Born in London, Watford attended an independent school in Hastings where her father, a retired army officer ran a public house. She trained at the Embassy Theatre and the Old Vic. She made her film debut playing Lady Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher (1949). Other films include Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960), The Very Edge (1962), Cleopatra (1963), and Cry Freedom (1987).
She died from cancer, aged 66, in 1994.
- She won a Society of Film and Television Arts Television award in 1958, and again in 1965 (the award is now known as the BAFTA TV Award) for Best Performance by an Actress in Television.
- She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award in 1982 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Present Laughter.
Additional selected filmography
- Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd (1992) (TV) .... Mrs. Dolly Bantry
- The Winslow Boy (1990) (TV) .... Grace Winslow
- Relatively Speaking (1990) (TV) .... Sheila Carter
- Behaving Badly (1989) (TV) .... Frieda
- Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984) (TV).... Mrs Dolly Bantry
- The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife (1982) (TV) .... Maria Packington
- In This House of Brede (1975) (TV) .... Dame Catherine
- The Ghoul (1975) .... Ayah
- A Face of Your Own (1973) (TV) .... Moira
- Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969) .... Martha Hargood
- The Rise and Rise of Cesar Birotteau (1965) (TV) .... Constance Birotteau
- Do You Know This Voice? (1964) .... Jackie Hopta
- Valley of the Kings (1964) .... Mrs. Marsh
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1961) (TV) .... Elizabeth Barrett
- The Winslow Boy (1958) (TV) .... Katherine Winslow
- Who's Who on Television 1970. Independent Television Publications Ltd
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