island (1986) – Mrs. Hawkins
- The Woman He Loved (1988, TV Movie) – Lady Chatfield
- Selling Hitler (1991) – Lady Katherine Giles
- Pond Life (1996) – Ivy
- Heartbeat (1997–1999) – Granny Bellamy (final appearance)
- "Charlotte Mitchell 23rd July 1926 – 2nd May 2012 « The Shakespeare Code". Theshakespearecode.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Template:Cite Brister, Wanda. Biography of Madeleine Dring in Manuscript.
- "Philip Guard". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Christopher Guard". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Dominic Guard". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Candy Guard". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- Just in Case: Poems in My Pocket: Amazon.co.uk: Charlotte Mitchell: Books. ASIN 0285630601.
- "BBC Genome Project". Waggoners' Walk. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
- "The Goon Show Site – Script – Ye Bandit of Sherwood Forest (Series 5, Episode 14)". www.thegoonshow.net. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
- Evans, Jeff (2001). The Penguin TV Companion. Penguin. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-140-51467-4.
- Sangster, Jim; Condon, Paul (2005). TV Heaven. HarperCollins. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-00-719099-7.
- Hayward, Anthony (7 June 2012). "Charlotte Mitchell obituary". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 1 January 2018.