Ann Firbank (born 9 January 1933) is an actress of film, television, and stage whose career extends from 1956. One of Firbank's more notable roles is her 1971 portrayal of Anne Elliot in the serial Persuasion, an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name.

Ann Firbank
Born (1933-01-09) 9 January 1933 (age 90)
Years active1956–present


Firbank starred as Anne Elliot in the ITV serial Persuasion, a 1971 adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name.[1][2] Her film credits include the 1967 film Accident,[3] The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) and Anna and the King (1999).[4] In 2005, Firbank appeared in the costume drama Elizabeth I alongside Dame Helen Mirren.[5]

Firbank appeared in a 2012 production of The Golden Dragon at the Jagriti Theatre in Bangalore, India. A reviewer for The Hindu praised Firbank's performance, writing that the "energetic and youthful at 79" actress "stands out for her stage presence".[6] In 2014, Firbank appeared in a production of the play The Crucible at the Old Vic, playing Rebecca Nurse.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

She had been engaged to the actor Patric Doonan, when he was married to actress Aud Johansen. Doonan committed suicide in 1958.[8]

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  1. ^ Troost, Linda; Greenfield, Sayre N, eds. (2001). "Appendix". Jane Austen in Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-8131-9006-8.
  2. ^ Bolton, H. Philip (2000). Women Writers Dramatized: A Calendar of Performances from Narrative Works Published in English to 1900. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 14. ISBN 978-0720121179.
  3. ^ Sinyard, Neil. "Accident (1967)". Screenonline. British Film Institute. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Ann Firbank". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  5. ^ Parrill, Sue; Robison, William B. (2013). The Tudors on Film and Television. McFarland. p. 49. ISBN 978-0786458912.
  6. ^ Datta, Sravasti (25 January 2012). "A method in the chaos". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  7. ^ Taylor, Paul (4 July 2014). "The Crucible, Old Vic, review: 'Unmissable'". The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 May 2022. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Bygones: Derby-born actor Patric Doonan was never destined for starring role". Derby Telegraph. 17 June 2015. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  9. ^ Radio Times
  10. ^ Hickling, Alfred (9 September 2010). "Billy Liar". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2015.

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