Gwen Watford

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Gwen Watford
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Gwen Watford (unknown year)
Born (1927-09-10)10 September 1927
London, England
Died 6 February 1994(1994-02-06) (aged 66)
London, England
Spouse(s) Richard Bebb (m.1952)

Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford (10 September 1927 – 6 February 1994) was an English film, stage and television actress. She twice won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress (1959, 1966) and the 1981 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for Noel Coward's play Present Laughter. Her film appearances included Cleopatra (1963), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969) and Cry Freedom (1987). She was married to actor Richard Bebb from 1952 until her death in 1994.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in London, Watford attended an independent school in Hastings where her father, a retired army officer, ran a public house.[1] She trained at the Embassy Theatre and the Old Vic.[2]


Watford made her film debut playing Lady Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher (1950). Other films include Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960), The Very Edge (1962), Cleopatra (1963), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and Cry Freedom (1987).


She died from cancer in London in 1994, aged 66,.


Selected TV and filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Who's Who on Television 1970. Independent Television Publications Ltd
  2. ^ Obituary,, 7 February 1994.

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