Beatrix Lehmann

Beatrix Lehmann

Beatrix Lehmann (1 July 1903, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire - 31 July 1979, London) was a British actress, theatre director and author.

Lehmannn trained at RADA and made her stage debut as Peggy in a 1924 production "The Way of the World" at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. As well as her extensive theatrical career she appeared in films, on television, and wrote short stories and two novels including "Rumour of Heaven" first published in 1934 (ISBN 014016166X).

In 1946 Lehmann became director and producer of the Arts Council Midland Theatre Company.

In 1978 she gave a memorable performance in the "Doctor Who" serial "The Stones of Blood" as Professor Emilia Rumford. She also played Susan Calvin in two episodes of British science fiction series "Out of the Unknown". In 1979 she played Mrs Pleasant in a film version of "The Cat and The Canary". Other roles include parts in "Z-Cars", "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold", "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "War and Peace", "Love for Lydia", "Staircase", and "Crime and Punishment".

She came from a family of notable achievers: she was a daughter of humourist Rudolph Chambers Lehmann, and her great-uncle was the Henri Lehmann the artist. Her brother was writer John Lehmann and her sister was novelist Rosamond Lehmann.

There are 12 portraits of Lehmann in the British National Portrait Gallery Collection (see link below).

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* [ Beatrix Lehmann at the National Portrait Gallery Collection's online index]

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