Alison Leggatt

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Alison Leggatt
Born Alison Joy Leggatt
(1904-02-07)7 February 1904
Kensington, London, England
Died 15 July 1990(1990-07-15) (aged 86)
London, England

Alison Leggatt (7 February 1904 – 15 July 1990) was an English character actress.


Born as Alison Joy Leggatt in the Kensington district of London, Leggatt trained under Elsie Fogerty at the Central School of Speech and Drama, then based in the Royal Albert Hall, London.[1] Leggatt spent the early part of her career primarily on the stage. Her first major film credit was as Aunt Sylvia in This Happy Breed (1944), Noël Coward's homage to the British working class. She was known for playing a variety of disapproving in-laws, motherly landladies, nosy neighbours and helpful housekeepers. She played opposite Petula Clark three times, in Here Come the Huggetts (1948), The Card (1952) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969). In the John Schlesinger film version of Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) she played Mrs Hurst while her final screen appearance was in the Sherlock Holmes film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976).

Leggatt's television credits include the 1975 mini-series Edward the Seventh, in which she portrayed Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent.


Alison Leggatt died of natural causes in London, aged 86.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ V&A Archives, Theatre & Performance Special Collections, Elsie Fogerty Archive, THM/324

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