Mary Morris

Mary Lilian Agnes Morris (13 December 1915 14 October 1988) was a British actress.

Mary Morris
Mary Lilian Agnes Morris

(1915-12-13)13 December 1915
Lautoka, Fiji
Died14 October 1988(1988-10-14) (aged 72)
Aigle, Switzerland
Years active19371988

Life and career

Morris was the daughter of Herbert Stanley Morris, a botanist, and his wife Sylvia Ena de Creft-Harford. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Morris made her stage debut in Lysistrata at the Gate Theatre, London in 1935. In 1943 she played Anna Petrovitch in the Ealing war movie Undercover as the wife of a Serbian guerrilla leader, and appeared in many British films of the 1930s and 1940s. On television, she played Professor Madeleine Dawnay in the science-fiction television drama A for Andromeda (and its sequel, The Andromeda Breakthrough), Queen Margaret in the ground-breaking An Age of Kings, and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra (as part of the BBC's adaptation of Shakespeare's Roman plays, The Spread of the Eagle) in 1963.[1]

As a Number Two in The Prisoner's episode "Dance of the Dead" she dressed as Peter Pan during a masquerade ball. After an absence of many years, she reappeared in diverse film roles such as Madame Fidolia the Russian ballerina and theatre school director in the 1975 BBC film Ballet Shoes, and the mother of the murdered boy in the 1977 horror film Full Circle. She also appeared on television in Doctor Who in the story Kinda (1982), playing the pivotal role of the shaman Panna opposite Peter Davison.

Her other television appearances included the Countess Vronsky in the BBC's Anna Karenina (1977), the macabre, ancient relative in the Walter de la Mare story Seaton's Aunt (1983) in Granada Television's Shades of Darkness series, Mrs Browning-Browning in Stephen Wyatt's Claws (BBC 1 1987) and the formidable matriarch in Police at the Funeral, an adaptation of one of Margery Allingham's Albert Campion stories for the BBC's Campion (1989).


She died from heart failure on 14 October 1988 in Aigle, Switzerland.

Complete filmography

Film appearances

Television appearances


  1. Profile,; accessed 20 February 2016.
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