Isabel Dean

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Isabel Dean
Born Isabel Hodgkinson
(1918-05-29)29 May 1918
Aldridge, Staffordshire, England, UK
Died 27 July 1997(1997-07-27) (aged 79)
Wandsworth, London, England, UK
Years active 1949-1990
Spouse(s) William Fairchild (1953-1970s; divorced); 2 children

Isabel Dean (29 May 1918 – 27 July 1997) was an English film and television actress.

Life and career[edit]

Born as Isabel Hodgkinson in Aldridge, Staffordshire, she studied painting at Birmingham Art School. In 1937, she joined the Cheltenham Repertory Company as a scenic artist.[1] 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. Her stage appearances included The Deep Blue Sea, Breaking the Code and John Osborne's The Hotel in Amsterdam, at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.[1] In 1949 she appeared in "the Foolish Gentlewoman" at the Duchess Theatre in London.[citation needed]

By 1953 she was also appearing on British television in The Quatermass Experiment and went on to make many television appearances including I, Claudius (1976) and Inspector Morse (1990). She appeared with Paul Scofield in an ITV Saturday Night Theatre production of The Hotel in Amsterdam broadcast on 14 March 1971.

Among her film appearances she was in The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) and the film version of Inadmissible Evidence (1968).[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1953, Dean married William Fairchild; the couple had two daughters, Caroline and Angela. The marriage was later dissolved.[1]


  • Paul Temple, BBC
  • 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

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Vallance, Tom (9 August 1997). "Obituary: Isabel Dean". The Independent. London. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 

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