Kay Walsh

Actor, Dancer
Kay Walsh was a gorgeous screen siren in the 1930s and '40s who went on to make her mark as a revered actress in the '50s and beyond in such films as "Oliver Twist" and "The Horse's Mouth. " Beginning her career as a ... Read more »
Born: 08/27/1911 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (23)

Night Crossing 1980 (Movie)

Doris's Mother (Actor)

The Ruling Class 1972 (Movie)

Mrs Pigott-Hones (Actor)

Scrooge 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Fezziwig (Actor)

The Virgin and the Gypsy 1969 (Movie)

Aunt Cissie (Actor)

The Beauty Jungle 1966 (Movie)

Mrs Freeman (Actor)

A Study in Terror 1964 (Movie)

Cathy Eddowes (Actor)

Circus World 1964 (Movie)

Flo Hunt (Actor)

The L-Shaped Room 1963 (Movie)

Prostitute (Actor)

Tunes of Glory 1960 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

The Horse's Mouth 1957 (Movie)

Coker (Actor)

Cast a Dark Shadow 1956 (Movie)

Charlotte Young (Actor)

The Rainbow Jacket 1954 (Movie)

Barbara Crain (Actor)

Lease of Life 1953 (Movie)

Vera Thorne (Actor)

Stage Fright 1950 (Movie)

Nellie Good (Actor)

Oliver Twist 1947 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

All That Glitters (Movie)

Eve Payne-Coade (Actor)

Encore (Movie)

Miss Reid [Winter Cruise] (Actor)

In Which We Serve (Movie)

Freda Lewis (Actor)

Now and Forever (Movie)

Miss Muir (Actor)

The Luck of the Irish (Movie)

Eileen O'Donnel (Actor)

The October Man (Movie)

Molly Newman (Actor)

The Secret of Stamboul (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

Young Bess (Movie)

Mrs. Ashley (Actor)

Biography

Kay Walsh was a gorgeous screen siren in the 1930s and '40s who went on to make her mark as a revered actress in the '50s and beyond in such films as "Oliver Twist" and "The Horse's Mouth. " Beginning her career as a dancer working alongside Andre Charlot, she eventually hung up her shoes to try acting, and made her first splash with a supporting role in George King's 1934 comedy, "Get Your Man." Two years later she met famed director David Lean, who was working as a film editor at the time; the two married in 1940 as their careers were just warming up. Soon Walsh was discovered while performing on a West End stage, by producer-director Basil Dean, and signed with Ealing Studios. In the '40s she played leads in the mystery thriller "The Missing People" opposite Will Fyffe, and in '48 collaborated with Lean, portraying Nancy in his screen version of the Charles Dickens classic "Oliver Twist"; the two divorced the following year. As Walsh aged she worked in more supporting and character roles, notably with Alfred Hitchcock on his thriller "Stage Fright," and with Ronald Neame in the Scottish military drama "Tunes of Glory." In 1958 she was in the Alec Guinness vehicle "The Horse's Mouth," citing it as her favorite role. Meanwhile, she appeared on the London stage and began to work in television. Walsh carried on with screen appearances until 1982, when she retired in London.

Relationships

David Lean Director

Husband

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