|Born||Beatrix Alice Lehmann
1 July 1903
Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
|Died||31 July 1979
London, England, UK
|Occupation||Actress, theatre director, Author|
|Parents||Rudolph Chambers Lehmann (father)
Alice Mary Davis (mother)
|Relatives||Helen Lehmann (sister)
Rosamond Lehmann (sister)
John Lehmann (brother)
Henri Lehmann (great-uncle)
She trained at the RADA and made her stage debut as Peggy in a 1924 production The Way of the World at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. As well as her extensive theatrical career she appeared in films and on television. She also wrote short stories and two novels including Rumour of Heaven, first published in 1934 (ISBN 014016166X).
In 1946 Lehmann became director and producer of the Arts Council Midland Theatre Company.
In 1978 she gave a memorable performance in the Doctor Who serial The Stones of Blood as Professor Emilia Rumford. She also played Susan Calvin in two episodes of the British science fiction series Out of the Unknown. In 1979 she played Mrs Pleasant in a film version of The Cat and The Canary. Other roles include parts in Z-Cars, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, War and Peace, Love for Lydia, Staircase, and Crime and Punishment.
She came from a family of notable achievers: the third of four children of author and publisher Rudolph Chambers Lehmann. Her great-uncle was Henri Lehmann the artist. Her brother was publisher John Lehmann and one of her two older sisters was the novelist Rosamond Lehmann. Beatrix never married, and died in Camden, London on 31 July 1979 aged 76.
There are 12 portraits of Beatrix Lehmann in the British National Portrait Gallery Collection (see link below).
- The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)
- Candles at Nine (1944)
- The Key (1958)
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
- The Cat and the Canary (1979)
- Beatrix Lehmann at the Internet Movie Database
- Performances listed in Theatre Archive University of Bristol
- Beatrix Lehmann at the National Portrait Gallery Collection's online index