Ann Lancaster

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Ann Lancaster (5 May 1920 - 31 October 1970) was a well-known character actress who appeared in many British films, television shows and in theatre. She specialised in comic roles and had a talent for voices which she often used on radio to portray children and to do voiceovers for television commercials. Her most high-profile film roles were in The Million Pound Note (1953), A Night to Remember (1958, uncredited as a woman on a train), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Fathom (1967), The Railway Children (1970), and in one Carry On Film Carry On Again Doctor (1969). She was the voice behind the Ajax 'It cleans like a white tornado' advertisements on television. She was in the radio show: Mrs Dale's Diary, and appeared in many well-known television comedies including Hancock's Half Hour, Till Death Us Do Part, Tea at the Ritz, Hughie and The World of Beachcomber with Spike Milligan

Personal life[edit]

Ann was born in 1920 in London and died of cancer in 1970 in London at the age of 50, before her last film was released.

Filmography[edit]

TV[edit]

  • The Vise (1 episode, 1959) .... Fat Lady
... a.k.a. Detective's Diary (USA: rerun title)
... a.k.a. Saber of London (UK)
... a.k.a. The Vise: Mark Saber (USA: third and fourth season title)
... a.k.a. Uncovered (syndication title
  • It's Only Mink (1959) TV Episode .... Fat Lady
  • Hancock's Half Hour(3 episodes, 1957–1959) The Big Night (1959) TV Episode
  • "The Russian Prince" (1957) TV Episode (as Anne Lancaster) .... Russian Aristocrat
  • "Lady Chatterley's Revenge" (1957) TV Episode .... Cynthia - Actress
  • "Tea at the Ritz" (1963) (TV) .... Rene Barnes ... a.k.a. Comedy Four: Tea at the Ritz (UK: series title)
  • Comedy Playhouse ....(1 episode, 1963)
  • "The Chars" (1963) TV Episode .... Amanda
  • An Enemy of the State (1965) (mini) TV Series .... Grusha
  • The Wednesday Play Up the Junction (1965) TV Episode .... Winnie
  • Out of the Unknown ....(1 episode, 1965)
  • "Come Buttercup, Come Daisy, Come...?" (1965) TV Episode .... Mrs. Bryant
  • The Spies .... (1 episode, 1966) .... Dora
  • No Strings (1967) (TV)
  • Z-Cars .... (3 episodes, 1963–1967)
  • "Family Affair: Part 2" (1967) TV Episode .... Annie Ramsbottom
  • "Running Milligan" (1963) TV Episode .... Milly
  • "Train of Events" (1963) TV Episode .... Geraldine
  • Till Death Us Do Part (1 episode, 'Aunt Maud', 1968) .... Maud
  • Please Sir! (2 episode, 1968) .... Mrs. Pearce
  • Thirty-Minute Theatre (1 episode, 1969)
  • Someone's Knocking at Me Door (1969) TV Episode .... Mollie Thompson
  • The World of Beachcomber (unknown episodes, 1969) TV Series .... Various
  • Barry Humphries' Scandals (1 episode, 1970)
  • Father, Dear Father .... Bookshop Customer (1 episode, 1970)
  • "The Suitable Suitor" (1970) TV Episode .... Bookshop Customer

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