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Mona Washbourne

Mona Washbourne

Mona Washbourne (27 November 1903 – 15 November 1988) was an English actress of stage, film and television.


  • Early life 1
  • Acting career 2
  • Later life 3
  • Selected filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Mona Washbourne was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, and began her entertaining career training as a concert pianist. Her sister Katherine Washbourne was a violinist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Adrian Boult.

Acting career

While performing on stage in the early 1920s, she found that she liked acting and became an actress. She married the actor Basil Dignam and her brother-in-law Mark Dignam was also a stage and film actor.

In 1948, after numerous stage musical performances, Washbourne began appearing in films. Her film credits include Billy Liar (1963) and The Collector (1965). She played Mrs. Pearce in 1964's My Fair Lady, the stern and caustic Mrs. Bramson in the remake of Night Must Fall, and the Matron in the 1968 film, If.....

She appeared at both the Royal Court Theatre in London and on Broadway in 1970 in David Storey's Home. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play. In 1975 she appeared on the West End stage with James Stewart in a revival of Mary Chase's play Harvey, in the role originally taken by Josephine Hull. Washbourne won the 1981 New York Film Critics' Circle Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Stevie.

Later life

In 1981, Mona Washbourne appeared in Granada Television's adaptation of Brideshead Revisited in the role of Nanny Hawkins. One of her last television appearances was in Where's the Key? (1983),[1] a BBC play about Alzheimer's disease. She died, aged 84, in London.

One of her grand-nephews, Richard Washbourne, is managing editor of "Interactive TV Today" [itvt] in San Francisco.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "BBC Active: Video for Learning". 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 

External links

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