Irene Handl (27 December, 1901-29 November, 1987) was an English film actress.
She was born in Maida Vale, London, the daughter of an Austrian banker father and French mother. She took to acting at the relatively advanced age of 36, and studied at the acting school run by the sister of Dame Sybil Thorndike. She made her London stage debut in February 1937.
She went on to appear in over a hundred British films in supporting roles, mostly in comedy character parts as slightly eccentric mothers, grannies, landladies, and servants, most notable was her her appearance in the ITV Children's comedy show Metal Mickey, as Nan, broadcast in the early 1980s.
Handl had very minor roles in such landmark films as Spellbound and Brief Encounter. Her notable appearances included I'm All Right Jack as the wife of Peter Sellers' union leader Fred Kite, Tony Hancock's landlady in The Rebel and Sherlock Holmes' housekeeper Mrs. Hudson in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. She had small roles in...
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