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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
The Teckman Mystery Ruth Wade
Make Me an Offer Dobbie
Year Title Role Notes
1953 Who Dotes Yet Doubts Carol Airdley TV Movie
1954-1956 Sunday Night Theatre Luciana/Nerissa/Nellie Moore 7 episodes
1960 An Age of Kings Elizabeth Woodville/Lady Elizabeth Grey/Queen Elizabeth 4 episodes
Persuasion Mrs Smith 1 episode
1963 The Spread of the Eagle Portia
1967 The Wednesday Play Monica Bryant (episode:Dismissal Leading to Lustfulness)
1970 ITV Playhouse Judy Trotter/Avis Mallows 2 episodes
1976 Porridge Mrs. Jamieson (episode:The Desperate Hours)
1977 Last of the Summer Wine Lydia, the Vicar's Wife (episode:Jubilee)
1979 ITV Playhouse Nelma (episode:The Winkler)
Testament of Youth Mrs Brittain
1980 Enemy at the Door Louise Gardner (episode:War Game)
1981 Bergerac Edith Furneaux (episode:Campaign for Silence)
1982-1983 Nanny Dolly Partridge
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Sophie TV Movie
1991 The Darling Buds of May Aunt Bridget (episode: When the Green Woods Laugh: Part 1)
1992 Inspector Morse Judith Haines (episode: The Death of the Self)
2010 Downton Abbey Mrs. Bates 1 episode


  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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