Jean Cadell

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Jean Cadell
Actress Jean Cadell.jpg
Born (1884-09-13)13 September 1884
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Died 24 September 1967(1967-09-24) (aged 83)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1912-1962
Spouse(s) Percival Clarke
Children John Cadell Perceval-Clark (later John Cadell)

Jean Cadell (13 September 1884 – 24 September 1967) was a Scottish character actress.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Edinburgh, she performed in the cinema and on the stage.[2][3] Among her best-known cinema roles was in the Ealing Studios comedy Whisky Galore! (1948), as well as Pygmalion (1938) and I Know Where I'm Going! (1945). She once performed opposite W. C. Fields in Hollywood, cast as Mrs. Micawber to his Wilkins Micawber in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 1935 production of David Copperfield.[4] Although Cadell remains in the released version of the film, her biggest scene (when the Micawber family prepare to emigrate) was deleted from the release prints.[citation needed]

Her brother was artist Francis Cadell one of the Scottish Colourists.[5] She married actor Perceval Perceval-Clark.[6] Jean and Perceval both appeared in the play The Man Who Stayed at Home.[7]

Her son, born John Cadell Perceval-Clark in 1915 changed his name to John Cadell and became a theatrical agent.[8] Her grandson Simon Cadell and her granddaughter Selina Cadell also became actors.[9]


Jean Cadell died in London on 24 September 1967, aged 83.[2]

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