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Hilary Mason

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Hilary Mason
Born(1917-09-04)4 September 1917
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Died5 September 2006(2006-09-05) (aged 89)
Years active1947–2006

Hilary Lavender Mason (4 September 1917 – 5 September 2006) was an English character actress who appeared in a wide variety of roles, mainly on UK television.[1][2]

Mason was born in Birmingham and trained at the London School of Dramatic Art, before performing with repertory theatres throughout Britain.[2][3] She is probably best known internationally for her performance as the blind psychic Heather in Nicolas Roeg's film Don't Look Now.[2][4]

Mason had the starring role in Mistress of Hardwick, a 10-part BBC series broadcast in 1972, which followed the life of Bess of Hardwick. Most of the episodes are now lost.[5]

She appeared in "Gunfight at the O.K. Laundrette", the pilot episode of ITV's critically acclaimed drama Minder.[6] She also made regular appearances in Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green, and made an appearance in Ripping Yarns.[7] In the 1985 BBC serial ‘’Miss Marple’’: The Moving Finger, she appeared as Emily Barton. In 1986 she appeared as Mrs Gummidge in the BBC series David Copperfield.[7][1] Mason appeared in an episode of Juliet Bravo as Mrs Unwin in an episode called "Friends and Neighbours".[8]

In later years Mason appeared as Gladys in the popular children's TV show Maid Marian and her Merry Men.[9] One of her last roles was in the children's programme Aquila.[1]


1983 jewel in the crown Role Notes
1960 Rockets in the Dunes Mrs. Allen
1963 The Yellow Teddy Bears Miss Fletch
1970 Morning Story Mrs McIsaac TV movie
1971 She'll Follow You Anywhere Jackie's mum
1973 Don't Look Now Heather
1975 I Don't Want to Be Born Mrs. Hyde
1975 My Brother's Keeper Mrs. Booth TV series
1977 The Three Hostages Mrs. Medina TV movie
1977 Nicholas Nickleby Mrs. Nickleby TV series
1977-9 The Other One Mrs. Flensing TV series
1978 Absolution Miss Froggatt
1982 The Return of the Soldier Ward
1982 Ghost in the Water Nan TV movie
1983 Bullshot Hotel Guest
1984 Moonfleet Jane Arnold TV series
1985 Anna of the Five Towns Sarah Vodrey TV series
1987 Dolls Hilary Hartwicke
1989 Robot Jox Professor Laplace
1990 Meridian Martha
1991 Afraid of the Dark Basement Woman
1995 One Foot in the Grave Marjorie Stewkley TV series
1995 Haunted Elderly Lady


  1. ^ a b c "Hilary Mason". BFI. Archived from the original on 6 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Hilary Mason". The Independent. 16 September 2006.
  3. ^ III, Harris M. Lentz (24 October 2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2006: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. ISBN 9780786452118 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ September 5, 2006, September 4, 1917- (13 September 2006). "Hilary Mason" – via www.thetimes.co.uk.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "Mistress of Hardwick". 8 September 1977. p. 25 – via BBC Genome.
  6. ^ "Gunfight at the O.K. Laundrette (1979)". BFI. Archived from the original on 6 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Hilary Mason". www.aveleyman.com.
  8. ^ "Friends and Neighbours (1985)". BFI. Archived from the original on 6 March 2019.
  9. ^ BBC. "Maid Marian and Her Merry Men". www.bbc.co.uk.

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