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Avril Elgar (born 1 April 1932) is an English stage, radio and television actress.[2]

Avril Elgar
Avril Williams [1]

(1932-04-01) 1 April 1932 (age 87)
Years active1958 - present
Spouse(s)James Maxwell (actor) (1952–1995) (his death)
Children2 sons


Elgar was born in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire. She trained at the London Old Vic Theatre School. At the National Theatre she has appeared in productions of Victoria Benedictsson's The Enchantment, Pam Gems' Stanley, and Julian Mitchell's Half Life.[3]


She has appeared in drama and comedy roles and in many popular series on British television including Dixon of Dock Green, Midsomer Murders and Tales of the Unexpected. She played Mildred's sister Ethel in George and Mildred.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

She was married to the American actor/director James Maxwell, (1952 - 18 August 1995) (his death) (2 sons), and he directed her in a production of The Corn is Green at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre.[5]




Her roles in the theatre include :- [6][7]

External linksEdit


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  2. ^ "Avril Elgar". BFI.
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  4. ^ "George & Mildred".
  5. ^ The Independent, James Maxwell obituary by Adam Benedick 28 August 1995
  6. ^ Murray, Braham (2007). The Worst It Can Be Is a Disaster. London: Methuen Drama. ISBN 978-0-7136-8490-2.
  7. ^ The Royal Exchange Theatre Company Words & Pictures 1976-1998, 1998, ISBN 0-9512017-1-9