Ann Firbank

Ann Firbank (born 9 January 1933) is a veteran actress of film, television, and stage whose career extends from 1956. One of Firbank's more notable roles is her 1971 portrayal of Anne Elliot in the serial Persuasion, an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name.

Ann Firbank
Born9 January 1933 (age 86)
Years active1956–present


Firbank starred as Anne Elliot in the ITV serial Persuasion, a 1971 adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name.[1][2] Her film credits include the 1967 film Accident,[3] The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) and Anna and the King (1999).[4] In 2005, Firbank appeared in the costume drama Elizabeth I alongside Helen Mirren.[5]

Firbank appeared in a 2012 production of The Golden Dragon at the Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore, India. A reviewer for The Hindu praised Firbank's performance, writing that the "energetic and youthful at 79" actress "stands out for her stage presence".[6] In 2014, Firbank appeared in a production of the play The Crucible at the Old Vic, playing the elderly Rebecca Nurse.[7]

Personal life

She is a friend of the Scottish actress Amanda Walker.[8] She was engaged to the actor Patric Doonan before his suicide in 1958, despite the fact that he was already married to actress Aud Johansen.[9]

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  1. ^ Troost, Linda; Greenfield, Sayre N, eds. (2001). "Appendix". Jane Austen in Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-8131-9006-8.
  2. ^ Bolton, H. Philip (2000). Women Writers Dramatized: A Calendar of Performances from Narrative Works Published in English to 1900. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 14. ISBN 978-0720121179.
  3. ^ Sinyard, Neil. "Accident (1967)". Screenonline. British Film Institute. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Ann Firbank". British Film Institute. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  5. ^ Parrill, Sue; Robison, William B. (2013). The Tudors on Film and Television. McFarland. p. 49. ISBN 978-0786458912.
  6. ^ Datta, Sravasti (25 January 2012). "A method in the chaos". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  7. ^ Taylor, Paul (4 July 2014). "The Crucible, Old Vic, review: 'Unmissable'". The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Interview: Ann Firbank Actor – My life in clothes". The Scotsman. 3 January 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Bygones: Derby-born actor Patric Doonan was never destined for starring role". Derby Telegraph. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  10. ^ Hickling, Alfred (9 September 2010). "Billy Liar". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2015.

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The screenplay was written by Richard L. Breen, and T. E. B. Clarke and David E. Walker based on the Walker's novel Diamonds For Danger. The film introduced the melody of "Strangers in the Night" by German composer Bert Kaempfert which won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song in a Motion Picture" of 1967.

A Passage to India (film)

A Passage to India is a 1984 British epic historical drama film written, directed and edited by David Lean. The screenplay is based on the play of the same name by Santha Rama Rau, which was based on the 1924 novel of the same name by E.M. Forster.

Set in the 1920s during the period of the British Raj, the film tells the story of the interactions of several characters in the fictional city of Chandrapore, namely Dr. Aziz, Mrs Moore, Adela Quested, and Richard Fielding. When newcomer to India Adela accuses Aziz of an attempted rape within the famed Marabar Caves, the city is split between the British elite and the native underclass as the budding friendship between Aziz and Fielding is tested. The film explores themes of racism, imperialism, religion, and the nature of relationships both friendly and marital.

This was the final film of Lean's prestigious career, and the first feature-film he had directed in fourteen years, since Ryan's Daughter in 1970. Receiving universal critical acclaim upon its release with many praising it as Lean's finest since Lawrence of Arabia, A Passage to India received eleven nominations at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Lean, and Best Actress for Judy Davis for her portrayal as Adela Quested. Peggy Ashcroft won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Mrs Moore, making her, at 77, the oldest actress to win the award, and Maurice Jarre won his third Academy Award for Best Original Score.

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Accident (1967 film)

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Behind the Mask (1958 film)

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Redgrave's daughter, Vanessa Redgrave, made her film debut in this movie.

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Kenilworth (TV series)

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The cast included Paul Eddington, Anthony Newlands, Ann Firbank and Robin Bailey.

Lionheart (1987 film)

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Patric Doonan

Patric Doonan (18 April 1925 in Derby, Derbyshire – 10 March 1958 in London) was a British stage and screen actor. He was the son of comedian George Doonan and brother of fellow actor Tony Doonan.

He featured in films of the time as The Blue Lamp, Train of Events and The Cockleshell Heroes but rarely played the leads. An exception was Wheel of Fate (1953), in which he did have the leading role and top billing. 1953 was probably Doonan's peak year in films, as in that same year he also had good supporting roles in The Net (1953) and The Red Beret (1953).

In 1955 - 1956 he appeared in "The Mousetrap" at the Ambassadors Theatre in London.

He committed suicide by gas in 1958. At the time he was engaged to marry actress Ann Firbank, despite the fact that he was already married to actress Aud Johansen.

In 1994 the singer Morrissey referenced Doonan in the song 'Now My Heart Is Full'.

Persuasion (1971 TV series)

Persuasion is a 1971 British television serial adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name. It was produced by Granada Television for ITV and was directed by Howard Baker. The series stars Ann Firbank as Anne Elliott and Bryan Marshall as Captain Wentworth. It was originally aired in April and May 1971 in five episodes.

Persuasion (novel)

Persuasion is the last novel fully completed by Jane Austen. It was published at the end of 1817, six months after her death.

The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. The wife’s brother, Navy Captain Frederick Wentworth, had been engaged to Anne in 1806, and now they meet again, both single and unattached, after no contact in more than seven years. This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, well-considered chance at love and marriage for Anne in her second "bloom".

The novel was well-received in the early 19th century. Greater fame came later in the century, continued in the 20th century, and through to the 21st century. Much scholarly debate on Austen's work has since been published. Anne Elliot is noteworthy among Austen's heroines for her relative maturity. As Persuasion is Austen's last completed novel, it is accepted as her most maturely written novel showing a refinement of literary conception indicative of a woman approaching forty years of age. Unlike Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion was not rewritten from earlier drafts of novels that Austen had originally started before 1800. Her use of free indirect discourse in narrative was by 1816 in full evidence.

The first edition of Persuasion was co-published with the previously unpublished Northanger Abbey in late December 1817 (1818 given on the title page), as the second two volumes of a four-volume set, with a preface for the first time publicly identifying Austen as the author of all her novels. Neither "Northanger Abbey" nor "Persuasion" was published under the working title Austen used. The later editions of both were published separately.

Four made-for-television adaptations of the novel were made in Britain, beginning in 1960 with a mini-series featuring Daphne Slater in Persuasion. The next starred Ann Firbank in the lead role in the 1971 version co-starring Bryan Marshall; Amanda Root starred in the 1995 version co-starring Ciarán Hinds; and Sally Hawkins starred in the 2007 version co-starring Rupert Penry-Jones and made for ITV1. Another was made in the US in 1995.

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The Nearly Man

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The play was originally screened on ITV on 4 August 1974, and won the Broadcasting Press Guild award for the best single play on British television that year. The series was filmed in London by Granada Television, and broadcast late the following year. Some episodes were directed by British directors Alan Grint and John Irvin.

The Plane Makers

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