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Fay Compton is a Actor British born on 18 september 1894 at Kensington (United-kingdom)

Fay Compton

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Birth name Virginia Lilian Emeline Compton Mackenzie
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 18 september 1894 at Kensington (United-kingdom)
Death 12 december 1978 (at 84 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Fay Compton /ˈkʌmptən/;, CBE (18 September 1894 – 12 December 1978) was an English actress from a notable acting lineage; her father was actor/manager Edward Compton; her mother, Virginia Bateman, was a distinguished member of the profession, as were her elder sister, the actress Viola Compton, and her uncles and aunts. Her grandfather was the 19th-century theatrical luminary Henry Compton. Author Compton Mackenzie was her elder brother.


Virginia Lilian Emmeline Compton-Mackenzie was born in West Kensington, London, England. Compton made her first professional appearances between 1911 and 1913 with The Follies under the leadership of H.G. Pelissier, her future first husband, whom she married as a teenager. She made her mark in the several plays of J.M. Barrie (of Peter Pan fame) introducing him to London audiences, notably in the title role of Mary Rose in 1920. In 1926, she published reminiscences entitled Rosemary: Some remembrances.

Active in the classics as well as contemporary material, Compton had the distinction of playing Ophelia opposite two of the most celebrated Hamlets, John Barrymore and John Gielgud. In 1962 she appeared as Marya in Laurence Olivier's production of Uncle Vanya at Chichester Festival Theatre. This production was filmed.

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Filmography of Fay Compton (44 films)

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The Virgin and the Gypsy, 1h35
Directed by Christopher Miles
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about virginity
Actors Joanna Shimkus, Franco Nero, Honor Blackman, Mark Burns, Fay Compton, Maurice Denham
Roles Grandma
Rating61% 3.0976553.0976553.0976553.0976553.097655
Based on a 1926 work by D. H. Lawrence, the film follows two sisters, Lucille and Yvette, who come to the English countryside to vacation. Along the way, Yvette is interested in a gypsy who lives not far from her family's home. Slowly, Yvette becomes attracted to the gypsy, leading her to consider whether she wants to have a mundane life or a romance with someone her family may not accept.
I Start Counting, 1h45
Directed by David Greene
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Romance
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Jenny Agutter, Bryan Marshall, Lana Morris, Simon Ward, Madge Ryan, Fay Compton
Roles Mrs. Bennett
Rating68% 3.4360653.4360653.4360653.4360653.436065
Wynne (Agutter), an adopted 14-year-old girl, has a crush on her 32-year-old stepbrother, George (Bryan Marshall). While spying on George in the bathroom, Wynne notices he has several scratches on his back, and finds a bloody jumper she made for him that he threw in the rubbish, which leads her to suspect him of being the serial killer of several local teenage girls, and who is still at large. Despite this belief, Wynne continues to have romantic sexual fantasies about George, and dreams of marrying him when she comes of legal age.
The Haunting, 1h52
Directed by Robert Wise
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, Ghost films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Fay Compton, Lois Maxwell
Roles Mrs. Sanderson
Rating74% 3.748773.748773.748773.748773.74877
Dr. John Markway narrates the history of the 90-year-old Hill House, which was constructed by Hugh Crain as a home for his wife. She died when her carriage crashed against a tree as she approached the house for the first time. Crain remarried, but his second wife died in the house from a fall down the stairs. Crain's daughter Abigail lived in the house for the rest of her life, never moving out of the nursery. She died calling for her nurse-companion. The companion inherited the house, but later hanged herself from a spiral staircase in the library. Hill House was eventually inherited by a Mrs. Sanderson, although it has stood empty for some time.
The Story of Esther Costello, 1h43
Directed by David Miller
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction
Actors Joan Crawford, Rossano Brazzi, Heather Sears, Lee Patterson, June Clyde, Bessie Love
Roles Mother Superior
Rating58% 2.9072852.9072852.9072852.9072852.907285
With her marriage to womaniser Carlo Landi (Rossano Brazzi) in ashes, wealthy and childless Margaret Landi (Joan Crawford) finds an emotional outlet in patronizing a 15-year-old deaf, dumb, and blind Irish girl named Esther Costello (Heather Sears). Esther's disabilities are the result of a childhood trauma and are psychosomatic rather than physical. As Costello makes progress with Braille and sign language, she is seen as an example of triumph over adversity. Carlo gets wind of Margaret's new life and re-enters the scene. He views Esther as a source of cheap financial gain and arranges a series of exploitative tours for her under a mercenary manager Frank Wenzel (Ron Randell). One day when Margaret is absent from the Landi apartment, Carlo seduces and rapes the now 16-year-old Esther. The shock restores the girl's sight and hearing. When Margaret learns of her husband's business duplicities and the rape, she consigns Esther to the care of a priest and a young reporter who loves her (Lee Patterson). Margaret then kills Carlo and herself.
Town on Trial, 1h35
Directed by John Guillermin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors John Mills, Charles Coburn, Barbara Bates, Derek Farr, Alec McCowen, Fay Compton
Roles Mrs. Crowley
Rating63% 3.1533953.1533953.1533953.1533953.153395
While playing tennis at a posh club in a town near London called Oakley Park, young and flirty Molly Stevens attracts considerable interest. The men ogle her and the women detest her. She is later found dead, strangled with a stocking. The local police chief requests the help of Scotland Yard, so Detective Superintendent Mike Halloran is sent to investigate. The locals, however, resent having an outsider poking into their affairs.
Directed by Anthony Squire
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Anton Diffring, Donald Houston, Fay Compton, Allan Cuthbertson, Delphi Lawrence, Kenneth Cope
Roles Alice Pascoe
Rating62% 3.103333.103333.103333.103333.10333
A Cornish fisherman becomes involved with Iron Curtain spies.
Aunt Clara
Aunt Clara (1954)
, 1h24
Directed by Anthony Kimmins
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Margaret Rutherford, Ronald Shiner, A. E. Matthews, Fay Compton, Nigel Stock, Jill Bennett
Roles Gladys Smith
Rating69% 3.4778653.4778653.4778653.4778653.477865
Clara Hilton (Margaret Rutherford), is a puritanical old lady whose eccentric uncle dies and leaves her five racing greyhounds, a broken-down pub, and a successful brothel. When confronted with her property, Clara is outraged, but shrewdly finds a way to convert the tainted money to good use for a children’s holiday fund. Clara also keeps Simon’s outspoken valet Henry Martin (Ronald Shiner) on to assist her.
The Vanquished, 1h50
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Actors Jean-Pierre Mocky, Françoise Arnoul, Etchika Choureau, Franco Interlenghi, Anna Maria Ferrero, Patrick Barr
Roles Mrs. Pinkerton
Rating65% 3.2927953.2927953.2927953.2927953.292795
Le film est inspiré par les événements actuels où certains jeunes s'adonnent aux meurtres et aux vols. Le film est divisé en trois épisodes filmés en trois langues différentes.
Blackmailed, 1h25
Directed by Marc Allégret
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Mai Zetterling, Dirk Bogarde, Fay Compton, Robert Flemyng, Michael Gough, James Robertson Justice
Roles Mrs. Christopher
Rating71% 3.5655653.5655653.5655653.5655653.565565
Le maître-chanteur est assassiné et ceux qui ont assisté à la scène s'accordent pour ne rien dire, mais il y a eu un autre témoin, un jeune artiste, lui aussi victine de chantage...
Laughter in Paradise, 1h33
Directed by Mario Zampi
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, George Cole, Guy Middleton, Hugh Griffith, Ernest Thesiger
Roles Agnes Russell
Rating70% 3.5440253.5440253.5440253.5440253.544025
When wealthy, well-known practical joker Henry Russell (Hugh Griffith) dies, four relatives find out that they stand to inherit considerable sums ... provided that they commit acts that are completely contrary to their natures. Law-abiding Deniston Russell (Alastair Sim), a retired army officer who writes lurid novels under several fictional names, has to get himself arrested and jailed for 28 days. Difficult, snobbish Agnes Russell (Fay Compton) has to find work as a maid and keep her job for a month. Simon Russell (Guy Middleton) is a womanising cad; his task is to marry the first single woman he speaks to. Timid Herbert Russell (George Cole) is assigned to hold up the bank where he works with a toy pistol.
Othello (1951)
, 1h30
Directed by Orson Welles
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Théâtre, Transport films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors Orson Welles, Suzanne Cloutier, Doris Dowling, Joseph Cotten, Robert Coote, Joan Fontaine
Roles Emilia
Rating75% 3.796973.796973.796973.796973.79697
À Venise, les succès militaires du général Othello, dit le maure, et son mariage avec la belle Desdémona, fille du sénateur Barbantio, suscitent à la fois l'admiration et la jalousie. Iago, lieutenant d'Othello, va semer le doute dans l'esprit de son général quant à la fidélité de son épouse. Cupide, Iago ne cherche qu'à assouvir son ambition, et tente de parvenir à ses fins en manipulant adroitement chaque personnage.
The Forbidden Street, 1h30
Directed by Jean Negulesco, Guy Hamilton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Children's films
Actors Dana Andrews, Maureen O'Hara, Sybil Thorndike, Fay Compton, Diane Hart, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Roles Mrs. Culver
Rating63% 3.197523.197523.197523.197523.19752
From a well to do family, Adelaide (Maureen O'Hara), over the objections of her family, marries an impoverished artist Henry Lambert (Dana Andrews) who is later killed in an accident when Adelaide pushes him away. Adelaide is blackmailed for two years by her neighbor, Mrs. Mounsey, a spiteful old hag (Sybil Thorndike) who claims to the police that Henry was killed accidentally.