Elizabeth Allen – Under rated British leading lady


Elizabeth Allen was one of the prettiest and most appealing heroines of early British sound films. It was no surprise when Hollywood snapped her up in 1933. She stayed there for five years, doing especially well in two Dickens’ classics, David Copperfield (1934) and A Tale of Two Cities (1936).

She returned to star in British wartime films, such as Saloon Bar (1940) and Went the Day Well? (1942). In Fifties’ films, she presented her own brand of graciousness in ‘wife’ roles, also proving successful on television, both as a quiz-game panellist and consumer programme host.