Isabel Dean

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Isabel Dean
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Isabel Hodgkinson

(1918-05-29)29 May 1918
Aldridge, England
Died27 July 1997(1997-07-27) (aged 79)
Wandsworth, London, England
Years active1949-1990
Spouse(s)William Fairchild (1953-1970s; divorced); 2 children

Isabel Dean (born Isabel Hodgkinson, 29 May 1918 – 27 July 1997) was an English stage, film and television actress.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Aldridge, Staffordshire, Dean studied painting at Birmingham Art School. In 1937, she joined the Cheltenham Repertory Company as a scenic artist.[3] She was soon involved in acting with some small parts.

She appeared on stage in London in Agatha Christie's Peril at End House in 1940.[4] Her stage appearances included The Deep Blue Sea, Breaking the Code and John Osborne's The Hotel in Amsterdam, at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.[3] In 1949 she appeared in The Foolish Gentlewoman at the Duchess Theatre in London.[5]

By 1953, she was also appearing on British television in The Quatermass Experiment and over her career appeared in television series such as I, Claudius (1976) and Inspector Morse (1990).[6][7] She appeared with Paul Scofield in an ITV Saturday Night Theatre production of The Hotel in Amsterdam broadcast on 14 March 1971.[8][9]

Among her film appearances are roles in The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) and the film version of Inadmissible Evidence (1968).[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1953, Dean married writer William Fairchild; the couple had two daughters, Caroline and Angela. The marriage was later dissolved.[3]


  • Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery (1965) BBC
  • Home at seven (1966) by RC Sherriff
  • The Reluctant Peer by William Douglas-Home broadcast on BBC (1967)
  • The Bird Table (1982)
  • A Photograph of Lindsey Mowatt (1986) by Ellen Dryden
  • Summer Attachment (1986) by Michael Sharp



Year Title Role Notes
1949 The Passionate Friends Pat Stratton
1952 The Last Page May Harman US title: Man Bait
1952 The Woman's Angle Isobel Mansell
1952 24 Hours of a Woman's Life Miss Johnson AKA, Affair in Monte Carlo
1953 The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan Mrs. Gilbert
1953 Twice Upon a Time Miss Burke
1955 Out of the Clouds Mrs. Malcolm
1955 Handcuffs, London Doris Tedford
1958 Davy Helen Carstairs
1958 Virgin Island Mrs. Lomax
1962 Light in the Piazza Miss Hawtree
1965 A High Wind in Jamaica Alice Thornton
1966 A Man Could Get Killed Miss Bannister
1968 Inadmissible Evidence Mrs. Gamsey
1971 To Catch a Spy Celia
1975 Ransom Mrs. Palmer AKA, The Terrorists
1976 The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones Bridget
1980 Rough Cut Mrs. Willis
1982 Five Days One Summer Kate's Mother


Year Title Role Notes
1948 Afterglow Ilona TV film
1948 Berkeley Square Helen Pettigrew TV film
1949 The Happiest Days of Your Life Joyce Harper TV film
1950 Man of Two Minds Madrigal Grey TV film
1950 Sunday Night Theatre Antistia "The Tragedy of Pompey the Great"
1951 Nocturne in Scotland Jane Stirling TV film
1952 The Man with the Gun Martha Graham TV film
1952 Sunday Night Theatre Alison Parrilow "The Morning Star"
1952 Another Language Stella Hallam TV film
1953 The Quatermass Experiment Judith Carroon TV series
1953 Sunday Night Theatre Celia / Mary Drew "As You Like It", "The Return of Peggy Atherton"
1954 Patrol Car Mrs. Regis "The Extra Bullet"
1955 Patrol Car Doris Tedford "Nell Gwynn's Tear"
1955 Sunday Night Theatre Anne Eilers "The Devil's General"
1955 Saber of London Sylvia Pemberton "Code Name: Murder"
1956 Sunday Night Theatre Mrs. Seddon "The Seddons"
1957 Dixon of Dock Green Mrs. Dyce "The Silent House"
1957 ITV Play of the Week Rona "Accolade"
1958 Armchair Theatre Helène Madinier "The Web of Lace"
1959 ITV Television Playhouse Rose Hanbury "A Bit of Happiness"
1959 ITV Play of the Week Gabrielle Broadbent / Liz Heyward "Sugar in the Morning", "The Signal"
1960 A Life of Bliss Anne Fellows TV series
1960 Barnaby Rudge Mrs. Rudge Regular role
1961 Sunday Night Play Evelyn Hunter "Off Centre"
1961 ITV Play of the Week Margaret Adams "Faraway Music"
1961 The Bun House Wedding Miss Cushing TV film
1961 No Hiding Place Gretel Naunton "Caught and Bowled"
1963 ITV Play of the Week Elizabeth Hollis / Enid "The Eve of St. Marks", "Three Roads to Rome"
1965 199 Park Lane Stella Graham Recurring role
1965 Armchair Theatre Gwen Timwood "A Cold Peace"
1966 Public Eye Jean Clayton "I Could Set It to Music"
1966 Blackmail Lady Belmont "A Man of Reputation"
1968 A Man of our Times Lydia Laing "Someone I Knew", "Long Time Since You've Got My Breakfast"
1969 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Peggy "The Comic"
1970 The Wednesday Play Mrs. Hammond "The Italian Table"
1970 Husbands and Lovers Eva Muller TV miniseries
1971 Sense and Sensibility Mrs. Dashwood Recurring role
1971 Shadows of Fear Gwen "Sour Grapes"
1971 Play of the Month Empress Alexandra "Rasputin"
1972 The Man Outside Hilda Frisby "Eric"
1972 Kate Miss Wren "People Depend on You"
1973 The Man in the Wood Mrs. Farren TV film
1973 Orson Welles Great Mysteries Christine Kaye "Money to Burn"
1973 Play for Today Mrs. Richardson "Jack Point"
1974 The Aweful Mr. Goodall Alexandra Winfield TV series
1974 Centre Play Fay Casaubon "Mutinies"
1974 Dial M for Murder Jean Browning "Should Anyone Answer"
1975 Churchill's People Anne, Lady Rochester "A Bill of Mortality"
1975 Ten from the Twenties Mrs. Garthorne "Motherlove"
1975 Against the Crowd Lady Peggy Frobisher "Blind Man's Buff"
1975 Couples Mrs. Brierley TV series
1976 Life and Death of Penelope Lady Cartwright "The Affair"
1976 I, Claudius Lollia "Queen of Heaven"
1977 Supernatural Charlotte Gall "Ghost of Venice"
1977 Ripping Yarns Lady Chiddingfold "Murder at Moorstones Manor"
1979 The Old Crowd Betty TV film
1980 Company and Co Barbara Harris TV series
1983 The Weather in the Streets Mrs. Curtis TV film
1986 The Understanding Eva TV film
1986 A Dangerous Kind of Love Mrs. Walker TV film
1989 Mystery!: Campion Donna Beatrice "Death of a Ghost: Parts 1 & 2"
1990 Inspector Morse Isobel Radford "The Sins of the Fathers"


  1. ^ "Isabel Dean - Theatricalia".
  2. ^ "Isabel Dean - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  3. ^ a b c d Vallance, Tom (9 August 1997). "Obituary: Isabel Dean". The Independent. London. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Production of Peril at End House - Theatricalia".
  5. ^ Wearing, J. P. (22 August 2014). The London Stage 1940-1949: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780810893061 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Isabel Dean".
  7. ^ "Inspector Morse: The Sins of the Fathers (1990) – Peter Hammond – Cast and Crew – AllMovie". AllMovie.
  8. ^ "The Hotel in Amsterdam (1971)".
  9. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Osborne, John (1929–1994) Credits".

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