Noelle Middleton

Evelyn Noelle Woodeson (née Middleton; 18 December 1926 – 30 January 2016)[1] was an Irish actress and one of the first BBC television announcers. She was also a leading lady of the 1950s British films.

Noelle Middleton
Evelyn Noelle Middleton

(1926-12-18)18 December 1926
Died30 January 2016(2016-01-30) (aged 89)
Other namesEvelyn Woodeson
EducationTrinity College Dublin
OccupationActor, announcer

Middleton received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for her leading role in Carrington V.C. (1954). Her other notable film roles were in Happy Ever After (1954), John and Julie (1955), The Iron Petticoat (1956), and Three Men in a Boat (1956).


Middleton was the daughter of Lillian (née Martin) and Wilbur Middleton. She had a brother, Gerald.[2] She attended Trinity College, Dublin, but left and began her career on the stage at the famous Gate Theatre in Dublin.[3] In the 1950s she moved to London and began appearing in British films. She was also an announcer on the BBC.[4]

Her first film was South of Algiers in 1953. Other films include Carrington V.C. with David Niven and The Iron Petticoat with Katharine Hepburn and Bob Hope.[5] She was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress in 1955 for her performance in Carrington V.C..[6] She was a founding member of Irish Actors' Equity.[7]

She retired and returned to County Sligo to run an oyster farm at Culleenamore Bay.[1] Noelle died on 30 January 2016 at Summerville Nursing Home, Strandhill, Co. Sligo aged 89.[1]


List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Note
1953 South of Algiers Stewardess
1954 Happy Ever After Kathy McGluskey
1955 Carrington Captain Alison L. Graham
John and Julie Miss Stokes
St. Ives Flora Gilchrist TV series (6 episodes)
A Yank in Ermine Angela
1956 The Iron Petticoat Lady Connie Warburton-Watts
Three Men in a Boat Ethelbertha
You Can't Escape Kay March
1957 The Vicious Circle Laura James
1958 Sword of Freedom Adriana TV series (1 episode)
1961 Sir Francis Drake Mary Queen of Scots TV series (1 episode)
1962 Man of the World Mother Superior / Fiona TV series (2 episodes)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1955 8th British Academy Film Awards Best British Actress Carrington V.C. Nominated


  1. Harry Keaney. "Former actress and BBC announcer passes away in Sligo". Ocean FM. Archived from the original on 7 February 2016.
  2. Noelle Middleton obituary. Retrieved 11 November 2016
  3. McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). "The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition". Oxford University Press via Google Books.
  4. "This announcing business – Presentation – Transdiffusion Broadcasting System".
  5. "Noëlle Middleton". BFI.
  6. "BAFTA Awards".
  7. Noelle Middleton remembrance. Retrieved 11 February 2016
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