Vida Hope

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Vida Hope (16 December 1910 – 23 December 1963) was a British film actress.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Liverpool to theatrical parents she travelled widely as a child.[2] She was “forbidden to go on the stage“ and therefore became a typist in an advertising office aged 16, going on to write copy.[2] At this time however she took every chance she got to take part in amateur dramatics, managing to get the lead roles in plays by Shaw, Ibsen and Chekhov.[2]

Following the role of the Fairy Wish-Fulfilment in the pantomime The Babes in the Wood at the Unity Theatre, she was offered a role by Herbert Farjeon in a revue The Little Revue in 1939, and worked in his revues for over three years.[2] She gave much support and formed a strong friendship with Dirk Bogarde, in his first West End play in 1940, Diversions.[3] During the Second World War she became a regular performer at the Players' Theatre, where her repertoire included 'Casey Jones', 'Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow-wow', 'Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron', 'The Lady Wasn't Going that Way' and 'You May Pet Me as Much as You Please'.[4]

Hope appeared in a range of roles in a production of Peer Gynt at the New Theatre in London (1944-45) and later directed Valmouth at the Lyric, Hammersmith (1958) and The Boy Friend at the Bristol Hippodrome (1958–59)[5]

She was married to the film editor and director Derek Twist and appeared in several of his films.

She died on December 23, 1963 in Chelmsford, Essex, in a road accident at the age of 53.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 4 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Some of the Company – Vida Hope (autobiographical note). In : Late Joys at The Players' Theatre. T V Boardman & Co Ltd, London, New York, 1943., p83
  3. ^ Bogarde, Dirk. A Postillion Struck by Lightning. Triad/Panther Books, Frogmore, 1978, p268.
  4. ^ List of Songs. In : Late Joys at The Players' Theatre. T V Boardman & Co Ltd, London, New York, 1943, p113-115.
  5. ^ List of appearances for Vida Hope at the Theatricalia site accessed 10 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s BFI page of films with Vida Hope accessed 10 April 2015.

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