Jean Dunlop Cadell (13 September 1884 – 29 September 1967) was a Scottish character actress. Although her married name was Jean Dunlop Perceval-Clark she retained her maiden name in the context of acting.
|Died||29 September 1967 83) (aged|
Life and career
She was born at 4 Buckingham Terrace in Edinburgh, the daughter of Dr Francis Cadell (1844-1909), a wealthy surgeon, and his wife, Mary Hamilton Boileau (1853-1907). The family moved to 22 Ainslie Place, a huge Georgian house on the Moray Estate, in her youth.
She performed in the cinema and on the stage. Among her best-known cinema roles was in the Ealing Studios comedy Whisky Galore! (1949), as well as Pygmalion (1938) and I Know Where I'm Going! (1945). She once performed opposite W. C. Fields in Hollywood, cast as Mrs. Micawber to his Wilkins Micawber in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 1935 production of David Copperfield. Although Cadell remains in the released version of the film, her biggest scene (when the Micawber family prepare to emigrate) was deleted from the release prints.
Jean Cadell died in London on 29 September 1967, aged 83.
She is buried with her family in Dean Cemetery in western Edinburgh. The grave lies against the southern wall.
- David Garrick (1912, Short) - Araminta Brown
- The Man Who Stayed at Home (1915) - Miss Myrtle
- Anna the Adventuress (1920) - Nellie Bates
- Alf's Button (1920) - Vicar's wife
- The Naked Man (1923) - Miss Linnett
- The Loves of Robert Burns (1930) - Mrs. Burns
- Escape (1930) - (uncredited)
- Two White Arms (1932) - Mrs. Drury
- Fires of Fate (1932) - Miss Byrne
- Timbuctoo (1933) - Wilhelmina
- The Luck of a Sailor (1934) - Princess Rosanna
- Little Friend (1934) - Miss Drew
- David Copperfield (1935) - Mrs. Micawber
- Whom the Gods Love (1936) - Frau Mozart
- Love from a Stranger (1937) - Aunt Lou
- South Riding (1938) - Miss Dry
- Tobias and the Angel (1938, TV Movie) - Anna
- Pygmalion (1938) - Mrs. Pearce
- Suspect (1939, TV Movie) - Goudie Macintyre
- Confidential Lady (1940) - Amy Boswell
- Quiet Wedding (1941) - Aunt Florence
- The Young Mr Pitt (1942) - Mrs. Sparry
- Dear Octopus (1943) - Vicar's Wife
- Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) - Mrs. Church
- I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) - Postmistress
- Jassy (1947) - Meggie
- Afterglow (1948, TV Movie) - Frau Kaunitz
- That Dangerous Age (1949) - Nannie
- Marry Me! (1949) - Hester Parsons
- Whisky Galore! (1949) - Mrs. Campbell
- No Place for Jennifer (1950) - Aunt Jacqueline
- Madeleine (1950) - Mrs. Jenkins
- Craven House (1950, TV Movie) - Miss Hatt
- The Reluctant Widow (1950) - Mrs. Barrows
- The Switchback (1950, TV Movie) - Aunt Dinah
- The Late Edwina Black (1951) - Ellen
- Music at Night (1952, TV Movie) - Mrs. Amesbury
- I'm a Stranger (1952) - Hannah Mackenzie
- Three's Company (1953) - Miss Craig (segment "Take a Number' story)
- Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953) - Mrs. Macdonald
- The Whiteoak Chronicles: The Building of Jalna (1955, TV Movie) - Adeline Whiteoak
- The Whiteoak Chronicles: Whiteoaks (1955, TV Movie) - Adeline Whiteoak
- Keep It Clean (1956) - Mrs. Edgar Anstey
- The Druid Circle (1957, TV Movie) - Mrs. White
- The Little Hut (1957) - Mrs. Hermione Brittingham-Brett
- Let's Be Happy (1957) - Mrs. Cathie (uncredited)
- The Surgeon's Knife (1957) - Henrietta Stevens
- Doomsday for Dyson (1959, TV Movie) - Great Aunt Lucy
- Rockets Galore! (1958) - Mrs. Campbell
- Serious Charge (1959) - Almshouse Matron
- Upstairs and Downstairs (1959) - 1st Old Lady
- A Taste of Money (1961) - Miss Brill
- Very Important Person (1961) - Lady Telling Story on TV show. Opening Scene
- Jean Cadell; North American Theatre Online
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1884
- Cadell grave, Dean Cemetery
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1890
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- "Lost work by Scottish colourist Cadell found on back of painting". BBC News. 27 January 2015.
- Simon Cadell
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- Simon Cadell
- The Stage
- "Obituary: Simon Cadell". The Independent. 8 March 1996.