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Muriel Pavlow
Born 27 June 1921 (1921-06-27) (age 88)
Lee, London, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934–2009
Spouse(s) Derek Farr (1947–1986) (his death)

Muriel Pavlow (born 27 June 1921) is an English actress. Her mother was French, her father from Russian origin.


Film career

She began work as a child actor with John Gielgud and the Royal Shakespeare Company. During the war, she was in ENSA and also made the crossover from theatre to screen.[1]

Pavlow's roles include the Maltese girl Maria in Malta Story (1953), where she played alongside Alec Guinness; Joy, the girlfriend of Simon Sparrow, in Doctor in the House (1954); Thelma Bader, the wife of World War II fighter pilot Douglas Bader in Reach for the Sky (1956); and the daughter of an irascible curmudgeon (played by fellow Doctor in the House cast member James Robertson Justice) in Murder, She Said (1961).

More recently, she has appeared in the television drama "The Final Cut", part 3 of the House of Cards political trilogy lobbying the Prime Minister as an Age Concern campaigner, the serial Belonging (2004), starring Brenda Blethyn, and was interviewed for the documentary series on BBC 2, British Film Forever. In 2007, she guest-starred in the audio play Sapphire and Steel: Cruel Immortality ad had a cameo in the movie Glorious 39 in 2009.

She was married to the actor Derek Farr from 1947 until his death in 1986. They met in 1941 during the shooting of Quiet Wedding and again at the set of The Shop at Sly Corner in 1947. They continued to play together on stage and in films.

Through her acting work, Miss Pavlow was introduced to the actors' care home and charity, Denville Hall, to which she has given her loyal service for more than 40 years, still active on the management committee in 2009.



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