Vanda Godsell

Vanda Godsell (17 November 1922 – 2 April 1990) was an English actress. Hal Erickson writes in Allmovie, “Vanda Godsell specialised in playing disheveled housewives, busybody landladies and blowsy domestics.” She appeared as Mrs Weaver in This Sporting Life (1963), Mrs Pitt in Bitter Harvest (1965), and Mrs Goodge in The Wrong Box (1967).

She was born in Bognor Regis into the Godsell family, best known for its brewery based in Stroud. Her father was an officer in the Navy and served in the Battle of Jutland, whilst her mother, Muriel, was the sister of novelist and actress Naomi Jacob. Godsell’s sister Felicia was also an actress, and her other sister was an editor in the publishing world.

Godsell began acting when she joined the Bristol Repertoire aged 14, making her film debut in 1953 in Flannelfoot starring Ronald Howard. She also appeared in Hell Is a CityA Shot in the DarkThe Earth Dies ScreamingThe Wrong BoxBitter Harvest, and The Pink Panther Strikes Again. She portrayed Mrs Anne Weaver in This Sporting Life. On television, she appeared in shows such as The SaintCoronation StreetMinderDixon of Dock GreenThe NewcomersGideon’s WayBless This HouseI Didn’t Know You CaredIn Loving Memory, and Taxi!. She appeared as Blanche DuBois in a critically acclaimed version of A Streetcar Named Desire in the West End

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