January 2, 2017


Kathleen Harrison (1892-1995) b. Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

Kathleen Harrison

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, Kathleen Harrison was a warm-hearted character actress usually cast in Cockney roles. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), she made her stage debut in The Constant Flirt in 1926. Her first talkie was 1931′s Hobson’s Choice. Her wide range of roles encompassed films such as The Ghoul (1933), Night Must Fall (1937), The Ghost Train (1941) and Major Barbara (1941). She later added immeasurable Dickensian flavour to such classics as David Lean’s Oliver Twist (1948), Scrooge (1951) and The Pickwick Papers (1952). In 1947, Harrison co-starred with Jack Warner in Holiday Camp (1947); the actors played the heads of the Huggett family. This led to a series of Huggett films; Here Come The Huggets (1948), Vote for Huggett (1949) and The Huggetts Abroad (1949), that ran during the late 1940s and featured the well-received duo of Warner and Harrison.

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