Ivy St. Helier

Ivy Janet Aitchison (1886, Saint Helier, Jersey – 8 November 1971, London, England) better known as Ivy St. Helier was a British stage actress, composer and lyricist.[1][2]


On the stage, St. Helier played Manon la Crevette in the original production of Noël Coward's operetta Bitter Sweet (1929), a role she reprised in the 1933 film version.[3][4] She also starred in Coward's revue Words and Music.[5] As a lyricist, she wrote additional songs for The Street Singer, and for The Blue Train, the London musical by Reginald Arkell, Dion Titheradge and Robert Stolz.[6][7]


She made five films, including Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944) and London Belongs to Me (1948).[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1933Bitter SweetManon la Crevette
1938The Singing CopSonia Kassona
1944Henry VAlice
1948London Belongs to MeConnie Coke
1955The Gold ExpressEmma Merton


  1. McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). "The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition". Oxford University Press via Google Books.
  2. "Ivy St. Helier - Songs - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  3. "Bitter Sweet - The Guide to Musical Theatre - Show Synopsis". www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com.
  4. "Bitter Sweet (1933) - Herbert Wilcox - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  5. "Production of Words and Music - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  6. Fraser-Simson, Harold; St. Helier, Ivy; Lonsdale, Frederick; Greenbank, Percy; (Firm), J. C. Williamson (16 January 2018). "The street singer : a musical play in three acts" via Trove.
  7. Slattery-Christy, David (21 January 2008). "Anything But Merry!: The life and times of Lily Elsie". Author House via Google Books.
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