Jane Wenham (actress)

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Jane Wenham
Born Ann Jane Wenham Figgins
(1927-11-26) 26 November 1927 (age 89)
Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK
Occupation Retired actress
Years active 1954 - 1992 and 2010
Spouse(s) Albert Finney (1957-1961)

Jane Wenham (born 26 November 1927) is an English actress.

She was born Jane Figgins[1] in Southampton, Hampshire and led a long career in film, television and the stage. She made her film debut in the adaptation of J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls (1954).[2] From 1957 to 1961 she was married to the actor Albert Finney, nine years her junior, by whom she has a son,[3] Simon, who is a cameraman.

Film roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1954 An Inspector Calls Eva Smith
The Teckman Mystery Ruth Wade
Make Me an Offer Dobbie

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1953 Who Dotes Yet Doubts Carol Airdley TV Movie
1954-1956 Sunday Night Theatre Luciana/Nerissa/Nellie Moore 7 episodes
1960 An Age of Kings Elizabeth Woodville/Lady Elizabeth Grey/Queen Elizabeth 4 episodes
Persuasion Mrs Smith 1 episode
1963 The Spread of the Eagle Portia
1967 The Wednesday Play Monica Bryant (episode:Dismissal Leading to Lustfulness)
1970 ITV Playhouse Judy Trotter/Avis Mallows 2 episodes
1976 Porridge Mrs. Jamieson (episode:The Desperate Hours)
1977 Last of the Summer Wine Lydia, the Vicar's Wife (episode:Jubilee)
1979 ITV Playhouse Nelma (episode:The Winkler)
Testament of Youth Mrs Brittain
1980 Enemy at the Door Louise Gardner (episode:War Game)
1981 Bergerac Edith Furneaux (episode:Campaign for Silence)
1982-1983 Nanny Dolly Partridge
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Sophie TV Movie
1991 The Darling Buds of May Aunt Bridget (episode: When the Green Woods Laugh: Part 1)
1992 Inspector Morse Judith Haines (episode: The Death of the Self)
2010 Downton Abbey Mrs. Bates 1 episode


  1. ^ Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Sentimental Mr. Coward Puts Wilde to Music". The Age. Australia, Victoria, Melbourne. July 17, 1954. p. 15. Retrieved December 28, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Bard's Yarn Comes True". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. Associated Press. December 16, 1961. p. 25. Retrieved December 28, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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