Josephine Griffin (13 December 1928 – 15 September 2005) was a well-known English film actress who appeared in a string of British films in the 1950s, such as The Purple Plain (1954), The Man Who Never Was (1956) and The Spanish Gardener (1956). After retiring from acting, under her married name Josephine Filmer-Sankey, she wrote about the Bayeux Tapestry and edited the autobiography of Sir John Mandeville.
She then appeared in a number of films in the 1950s. These included: The House of the Arrow (1953), The Weak and the Wicked (1954), The Purple Plain (1954, as Gregory Peck's wife), The Crowded Day (1954), an episode of the television series Fabian of the Yard (1955), Room in the House (1955), The Extra Day (1956) and On Such a Night (short; 1956).
Her husband Patrick Hugh Filmer-Sankey was a film producer. He was the grandson of Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, and Constance Cornwallis-West (Winston Churchill's step-aunt by marriage).
Josephine Griffin's other connection to Winston Churchill was that he was an unseen character in The Man Who Never Was; his voice was supplied by Peter Sellers.
Under her married name Josephine Filmer-Sankey, she co-wrote The Bayeux Tapestry: The Story of the Norman Conquest, 1066, with Norman Denny (published 1966). With Denny, she also edited a new version of The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (1973).
She died in London on 15 September 2005, aged 76, survived by her son William and two grandchildren, Frances and Benedict.
Her name has been attached to a pearl bracelet sold commercially.
|1953||The House of the Arrow||Ann Upcott|
|1954||The Weak and the Wicked||Miriam|
|1954||The Purple Plain||Mrs. Bill Forrester|
|1954||The Crowded Day||Yvonne|
|1955||Room in the House||Julia|
|1955||Fabian of the Yard||Jill Stewart|
|1956||The Man Who Never Was||Pam|
|1956||The Extra Day||Toni Howard|
|1956||The Spanish Gardener||Carol Burton|