Sandra Dorne

Sandra Dorne (born Joan Smith; 19 June 1924 – 25 December 1992) was a British actress.

Sandra Dorne
Joan Smith

(1924-06-19)19 June 1924
Died25 December 1992(1992-12-25) (aged 68)
Westminster, London, England
(kidney cancer)
Years active19471987
Patrick Holt (m. 19541992)


Also known as Sandra Holt, she was often known in the 1950s as the B-film Diana Dors. As a platinum blonde, she was a regular female lead in B-films in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She trained at the Rank Organisation's "charm school".

Film roles dried up as she grew older, but she still found work and acted mainly in British television, appearing in such series as Z-Cars, The Avengers and The Third Man.

Selected filmography

Personal life

She was married to the actor Patrick Holt from 1954 until her death. Sandra Dorne died on Christmas Day 1992 at Paddington Community Hospital, Westminster, London. The cause of death was cancer of the kidney.


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