Fanny Rowe

Frances Rowe (26 June 1913 31 August 1988) was an English stage, film and television actress.[1][2]

Early years

Rowe was born in Preston, Lancashire, the daughter of a parson, and educated at Channing School For Girls in Highgate and then went on to study at Newnham College, Cambridge.


Rowe's acting career started in the Marlowe Society, Cambridge. She then worked in repertory theatre at Newcastle, Coventry, Harrogate, Worthing, Dundee and Windsor.

She appeared in many theatrical productions both in London's West End and also in the USA.[3][2] Her American stage debut was in Man and Superman.[4] In 1951 she was awarded the Clarence Derwent Award (her real name Frances Rowe is listed). She played the part of Alex Cornwall in Who Goes There!.[5] In 1955 she starred in the J.B. Priestley play Mr. Kettle and Mrs. Moon.


Rowe made her American radio debut on Grand Central Station.[4]


Rowe's television work included Love Story, Rogues' Gallery, Vanity Fair, The Mill on the Floss (1965 TV adaptation of the book) and as Emily Forsyte in the 1967 TV series The Forsyte Saga.[1] In later years, her most famous role was that of Nancy Penrose, the mother of Hester played by Julia McKenzie in the ITV sitcom Fresh Fields (1984–86).[6] She was also in the Tales of the Unexpected episode What Have You Been up to Lately?. (series 5-episode 13)[7]

Personal life

Rowe married actor Clive Morton when in her forties.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1944They Came to a CityPhilippa
1952Never Look BackLiz
1952Miss Robin HoodMarion
1953Street CornerC.O.Uncredited
1954The Teckman MysteryEileen Miller
1954Aunt ClaraMaggie MasonUncredited
1955The Dark AvengerGenevieve
1957The Birthday PresentSecretary
1958The MoonrakerLady Dorset
1970Jane EyreMrs. EshtonTV movie
1972Lady Caroline LambLady Holland

Radio appearances

1948Grand Central StationNA[4]


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  2. League, The Broadway. "Frances Rowe – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB".
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  4. "Janney, Rowe 'Station' Stars". Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. Harrisburg Telegraph. March 20, 1948. p. 22. Retrieved December 21, 2015 via
  5. Wearing, J. P. (16 September 2014). "The London Stage 1950-1959: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel". Rowman & Littlefield via Google Books.
  6. "Fresh Fields - TV Guide".
  7. "What Have You Been up to Lately? (1982)".
  8. "Clive Morton, Actor, Dies at 71; Butler in 'Upstairs, Downstairs'".
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