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Irene Handl

Dumpy British character comedienne, frequently seen as a maid or charlady; became a star in her later years

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Born in London, the daughter of an Austrian banker and his aristocratic French wife, Irene Handl studied at the Embassy School of Acting, and was on stage from 1937. She also wrote two novels: The Sioux (1965) and The Gold-Tipped Phitzer (1966), noted for their originality and ornate literary style.

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Dr O’Dowd (1940)
Miss Baker
Miss Bell
Spellbound (1941)
Mrs Nugent
Ma Perkins
Mr Emmanuel (1944)
Miss Haddock
Mrs Victory
Great Day (1945)
Lady serving Tea in Tea Stall.
Mrs Gammon
Ruby Towser
Mrs Mactavish
Silent Dust (1949)
Mrs Butters
Lady Agnes
Woman Hater (1949)
Mrs Fletcher
Lady on left
One Wild Oat (1951)
Emily Pepys
Miss Gale
Mme Blanche
Mrs Raymond
Mrs Abramowitz
New Neighbor
Mrs Crowley, Greengrocer
The Key (1958)
Mrs Kite
Desert Mice (1959)
Miss Patch
Mrs Carter
No Kidding (1960)
Mrs Spicer
Mrs Stringer
Miss Harker-Parker
Madame Spolinski
Staff Sgt Hodges
Two Way Stretch (1960)  NEW
Mrs Price
Double Bunk (1961)
Mrs Harper
The Rebel (1961)
Mrs Crevatte
Edie Hornett
Rene Smith
Elderly Woman
Mrs Hackett
Mrs Delt
Wonderwall (1968)
Mrs Peurofoy
Ada Bingley
Mrs Barrymore
Lady Bovington
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