digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Patricia Laffan
Patricia Laffan.jpg
Patricia Laffan in Quo Vadis (1951)
Born (1919-03-19) 19 March 1919 (age 97)
Wandsworth, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1936–1966

Patricia A. Laffan (born 19 March 1919) is an English stage and film actress.[1] She is best known for her film roles as Empress Poppaea in Quo Vadis (1951) and the alien Nyah in Devil Girl from Mars (1954).

Early life[edit]

Laffan is the daughter of Arthur Charles Laffan, a successful rubber planter in Malaya,[2] and Elvira Alice (Vitali). Upon seeing the film Broadway Melody (1929) Patricia decided to act.[2] She was educated at Folkestone and at the Institut Français in London. At the Webber-Douglas Dramatic School, she studied for the stage[3] and also studied dancing at the De Vos Ballet School.[4]


Laffan's first film appearance was in One Good Turn (1936).[4] She joined the Oxford Playhouse Repertory Company,[2] and her first stage appearance was as Jenny Diver in The Beggar's Opera Jan. 1937 at the Oxford Playhouse. Her first London appearance was as the Young Girl in Surprise Item 25 Feb. 1938 at the Ambassadors Theatre.[4] She toured military bases throughout England during World War II, appearing in Hay Fever and Twelfth Night.[2] Her first credited film 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.[5]

In 1950 she appeared in the crime drama Hangman's Wharf as Rosa Warren.[6] 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.[7] She starred as the ruthless, PVC-clad alien Nyah in the Devil Girl from Mars (1954).[8] Next year she had a supporting part as Miss Alice MacDonald in the mystery thriller 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956).[9] By the 1960s she mainly appeared on radio and television,[1][10] including performances in Anna Karenina, The Aspern Papers, and Rembrandt, and appearances on panel game programmes such as Petticoat Line and Call My Bluff.[4][10] In the late 1960s and 1970s she produced and choreographed fashion shows around the world.[10] In 2008 Laffan was interviewed for the British documentary British B Movies: Truly, Madly, Cheaply.



  • 1937 repertory at Oxford and Worthing
  • 1937 The Beggar's Opera (Jenny Diver), Oxford Playhouse (first stage appearance)
  • 1937 Sweet Adversity (Nurse Gertrude), Q Theatre
  • 1938 Surprise Item (Young Girl), Ambassadors (first London appearance)
  • 1938 One Way Street (Nurse), Q Theatre
  • 1939 Number Six (Stephanie), Aldwych Theatre
  • 1939 Honeymoon for Three (Marjorie Saunders), Richmond
  • 1939 Pericles (Diana), Open Air, Regent's Park
  • 1941 The Women, Q Theatre
  • 1941 The First Mrs Fraser (Mabel), on Marie Tempest's last tour
  • 1942 Hay Fever (Myra), tour
  • 1942 Other People's Houses (Annie), tour
  • 1943 Androcles and the Lion (Lavinia), Arts Theatre
  • 1943 Wuthering Heights (Isabella), tour
  • 1943 Twelfth Night (Viola and Olivia), tour for CEMA
  • 1944 How Are They at Home (Eileen Stokes), Apollo
  • 1945 Hidden Horizon (Kay Mostyn), Wimbledon
  • 1948 Corinth House (Madge Donnythorpe), New Lindsey
  • 1948 Frolic Wind (Miss Vulliamy), Boltons
  • 1949 Primrose and the Peanuts (Primrose Mallet), Playhouse
  • 1950 New England Night (Helen Wetherell), New Lindsey
  • 1951 Mary Had a Little. . . (the Princess), Strand
  • 1960 The Golden Touch (Comtesse de St Marigny-Marbeaux), Piccadilly
  • 1960 Innocent as Hell (Lady Parsley), Lyric, Hammersmith


  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Patricia Laffan, Biography". AllMovie. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Life Story of Patricia Laffan". Picture Show & Film Pictorial: 12. 10 July 1954. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c d Who was who in the theatre: 1912–1976 v. 3. Gale Research. 1978. pp. 1398–1399. ISBN 0810304066. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Paietta, Ann Catherine; Kauppila, Jean L. (1999). Health professionals on screen. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 137. ISBN 0-8108-3636-X. 
  7. ^ Young, R. G. (2000). The encyclopedia of fantastic film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 196. ISBN 1-55783-269-2. 
  8. ^ Hunter, I. Q. (1999). British Science Fiction Cinema. British popular cinema (Routledge). p. 63. ISBN 0-203-00977-0. 
  9. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2008). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin Group. p. 1459. ISBN 0-452-28978-5. 
  10. ^ a b c Films & Filming 22 (8): 50. May 1976.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Babington, Bruce (2002). Launder and Gilliat. British film makers. Manchester University Press. pp. 219–220. ISBN 0-7190-5668-3. 

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Laffan — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
88 videos foundNext > 

I come to bury Caesar

The brand new video from Dj U-Bert Lyrics from Billy Shakespeare, lot of thanks to Peter Ustinov, Patricia Laffan and the other actors of Quo Vadis?

Quo Vadis - 1951

Buy with 1€ and download here: http://www.classicmovieslibrary.com/en/german-movies/movie/481-quo-vadis Quo vadis? ist ein Monumentalfilm von Mervyn ...

B52s' Planet Claire

I thought this song deserved some visuals so I threw this together. I'd like to see an Ed Wood type movie based on it. I know Ed (would) have probable wanted to ...

Anna Karenina (1961)

Cast: Alan Tilvern, Albert Lieven, Campbell Cotts, Claire Bloom, Daphne Anderson, David Lander, Derek Aylward, Frank Williams, Jack Watling, June Thorburn, ...

Devil Girl from Mars (1954) - Martian feminism will destroy us all

Patricia Laffan arrives on Earth to steal the local males for her evil Martian breeding program, in the 1954 sci-fi movie Devil Girl from Mars.

QUO VADIS(1951) - Prelude

stereo(URL last "&fmt=18")□ Music:Miklos Rozsa ミクロス・ローザ 【director】 Mervyn LeRoy マーヴィン・ルロイ 【cast】 Robert Taylor ロバート・テイラー...

Devil Girl From Mars

Devil Girl From MARS is a english 1954 sc-fi film staring hugh mcdermott hazel court adrienne corri peter reynolds joseph tomelty jhon laurie Sophie Stewart ...

Quo Vadis

Nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, this is the powerful story of a Roman soldier whose romance with a beautiful woman puts him at deadly odds ...

Clip: Devil Girl From Mars - Out on DVD 10/06/2013

Patricia Laffan stars as a vinyl-clad, ray gun-toting Martian on the hunt for Earthmen to repopulate her home planet in the Network Distributing release of DEVIL ...

Count of Monte Cristo (TV series) - Episode 22 of 39: The Talleyrand Affair

The Count (George Dolenz), along with Jacopo (Nick Cravat) and Rico (Robert Cawdron) face their toughest challenge yet, trusted by the King of France with a ...

88 videos foundNext > 

39 news items

Il Sussidiario.net
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:35:14 -0700

Vinicio sarà corteggiato da Poppea (Patricia Laffan), la provocante moglie di Nerone: il militare, però, la respingerà poiché nel suo cuore c'è ancora la giovane cristiana. Infatti quando il folle sovrano ordinerà di catturare tutti i cristiani, Marco ...


Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:12:06 -0700

Bible scholar Joel M. Hoffman's new book "The Bible Doesn't Say That: 40 Biblical Mistranslations, Misconceptions, and Other Misunderstandings” has been out a little less than a month and is making waves in some religious circles. Hoffman, who speaks ...

Den Of Geek

Den Of Geek
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:11:09 -0700

Another horn dog from beyond the stars is Patricia Laffan's titular Martian succubus in this unusual British example of the B picture. Nyah, for it is she, lands on earth in a spaceship that resembles some crucial washing machine component with a robot ...

New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:20:19 -0700

“Quo Vadis” (1951), with Peter Ustinov and Patricia Laffan. Credit MGM/Photofest, via Museum of Modern Art, New York. By the time Dorothy opened a door onto Oz in 1939, Technicolor — the company that let viewers see the yellow in the yellow-brick road ...


Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:33:04 -0700

Share on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Google+E-mailShare on TwitterShare on WhatsApp. Patricia Laffan from the 1954 film 'The Devil Girl From Mars'. Mars resonates with a half of century of science fiction. Photographer: Ron Burton/Keystone/Getty ...


Thu, 16 May 2013 08:15:33 -0700

Patricia Laffan (Nyah, the Devil Girl) was among of the cast of thousands in 1951 Roman epic Quo Vadis; Peter Reynolds (Robert/Albert) would appear alongside Jane Mansfield in 1959's It Takes a Thief. Adrienne Corri (Doris)'s carreer included a roles ...
Huffington Post
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:54:06 -0700

Although stunning actress Hazel Court is often associated with the title role in Devil Girl From Mars (1954), that distinction actually belongs to Patricia Laffan, who essayed the role of the malevolent Nyah to perfection. Hazel was only a mere mortal ...

Aleteia ES

Aleteia ES
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:41:15 -0700

Forma parte de la rutina. Es todo un deja vu. Pero hay que ver Quo Vadis (1951) una vez al año, como hay también que ver Ben-Hur (1959) -de la que tendremos remake-, Barrabás (1961), o Los diez mandamientos (1956). En todas las televisiones ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight