Beatrix Lehmann

Beatrix Alice Lehmann (1 July 1903 – 31 July 1979) was a British actress, theatre director, writer and novelist.[1][2]

Lehmann was born in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. She trained at the RADA and made her stage debut as Peggy in a 1924 production The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith.[3] She also appeared in films and on television.[4] She wrote short stories and two novels, including Rumour of Heaven, first published in 1934 (ISBN 014016166X).[2] In 1946 Lehmann became director and producer of the Arts Council Midland Theatre Company.[3]

She was awarded Britain's Radio Actress of the Year in 1977.[5] In 1978 she appeared in the Doctor Who serial The Stones of Blood as Professor Emilia Rumford. Although no one knew it at the time of recording, this would be her final television appearance.[6] She played Susan Calvin in "The Prophet", an episode of the British science fiction series Out of the Unknown.[7] In 1979 she played Mrs Pleasant in a film version of The Cat and The Canary.[8] Other roles include parts in Z-Cars, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, War and Peace, Love for Lydia, Staircase, and Crime and Punishment.[7]

Beatrix Lehmann
Beatrix Lehmann
Photo by John Vickers
Beatrix Alice Lehmann

1 July 1903
Died31 July 1979 (aged 76)
London, England, UK
OccupationActress, theatre director, author
Years active1935–1979
Parent(s)Rudolph Chambers Lehmann (father)
Alice Mary Davis (mother)
RelativesHelen Lehmann (sister)
Rosamond Lehmann (sister)
John Lehmann (brother)
Henri Lehmann (great-uncle)


She came from a family of notable achievers: the third of four children of author and publisher Rudolph Chambers Lehmann. Her great-uncle was Henri Lehmann the artist.[9] Her brother was publisher John Lehmann and one of her two older sisters was the novelist Rosamond Lehmann.[10]


Beatrix Lehmann died in Camden, London, aged 76.[7] There are 12 portraits of Beatrix Lehmann in the British National Portrait Gallery Collection.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Beatrix Lehmann".
  2. ^ a b "Rumour of Heaven". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Beatrix Lehmann – Person – National Portrait Gallery". 22 September 1970. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Beatrix Lehmann – Movies and Filmography – AllMovie". AllMovie.
  5. ^ "Beatrix Lehmann, British Actress of Stage, Screen, TV and Radio". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide – The Stones of Blood – Details". BBC. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Beatrix Lehmann on IMDb
  8. ^ "The Cat and the Canary (1981)". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  9. ^ Guppy, Interviewed by Shusha (11 August 1985). "Rosamond Lehmann, The Art of Fiction No. 88" – via
  10. ^ "Lehmann Family Papers - Rare Books and Special Collections".

External links

Candles at Nine

Candles at Nine is a 1944 British mystery film directed by John Harlow and starring Jessie Matthews, John Stuart and Beatrix Lehmann. A wealthy man jokes about being murdered for his inheritance but is then found dead. His money is left to a distant female relative and attempts now begin on her life too.

Henrietta Bingham

Henrietta Bingham (January 3, 1901 – June 17, 1968) was a wealthy American journalist, newspaper executive and horse breeder. When she was twelve she was present when her mother was killed in a road accident which traumatized the whole family. She subsequently developed a very close relationship with her father who took a long time to recognize her lesbianism although eventually he became reconciled to her sexuality. In the 1920s she became an anglophile flapper and she associated with the Bloomsbury Group. In 1935 she purchased and ran a Kentucky estate for breeding thoroughbred racehorses. Her 1954 marriage, after a succession of partners, men and women, was unsuccessful.


Lehmann is a German surname.

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Love for Lydia

Love for Lydia is a semi-autobiographical novel written by British author H. E. Bates, first published in 1952.

No Exit

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On the Fiddle

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It was Sean Connery's tenth film, released the year before his big breakthrough as James Bond in the 1962 film Dr No.

Psyche 59

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R. C. Lehmann

Rudolph Chambers "R.C." Lehmann (3 January 1856 – 22 January 1929) was an English writer and Liberal Party politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1906 to 1910. As a writer he was best known for three decades in which he was a major contributor to Punch as well as founding editor of Granta magazine.

Staircase (film)

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The two main characters are named Charles Dyer (the name of the playwright/screenwriter) and Harry C. Leeds, which is an anagram of his name.

Strangers on Honeymoon

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1966 TV series)

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The Rat (1937 film)

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The Spread of the Eagle

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