Irene Handl

Actress

Actress


English character actress best known for her many portrayals of feisty cockney types, ranging from barmaids to landladies, charwomen to cooks. Unlike her working class screen personae, Irene's parentage was quite cosmopolitan, her father a Viennese banker, her mother a French aristocrat - affluent enough to enable her to travel extensively in her ...
Birth date
1901-12-27
Death date
1987-11-29
Height
4' 11½" (1.51 m)

Known For


The Italian Job
The Italian Job
Miss Peach (1969)
For the Love of Ada
For the Love of Ada
Ada Bingley (1972)
Call Me Genius
Call Me Genius
Mrs. Crevatte (1961)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
ActressThe Management
(TV Series) Judge - The Arrest (1988) ... Judge
1988
ActressNever Say Die
(TV Series) Dorothy - Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Dorothy - Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Dorothy - Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Dorothy - Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Dorothy - Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Dorothy Show all 6 episodes
1987
ActressIn Sickness and in Health
(TV Series) Gwenneth - Episode #3.4 (1987) ... Gwenneth - Episode #2.6 (1986) ... Gwenneth
1986-1987
ActressThe Little and Large Show
(TV Series) - Episode #7.6 (1987)
1987
ActressAll in Good Faith
(TV Series) Annie Freeman - Manna from Heaven (1987) ... Annie Freeman
1987
ActressThe Kenny Everett Television Show
(TV Series) - Episode #4.6 (1986)
1986
ActressMapp & Lucia
(TV Series) Poppy, Duchess of Sheffield - Au Reservoir (1986) ... Poppy, Duchess of Sheffield
1986
ActressAbsolute Beginners
Mrs. Larkin
1986
ActressScreen Two
(TV Series) Madame de Bonneuil - Hotel du Lac (1986) ... Madame de Bonneuil
1986
ActressTheatre Night
(TV Series) The Nurse - The Father (1985) ... The Nurse
1985
ActressSuper Gran
(TV Series) Clinging Ivey - Supergran and the Magic Ian (1985) ... Clinging Ivey
1985
ActressDramarama
(TV Series) Maureen - Fowl Pest (1984) ... Maureen
1984
ActressMetal Mickey
(TV Series) Granny - Mickey to the Rescue (1983) ... Granny - Detective Mickey Christmas (1982) ... Granny - Mickey Pops the Question (1982) ... Granny - Mickey Meets Mumsie (1982) ... Granny - His Worship the Mickey (1982) ... Granny Show all 23 episodes
1980-1983
ActressIt's Your Move
(TV Short) Grand old lady
1982
ActressLegacy of Murder
(TV Series) Cousin Looby - Corpse in the Act (1982) ... Cousin Looby
1982
ActressRiding High
Gran
1981
ActressBio Woman
(Short) (voice)
1980
ActressThe Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
Cinema Usherette
1980
ActressCannon and Ball
(TV Series) Irene - Episode #1.6 (1979) ... Irene
1979
ActressMaggie and Her
(TV Series) Mrs P. - Reg and the Computer (1979) ... Mrs P. - The Return of Fred (1979) ... Mrs P. - The Good Old Days (1979) ... Mrs P. - Enter a Psychologist (1979) ... Mrs P. - Good Old Saturday Night (1979) ... Mrs P. Show all 14 episodes
1976-1979
ActressThe Light Princess
(TV Movie) Nanny
1978
ActressThe Hound of the Baskervilles
Mrs. Barrymore
1978
ActressCome Spy with Me
(TV Movie) Mother Fink
1977
ActressThe Last Remake of Beau Geste
Miss Wormwood
1977
ActressEric Sykes Shows a Few of Our Favourite Things
(TV Movie) Various
1977
ActressAdventures of a Private Eye
Miss Friggin
1977
ActressCome Play with Me
Lady Bovington
1977
ActressStand Up, Virgin Soldiers
Mrs. Phillimore
1977
ActressThe Fosters
(TV Series) Mrs. Draper - New Year with the Fosters (1977) ... Mrs. Draper
1977
ActressThe Chiffy Kids
(TV Series) Lady on crossing - Room to Let (1976) ... Lady on crossing
1976
ActressConfessions of a Driving Instructor
Miss Slenderparts
1976
ActressAngels
(TV Series) Annie - Concert (1976) ... Annie - Day Hospital (1976) ... Annie
1976
ActressA Legacy
(TV Series) Grandmama Merz - Episode #1.5 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz - Episode #1.4 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz - Episode #1.3 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz - Episode #1.2 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz - Episode #1.1 (1975) ... Grandmama Merz
1975
ActressFor the Love of Ada
Ada Bingley
1972
ActressMadigan
(TV Series) Augie's Mum - The London Beat (1972) ... Augie's Mum (uncredited)
1972
ActressFor the Love of Ada
(TV Series) Ada Bingley / Ada Creswell - Special: Christmas with Ada (1971) ... Ada Bingley - The Christening (1971) ... Ada Bingley - Insomnia (1971) ... Ada Bingley - The Admirer (1971) ... Ada Bingley - Birth (1971) ... Ada Bingley Show all 27 episodes
1970-1971
ActressThe Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Mrs. Hudson
1970
ActressDirty Work
(TV Movie) Mrs. Bugle
1970
ActressRookery Nook
(TV Movie) Mrs. Leverett
1970
ActressOn a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Winnie Wainwhisle
1970
ActressDoctor in Trouble
Mrs. Dailey
1970
ActressWorld in Ferment
(TV Series) Madame Astoria - Episode #1.6 (1969) ... Madame Astoria - Episode #1.5 (1969) ... Madame Astoria - Episode #1.4 (1969) ... Madame Astoria - Episode #1.3 (1969) ... Madame Astoria - Episode #1.2 (1969) ... Madame Astoria Show all 6 episodes
1969
ActressThe Italian Job
Miss Peach
1969
ActressQ6
(TV Series) Special Guest - Episode #1.1 (1969) ... Special Guest
1969
ActressLionheart
Lil
1968
ActressEuropean Eye
(TV Movie) Miss Dancy
1968
ActressMum's Boys
(TV Series) Crystal Pallise - Where There's a Will (1968) ... Crystal Pallise - Cuckoo Plays Cupid (1968) ... Crystal Pallise - The Root of Evil (1968) ... Crystal Pallise - That's What Friends Are For (1968) ... Crystal Pallise - Tune on an Old Fiddle (1968) ... Crystal Pallise Show all 7 episodes
1968
ActressWonderwall
Mrs. Peurofoy
1968
ActressThe Mini-Mob
Cook in Chinese Restaurant
1967
ActressSmashing Time
Mrs. Gimble
1967
ActressMisleading Cases
(TV Series) Mrs. Philby-Potter - Is a Golfer a Gentleman? (1967) ... Mrs. Philby-Potter
1967
ActressThe Wrong Box
Mrs. Hackett
1966
ActressMorgan!
Mrs. Delt
1966
ActressTheatre 625
(TV Series) Agnes Oaks - A Man Like That (1966) ... Agnes Oaks
1966
ActressBarney Is My Darling
(TV Series) Ramona Pank - The Prodigal Son (1966) ... Ramona Pank - My Son! My Son! (1966) ... Ramona Pank - Weddings, Funerals and Christenings (1966) ... Ramona Pank - The Twenty Six Year Itch (1965) ... Ramona Pank - The 2000 Pounds a Year Man (1965) ... Ramona Pank Show all 6 episodes
1965-1966
ActressYou Must Be Joking!
Elderly Woman
1965
ActressArmchair Theatre
(TV Series) Miss Prism / Mrs. Micawber - The Importance of Being Earnest (1964) ... Miss Prism - Young David (1959) ... Mrs. Micawber
1959-1964
ActressNET Playhouse
(TV Series) Miss Prism - The Importance of Being Earnest (1964) ... Miss Prism
1964
ActressThe Big Noise
(TV Series) Aunt Lily - Episode #1.3 (1964) ... Aunt Lily
1964
ActressHeavens Above!
Rene Smith
1963
ActressThe Rag Trade
(TV Series) Reg's Mum - The Engagement Ring (1963) ... Reg's Mum - Episode #3.12 (1963) ... Reg's Mum - Babysitters Unlimited (1963) ... Reg's Mum - The Italian Girl (1963) ... Reg's Mum - Episode #3.9 (1963) ... Reg's Mum Show all 6 episodes
1963
ActressThe Dickie Henderson Show
(TV Series) - The Housekeeper (1963)
1963
ActressJust for Fun
Housewife
1963
ActressCitizen James
(TV Series) Mrs. Bullock-Smythe - The Watchdog (1962) ... Mrs. Bullock-Smythe
1962
ActressHugh and I
(TV Series) - Episode #1.3 (1962)
1962
ActressStryker of the Yard
(TV Series) - The Case of the Second Shot (1962) - The Case of the Studio Payroll (1961)
1961-1962
ActressNothing Barred
Elsie Barger
1961
ActressTheatre Night
(TV Series) Amelia Puffin - Goodnight Mrs. Puffin (1961) ... Amelia Puffin
1961
ActressWatch It, Sailor!
Edie Hornett
1961
ActressDouble Bunk
Mrs. Harper
1961
ActressA Weekend with Lulu
Florence Proudfoot
1961
ActressCall Me Genius
Mrs. Crevatte
1961
ActressThe Night We Got the Bird
Ma
1961
ActressThe Pure Hell of St. Trinian's
Miss Harker-Parker
1960
ActressBeware of Children
Mrs. Spicer
1960
ActressFredric March Presents Tales from Dickens
(TV Series) Mrs. Micawber - David and Mr. Micawber (1960) ... Mrs. Micawber
1960
ActressA French Mistress
Ex-Staff Sgt. Hodges A.T.S., N.A.A.F.I. / Staff Sgt. Hodges
1960
ActressMake Mine Mink
Madame Spolinski
1960
ActressDoctor in Love
Professor MacRitchie
1960
ActressSchool for Scoundrels
Mrs. Stringer
1960
ActressInn for Trouble
Lily
1960
ActressCarry on Constable
Distraught Mother
1960
ActressTwo Way Stretch
Mrs. Price
1960
ActressDesert Mice
Miss Patch
1959
ActressGlencannon
(TV Series) - Three Lovesick Swains of Gibraltar (1959)
1959
ActressEducating Archie
(TV Series) Mrs. Twissle - Episode #2.6 (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle - The Prune Mutiny (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle - The Man Who Couldn't Grow Up (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle - Episode #1.13 (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle - Episode #1.12 (1959) ... Mrs. Twissle Show all 16 episodes
1958-1959
ActressMake Mine a Double
Mrs. Billingsgate
1959
ActressUpstairs and Downstairs
Large Woman
1959
ActressI'm All Right Jack
Mrs. Kite
1959
ActressTrinder Box
(TV Series) - Episode #1.2 (1959)
1959
ActressThe Crowning Touch
Bebe
1959
ActressLeft Right and Centre
Centre - Mrs. Maggs
1959
ActressAlfred Marks Time
(TV Series) - Episode #4.5 (1959)
1959
ActressMan in a Cocked Hat
Mrs. Carter
1959
ActressThe Anne Shelton Show
(TV Series) - Episode dated 9 March 1959 (1959)
1959
ActressCarry on Nurse
Mrs. Madge Hickson
1959
ActressThe Invisible Man
(TV Series) Woman in Lift - Shadow on the Screen (1958) ... Woman in Lift
1958
ActressMary Britten, M.D.
(TV Series) Mrs. Levy - A Day's Fishing (1958) ... Mrs. Levy
1958
ActressNext to No Time
Mrs. Crowley, Greengrocer
1958
ActressDial 999
(TV Series) Mrs. Rigby - The Big Fish (1958) ... Mrs. Rigby
1958
ActressLaw and Disorder
Woman in Train
1958
ActressThe Key
Clerk
1958
ActressHappy Is the Bride
Mme. Edna
1958
ActressMy Pal Bob
(TV Series) - Episode #2.3 (1958)
1958
ActressAngel Pavement
(TV Series) Mrs. Mitty - Episode #1.4 (1958) ... Mrs. Mitty - Episode #1.2 (1958) ... Mrs. Mitty
1958
ActressA Santa for Christmas
(TV Movie)
1957
ActressSmall Hotel
Mrs. Gammon
1957
ActressChelsea at Nine
(TV Series) Comedy Regular
1957
ActressThe Schirmer Inheritance
(TV Series) Frau Gresser - Episode #1.2 (1957) ... Frau Gresser
1957
ActressDrake's Progress
(TV Series) - Episode #1.3 (1957) - Episode #1.2 (1957) - Episode #1.1 (1957)
1957
ActressBrothers in Law
Mrs. Potter
1957
ActressThe Adventures of Robin Hood
(TV Series) Polly - The Shell Game (1957) ... Polly
1957
ActressITV Play of the Week
(TV Series) Miss Rawlings - Shooting Star (1956) ... Miss Rawlings
1956
ActressThe Silken Affair
Receptionist
1956
ActressOpening Night
(TV Movie)
1956
ActressHancock's Half Hour
(TV Series) Miss Medworthy / Model / Nurse - The Bequest (1956) ... Miss Medworthy - The Artist (1956) ... Model - The First TV Show (1956) ... Nurse
1956
ActressIt's Never Too Late
New Neighbor
1956
ActressHere's Archie
(TV Movie) Mrs. Twistle
1956
ActressWho Done It?
Customer (uncredited)
1956
ActressNow and Forever
Middle-Aged Woman (uncredited)
1956
ActressLondon Playhouse
(TV Series) Maudie - Sam and the Great Unveiling (1956) ... Maudie
1956
ActressFast and Loose
(TV Series) - Episode #2.4 (1955) - Episode #2.1 (1955) - Episode #1.4 (1954) - Episode #1.1 (1954)
1954-1955
ActressA Kid for Two Farthings
Mrs. Abramowitz
1955
ActressBurnt Evidence
Mrs. Raymond
1954
ActressMad About Men
Mme. Blanche
1954
ActressThe Belles of St. Trinian's
Miss Gale
1954
ActressDuel in the Jungle
Mary Taylor (uncredited)
1954
ActressThis Is Show Business
(TV Series) - Episode #3.1 (1954)
1954
ActressYoung and Willing
Waitress
1954
ActressStryker of the Yard1953
ActressThe Wedding of Lilli Marlene
Rosie
1953
ActressA Time to Be Born
(TV Movie) Shepherd's wife
1953
ActressMeet Mr. Lucifer
Lady with the Dog
1953
ActressBBC Sunday-Night Theatre
(TV Series) Mrs. Hickory / Mrs. Hassall - The Return of Peggy Atherton (1953) ... Mrs. Hickory - Portrait by Peko (1953) ... Mrs. Hassall
1953
ActressRheingold Theatre
(TV Series) Dora Rippe - The Door (1953) ... Dora Rippe
1953
ActressMr. Potts Goes to Moscow
Mrs. Tidmarsh
1952
ActressTreasure Hunt
Nanny
1952
ActressYoung Wives' Tale
Nanny
1951
ActressThe Lighter Side
(TV Series) - Holidays (1951)
1951
ActressOne Wild Oat
Emily Pepys (Audrey)
1951
ActressStage Fright
Mrs. Mason - Gill's Maid (uncredited)
1950
ActressDark Secret
'Woody' Woodman
1949
ActressAdam and Evalyn
Mrs. Crouch - Manageress (uncredited)
1949
ActressThe Perfect Woman
Mrs. Butters
1949
ActressFor Them That Trespass
Inn Proprietress
1949
ActressCardboard Cavalier
Lady Agnes
1949
ActressThe History of Mr. Polly
Lady on left
1949
ActressSilent Dust
Cook (uncredited)
1949
ActressThe Fool and the Princess
Mrs. Wicker
1949
ActressWoman Hater
Mrs. Fletcher
1948
ActressThe Hills of Donegal
Mrs. Mactavish
1947
ActressCode of Scotland Yard
Ruby Towser
1947
ActressTemptation Harbor
Ethel Gowshall
1947
ActressI'll Turn to You
Mrs. Gammon
1946
ActressBrief Encounter
Cellist and Organist (uncredited)
1945
ActressGreat Day
Lady Serving Tea in Tea Stall
1945
ActressFor You Alone
Miss Trotter
1945
ActressKiss the Bride Goodbye
Mrs. Victory
1945
ActressOne Exciting Night
Mrs. Harper
1944
ActressThe Gay Intruders
Mrs. Farnsworth
1944
ActressMr. Emmanuel
Trude
1944
ActressGive Us the Moon
Miss Haddock
1944
ActressHer Man Gilbey
Female Delegate (uncredited)
1944
ActressWelcome, Mr. Washington
Mrs. Pidgeon (uncredited)
1944
ActressIt's in the Bag
Mrs. Beam
1944
ActressRhythm Serenade
Mrs. Crumbling
1943
ActressMillions Like Us
Landlady (uncredited)
1943
ActressDear Octopus
Flora
1943
ActressThe Flemish Farm
Frau
1943
ActressI'll Walk Beside You
Ma Perkins
1943
ActressGet Cracking
Maggie Turner (uncredited)
1943
ActressUncensored
Frau von Koerner
1942
ActressPartners in Crime
(Short) Mrs. Wilson (uncredited)
1942
ActressMr. Proudfoot Shows a Light
(Short) Councillor
1941
Actress'Pimpernel' Smith
Bit Part (uncredited)
1941
ActressThe Spell of Amy Nugent
Mrs. Nugent
1941
ActressGasbags
Burgomaster's wife
1941
ActressGeorge and Margaret
Beer
1940
ActressNight Train to Munich
Station Master (uncredited)
1940
ActressThe Girl in the News
Gertrude Mary Blaker
1940
ActressDr. O'Dowd
Sarah
1940
ActressMrs. Pym of Scotland Yard
Miss Bell
1940
ActressThe Fugitive
Neighbour
1939
ActressInspector Hornleigh on Holiday
Boarder (uncredited)
1939
ActressStrange Boarders
Mrs. Dewar
1938
ActressThe Terror
Kitchen Maid (uncredited)
1938
ActressMissing, Believed Married
Chambermaid
1937
RoleTitleYear
SelfTears, Laughter, Fears and Rage
(TV Mini-Series) Self - Rage (1987) ... Self - Laughter (1987) ... Self - Tears (1987) ... Self
1987
SelfVintage Quiz
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 5 February 1985 (1985) ... Self
1985
SelfThe Time of Your Life
(TV Series) Self - Irene Handl (1983) ... Self
1983
SelfThe Variety Club Awards for 1982
(TV Special) Self
1983
SelfComic Roots
(TV Series) Self - Irene Handl's London (1982) ... Self
1982
SelfThis Is Your Life
(TV Series documentary) Self - Julia McKenzie (1981) ... Self - George Martin (1980) ... Self - Pat Coombs (1978) ... Self - Wilfred Pickles (1971)
1971-1981
SelfThe Theatre Quiz
(TV Series) Self - Panellist - Episode #1.3 (1981) ... Self - Panellist
1981
SelfThe Don Lane Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 17 April 1980 (1980) ... Self
1980
SelfLooks Familiar
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Episode dated 17 January 1980 (1980) ... Self - Guest
1980
SelfCelebrity Squares
(TV Series) Self - Episode #2.28 (1977) ... Self - Episode #1.37 (1976) ... Self
1976-1977
SelfRead All About It
(TV Series) Self - Episode #3.10 (1976) ... Self - Episode #1.3 (1974) ... Self
1974-1976
SelfThe Golden Shot
(TV Series) Self - Episode #6.25 (1974) ... Self
1974
SelfThe Book Programme
(TV Series documentary) Self - Episode #1.5 (1974) ... Self
1974
SelfReview
(TV Series documentary) Self - Answers About John Woodby (1910-1970) (1971) ... Self
1971
SelfCrowther's Back in Town
(TV Series) Self - Episode #1.5 (1970) ... Self
1970
SelfDee Time
(TV Series) Self - Episode #4.12 (1968) ... Self
1968
SelfCall My Bluff
(TV Series) Self - Episode #2.1 (1966) ... Self
1966
SelfDon't Say a Word
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Episode #2.3 (1964) ... Self - Guest
1964
SelfLet's Imagine
(TV Series) Self - A Fresh Start in Life (1961) ... Self
1961
SelfLittle Miss Music
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Episode #1.5 (1960) ... Self - Guest
1960
SelfBernard Delfont Presents Those Beverley Sisters
(TV Series) Self
1960
SelfVal Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium
(TV Series) Self - Episode #4.35 (1959) ... Self
1959
SelfSaturday Spectacular
(TV Series) Self - The Bob Monkhouse Hour (1958) ... Self - Tony Bennett Show (1958) ... Self
1958
SelfCooper, or Life with Tommy
(TV Series) Self -various
1957
SelfAlan Melville Takes You from A-Z
(TV Series) Self - H (1957) ... Self
1957
SelfThis Is Show Business
(TV Series) Self - Episode #7.2 (1956) ... Self - Episode #3.6 (1954) ... Self
1954-1956
SelfHome and Dry
(TV Mini-Series) Self - Episode #1.4 (1955) ... Self
1955
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageIn Bed with Josie Harrison Marks
(Documentary short) Self
2020
Archive footageDawn French's Girls Who Do: Comedy
(TV Series documentary) Mrs. P. / Lady drinking tea - Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Mrs. P. (uncredited) - Episode #1.1 (2006) ... Lady drinking tea (uncredited)
2006
Archive footageThe Unforgettable Hattie Jacques
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2000
Archive footageA Perfect Carry On
(TV Movie documentary)
1998
Archive footageArena
(TV Series documentary) Self - The Peter Sellers Story Part 2: Jack to Jacques (1995) ... Self - The Peter Sellers Story Part 1: Southsea to Shepperton (1995) ... Self
1995
Archive footageMonkey Business
(Video documentary short) PG Tips Chimp
1993
Archive footageLaugh with the Carry Ons
(TV Series)
1993