British stage actress who came to Hollywood in 1925 and stayed playing domestic and/or dowager support roles in costumers.
Versatile character actress, who first appeared on stage with the Liverpool Repertory Theatre Company in 1914. Intended to merely visit her sister in the United States, but ended up settling down in California. Her lengthy movie career began in 1925 and included countless small parts as (British) charwomen, landladies and, occasionally, society matrons. Notable as a spy in 'Disraeli' (1929) and Nancy Sykes in the Monogram version of 'Oliver Twist' (1933). On Broadway in 'An Inspector Calls' (1947-48,as Sybil Birling).
Was a very popular radio & television actress, appearing in over 150 movies.