Daphne Anderson

Daphne Anderson Biography

Daphne Anderson (born Daphne Scrutton; 27 April 1922 - 15 January 2013) was an English stage, film and television actress, as well as a dancer and singer. She made her London theatre debut in 1938 at the Windmill Theatre. Anderson has appeared in such films as The Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice and The Scarlet Pimpernel.


Anderson was born on 27 April 1922, in London, to parents Alan Edward Scrutton and Gladys Amy Scrutton (ne Juler). Her surname was originally "Scrutton", but she later changed it to "Anderson". Anderson attended Kensington High School. She married Lionel William Carter.

Theatrical career

Daphne Anderson studied dancing under Zelia Raye. She made her first stage performance in 1937 at the Richmond Theatre as a chorus member in a production of Cinderella. The following year, Anderson made her London theatre debut in the chorus of the Revudeville at the Windmill Theatre.

She played several roles in various theatrical productions of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In 1943, she played Father William in a production of Alice in Wonderland and the Walrus in Alice Through the Looking-Glass, both at the Scala Theatre in London. She was a prominent member of Leonard Sachs' Players Theatre Company in London, appearing regularly at the Charing Cross Villiers Street venue and featured on recordings made there.

In 1972, she assumed the role of the Red Queen in Alice Through the Looking-Glass at the Ashcroft Theatre.

Film and television

Anderson has appeared in the following films:

  • Trottie True (1949)
  • The Beggar's Opera (1952)
  • Laughing Anne (1953)
  • Hobson's Choice (1954)
  • A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)
  • The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
  • No Time for Tears (1957)
  • Snowball (1960)
  • Persuasion (1960)
  • Captain Clegg (1962)
  • Bitter Harvest (1963)
  • Gideon's Way as Kate Gideon (1965/66)
  • Minder as Katie in Come in T-64, Your Time Is Ticking Away (1979)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
Anderson has also appeared on television programmes including Thomas and Sarah and a television adaptation of The Old Curiosity Shop. In 1985, Anderson appeared in an episode of British sitcom In Sickness and in Health. She may be best remembered as Kate Gideon in the 1965 ITC series Gideon's Way.


Daphne Anderson died on 15 January 2013, at the age of 90.

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