Evelyn Noelle Middleton
18 December 1926
|Died||30 January 2016 (aged 89)|
|Other names||Evelyn Woodeson|
|Education||Trinity College Dublin|
Evelyn Noelle Woodeson (née Middleton; 18 December 1926 – 30 January 2016) was an Irish actress and one of the first BBC television announcers. She was also a leading lady of the 1950s British films.
Middleton received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for her leading role in Carrington V.C. (1954). Her other notable film roles were in Happy Ever After (1954), John and Julie (1955), The Iron Petticoat (1956), and Three Men in a Boat (1956).
Middleton was the daughter of Lillian (née Martin) and Wilbur Middleton. She had a brother, Gerald. She attended Trinity College, Dublin, but left and began her career on the stage at the famous Gate Theatre in Dublin. In the 1950s she moved to London and began appearing in British films. She was also an announcer on the BBC.
Her first film was South of Algiers in 1953. Other films include Carrington V.C. with David Niven and The Iron Petticoat with Katharine Hepburn and Bob Hope. She was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress in 1955 for her performance in Carrington V.C.. She was a founding member of Irish Actors' Equity.
|1953||South of Algiers||Stewardess|
|1954||Happy Ever After||Kathy McGluskey|
|1955||Carrington||Captain Alison L. Graham|
|John and Julie||Miss Stokes|
|St. Ives||Flora Gilchrist||TV series (6 episodes)|
|A Yank in Ermine||Angela|
|1956||The Iron Petticoat||Lady Connie Warburton-Watts|
|Three Men in a Boat||Ethelbertha|
|You Can't Escape||Kay March|
|1957||The Vicious Circle||Laura James|
|1958||Sword of Freedom||Adriana||TV series (1 episode)|
|1961||Sir Francis Drake||Mary Queen of Scots||TV series (1 episode)|
|1962||Man of the World||Mother Superior / Fiona||TV series (2 episodes)|
Awards and nominations
|1955||8th British Academy Film Awards||Best British Actress||Carrington V.C.||Nominated|
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- Noelle Middleton obituary. Retrieved 11 November 2016
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- Noelle Middleton remembrance. Retrieved 11 February 2016