Shelagh Fraser

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Shelagh Fraser
Shelagh Fraser.jpg
Born Sheila[1] Mary Fraser
(1920-11-25)25 November 1920
Purley, Surrey, England, UK
Died 29 August 2000(2000-08-29) (aged 79)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1944–2000
Spouse(s) Anthony Squire
(m. 1961; div. ?)
Relatives Moyra Fraser (sister)

Shelagh Fraser (25 November 1920[2] – 29 August 2000) was an English actress.


Born to John Newton Mappin Fraser, a director of Mappin & Webb, and Vera Eleanor (née Beardshaw)[3][4], Fraser was best known for her role as Luke Skywalker's ill-fated aunt, Beru Lars, in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (though Fraser's voice was dubbed in some prints of the film). She appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows during her career, including Z-Cars; Softly, Softly; A Family at War; The Professionals and Heartbeat on television, and such films as The Witches, Till Death Us Do Part, The Body Stealers, Doomwatch and Hope and Glory.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Fraser was married and divorced from Anthony Squire.[6] She was the sister of ballerina/actress Moyra Fraser.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1944 Welcome, Mr. Washington Millie
1945 I Live in Grosvenor Square 2nd Girl in Guard's Van
1947 Meet Me at Dawn Minor Role Uncredited
Master of Bankdam Alice France
1948 Esther Waters Margaret
1949 The History of Mr. Polly Minnie Larkins
1950 Your Witness Ellen Foster
Trio Undetermined Secondary Role Uncredited
1952 Salute the Toff Myra Lorne
The Second Mrs Tanqueray
1955 Raising a Riot Mary Kent
1956 The Last Man to Hang? Mrs Bracket
1958 The Son of Robin Hood Constance
1966 The Witches Mrs Creek
1968 Till Death Us Do Part Mike's Mother
1969 The Body Stealers Mrs Thatcher
A Touch of Love Miss Gurnsey
Staircase Cub Mistress
Two Gentlemen Sharing Helen Marriott
1972 Doomwatch Mrs. Betty Straker
1973 Nothing But the Night Mrs Alison
1974 Persecution Mrs Banks aka Sheba, The Graveyard, The Terror of Sheba
1977 Star Wars Aunt Beru
1987 Hope and Glory WVS Woman


Year Title Role Notes
1960 Emergency – Ward 10 Brownie Bevan 9 episodes
1963 Maigret Claire Jusserand Episode: Maigret's Little Joke
1970–1971 A Family at War Jean Ashton
1971 Doomwatch Joan Prentice Episode: The Islanders
1976 Beasts Dorothy Pummery Episode: Baby
2017 Star Wars Rebels Aunt Beru Episode: Twin Suns, uncredited (archive audio)


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ Obituary in The Guardian
  3. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 1999, vol. 1, p. 147
  4. ^ Who's who in theatre, John Parker, 12th ed., 1957, p. 526
  5. ^ "Shelagh Fraser". BFI. 
  6. ^ "Shelagh Fraser". 20 September 2000. 
  7. ^ Michael Coveney. "Moyra Fraser obituary". the Guardian. 

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