Elizabeth Sellars

Elizabeth Sellars (born 6 May 1923[1]) is a Scottish actress.

Elizabeth Sellars
Born (1923-05-06) 6 May 1923
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1949–1990
Francis Austin Henley
(m. 1960; died 2009)


Sellars was born in Glasgow, Scotland.[1] She appeared on the stage from the age of 15, and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[2] She also studied law for five years in England.[3]

She made her first London appearance in 1946 in The Brothers Karamazov, and later appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Elizabeth in Richard III, Helen in Troilus and Cressida, Gertrude in Hamlet and Hermione in The Winter's Tale.

Sellars entered films in 1949 with Floodtide.[2] She appeared in a string of British films in the 1950s and 1960s, and also a few Hollywood films, usually in secondary roles, including The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Désirée (1954), Prince of Players (1955), The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960), 55 Days at Peking (1963) and The Chalk Garden (1964). She was the main female lead in a number of films, including The Long Memory (1953), The Last Man to Hang? (1956), Never Let Go (1960) and The Webster Boy (1962). She has also appeared frequently on television, most notably in A Voyage Round My Father (1982) with Laurence Olivier.

Personal life

On 8 September 1960, Sellars married Francis Austin Henley in Stow-on-the-Wold, England. They remained together until his death on 31 January 2009.[4]

Partial filmography


  1. "Elizabeth Sellars". BFI. Retrieved 29 October 2019.)
  2. Cornel, Jean (24 August 1957). "Talent Is Still With Us". Tucson Daily Citizen. Arizona, Tucson. p. 27. Retrieved 12 October 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  3. Roe, Dorothy (9 November 1958). "Actress Elizabeth Sellars Studies Law Between Performances". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Texas, Lubbock. Associated Press. p. 64. Retrieved 12 October 2017 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Elizabeth Sellars Wed". The Kansas City Times. Missouri, Kansas City. Associated Press. 9 September 1960. p. 12. Retrieved 12 October 2017 via Newspapers.com.

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