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Patricia Laffan
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Patricia Laffan in Quo Vadis
Born (1919-03-19) 19 March 1919 (age 96)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1945–66

Patricia Laffan (born 19 March 1919) is an English actress.[1] She is the daughter of Arthur Charles Laffan and Elvira Alice Vitali. Patricia was educated at Folkstone and at the Institut Français in London. At the Webber-Douglas Dramatic School, she studied for the stage.[2]

Her first credited part was a minor role as Betty in Caravan (1946). The following year she was featured in the mystery film Death in High Heels (1947) with Don Stannard.[3] In 1950, she appeared in the crime drama Hangman's Wharf as Rosa Warren.[4] In the 1951 film Quo Vadis, she played Poppaea, the second wife of the Roman Emperor Nero. In Escape Route (1952), a crime thriller, she played Irma Brooks.[5] She starred as the ruthless, PVC-clad alien Nyah in the Devil Girl from Mars (1955).[6] Next year she had a supporting part as Miss Alice MacDonald in the mystery thriller 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956).[7] By the 1960s, she mainly appeared on television.[1]

In 2008, Laffan was interviewed for the British documentary British B Movies: Truly, Madly, Cheaply.



  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Patricia Laffan, Biography". AllMovie. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  2. ^ Parker, John (1972). Who's who in the theatre: a biographical record of the contemporary stage, Volume 1933 (15th ed.). Pitman. p. 1050. ISBN 0-273-31528-5. 
  3. ^ Meikle, Denis (2009). A history of horrors: the rise and fall of the house of Hammer. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 265. ISBN 0-8108-6353-7. 
  4. ^ Paietta, Ann Catherine; Kauppila, Jean L. (1999). Health professionals on screen. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 137. ISBN 0-8108-3636-X. 
  5. ^ Young, R. G. (2000). The encyclopedia of fantastic film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 196. ISBN 1-55783-269-2. 
  6. ^ Hunter, I. Q. (1999). British Science Fiction Cinema. British popular cinema (Routledge). p. 63. ISBN 0-203-00977-0. 
  7. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2008). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin Group. p. 1459. ISBN 0-452-28978-5. 
  8. ^ Babington, Bruce (2002). Launder and Gilliat. British film makers. Manchester University Press. p. 219–220. ISBN 0-7190-5668-3. 

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