Gwen Nelson

Character & Episode: Mrs Holloway in The Trouble with Women
Born: 30/06/1901, Muswell Hill, London, England (as Gwendoline Alexandra Nelson)
Died: 15/10/1990, Suffolk, England

Gwen was a solid character actress who originally wanted to be a singer. She had made her first television appearance as early as 1938 and her West End musical debut in Tough at the Top at the Adelphi Theatre in July 1949. After a number of successful theatre runs she started to concentrate on screen roles and from the early Sixties was cast in many guest roles as elderly ladies.

Her television appearances included Z Cars, No Hiding Place, ITV Playhouse, Catweazle, Callan, Clochemerle, Steptoe and Son, Juliet Bravo, Terry and June, Shine on Harvey Moon, Casualty, Hill Street Blues and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. Her film appearances included Laugh With Me, The Teckman Mystery, Tunes of Glory, A Kind of Loving, Stolen Hours, Doctor Zhivago, The Reckoning, Staircase, Say Hello to Yesterday, Love Among the Ruins, It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet, The Last Remake of Beau Geste and National Lampoon's European Vacation. Her last screen appearance was in an episode of The Bill in 1989 and Gwen died the following year of natural causes.

Section compiled by Darren Senior

Additional research and presentation by Alan Hayes

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