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Ann Jane Wenham Figgins[1] (26 November 1927 – 15 November 2018), known professionally as Jane Wenham, was an English actress born in Southampton, Hampshire.

Jane Wenham
Ann Jane Wenham Figgins

(1927-11-26)26 November 1927
Southampton, England
Died15 November 2018(2018-11-15) (aged 90)
Years active1954–1992, 2010
Albert Finney
(m. 1957; div. 1961)

Wenham made her film debut in the adaptation of J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls (1954).[2] From 1957 to 1961 she was married to the actor Albert Finney, with whom she had a son,[3] Simon, who is a cameraman.

Wenham died in November 2018, eleven days before her 91st birthday. [4]




Year Title Role Notes
1954 An Inspector Calls Eva Smith
1954 The Teckman Mystery Ruth Wade
1955 Make Me an Offer Dobbie


Year Title Role Notes
1953 Who Dotes Yet Doubts Carol Airdley TV film
1953–1956 Sunday Night Theatre Various 9 episodes
1958 One Man Absent Jane Peters TV film
1959 Saturday Playhouse Beth Episode: "It Isn't Enough"
1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play Laura Simmons Episode: "Young Woodley"
1960 Suspense Mattilda Loisel Episode: "Payment in Full"
1960 ITV Play of the Week Margaret Anderson Episode: "Reputation for a Song"
1960 An Age of Kings Queen Elizabeth Episodes: "Henry VI: Parts 4 & 5", "Richard III: Parts 1 & 2"
1961 Persuasion Mrs. Smith Episode: "1.4"
1962 They Hanged My Saintly Billy Annie Brookes TV film
1962 Saki Louisa Mebbin Episode: "1.5"
1963 It Happened Like This Erica Episode: "Fer-de-Lance"
1963 The Spread of the Eagle Portia Episodes: "Julius Caesar: Parts 1 & 2"
1963 Sergeant Cork Ivy Strong Episode: "The Case of the Soldier's Rifle"
1963 Teletale Lou Parker Episode: "The Black Madonna"
1966 Theatre 625 Mathilde Episode: "Conquest: The Encounter"
1967 The Wednesday Play Monica Bryant Episode: "Dismissal Leading to Lustfulness"
1970 Thirty-Minute Theatre Avis Mallows Episode: "Waugh on Crime"
1970, 1979 ITV Playhouse Judy Trotter, Nelma Episodes: "Arthur Wants You for a Sunbeam", "The Winkler"
1972 Six Faces Edna Chapple Episode: "True Life"
1972 The Strauss Family Mrs. Pruckmayr TV miniseries
1975 Rooms Liz Episodes: "Mr. Cotgrove & Miss Hicks: Parts 1 & 2"
1975 Shades of Greene Frau Puckler Episode: "The Root of All Evil"
1976 Porridge Mrs. Jamieson Episode: "The Desperate Hours"
1977 Last of the Summer Wine Lydia Episode: "Jubilee"
1977–78 The Sunday Drama Mrs. Lomax, Nora Episodes: "Why Here?", "Alphabetical Order"
1979 Testament of Youth Mrs. Brittain TV miniseries
1980 General Hospital Ethel Marshall 1 episode
1980 Enemy at the Door Louise Gardner Episode: "War Game"
1981 Bergerac Edith Furneaux Episode: "Campaign for Silence"
1982 Something in Disguise Myrtle Hanger-Davies Episodes: "One Fine Day", "An Old Devil"
1982–83 Nanny Dolly Partridge Episodes: "A Twist of Fate", "The Home Front"
1985 By the Sword Divided Mrs. Lambe Episodes: "Witch Hunt", "Fateful Days"
1985 Black Silk Mrs. Drummond Episode: "Without Prejudice"
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Sophie TV film
1991 The Darling Buds of May Bridget Episode: "When the Green Buds Laugh: Part 1"
1991 A Perfect Hero Mrs. Hobbs Episode: "1.3"
1992 Old Boy Network Margery White Episode: "Dances with Moles"
1992 Inspector Morse Judith Haines Episode: "The Death of the Self"
2010 Downton Abbey Mrs. Bates Episode: "1.7"


  1. ^ Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  2. ^ "The Sentimental Mr. Coward Puts Wilde to Music". The Age. Australia, Victoria, Melbourne. 17 July 1954. p. 15. Retrieved 28 December 2016 – via  
  3. ^ "Bard's Yarn Comes True". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. Associated Press. 16 December 1961. p. 25. Retrieved 28 December 2016 – via  
  4. ^ Shorter, Eric (26 November 2018). "Jane Wenham obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2018.

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