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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[1] and on screen from the 1930s to the 1950s.[2] In 1908 she married the actor Frank Goodenough Bayly (1873 – 28 November 1923, Newcastle upon Tyne).[3]

Katie Johnson
Born Bessie Kate Johnson
18 November 1878
Clayton, Sussex, England
Died 4 May 1957 (1957-05-05) (aged 78)
Elham, Kent, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1894−1957
Spouse(s) Frank Goodenough Bayly
(m. 1908; d. 1923)
Awards Best British Actress
1955 The Ladykillers

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.[1] 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]


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  • 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


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