Vanda Godsell

Vanda Godsell (17 November 1922 – 11 April 1990) was an English actress. Hal Erickson writes in Allmovie, "Vanda Godsell specialised in playing disheveled housewives, busybody landladies and blowsy domestics." She appeared as Mrs Weaver in This Sporting Life (1963), Mrs Pitt in Bitter Harvest (1965), Mrs Goodge in The Wrong Box (1967)[1]

Vanda Godsell
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Born(1922-11-17)17 November 1922
Died2 April 1990(1990-04-02) (aged 67)
Years active1949-1983

Early lifeEdit

She was born in Bognor Regis into the Godsell family, best known for its brewery based in Stroud.[citation needed] Her father was an officer in the Navy and served in the Battle of Jutland whilst her mother, Muriel, was the sister of novelist and actress Naomi Jacob.[2] Godsell's sister Felicia was also an actress, and her other sister was an editor in the publishing world.[citation needed]


She began acting when she joined the Bristol Repertoire aged 14. Her career lasted for fifty years, making her film debut in 1953 in Flannelfoot starring Ronald Howard. She also appeared in Hell Is a City, A Shot in the Dark, The Earth Dies Screaming, The Wrong Box, Bitter Harvest and The Pink Panther Strikes Again. Many of these films were directed or produced by Blake Edwards. Vanda portrayed Mrs Anne Weaver in This Sporting Life. On television, she appeared in shows like The Saint, Coronation Street, Minder, Dixon of Dock Green, The Newcomers (TV series), Gideons Way, Bless This House, I Didn't Know You Cared, In Loving Memory and Taxi!.[3] She appeared as Blanche DuBois in a critically acclaimed version of A Streetcar Named Desire in the West End.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Vanda Godsell movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography". AllMovie. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  2. ^ Cotter, Robert Michael "Bobb" (10 January 2014). The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography. ISBN 9781476602011.
  3. ^ "Vanda Godsell | BFI | BFI". Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2014.

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