Margery Mason

Margery Mason (27 September 1913 – 26 January 2014)[2][1] was an English actress and director.[3] She was the artistic director of the Repertory Theatre in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland in the 1960s.[4]

Margery Mason
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Margery E. Mason

(1913-09-27)27 September 1913
Died26 January 2014(2014-01-26) (aged 100)[1]
Years active1927–2006


Mason played Sarah Stevens, the mother in John Hopkins' four-play cycle Talking to a Stranger (1966). A family drama with four characters, the viewpoint of Sarah Stevens was depicted in the fourth play, The Innocent Must Suffer.[4] Her film roles included Charlie Bubbles (1968), Clegg (1970), The Raging Moon (1971), Made (1972), Hennessy (1975), the bullying teacher's wife in Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982), Terry on the Fence (1986), a game show contestant in Victoria Wood Presents (1989), 101 Dalmatians (1996), Love Actually (2003), and the lady who works the sweets trolley in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).[5] She played "The Ancient Booer" in the 1987 film The Princess Bride.[6] Her television roles include appearances on Midsomer Murders, Peak Practice and Juliet Bravo (1982) (Series 1, Ep. 8). She played Mrs Porter in the Granada TV series A Family at War during 1970–71.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Mason learned to scuba dive and received her diving certificate at the age of 81.[8] Her farewell to the stage came in 2003 at the age of 90. She loved to travel and had been a keen horsewoman and tennis player. Until she was 99, she swam five times a week at the Swiss Cottage baths.[9]


She died on 26 January 2014 peacefully from natural causes at her home in Swiss Cottage.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1968 Charlie Bubbles Mrs. Noseworthy
1969 Walk a Crooked Path Aunt Mildred
1970 Clegg Neighbour
1971 The Raging Moon Matron
1972 Made Mrs. Marshall
1975 Hennessy Housekeeper
1982 Pink Floyd – The Wall Teacher's Wife
1986 Terry on the Fence Terry's Gran
1987 The Princess Bride The Ancient Booer
1992 Howards End Wedding Guest #2
1993 The Hawk Greengrocer
1996 101 Dalmatians Woman On Park Bench
1998 Les Misérables Nursing Nun
2003 Love Actually Harris Street Old Lady
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Trolley Witch


  1. ^ a b "Sad passing of our member Margery Mason at 100". Equity. Retrieved 9 February 2014.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Margery Mason". BFI. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  3. ^ Richard Anthony Baker (5 March 2014). "Margery Mason". The Stage. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Margery Mason: Actress, writer and director who rounded off a wildly". The Independent. 24 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Margery Mason".
  6. ^ The New York Times Movies
  7. ^ "Margery Mason". CBS Interactive.
  8. ^ Geraldine Bedell "The third-agers", The Observer, 30 October 2005
  9. ^ Turner, Roger (18 February 2014). "Margery Mason obituary". the Guardian.
  10. ^ Wright, Paul (14 February 2014). "Tributes paid as Harry Potter star and renowned actress dies at home in Swiss Cottage". Ham & High. Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 16 December 2018.

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