Fanny Rowe

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Frances Rowe (26 June 1913 – 31 August 1988) was an English film and television actress.

Early years[edit]

Rowe was born in Preston, Lancashire, the daughter of a parson, and educated at Channing School For Girls in Highgate and then went on to study at Newnham College, Cambridge.


Rowe's acting career started in the Marlowe Society, Cambridge. She then worked in repertory theatre at Newcastle, Coventry, Harrogate, Worthing, Dundee and Windsor.

She appeared in many theatrical productions both in London's West End and also in the USA. Her American stage debut was in Man and Superman.[1] In 1951 she was awarded the Clarence Derwent Award (her real name Frances Rowe is listed). She played the part of Alex Cornwall in Who Goes There!.


Rowe made her American radio debut on Grand Central Station.[1]


Rowe's television work included Love Story, Rogues' Gallery, Vanity Fair, The Mill on the Floss (1965 TV adaptation of the book) and as Emily Forsyte in the 1967 TV series The Forsyte Saga. In later years, her most famous role was that of Nancy Penrose, the mother of Hester played by Julia McKenzie in the ITV sitcom Fresh Fields (1984–86).Tales of the Unexpected-"What have you been up to lately"?. (series 5-episode 13)

Personal life[edit]

Rowe married actor Clive Morton when in her forties.

Selected filmography[edit]

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1948 Grand Central Station NA[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Janney, Rowe 'Station' Stars". Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. Harrisburg Telegraph. March 20, 1948. p. 22. Retrieved December 21, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read

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