|Born||1 December 1898|
|Died||19 February 1959|
|Years active||1943-1959 (film)|
Ballantyne was born Nellie Lochhead Ballantyne on 1 December 1898 in Glasgow, Scotland. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Lochhead and dairyman, Peter Ballantyne. She married a manufacturer's agent, Robert McGregor Graham, in 1925, they had a daughter in 1929 and they later divorced.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1921, she became one of the first members of the Scottish National Players. Her best known role on stage was in the world premiere of The Glen is Mine by John Brandane on 25 January 1923. She also well known for her parts in two radio soap operas; Front Line Family in 1941 and The McFlannels in 1947. The first film she appeared in was The Shipbuilders in 1943 alongside Morland Graham.
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- McFarlane, Brian; Slide, Anthony (2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Manchester University Press. p. 1900. ISBN 978-1-5261-1196-8.
- "Nell Ballantyne". BFI. Retrieved 4 December 2019.