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Judith Furse
Born 4 March 1912(1912-03-04)
Camberley, Surrey, England, UK
Died 29 August 1974 (aged 62)
Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1938–1972

Judith Furse (4 March 1912 – 29 August 1974) was a British actress.


A member of the noted Furse family, her father was Lieutenant-General Sir William Furse. Her brother, Roger, became a celebrated stage designer and painter who occasionally worked in films. Her sister, Jill Furse, died aged 28 in childbirth in 1944.[1]

She was educated at St Paul's Girls' School and studied theatre at the Old Vic in the early 1930s. By the end of the 1930s she became a stage actress. [2] One of Judith Furse's earliest film successes was as Sister Briony in Black Narcissus (1947). She was known for her heavy-set, somewhat masculine looks, and was often cast as overbearing types such as the villainous Doctor Crow in Carry On Spying (1964). Other films included The Man in the White Suit (1951), The Heart of the Matter (1953) and Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1957). One of her more sympathetic roles was as Flora, Greer Garson's concerned traveling companion, in the original Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939).

In 1972 she made her last film appearance in The Adventures of Barry Mackenzie.


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