Lisa Daniely

Lisa Daniely (born Mary Elizabeth Bodington;[1] 4 June 1929 – 24 January 2014) was a British film and television actress.

Lisa Daniely
Mary Elizabeth Bodington[1]

(1929-06-04)4 June 1929
Reading, Berkshire, England
Died24 January 2014 (aged 84)
Years active1950-2007
Spouse(s)Grey Blake (m. 1952-1971; his death)

Life and career

Born in Reading, Berkshire, to an English solicitor father and a French mother, she was educated in Paris and studied at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre.[2]

She made her film debut at the age of 21, in the title role of Lilli Marlene (1950),[3] whilst in Hindle Wakes (1952) she played the part of mill worker Jenny Hawthorn.[4] In Tiger by the Tail (1955) she played opposite Larry Parks, and later appeared in the horror film Curse of Simba (1965), but appeared more regularly on television.[5] In the ITC series The Invisible Man (1958), loosely based on H. G. Wells' novel, she played Diane Brady.[2]

Her other appearances in various TV programmes include The Saint, Danger Man, Doctor Who, Strange Report, The Protectors, The First Churchills (as Queen Mary II), Van Der Valk and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.[6] She portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the TV film Princess In Love (1996).[7] In 2007, she provided background commentary to several episodes of The Invisible Man released by Network DVD.[8]

Personal life and death

Lisa Daniely was married to actor Grey Blake from 1952 until his death in 1971. The couple had no children. Daniely died aged 84 on 24 January 2014, from undisclosed causes. She was survived by a stepson, Sean Blake, as well as a niece and two nephews.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Birth info,; accessed 8 April 2014
  2. Kavanagh, Anne (24 February 2014). "Lisa Daniely obituary". Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  3. Reid, John Howard (2006). More Movie Musicals. p. 101. ISBN 9781411673427. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  4. "Hindle Wakes (1952)". BFI.
  5. "Lisa Daniely". BFI.
  6. "Lisa Daniely".
  7. "Princess in Love (1996)". BFI.
  8. "Invisible Man (The): The Complete Series:". Network On Air.

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