Beatrice Varley Overview:

Character actress, Beatrice Varley, was born on Jul 11, 1896 in Manchester, Lancashire. Varley died at the age of 68 on Jul 4, 1964 in Ealing, London .


Beatrice Varley was a careworn-looking British actress whose downturned mouth and wrinkled forehead consigned her for years to play down-trodden women who, one felt, had perhaps come from slightly better stock than those who ill-treated them. She also played maids, housekeepers and glum aunts, and was certainly memorable in the film, "Hatter's Castle" (1942), as the cancer and husband-ridden 'Mrs. Brodie', a role that set the pattern for her career.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Started out as a girl soprano and instrumentalist at the age of 14

British character actress whose best-known film role as Robert Newton's downtrodden wife of 'Hatter's Castle' (1941), typecast her in similar parts thereafter. During her lengthy career, she portrayed a host of long-suffering housekeepers, landladies or spinster aunts and was Aggie the junk dealer, who supplies a lethal dagger to Michael Gough, proprietor of the 'Horrors of the Black Museum' (1959).

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