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

Patricia A. 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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New York Times

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

Movies. Technicolor at 100: Saturation and Subtlety in Filmmaking. By BEN KENIGSBERG JULY 3, 2015. Inside. Photo. “Quo Vadis” (1951), with Peter Ustinov and Patricia Laffan. Credit MGM/Photofest, via Museum of Modern Art, New York. Advertisement.

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 ...


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

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 ...

Alt Film Guide (blog)

Alt Film Guide (blog)
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:01:40 -0700

Rex Harrison is Turner Classic Movies' final “Summer Under the Stars” star today, August 31, 2013. TCM is currently showing George Cukor's lavish My Fair Lady (1964), an Academy Award-winning musical that in the last several decades has lost quite a ...

Alt Film Guide (blog)

Alt Film Guide (blog)
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:17:01 -0700

(Needless to say, Quo Vadis belongs to the non-reverential villains: Peter Ustinov's Nero and Patricia Laffan's Poppaea.) Also worth mentioning is another poorly received pope movie directed by Michael Anderson, The Jeweller's Shop (1989). Starring ...

Alt Film Guide (blog)

Alt Film Guide (blog)
Tue, 20 Apr 2010 15:53:37 -0700

Last time, I pretty much ignored the Christians and their plight; all I cared about were Nero (a delightfully fey Peter Ustinov) and Poppaea (a deliciously ruthless Patricia Laffan; above, with Ustinov). The movie itself is a hoot straight out of the ...

Blu-ray.com (blog)

Blu-ray.com (blog)
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:36:18 -0700

... 2009 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5. Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann Writers: S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien, John Lee Mahin Starring: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov, Patricia Laffan » See full cast & crew ...

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