Minnie Rayner

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Minnie Rayner
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Born(1869-05-02)2 May 1869
Died13 December 1941(1941-12-13) (aged 72)
United Kingdom
Years active1903 – 1940

Minnie Rayner (2 May 1869 – 13 December 1941) was a British stage and film actress. [1] A character actress, she played working class figures, often mothers, in films of the 1930s. Her roles include the matriarch of the working-class Fulham family who takes in an exiled Russian prince (Ivor Novello) as a lodger in the comedy I Lived with You (1933). [2] The same year she played Gracie Fields's mother in This Week of Grace . [3]


A recurring role was that of the landlady Mrs. Hudson in a series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations starring Arthur Wontner. [4]

Her stage work included the part of Clara in the original production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, in 1925. [5] She also appeared in a series of Ivor Novello's plays and musicals in the West End: Symphony in Two Flats (1929), Fresh Fields (1933), Glamorous Night (1935), Careless Rapture (1936), Crest of the Wave (1937), and The Dancing Years (1939). [6] In 1930, she reprised her performance as Mabel in Symphony in Two Flats in the Broadway stage and British film versions. [7] [8]


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