Katie Johnson (English actress)

Bessie Kate "Katie" Johnson (18 November 1878 in Clayton, Sussex – 4 May 1957 in Elham, Kent) was an English actress who appeared on stage from 1894 and on screen from the 1930s to the 1950s.[1][2]

Katie Johnson
English actress Katie Johnson.jpg
Publicity still for The Ladykillers (1955)
Bessie Kate Johnson

18 November 1878
Clayton, Sussex, England
Died4 May 1957 (1957-05-05) (aged 78)
Elham, Kent, England
Years active1894−1957
Frank Goodenough Bayly
(m. 1908; died 1923)
AwardsBest British Actress
1955 The Ladykillers


In 1908 she married the actor Frank Goodenough Bayly (1873 – 28 November 1923, Newcastle upon Tyne).[3] The couple had two children, William Frank Goodenough Bayly (b.1910), and Johnson Goodenough Bayly (b.1915).

She first appeared in a film at age 53, in 1932, but never received critical acclaim for her performances until 1955, when she starred, aged 76, in the Ealing Studios comedy The Ladykillers as Mrs Louisa Wilberforce.[2] The role earned her a British Film Academy award for best British actress.[4] She died less than two years afterwards having only appeared in a single further film.[3]

She also appeared in the BBC science fiction serial The Quatermass Experiment (1953) and played a spy in I See a Dark Stranger (1946).[5][6]

Selected filmographyEdit

Additional sourcesEdit

  • Film academy awards, The Times, February 13, 1956, pg. 5
  • Obituary, The Times, May 9, 1957, pg. 12
  • Will, The Times, July 29, 1957, pg. 10


  1. ^ "Katie Johnson - Movies and Filmography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  2. ^ a b http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/557746/index.html</>Johnson on the British Film Institute website
  3. ^ a b "Frank G. Bayly". Archived from the original on 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  4. ^ "BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org.
  5. ^ "The Quatermass Experiment Episode One Contact Has Been Established (1953)".
  6. ^ "I See a Dark Stranger (1946)".

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