Flora Robson

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 28 March 1902, South Shields, County Durham, England. 

Born to a family of Scottish engineers, Flora Robson showed a talent for recitation from an early age and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she won a bronze medal in 1921.

Robson made her stage debut in 1921 and soon established herself as a versatile and powerful performer. She played a range of characters, from queens to murderesses, in classical and modern plays. She also appeared in several prominent films, both in the UK and in Hollywood, such as Fire Over England (1937), The Sea Hawk (1940), Saratoga Trunk (1945), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), Black Narcissus (1947), and 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a servant in Saratoga Trunk.

Robson was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1960 for her services to the theatre. She never married and had no children. She was a devout Christian and a supporter of various charitable causes. She died on 7 July 1984 in Brighton, East Sussex, at the age of 82. Flora Robson was widely regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation and a shining ornament of the British cinema.


Suggested viewing


Fire Over England (1937)

Fire Over England poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.5

In the midst of 16th-century Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, a daring adventurer, Geoffrey Thorpe, commands a fleet of buccaneers, wreaking havoc on Spanish galleons. Accused of treason, Thorpe seeks to clear his name by aiding the queen in defending England from the impending Spanish Armada.

Top cast: Flora Robson, Raymond Massey, Leslie Banks, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Morton Selten, Tamara Desni, Lyn Harding, George Thirlwell.

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Caesar and Cleopatra poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.2

During the Roman Civil War, Julius Caesar, in the twilight of his career, arrives in Egypt, seeking to resolve a power struggle between the young Cleopatra and her younger brother, Ptolemy. Despite their conflicting ambitions, Cleopatra and Caesar develop a powerful bond, and Caesar becomes her mentor, teaching her the art of political leadership.

Top cast: Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson, Francis L. Sullivan, Basil Sydney, Cecil Parker, Raymond Lovell, Anthony Eustrel.

The Sea Hawk (1940)
The Sea Hawk poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.6

In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, England faces a formidable threat from Spain. King Philip II of Spain, seeking to crush Protestantism and restore Catholic rule, assembles the largest armada ever seen. Fire Over England follows the story of a young man Michael who, with the help of Elizabeth, foils a plot to murder the queen and galvanizes the English people to defend their country against the Spanish invasion.

Top cast: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Flora Robson, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Henry Danielle, Una O’Connor, James Stephenson.

Two Thousand Women (1944)

Two Thousand Women poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.5

The film tells the story of a group of British women civilians who are interned in a luxurious hotel-turned-prison camp in France during World War II. Their situation takes an unexpected turn when a downed British bomber crew seeks refuge. The women must now use their ingenuity and courage to hide the airmen from the watchful eyes of their German captors, all while facing the challenges of confinement and yearning for freedom.

Top cast: Phyllis Calvert, Flora Robson, Patricia Roc, Renee Houston, Reginald Purdell, Anne Crawford, Jean Kent, James McKechnie, Robert Arden, Carl Jaffe, Muriel Aked.


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