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13 September 1884|
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
|Died||24 September 1967
|Children||John Cadell Perceval-Clark (later John Cadell)|
Life and career
Born in Edinburgh, she performed in the cinema and on the stage. 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. 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.
- The Man Who Stayed at Home (1915) - Miss Myrtle
- Anna the Adventuress (1920) - Nellie Bates
- Alf's Button (1920) - Vicar's wife
- The Naked Man (1923) - Miss Linnett
- The Loves of Robert Burns (1930) - Mrs. Burns
- Escape (1930) - (uncredited)
- Two White Arms (1932) - Mrs. Drury
- Fires of Fate (1932) - Miss Byrne
- Timbuctoo (1933) - Wilhelmina
- The Luck of a Sailor (1934) - Princess Rosanna
- Little Friend (1934) - Miss Drew
- David Copperfield (1935) - Mrs. Micawber
- Whom the Gods Love (1936) - Frau Mozart
- Love from a Stranger (1937) - Aunt Lou
- South Riding (1938) - Miss Dry
- Pygmalion (1938) - Mrs. Pearce
- Confidential Lady (1939) - Amy Boswell
- Quiet Wedding (1941) - Aunt Florence
- The Young Mr Pitt (1942) - Mrs. Sparry
- Dear Octopus (1943) - Vicar's Wife
- Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) - Mrs. Church
- I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) - Postmistress
- Jassy (1947) - Meggie
- That Dangerous Age (1949) - Nannie
- Marry Me! (1949) - Hester Parsons
- Whisky Galore! (1949) - Mrs. Campbell
- No Place for Jennifer (1950) - Aunt Jacqueline
- Madeleine (1950) - Mrs. Jenkins
- The Reluctant Widow (1950) - Mrs. Barrows
- The Late Edwina Black (1951) - Ellen
- I'm a Stranger (1952) - Hannah Mackenzie
- Meet Mr. Lucifer (1953) - Mrs. Macdonald
- Gravelhanger (1953)
- Three's Company (1954) - Miss Craig (segment "Take a Number' story)
- Keep It Clean (1956) - Mrs. Edgar Anstey
- The Little Hut (1957) - Mrs. Hermione Brittingham-Brett
- Let's Be Happy (1957) - Mrs. Cathie (uncredited)
- The Surgeon's Knife (1957) - Henrietta Stevens
- Rockets Galore! (1958) - Mrs. Campbell
- Serious Charge (1959) - Almshouse Matron
- Upstairs and Downstairs (1959) - 1st Old Lady
- A Taste of Money (1961) - Miss Brill
- Very Important Person (1961) - Lady Telling Story on TV show. Opening Scene
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