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Patricia Dainton

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Patricia Dainton
Born (1930-04-12) 12 April 1930 (age 91)
Years active1947–1961

Patricia Dainton (born 12 April 1930) is a Scottish actress who appeared in a number of film and television roles between 1947 and 1961.

Early years

Dainton was born Margaret Bryden Pate, in Hamilton, Scotland, the daughter of film and stage agent Vivienne Black.[1] She left Scotland at age ten, moving to London. She attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London and the Cone school of dance.[2]


After her stage debut at Stratford-upon-Avon, Dainton acted in the suburbs of London, with roles in Babette, Watch on the Rhine, Quiet Wedding, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.[2]


Dainton's "dancing and acting debut in Technicolor" came in The Dancing Years,[2] with her screen debut in the 1947 film Dancing with Crime.[3] She trained at the Rank Organisation's "charm school". (Another source says that Dainton "made her first film debut in 1942 in The Bells Go Down.")[4] Her twin brother, George Bryden also made a couple of film and stage appearances around this time.[citation needed][5][6]

As well as appearing in over a dozen film roles, Dainton starred in ITV's Sixpenny Corner, the UK's first daily soap.[4] She appeared in 179 episodes between 1955 and 1956.

Dainton was married to the actor turned producer Norman Williams and they had two children.

In Robert Corfe's autobiography 'This was my England' especially in Chapter 14, 'My Love for an Actress', he wrote of his admitted obsession with Dainton.

55 years after her last film role, she appeared in the public eye again, both attending the Renown Film Festival and providing introductions to her films in "An Afternoon with Patricia Dainton" on her 86th Birthday for TalkingPictures TV.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Corfe, Robert (2011). This Was My England. Arena Books. pp. 190–191. ISBN 9781906791735. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "19-Year-Old Scottish Beauty Jumps Quickly to Stardom". Utah, Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Tribune. 24 January 1951. p. 25. Retrieved 12 January 2016 – via open access
  3. ^ "Patricia Dainton | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  4. ^ a b "Patricia Dainton". BFI.
  5. ^ "George Bryden". BFI.
  6. ^ "George Bryden | Theatricalia".
  7. ^ "An Afternoon with Patricia Dainton April 12th 2016".

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