Muriel Pavlow

Muriel Pavlow

Muriel Pavlow (left) at the Globe Theatre in 1945
Born Muriel Lilian Pavlow
(1921-06-27) 27 June 1921
Leigh, Kent, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 19342009
Spouse(s) Derek Farr (19471986; his death)

Muriel Lilian Pavlow (born 27 June 1921) is a British actress.[1] Her mother was French and her father was Russian.

Film and television career

Pavlow on the set of Night Boat to Dublin in 1945

She began work as a child actress with John Gielgud and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In December 1937, at fifteen, she played the role of Gretel in a BBC-TV production of Hansel and Gretel. As of April 2014, she holds the record for the earliest known appearance on television by a living person.

During the war, she was in ENSA and also made the crossover from theatre to screen.[2]

Pavlow's roles include the Maltese girl Maria in Malta Story (1953), where she played alongside Alec Guinness; Joy, the girlfriend of Simon Sparrow, in Doctor in the House (1954); Thelma Bader, the wife of the Second World War fighter pilot Douglas Bader (played by fellow Doctor in the House cast member Kenneth More) in Reach for the Sky (1956); and the daughter of an irascible curmudgeon (played by fellow Doctor in the House cast member, James Robertson Justice) in Murder, She Said (1961).

She made numerous TV appearances over the next 45 years, and most recently, she appeared in the television drama "The Final Cut", part 3 of the House of Cards political trilogy lobbying the Prime Minister as an Age Concern campaigner, the serial Belonging (2004), starring Brenda Blethyn and was interviewed for the documentary series on BBC 2, British Film Forever. In 2007, she guest-starred in the audio play Sapphire and Steel: Cruel Immortality and had a cameo in the film Glorious 39 in 2009.

Personal life

She was married to the actor Derek Farr from 1947 until his death in 1986. They met in 1941 during the shooting of Quiet Wedding and again at the set of The Shop at Sly Corner in 1947. They continued to play together on stage and in films. They had no children.

Pavlow was inducted into the actors' care home and charity, Denville Hall, and was active on its management committee.



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