Linden Travers

Florence Lindon-Travers, known professionally as Linden Travers (27 May 1913 – 23 October 2001),[1] was a British actress.[2]

Linden Travers
Florence Lindon-Travers

(1913-05-27)27 May 1913
Died23 October 2001(2001-10-23) (aged 88)
Cornwall, England
Years active1935–60
Spouse(s)Guy Leon (?-?; divorced; 1 child)
James Holman (1948–74; his death; 2 children)

Life and career

Travers was born in Sunderland, the daughter of Florence (née Wheatley) and William Halton Lindon-Travers.[3] The elder sister of Bill Travers, she attended La Sagesse School in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.[1] She made her first stage appearance at the Newcastle Playhouse in 1933. She made her West End debut the following year in Ivor Novello's Murder in Mayfair, and appeared in her first film, Children of the Fog in 1935.

She played a substantial role in Carol Reed’s Bank Holiday (1938). One of her most widely seen performances was as "Mrs." Todhunter in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938). She also appeared in The Stars Look Down (1940) The Ghost Train (1941), and Quartet (1948).

Her career consisted mainly of supporting roles, but she also played occasional lead roles, such as Miss Blandish in both the well received 1942 stage adaptation and widely panned 1948 film version of James Hadley Chase's 1939 novel No Orchids for Miss Blandish.[4][5]

She retired in 1948, after her second marriage. In 1999, she took part in the television programme Reputations: Alfred Hitchcock, paying tribute to the man who had directed her sixty years earlier.


She died in Cornwall, aged 88, in 2001. Her daughter Susan Travers also became an actress.



  1. Ronald Bergan (2 November 2001). "Obituary: Linden Travers". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  2. "Linden Travers".
  3. Dugan, Eleanor. "Linden Travers". The George Formby Society. Retrieved 24 October 2010.
  4. Hunter, Jefferson (5 April 2010). English Filming, English Writing. Indiana University Press. pp. 105–. ISBN 9780253004147. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  5. Phillips, Gene D. (26 September 2014). Gangsters and G-Men on Screen: Crime Cinema Then and Now. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 25–. ISBN 9781442230767. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
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