Athene Seyler

Athene Seyler, (also known as Athene Hannen) CBE (31 May 1889 – 12 September 1990) was an English actress. Although better known as a stage actress, she first appeared on the stage in 1909 and made her film debut in 1921, and became known for playing slightly dotty old ladies. Her film and television career lasted into the 1960s, and included roles in The Citadel (1938), Night of the Demon (1957) and The Avengers (1964, 1965). She was also a regular cast member in screen adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. Although the silent film, Pickwick (1921) is missing she played the elderly fiancée in The Pickwick Papers (1952). Although she virtually retired from acting after 1970, she continued making public appearances until well into the 1980s, memorably as a guest of Terry Wogan on his eponymous BBC chat show. Athene Seyler was President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) from 1950, and a member of the Theatrical Ladies Guild. She also wrote The Art of Comedy. She married James Bury Sterndale-Bennett (1889–1941), a grandson of the composer Sir William Sterndale Bennett. From 1922, she lived with, fellow actor, Nicholas "Beau" Hannen (son of Sir Nicholas Hannen).


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