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Occupation
  
Actress

Spouse
  
Peter Dyneley (m. ?–1977)

Role
  
Actress


Name
  
Jane Hylton

Years active
  
1946 – 1979

Children
  
Rosalind Lloyd


Full Name
  
Audrey Gwendolene Clark

Born
  
16 July 1927 (
1927-07-16
)
London, England, UK

Died
  
February 28, 1979, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Movies and TV shows
  
The Manster, Circus of Horrors, Dance Hall, Passport to Pimlico, The Adventures of Sir Lan

Similar People
  
Peter Dyneley, George Breakston, Henry Cornelius, Rosalind Lloyd, Euan Lloyd

Jane Hylton (16 July 1926 – 28 February 1979, born as Audrey Gwendolene Clark, was an English actress who accumulated 30 film credits, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, before moving into television work in the latter half of her career in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Career

Talent-spotted in her teens, Hylton was a product of the Rank Organisation's Company of Youth (more commonly referred to as the Rank Charm School), which took promising young actors and groomed them for a career in film. The programme turned out some genuine stars such as Dirk Bogarde and Diana Dors, but most alumni went on to more modest film careers, regularly employed in British films but rarely if ever receiving star-billing. Female graduates of the programme were often referred to somewhat disparagingly as "Rank Starlets", with the implication that their purpose was merely to appear on screen and look glamorous; however Hylton did go on to feature in a number of substantial acting roles with prominent billing.

Hylton's first screen appearance came in a 1946 programmer A Girl in a Million. She quickly moved on to minor roles in films produced by Gainsborough Studios (Jassy, When the Bough Breaks) and Ealing Studios (Holiday Camp, It Always Rains on Sunday), then in 1948 landed her largest role to date, as an escaped convict's mistress in Gainsborough's My Brother's Keeper. She was cast as one of the daughters in Ealing's very successful comedy Here Come the Huggetts, then in 1949 as Molly Reed in the Ealing Comedy Passport to Pimlico.

In the early 1950s Hylton was cast in major roles in several films with a predominantly female cast and targeted at female audiences; Dance Hall (1950), It Started in Paradise (1952 – set in the world of haute couture) and 1954 women's prison drama The Weak and the Wicked. The quality of film roles offered to her then began to fall and she found herself for the rest of the decade toiling mainly in quickly-shot B-films, an exception being a prominent role in the 1960 horror film Circus of Horrors.

Hylton's first television appearance was in the starring role of Queen Guinevere in the 1956 series The Adventures of Sir Lancelot and from the early 1960s she spent her career entirely in television, where she featured in a number of one-off productions for BBC and ITV drama strands as well as appearing in series such as Dixon of Dock Green, Journey to the Unknown, The Troubleshooters and Take Three Girls. Her most identifiable TV role was Beryl Fisher, the mother of the hapless Betty Spencer (Michele Dotrice) in the BBC comedy series Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

Critical assessment

The film historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane praise her "quite unusual intensity and a real capacity for depicting working-class lives", and note of her extensive B movie career in the 1950s: "Virtually everything she did is worth watching, for her if sometimes for little else." They add that each of her films "benefits from the instinctive humanity, the sense of her characters' having a past and a place in the world, which she brings to them".

Personal life

Hylton's first marriage to film producer Euan Lloyd ended in divorce, although the couple remained on good terms. The marriage produced a daughter, Rosalind Lloyd, who also became an actress; Hylton and her daughter both appeared in Lloyd's big budget 1978 mercenary drama The Wild Geese, which was Hylton's first screen role for 17 years and turned out to be the last of her career.

Hylton's second marriage to actor Peter Dyneley, whom she met on the set of The Manster, lasted until Dyneley's death from cancer in 1977. Hylton, who had been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect in her late 30s, died of a heart attack in Glasgow on 28 February 1979, aged only 52.

Filmography

Actress
1980
The Enigma Files (TV Series) as
Vera Croxley
- Billy the Late and Great (1980) - Vera Croxley
1978
The Wild Geese as
Mrs. Marjorie Young
1977
Fathers and Families (TV Mini Series) as
Louise Matthews
- Ancient Scars (1977) - Louise Matthews
- Nothing to Lose (1977) - Louise Matthews
1976
Play for Today (TV Series) as
Madelaine McLain
- A Story to Frighten the Children (1976) - Madelaine McLain
1963
Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series) as
Daphne Parsons / Mrs. Bailey / Betty Harris
- Three's Company (1974) - Daphne Parsons
- Mug's Game (1971) - Mrs. Bailey
- Pay Later (1963) - Betty Harris
1973
The Onedin Line (TV Series) as
Mrs. Ada Mitchell
- A Proposal of Marriage (1973) - Mrs. Ada Mitchell
1973
Hunters Walk (TV Series) as
Iris Lawrence
- Vanishing Trick (1973) - Iris Lawrence
1973
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (TV Series) as
Mrs. Fisher
- The Psychiatrist (1973) - Mrs. Fisher
- Love Thy Neighbour (1973) - Mrs. Fisher
- Getting a Job (1973) - Mrs. Fisher
1972
Crime of Passion (TV Series) as
Yvette de Baillot
- Felix (1972) - Yvette de Baillot
1972
The Befrienders (TV Series) as
Sarah Windfield
- Next Patient, Please (1972) - Sarah Windfield
1970
The Mating Machine (TV Series) as
Phyllis Prosser
- All About Little Eve (1970) - Phyllis Prosser
1970
Menace (TV Series) as
Mona
- The Straight and the Narrow (1970) - Mona
1970
The Misfit (TV Series) as
Milly
- On the Place of Women in the Home (1970) - Milly
1970
Doctor Who (TV Series)
- Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 6 (1970) - (uncredited)
1970
Kate (TV Series) as
Alice Prentice
- One Good Turn (1970) - Alice Prentice
1969
Take Three Girls (TV Series) as
Miss Hart
- Heart's Ease (1969) - Miss Hart
- Devon Violets (1969) - Miss Hart
1969
ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Diana Tyler
- Murder: The Blood Relation (1969) - Diana Tyler
1969
Journey to the Unknown (TV Series) as
Margaret Wilson
- Stranger in the Family (1969) - Margaret Wilson
1968
Half Hour Story (TV Series) as
Mrs. Thompson
- Flowers at My Feet (1968) - Mrs. Thompson
1967
Trapped (TV Series) as
Dorothy
- Quest (1967) - Dorothy
1966
Blackmail (TV Series) as
Millie Raynor
- Care and Protection (1966) - Millie Raynor
1965
Mogul (TV Series) as
May MacCallum / Nora
- Some Wet Night in Sauciehall Street (1966) - May MacCallum
- Tosh and Nora (1965) - Nora
1959
ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) as
Mrs. Agar / Kitty Conway / Mrs. Cooper / ...
- The Climbers (1966) - Mrs. Agar
- The Cabbage Tree Hat Boys (1965) - Kitty Conway
- The Teachers (1963) - Mrs. Cooper
- Double Stakes (1963) - Diana Warren
- The Second Chef (1962) - Anne
- Sheppey (1959) - Bessie
1966
This Man Craig (TV Series) as
Brenda Graham
- Certain Standards (1966) - Brenda Graham
1966
Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) as
Jane
- Case Suspended (1966) - Jane
1965
The Mask of Janus (TV Series) as
Mrs. Lane
- Them Is Anyone That Isn't Us (1965) - Mrs. Lane
1965
ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series) as
Nancy Wedderburn
- Suspense Hour: Nightmare on Instalments (1965) - Nancy Wedderburn
1960
No Hiding Place (TV Series) as
Jean Baker / Jo Austin / Rita Gordon
- Why Baker Died (1964) - Jean Baker
- A Run for the Sea (1962) - Jo Austin
- The Goat's Whiskers (1960) - Rita Gordon
1964
The Four Seasons of Rosie Carr (TV Mini Series) as
Rosie
- Long Winter Journey (1964) - Rosie
- Autumn Near the Angel (1964) - Rosie
- Summer in Matlock Street (1964) - Rosie
1964
Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series) as
Margaret Harley
- Episode #1.709 (1964) - Margaret Harley
- Episode #1.708 (1964) - Margaret Harley
- Episode #1.707 (1964) - Margaret Harley
- Episode #1.706 (1964) - Margaret Harley
- Episode #1.705 (1964) - Margaret Harley
- Episode #1.702 (1964) - Margaret Harley
1964
Sergeant Cork (TV Series) as
Lady Martha Devereaux
- The Case of the Silent Suffragette (1964) - Lady Martha Devereaux
1963
Richard the Lionheart (TV Series) as
Megan
- The People's King (1963) - Megan
1963
Bitter Harvest as
Carole (uncredited)
1963
BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) as
Mrs. Wright
- The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners (1963) - Mrs. Wright
1962
Zero One (TV Series) as
Miss Kelly
- Million Dollar Lift (1962) - Miss Kelly
1961
One Step Beyond (TV Series) as
Joan Morrison
- The Room Upstairs (1961) - Joan Morrison
1961
House of Mystery as
Stella Lemming
1961
Saturday Playhouse (TV Series) as
Stella Gregory
- A Sense of Guilt (1961) - Stella Gregory
1960
Circus of Horrors as
Angela
1960
Night Train for Inverness as
Marion
1960
International Detective (TV Series) as
Martha Cochran
- The Cumberland Case (1960) - Martha Cochran
1959
Devil's Bait as
Ellen Frisby
1959
Interpol Calling (TV Series) as
Suzy
- Dead on Arrival (1959) - Suzy
1959
Manster as
Linda Stanford
1959
Deadly Record as
Ann Garfield
1959
Rebound as
Daisy Hacker
1958
The Verdict Is Yours (TV Series) as
Mrs. Vickers
- Queen vs Cordoza: Part 3 (1958) - Mrs. Vickers
- Queen vs Cordoza: Part 2 (1958) - Mrs. Vickers
- Queen vs Cordoza: Part 1 (1958) - Mrs. Vickers
1958
Dial 999 (TV Series) as
Ruth Harrison
- The Big Fish (1958) - Ruth Harrison
1955
ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) as
Doris / Katherine Rutland
- Saloon Bar (1957) - Doris
- Box Thirteen (1955) - Katherine Rutland
1956
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (TV Series) as
Queen Guinevere / Guinevere
- The Mortaise Fair (1957) - Queen Guinevere
- The Missing Princess (1957) - Queen Guinevere (uncredited)
- Knights Choice (1957) - Queen Guinevere (uncredited)
- The Bridge (1957) - Queen Guinevere
- The Ruby of Radnor (1957) - Queen Guinevere
- The Black Castle (1956) - Queen Guinevere
- Theft of Excalibur (1956) - Queen Guinevere
- Caledon (1956) - Queen Guinevere
- Lancelot's Banishment (1956) - Queen Guinevere
- The Pirates (1956) - Guinevere
- The Outcast (1956) - Queen Guinevere
- The Queen's Knight (1956) - Queen Guinevere
- The Ferocious Fathers (1956) - Queen Guinevere (uncredited)
- The Knight with the Red Plume (1956) - Queen Guinevere
1957
You Pay Your Money as
Mrs. Delgado
1956
Ett kungligt äventyr as
Princess Caroline
1955
Secret Venture as
Joan Butler
1954
Burnt Evidence as
Diana Taylor
1954
Young and Willing as
Babs Peters, inmate
1952
It Started in Paradise as
Martha Watkins
1952
Temple Folly (TV Movie) as
Lesley Carteret
1952
The Frightened Bride as
Frankie Rackham
1951
Out of True (Short) as
Molly Slade
1951
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) as
Joey
- Square Pegs (1951) - Joey
1951
The Quiet Woman as
Jane
1950
Man of Two Minds (TV Movie) as
Sally Martin
1950
Dance Hall as
Mary
1949
Passport to Pimlico as
Molly
1948
Here Come the Huggetts as
Jane
1948
My Brother's Keeper as
Nora Lawrence
1948
My Sister and I as
Elsie
1948
Good-Time Girl as
Doris
1948
Daybreak as
Doris
1947
It Always Rains on Sunday as
Bessie, his Sister
1947
When the Bough Breaks as
Maid
1947
Jassy as
Amelia (uncredited)
1947
Holiday Camp as
Receptionist
1947
The Upturned Glass as
Miss Marsh
1947
Dear Murderer as
Rita
1946
A Girl in a Million as
Nurse (uncredited)
1946
The Years Between as
Minor role (uncredited)
Soundtrack
1949
Passport to Pimlico (performer: "I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire" - uncredited)
Archive Footage
1961
Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series) as
Ann Garfield / Stella Lemming
- Deadly Record (1961) - Ann Garfield
- House of Mystery (1961) - Stella Lemming

References

Jane Hylton Wikipedia


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