Joy Shelton

Joy Winstanley Shelton (3 June 1922 – 28 January 2000) was an English actress who performed in films, radio and television.

Joy Shelton
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Joy Winstanley Shelton

(1922-06-03)3 June 1922
Died28 January 2000(2000-01-28) (aged 77)
Years active1943–1993
(m. 1944; died 1979)


Joy Shelton was born in Marylebone, London, and trained at RADA.[3] She appeared in a number of British films in the 1940s and '50s, including two by Sidney Gilliat including Millions Like Us (1943), which traced the wartime life of an ordinary London family, and Waterloo Road (1945), in which she was fought over by John Mills and Stewart Granger. Shelton was a radio personality and played the part of Joan Carr in The Adventures of PC 49 for the BBC. This series ran from 1947 until 1953, totalling 112 episodes. She also appeared in the film version, A Case for PC 49 (1950).

In 1944, Shelton married the actor Sydney Tafler;[4] the couple's marriage lasted until he died in 1979 and they had three children, Jennifer, Jeremy and Jonathan. Shelton and Tafler acted together in a total of six films. Jennifer Tafler acted as a child and appeared with both her parents in the film Emergency Call (1952), directed by Shelton's brother-in-law, Lewis Gilbert. Jonathan has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC Radio Drama Company and features in the Barbra Streisand film Yentl (1983).

Joy Shelton died on 28 January 2000 at the age of 77.

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  3. ^ Brian McFarlane (16 May 2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Manchester University Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-5261-1196-8.
  4. ^ Howard Maxford (2 November 2018). Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company. McFarland. p. 780. ISBN 978-1-4766-2914-8.

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