British actress Jean Kent in a publicity shot for Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945)

Jean Kent

British actress (1921–2013) | Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948), The Rake’s Progress (1945), The Wicked Lady (1945)

British leading lady of the 1940s, on stage aged ten, formerly (as Jean Carr) in the Windmill chorus

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Jean Kent Biography

Jean Kent, born Joan Mildred Field on 29th June, 1921 in Brixton, London, was a British film actress. She started her theatrical career at a tender age in 1931 as a dancer. Initially, she used the stage name of Jean Carr when she appeared as a chorus girl in the Windmill Theatre in London.

Gainsborough Pictures

Bit parts led to her first real break in 1942 with Tommy Handley and Greta Gynt in . Later, she signed to Gainsborough Pictures during the Second World War; the turning point in her career came when she was given a dramatic part alongside James Mason and in .

Marriage

In 1946 she married the Austrian Jusuf Ramart – with Stewart Granger as best man at her wedding – and the pair remained together until until his death in 1989. The couple appeared together in the films and .

Film and Television

She appeared in a large number British films during the 1940s and 1950s, which included many successful British melodramatic films, as the strawberry-blonde haughty, seductive type, who was often cast as a spiteful hussy or femme fatale. The latter part of her acting career was in television, including roles in Sir Francis Drake and Thicker Than Water in the 1960s, and in the 70s show Tycoon.

Autobiography

Billed at the BFI on her 90th birthday in 2011 as the ‘last of the Gainsborough Girls’, Kent was writing her eagerly anticipated autobiography before her death in late 2013.

With thanks to Michael Thornton for corrections to spellings of certain names.

Jean Kent Filmography

Who’s Your Father (1935)
Mary Radcliffe
Warn That Man (1943)
Frances Lane
Miss London Ltd. (1943)
The Encyclopedia Girl
It’s That Man Again (1943)
Kitty
Fanny by Gaslight (1944)
Lucy Beckett
Two Thousand Women (1944)
Bridie Johnson
Champagne Charlie (1944)
Dolly
Madonna of the Seven Moons (1944)
Vittoria
Bees in Paradise (1944)
Jani
Soldier, Sailor (1944)
Cigarette Girl
The Rake’s Progress (1945)
Jill Duncan
Waterloo Road (1945)
Toni
The Wicked Lady (1945)
Jackson’s Doxy
Carnival (1946)
Irene Dale
Caravan (1946)
Rosal
The Magic Bow (1946)
Bianca
The Man Within (1947)
Lucy
The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947)
Ellen Godden
Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948)
Valya
Good-Time Girl (1948)
Gwen Rawlings
Bond Street (1948)
Ricki Merritt
Trottie True (1949)
Trottie True
The Woman in Question (1950)
Agnes / Madame Astra / Parrot
The Reluctant Widow (1950)
Helena
Her Favourite Husband (1950)
Dorothy Pellegrini
The Browning Version (1951)
Millie Crocker-Harri
The Lost Hours (1952)
Louise Parker
Before I Wake (1955)
Florence Haddon
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
Maisie Springfield
Grip of the Strangler (1958)
Cora Seth
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Mrs Helen Lombard
Please Turn Over (1959)
Janet Halliday
Beyond This Place (1959)
Louise Burt
Bluebeard’s Ten Honeymoons (1960)
Mme. Guillin
Shout at the Devil (1976)
Mrs Smythe
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Personal Details

Born
Died
Jusuf Ramart
Husband  m. 1946–1989 (his death)
Nina Norre
Mother
Norman Field
Father

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