Ardath tobacco card, 1935
29 March 1880
|Died||8 February 1957 (aged 76)|
Chichester, Sussex, England
|Spouse(s)||Athanasius Constanduros (d. 1937)|
|Children||Three children (only Michael surviving to adulthood)|
Mabel Constanduros (née Tilling; 29 March 1880 – 8 February 1957) was an English actress and screenwriter. She gained public notice playing Mrs.Buggins on the radio programme The Buggins Family, which ran from 1928 to 1948. As well as writing the series, she started off playing the whole family as well.
Born in London, Mabel was one of the seven children of Richard Tilling, managing director of the Thomas Tilling bus company and Sophie (née Thorn). She trained under Elsie Fogerty at the Central School of Speech Training, then based at the Royal Albert Hall, London, making her stage debut at the London Coliseum in 1929. She subsequently played a variety of roles in London and on tour, including Anne of Cleves in The Rose Without a Thorn at the Duke of York's Theatre in 1933.
Constanduros became a radio celebrity after broadcasting her own sketches in 1925. She also wrote novels, short stories, and co-wrote 29 Acacia Avenue with her nephew Denis Constanduros. After World War II, she played Earthy Mangold in the popular Worzel Gummidge radio serial on the BBC Children's Hour. She also starred in a pre-Archers serial, At the Luscombes, set in Cornwall, written by her nephew Dennis, and broadcast on the West Region of the BBC Home Service from 1948 until 1964.
- Where's George? (1935)
- Stars on Parade (1936)
- Rose of Tralee (1942)
- Variety Jubilee (1943)
- I'll Walk Beside You (1943)
- This Man Is Mine (1946)
- The White Unicorn (1947)
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