Jean Cadell

Jean Dunlop Cadell (13 September 1884 – 29 September 1967) was a Scottish character actress.[1] Although her married name was Jean Dunlop Perceval-Clark she retained her maiden name in the context of acting.

Jean Cadell
Actress Jean Cadell.jpg
Born(1884-09-13)13 September 1884
Died29 September 1967(1967-09-29) (aged 83)
London, England
Years active1912–1962
Spouse(s)Perceval Perceval-Clarke

Life and careerEdit

22 Ainslie Place
The grave of Jean Cadell, Dean Cemetery

She was born at 4 Buckingham Terrace[2] in Edinburgh, the daughter of Dr Francis Cadell (1844-1909), a wealthy surgeon, and his wife, Mary Hamilton Boileau (1853-1907).[3] The family moved to 22 Ainslie Place, a huge Georgian house on the Moray Estate, in her youth.[4]

She performed in the cinema and on the stage.[5][6] Among her best-known cinema roles was in the Ealing Studios comedy Whisky Galore! (1949), as well as Pygmalion (1938) and I Know Where I'm Going! (1945). She once performed opposite W.C. Fields in Hollywood, cast as Mrs. Micawber to his Wilkins Micawber in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 1935 production of David Copperfield.[7] Although Cadell remains in the released version of the film, her biggest scene (when the Micawber family prepare to emigrate) was deleted from the release prints.[citation needed]

Jean Cadell died in London on 29 September 1967, aged 83.[5]

She is buried with her family in Dean Cemetery in western Edinburgh. The grave lies against the southern wall.


Her brother, Francis Cadell, was one of the Scottish Colourists.[8] She married actor Perceval Perceval-Clark.[9] Jean and Perceval both appeared in the play The Man Who Stayed at Home.[10]

Her son, born John Cadell Perceval-Clark in 1915, changed his name to John Cadell and became a theatrical agent.[11][12] Her grandson Simon Cadell and her granddaughter Selina Cadell also became actors.[13]

Complete filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Jean Cadell; North American Theatre Online
  2. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1884
  3. ^ Cadell grave, Dean Cemetery
  4. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1890
  5. ^ a b "Jean Cadell". BFI. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Jean Cadell movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  7. ^ "The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observations of David Copperfield the Younger (1935) - BFI". BFI. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Lost work by Scottish colourist Cadell found on back of painting". BBC News. 27 January 2015.
  9. ^ Simon Cadell
  10. ^ Terry, J. E. Harold; Worrall, Lechmere (1916). The Man Who Stayed at Home. Samuel French. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  11. ^ Simon Cadell
  12. ^ The Stage
  13. ^ "Obituary: Simon Cadell". The Independent. 8 March 1996.

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