6 January 1928
31 March 1954 26) (aged|
London, England, UK
Joan Dowling (6 January 1928 – 31 March 1954) was an English character actress.
The illegitimate daughter of Vera Dowling, Joan was brought up by her greatgrandmother, Elizabeth Dowling, in Uxbridge. She had a passion for acting, although she was never formally trained, and took roles in small plays, pantomimes and other productions whenever she could. At the age of 14, she approached a London acting agency and was given her first 'proper' part in a small production (title unknown). Her major acting debut came when producer Anthony Hawtrey cast her in the role of Norma Bates in the Joan Temple play No Room at the Inn. The play's first performance was at the Embassy Theatre in July 1945. Subsequently the play transferred under producer Robert Atkins to the Winter Garden Theatre, Drury Lane. She also played the same role in the 1948 film version, with the screenplay co-written by the famous Welsh author Dylan Thomas and Ivan Foxwell. She signed her first film contract at the age of 17 for Associated British Pictures.
She was perhaps best known for her role as the tomboy Clarry in the 1947 Ealing Studios production Hue and Cry, a story set among the rubble and buildings of post-war London about a group of school children who discover that crooks have been sending coded messages about forthcoming jobs to their gang using the pages of a children's comic. In 1951 she married Harry Fowler, another actor from the cast of Hue and Cry.
- Hue and Cry (1947)
- No Room at the Inn (1948)
- Bond Street (1948)
- A Man's Affair (1949)
- For Them That Trespass (1949)
- Train of Events (1949)
- Landfall (1949)
- Murder Without Crime (1950)
- Pool of London (1951)
- The Magic Box (1951)
- 24 Hours of a Woman's Life (1952)
- Women of Twilight (1952)
This is an incomplete list.
- No Room at the Inn (1945–47)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1950) as Puck
- Robinson Crusoe (1952) as Principal Boy
- Meet the Huggetts (1953, series 1. Replaced after her death by Vera Day)
- Anthony Hawtrey (editor) (1946). Embassy Successes II. London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Co.
- Daily Mirror 1 April 1954 pp 8-9, "Tragedy of Farmer Street's Happy Child"
- Daily Mirror 6 April 1954 page 6, "No one in the world for me but Joan, says Harry Fowler"
- The Observer 15 July 1945 p 2
- Daily Mirror 5 May 1947
- Daily Mirror 5 January 1950 p 5
- Daily Mirror7 January 1953 p 4
- Joan Dowling at the Internet Movie Database
- Video footage of Joan Dowling at British Pathe News
- Picture: Joan Dowling and Harry Fowler on the set of Hue and Cry