Lydia Hayward

Lydia Hayward was a British screenwriter and actress who worked on over 30 screenplays between 1920 and 1942. She was particularly active during the 1920s.[1] Hayward has been noted for several of the sophisticated comedy films she wrote for during the decade. She was married to the director Manning Haynes with whom she frequently collaborated, as well as Australian actor William Freshman.

Lydia Hayward
Born12 October 1879
Sheffield, England
Died3 June 1945 (1945-06-04) (aged 65)
Years active1920–1942

Selected filmography


  1. Nelmes p.49


  • Low, Rachel. The History of British Film: Volume IV, 1918–1929. Routledge, 1997.
  • Nelmes, Jill. Analysing the Screenplay. Taylor & Francis, 2011.
  • Hunter, I.Q. & Porter, Laraine. British Comedy Cinema. Routledge, 2012.


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