Helen Burns

Helen Burns (22 December 1916[1] – 23 July 2018) was a British actress mostly known for playing comedic roles. Burns is known for her performance in the 1993 production of The Last Yankee at the Duke of York's Theatre, for which she won a Laurence Olivier Award, and for her role in the British television series And That's the News, Goodnight.[2]

Burns was born in December 1916 in London. She appeared in several films including: The Changeling (1980), Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981), If You Could See What I Hear (1982), and Utilities (1983). She also appeared in the television movies Scarlett and Life After Life and made guest appearances on several television series including Dr. Finlay's Casebook, Pulaski, The Big One, and Mr. Bean.[3]

Burns' Broadway stage credits include The Inspector General, There's One in Every Marriage (1957), The First Gentleman, at the Belasco Theatre in New York City, and Catsplay, for the latter of which, she received a Drama Desk Award nomination.[4]

On 8 July 1948, Burns was married to theatre director Michael Langham, the former head of both the Stratford Festival and the Juilliard School, and is the mother of actor/writer Chris Langham.

She died on 23 July 2018 at the age of 101.[5]


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