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Irene Handl


British actress (d. 85) | I’m All Right Jack (1959), Make Mine Mink (1960), Two Way Stretch (1960)

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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On the Night of the Fire (1939)
Dr O’Dowd (1940)
The Girl in the News (1940)
Miss Baker
Mrs Pym of Scotland Yard (1940)
Miss Bell
Spellbound (1941)
Mrs Nugent
Mr Proudfoot Shows a Light (1941)
I’ll Walk Beside You (1943)
Ma Perkins
The Flemish Farm (1943)
Mr Emmanuel (1944)
Give us the Moon (1944)
Miss Haddock
Kiss the Bride Goodbye (1945)
Mrs Victory
Great Day (1945)
Lady serving Tea in Tea Stall.
I’ll Turn to You (1946)
Mrs Gammon
The Shop at Sly Corner (1947)
Ruby Towser
The Hills of Donegal (1947)
Mrs Mactavish
Woman Hater (1948)
Mrs Fletcher
Silent Dust (1949)
The Perfect Woman (1949)
Mrs Butters
Cardboard Cavalier (1949)
Lady Agnes
The History of Mr Polly (1949)
Lady on left
Young Wives’ Tale (1951)
One Wild Oat (1951)
Emily Pepys
The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954)
Miss Gale
Mad About Men (1954)
Mme Blanche
Burnt Evidence (1954)
Mrs Raymond
The Weak and the Wicked (1954)
A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)
Mrs Abramowitz
It’s Never Too Late (1956)
New Neighbor
Small Hotel (1957)  NEW
Mrs Gammon
Next to No Time (1958)
Mrs Crowley, Greengrocer
The Key (1958)
I’m All Right Jack (1959)
Mrs Kite
Desert Mice (1959)
Miss Patch
Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959)
Mrs Carter
Carry On Nurse (1959)
Mrs Madge Hickson
No Kidding (1960)
Mrs Spicer
School for Scoundrels (1960)
Mrs Stringer
The Pure Hell of St Trinian’s (1960)
Miss Harker-Parker
Make Mine Mink (1960)
Madame Spolinski
A French Mistress (1960)
Staff Sgt Hodges
Two Way Stretch (1960)
Mrs Price
Doctor in Love (1960)
Professor MacRitchie
Double Bunk (1961)
Mrs Harper
The Rebel (1961)
Mrs Crevatte
Watch It, Sailor! (1961)
Edie Hornett
Nothing Barred (1961)
Elsie Barger
The Night We Got the Bird (1961)
Heavens Above! (1963)
Rene Smith
You Must Be Joking! (1965)
Elderly Woman
The Wrong Box (1966)
Mrs Hackett
Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)
Mrs Delt
Smashing Time (1967)
Mrs Gimble
Wonderwall (1968)
Mrs Peurofoy
For the Love of Ada (1972)
Ada Bingley
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1977)
Mrs Barrymore
Come Play with Me (1977)
Lady Bovington
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