Joan Edgar

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Joan Edgar (born Joan Burman, died 2005) was a World War II-era BBC Radio continuity announcer,[1] and an actress.[2]

She appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 1 September 1945.[3]

She married the television producer Barrie Edgar in 1943.[2] The couple had first met when she performed as an acting student at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the late 1930s.[2] They lived in the Edgbaston district of Birmingham in retirement.[1] Their son David Edgar became a successful playwright. He had been encouraged in this pursuit by his father, starting to write plays at the age of five when his father constructed a small wooden theatre for him.[4] Their daughter Kate also entered the theatre, as a composer and musical director. Their other daughter, Sarah worked as an environmentalist.[2] Barrie survived Joan.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Hallam, Katy (2 January 2013). "Pioneering Birmingham TV producer Barrie Edgar dies, aged 93". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Barrie Edgar". The Telegraph. 6 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Joan Edgar". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  4. ^ O'Mahony, John (20 March 2004). "Profile: David Edgar". The Guardian.