Hermione Baddeley

Hermione Baddeley (13 November 1906 – 19 August 1986) was an English character actress of theatre, film and television. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Room at the Top (1959) and a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore in 1963. Ruby Hermione Youlanda Clinton-Baddeley, was born in Broseley, Shropshire, England. She and her sister, actress Angela Baddeley, were descendants of British American Revolutionary War general Sir Henry Clinton. Baddeley was known for standout supporting performances in such films as Mary Poppins (as Ellen, the maidservant), The Belles of St Trinian's, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Passport to Pimlico, The Pickwick Papers, Tom Brown's Schooldays and A Christmas Carol, although she first began making films back in the 1920s. She was a principal character in Brighton Rock (1947). She had a successful professional relationship with Sir Noël Coward, appearing in many of his plays throughout the 1940s and 1950s. The most successful was her teaming with namesake Hermione Gingold in Coward's comedy Fallen Angels.


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