Eileen Essell

Eileen Essell (8 October 1922 – 15 February 2015)[1] was an English actress, noted in part for not beginning her screen acting career until the age of 79.[2]

Eileen Essell
Eileen Essell 2015.jpg
Essell in 2006
Born8 October 1922
Died15 February 2015 (aged 92)
London, England, U.K.
Years activec. 1940s–2015
(m. 1958; died 1997)
; 1 child)

She retired from stage acting in 1958 following her marriage to playwright and actor Gerard McLarnon. She later earned a living as a teacher at the Central School of Music and Drama and the City University. After the death of her husband in 1997, a family friend lured her back on stage for a play he was producing. Although she had acted onstage in the 1940s/1950s, her first screen performance was in an episode of Doctors. She later appeared in The Bill, Doc Martin, Holby City, Hustle, Casualty, Ideal and Sensitive Skin, among other episodes. She guest starred as Christine in the episode "From Out of the Rain" in season 2 of the BBC spin-off show Torchwood. On film, she is best remembered for the role of Mrs. Connelly in Duplex.

A widow, Essell died on 15 February 2015, aged 92. She was survived by her son, Fergus McLarnon.


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ali G Indahouse Mrs. Hugh
2003 Duplex Mrs. Connelly released in the United Kingdom and Ireland as Our House and in Poland as The Old Lady Must Go
2004 Finding Neverland Mrs. Snow
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Grandma Josephine
The Producers Hold Me-Touch Me
2008 Torchwood Christina


  1. ^ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?scan=1&r=147305445:3769&d=bmd_1605601217[dead link]
  2. ^ Goulder, Nicky (19 May 2015). "Create Patron, Hollywood actress Eileen Essell, Remembered". Create Arts. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2019.

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