Janina Faye

Janina Faye (née Smigielski, born 1948) is an English actress and director. She is a daughter of Florence Louisa Jonathan and Jan Smigielski. Her father was a Polish pilot from No. 303 Squadron RAF during the Battle of Britain.[1]

Janina Faye
Janina Smigielski

1948 (age 7071)

Faye began her career as an actress in 1956, and it includes theatre and television work in addition to many movie appearances. She appeared in several major fantasy and horror films when she was young, such as Hammer Films' original version of Dracula (1958), as well as the same company’s Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960) and The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960). In 1961 she appeared on stage as Helen Keller in the William Gibson play The Miracle Worker, [2] and in 1962 she appeared in the film thrillers Don't Talk to Strange Men and The Day of the Triffids.

In 1998, she teamed up with director Paul Cotgrove and Hammer co-star Ingrid Pitt to make the short British horror film Green Fingers, a story about a spinster whose garden has strange properties with an ability to grow anything, even things that are no longer living.

She often appears at signings.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1956Circus FriendsMinor roleUncredited
1957Sea WifeChild on ShipUncredited
1957No Time for Tears
1957The Story of Esther CostelloEsther Costello, as a child
1957Seven ThundersFrench childUncredited
1958The Adventures of Hal 5Moira
1958The Sheriff of Fractured JawYoung girlUncredited
1958Floods of FearYoung GirlUncredited
1959Room at the TopYoung girlUncredited
1959The Headless GhostVeronicaUncredited
1959BobbikinsBobbikinsVoice, Uncredited
1960Never Take Sweets from a StrangerJean Carter
1960The Two Faces of Dr. JekyllJane, deafmute childUncredited
1960The Hands of OrlacChildUncredited
1962Don't Talk to Strange MenAnn
1962The Day of the TriffidsSusan
1964The Beauty JungleElaine Freeman
1967Bindle (One of Them Days)Millie
1969The Smashing Bird I Used to KnowSusan
1969The Dance of DeathJudith
1973John Keats: His Life and DeathFanny Brawne


  1. "Polish Fighter Pilots".
  2. "A Final Justification of Faith." Times [London, England] 10 Mar. 1961: 19
  3. "Janina Faye Interview in the Cushing Confidential". janinafaye.com (Personal website). Retrieved June 2, 2011.

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