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      Dora Bryan

      Dora Bryan

      Highest Rated: 100% Odd Man Out (1947)

      Lowest Rated: 54% Mirrormask (2005)

      Birthday: Feb 7, 1923

      Birthplace: Parbold, Lancashire, England, UK

      A petite, blonde with a Lancashire accent and expressive face adept at wide-eyed innocents whose naivete is played for laughs, Dora Bryan is a much-loved veteran character actress, often cast in films in eccentric or lower-class roles. She made her stage debut as a child in a pantomime in Manchester and encouraged by her mother joined the Oldham Repertory while still a teenager. After spending eight years honing her craft there, she headed for London to try her luck on stage. Cast in a production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," the actress was encouraged to adopt a stage name by Coward himself. She opted for Dora Bryant but a typographical error left off the last 't' and she became Dora Bryan. She proved a versatile and popular performer, often in stage musicals like "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" (1962) and "Hello, Dolly!" (1966-68). Bryan also headlined a number of stage revues such as "The Dora Bryan Show" (1966) and "An Evening with Dora Bryan and Friends" (1968). Throughout the 1980s and 90s, she continued to work on stage, making her Broadway debut as Mrs. Pierce in "Pygmalion" (1987), starring Peter O'Toole and Amanda Plummer. Other notable credits include her first Shakespearean role, Mistress Quickly in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (1984), Mrs. Malaprop in "She Stoops to Conquer" (1985), Carlotta Campion (singing "I'm Still Here") in the 1987 London production of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies" and more recently, the 1994 revival of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party."

      Highest rated movies

      100% Odd Man Out
      88% Hands of the Ripper
      86% A Taste of Honey
      75% Apartment Zero
      54% Mirrormask

      Photos

      A TASTE OF HONEY, Dora Bryan, 1961 A TASTE OF HONEY, Murray Melvin, Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, 1961 MY SON THE VAMPIRE (aka MOTHER RILEY MEETS THE VAMPIRE; OLD MOTHER RILEY MEETS THE VAMPIRE; VAMPIRE OVER LONDON; DRACULA'S DESIRE; MOTHER RILEY RUNS RIOT), Arthur Lucan, Dora Bryan, Graham Moffatt, 1952 THE CURE FOR LOVE, Dora Bryan, Robert Donat, 1950 A TASTE OF HONEY, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, 1961 A TASTE OF HONEY, Dora Bryan, Rita Tushingham, 1961 A TASTE OF HONEY, Robert Stephens, Dora Bryan, 1961 A TASTE OF HONEY, from left: Rita Tushingham, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin, Dora Bryan, 1961 A TASTE OF HONEY, from left: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, 1961

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 57% The Sandwich Man Unknown (Character) - 2013
      54% 80% Mirrormask Nan (Character) $865.0K 2005
      No Score Yet 76% An Angel for May Evelyn (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Palmer Monica (Character) - 1991
      75% 74% Apartment Zero Margaret McKinney (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 17% Screamtime Emma (Character) - 1984
      88% 49% Hands of the Ripper Mrs Golding (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two a Penny Ruby Hopkins (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sandwich Man Mrs. De Vere (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Swinging City Mrs. De Vere (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 58% The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Amber Spottiswood (Character) - 1965
      86% 86% A Taste of Honey Helen (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 49% Carry on Sergeant Norah (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night We Got the Bird Julie Skidmore (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Bullshine Pvt. Cox (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desert Mice Gay Bennett (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Telephonist (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 81% The Green Man Lily (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Lucky People Sgt. Hortense Tipp (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 44% The Cockleshell Heroes Myrtie (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shop Spoiled Customer (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 89% Mad About Men Berengaria (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Know What Sailors Are Gladys (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 30% The Gift Horse Glad Flanagan (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vampire Over London Tilly (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Whispering Smith vs. Scotland Yard La Fosse (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Heaven Mrs. Jenkins (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Whispering Smith Hits London La Fosse (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire Tilly (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 25% Miss Robin Hood Pearl (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ringer Mrs Hackett (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Something in the City Waitress (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Trace Maisie Phelps (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quiet Woman Elsie (Character) - 1949
      100% 86% Odd Man Out Girl in Telephone Kiosk (Character) - 1947

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Holby City Betty Wheeler (Character) 2002
      No Score Yet 92% Absolutely Fabulous Dolly (Character) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last of the Summer Wine Unknown (Character) 1986