Bernadette O'Farrell

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Bernadette O'Farrell
Bernadette O'Farrell - Sponsor, July 25, 1959.jpg
Born(1924-01-30)30 January 1924
Died26 September 1999(1999-09-26) (aged 75)
Years active1947–1959
Spouse(s) Frank Launder (1950–1997; his death)
2 children

Bernadette O'Farrell (30 January 1924 – 26 September 1999) was an Irish actress. She was born in Birr, County Offaly, Irish Free State. [1] She was married to the film writer, director and producer Frank Launder from 1950 until his death in 1997. They had two daughters together. [2]


She is best known for playing Maid Marian in the 1950s TV version of The Adventures of Robin Hood . She left the show in 1957, after 78 episodes, to avoid type-casting, and was replaced by Patricia Driscoll. [3] [4]

She played an English mistress, Miss Harper, in The Happiest Days of Your Life (1949), Jessie Bond in The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) and Peg Curtis in the boxing film The Square Ring (1953). [5] She retired from acting in 1959 to live on a farm in Buckinghamshire, England. Later, O'Farrell and Launder moved to Monaco. [2] Her last film appearance was in The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980). [5]


As nurse Mary Gordon in Life in Her Hands (1951) Life in Her Hands (19951), nurse Mary Gordon.png
As nurse Mary Gordon in Life in Her Hands (1951)
1947 Captain Boycott Mrs. Fagan
1950 The Happiest Days of Your Life Miss Harper
1951 Life in Her Hands Mary Gordon
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again Janie
1952 Lady in the Fog Heather McMara
1953 The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan Jessie Bond
1953The Genie
1953 The Square Ring Peg Curtis
1959 The Bridal Path Siona
1980 The Wildcats of St Trinians Miss Carfax(final film role)

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