Eileen Way

Eileen Mabel Elizabeth Way (2 September 1911 – 16 June 1994)[1] was an English actress who appeared in film and television roles in a career dating back to the 1930s. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from the age of 16.[1][2]

Eileen Way
Eileen Mabel Elizabeth Way

(1911-09-02)2 September 1911
New Malden, Surrey, England, UK
Died16 June 1994(1994-06-16) (aged 82)
Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
Years active193893
Spouse(s)Felix Warden Brown

She was in some of the first productions of Tennessee Williams' plays in Great Britain, including playing the role of the Mexican Woman in A Streetcar Named Desire,[3] and appeared at the Bristol Old Vic and Nottingham Playhouse.[4]

She appeared in the TV series Doctor Who, in the serials An Unearthly Child (as Old Mother, the programme's first on-screen death) and The Creature from the Pit (as Karela),[5] as well as in the 1966 film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (as Old Woman), based on the serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964).[6] She also appeared in the second series of Poldark (1977) as Aunt Agatha; Century Falls;[5] Upstairs, Downstairs;[1] By the Sword Divided; Inspector Morse;[1] Bergerac; and Ripping Yarns.[7]

She was married to the psychiatrist Felix Warden Brown.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1951 Cheer the Brave Unknown
1952 The Happy Family Mrs. Potter
The Stranger Left No Card Secretary
Venetian Bird Woman Detective
1953 Street of Shadows Mrs. Thoms
Blood Orange Mme. Fernande
1954 They Who Dare Greek Woman
Knave of Hearts 1st Landlady Uncredited
Aunt Clara Maggie Mason
1957 Bullet from the Past Lady at No. 72 Uncredited
1958 The Vikings[1] Kitala
1960 Kidnapped Jennet Clouston
1961 The Singer Not the Song Unknown Uncredited
1962 Village of Daughters Gloria Balbino
1964 The Bargee Onlooker Uncredited
The Comedy Man Landlady
1966 Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Old Woman
Drop Dead Darling Italian Dressmaker
1969 Vendetta for the Saint The Maid
1981 Sphinx Aida
1984 Memed My Hawk Seuneh
1985 Bad Medicine Sra. Madera
1989 Queen of Hearts[1] Mama Sibilla


Year Title Role Notes
1938 The Gay Lord Quex Unknown TV movie
1939 The Day Is Gone Florrie TV movie
1947 The Gay Lord Quex Miss Moon TV movie
1954 Thunder Rock Ellen Kirby TV movie
1955 The Blakes Gypsy Rebecca Season 1, Episode 1
Barbie Miss McGinty Season 1: (2 episodes)


BBC Sunday-Night Theatre La Cachiporra

Sarah Becker

Season 6, Episode 16: "Midsummer Fire"

Season 8, Episode 49: "Counsellor at Law"

1956 Armchair Theatre Unknown Season 1, Episode 11: "The Right Thing"
1958 Television World Theatre Woman of Troy Season 1, Episode 3: "Women of Troy"
General Electric Theatre Old Maid Season 6, Episode 15: "Time to Go Now"
ITV Television Playhouse Susan Season 4, Episode 10: "Breakdown"
1959 William Tell Reynolds Season 1, Episode 32: "The Black Brothers"
The Vagrant Heart Mrs Smith TV movie
1960 International Detective Mama Carlucci Season 1, Episode 5: "The Winthrop Case"
Hancock's Half Hour Mavis Smith Season 6, Episode 4: "The Reunion Party"
BBC Sunday-Night Play Ruth Kellner

Senora River

Season 1, Episode 15: "Twentieth Century Theatre: Glorious Morning"

Season 1, Episode 27: "Playhouse 90: A Town Has Turned to Dust"

Rendezvous Signora Zampino Season 1, Episode 18: "Next Time You'll See Venice"
1961 Rashomon The Medium TV Movie
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Mrs Evans Season 3, Episode 27: "The Confesion"
Dixon of Dock Green Isa Capon Season 8, Episode 7: "Desperation"
1962 Sir Francis Drake Pastora Season 1, Episode 22: "The Gypsies"
Benny Hill Lorna Season 2, Episode 1; "The Mystery of Black Bog Manor"
1963 Crane Unknown Season 1, Episode 5: "The Executioners"
Man of the World Catrina Season 2, Episode 6: "The Bullfighters"
Drama 61 -67 Landlady Season 3, Episode 14: "Drama 63: Rasputin Was A Nice Old Man"
Maupassant Mme. Padoie Season 1, Episode 10: "Bachelors"
Maigret Unknown Season 4, Episode 3: "The Lost Life"
The Sentimental Agent Miss Mithras Season 1, Episode 7: "A Little Sweetness and Light"
Kidnapped Jennet Clouston Season 1, Episode 7: "Catriona"


Doctor Who Old Mother


Season 1: (2 episodes)

Season 17: (4 episodes)

1968 ITV Play of the Week La Madrecita Season 9, Episode 23: "Camino Real"
First Night Mrs Phillips Season 1, Episode 30: "How Many Angels"


Cluff Mrs Bateson

Amy Horrisey

Season 1, Episode 5: "The Daughter in Law"

Season 2, Episode 9: "The Daughters"



The Troubleshooters Mrs Murtagh


Season 1, Episode 9: "A Job for Willy"

Season 4, Episode 11: "Who Buys Who"

1966 Court Martial Woman Season 1, Episode 15: "Where There Was No Echo"


The Wednesday Play Aunt Erika

Margeurite Rosmer

Mrs Phillips

Woman in pub

Season 1: (4 episodes)
1967 Mickey Dunne Sophia Lombardi Season 1, Episode 13: "Are there any more at Home like You?"



Z-Cars Mrs Hancock

Mrs McGann

Mrs Riley

Season 9, Episode 49: "The Great Art Robbery: Part 1"

Season 10, Episode 1: "Bits An' Bats"

Season 12, Episode 2: "Rage"

1968 The Spanish Farm Berthe TV movie


ITV Playhouse Gypsy woman


Season 2, Episode 9: "The Kindness of Mrs Ratcliffe"

Season 3, Episode 32: " A Sound from the Sea"

1969 The Saint The Maid Season 6: (2 episodes)
Omnibus Old Dorothy Season 2, Episode 16: "The Women from the Shadows"
The Gold Robbers Dowager Season 1: (2 episodes)
The Flaxton Play Macena Season 1, Episode 8: "1854: The Witches"
1970 The Germinals Ma Brǔlé Season 1: (2 epsisodes)
The Doctors Alice Platt Season 1, Episode 103
1972 New Scotland Yard Mrs Esther Grubber Season 1, Episode 3: "Memory of a Gauntlet"
The Onedin Line Old Woman Season 2, Episode 3: "A Woman Alone"
Thirty Minutes Worth Unknown Season 1, Episode 6
1973 The Adventures of Black Beauty Maggie Season 1, Episode 25: "The Barge"
1974 Upstairs, Downstairs Madame Francini Season 4, Episode 8: "The Glorious Dead"
1976 The Glittering Prizes Mrs Hersh Season 1, Episode 6: "A Double Life"
1977 The Mackinnons Christina McSween Season 1, Episode 7: "Shame the Devil"
Poldark Agatha Poldark Season 2: (5 episodes)
Ripping Yarns Old woman Season 1, Episode 5: "Across the Andes by Frog"
Just William Mrs Marsh Season 2, Episode 5: "William the Philanthropist"
1978 Les Miserabales Lodger TV movie
1979 Secret Army Woman Patient Season 3, Episode 10: "Collaborator"
1980 Fair Stood the Wind for France Grandmother Season 1: (3 episodes)
1982 Minder Mrs Chambers' mother Season 3, Episode 1: "Dead Men Do Tell Tales"
1983 The Old Men at the Zoo Mrs Langley-Beard Season 1, Episode 4: "Armageddon"
Macbeth Second Witch TV movie


By the Sword Divided Minty Season 1: (8 episodes)

Season 2: (8 episodes)

1984 Sakharov Ruf Grigorievna TV movie
1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story Vendor Season 1, Episode 1
1986 Paradise Postponed Dora Nowt Season 1, Episode 10: "Faith Unfaithful"
All Passion Spent Genoux Season 1: (3 episodes)
1987 Screen Two Finn's Grandma Season 3, Episode 6: "Naming the Names"
One by One Mrs Maplin Season 3, Episode 1: "Changing Places"
Vanity Fair Mrs Tinker Season 1, Episode 3:"Crawley of Queen's Crawley"
1988 The Rainbow[1] Lydia Brangwen Season 1: (2 episodes)
1989 War and Rememberace Mrs Stern Season 1: (2 episodes)
1990 Screen One Aunt Anna Season 2, Episode 6: "One Last Chance
1991 Bergerac Mrs Edwards Season 9, Episode 7: The Waiting Game
Inspector Morse Mrs Papas Season 5, Episode 4: "Greeks Bearing Gifts"
Birds of a Feather Irene Season 3, Episode 10: "Cuckoo"
1992 Mistress of Suspence Edna Season 1, Episode 11: "Under a Dark Angels Eye"
The Bill Mrs Collins Season 8, Episode 74: "A Blind Eye"
1992 -


Sean's Show Mrs Pebbles Season 1: (6 episodes)

Season 2: (7 episodes)

1993 The Detectives Old Lady Season 1, Episode 2: "Hostage"
Century Falls Alice Harkness Season 1: "5 episodes"


  1. "Obituary: Eileen Way". The Independent. 2 July 1994.
  2. Fabrique. "Eileen Way — RADA". www.rada.ac.uk.
  3. "Production of A Streetcar Named Desire - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  4. "Eileen Way obituary". The Doctor Who Cuttings Archive. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  5. "BBC - Cult - Classic TV - Century Falls (1993)". www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. "Eileen Way". BFI.
  7. "BBC Two - Ripping Yarns, Series 1, Across the Andes by Frog". BBC.
  8. "Munks Roll Details for Felix Warden Brown". munksroll.rcplondon.ac.uk.
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