Ethel Griffies

Ethel Griffies

Highest Rated: 100% Jane Eyre (1944)

Lowest Rated: 67% The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Not Available

The daughter of actor-manager Samuel Rupert Woods and actress Lillie Roberts, Ethel Griffies began her own stage career at the age of 3. Griffies was 21 when she finally made her London debut in 1899, and 46 when she made her first Broadway appearance in Havoc (1924). Discounting a tentative stab at filmmaking in 1917, she made her movie bow in 1930, repeating her stage role in Old English (1930). Habitually cast as a crotchety old lady with the proverbial golden heart, she alternated between bits and prominently featured roles for the next 35 years. Her larger parts included Grace Poole in both the 1935 and 1944 versions of Jane Eyre, and the vituperous matron who accuses Tippi Hedren of being a harbinger of doom in Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). Every so often, she'd take a sabbatical from film work to concentrate on the stage; she made her last Broadway appearance in 1967, at which time she was England's oldest working actress. Presumably at the invitation of fellow Briton Arthur Treacher, Ethel Griffies was a frequent guest on TV's Merv Griffin Show in the late 1960s, never failing to bring down the house with her wickedly witty comments on her 80 years in show business.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bus Riley's Back in Town Mrs. Spencer 1965
95% The Birds Mrs. Bundy 1963
94% Billy Liar Florence 1963
No Score Yet Devotion Aunt Branwell 1946
No Score Yet Saratoga Trunk Mme. Clarissa Van Steed 1946
No Score Yet Sing While You Dance Actor 1946
80% The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?) Mrs. Nelson 1945
No Score Yet Molly and Me Mrs. Lamb 1945
No Score Yet Thrill of a Romance Mrs. Fenway 1945
67% The Horn Blows at Midnight Lady Stover 1945
No Score Yet Music for Millions Mrs. McGuff 1944
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Mrs. Glennie 1944
80% The White Cliffs of Dover Woman on Train 1944
100% Jane Eyre Grace Poole 1944
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony Lady Vale 1943
No Score Yet First Comes Courage Nurse 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Wife 1943
No Score Yet Time to Kill Mrs. Murdock 1942
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Castle in the Desert Mme. Saturnia 1942
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Matron 1942
No Score Yet Remember the Day Actor 1941
No Score Yet Great Guns Aunt Agatha 1941
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Mrs. Hanky 1941
No Score Yet Dead Men Tell Patience Nodbury 1941
89% How Green Was My Valley Mrs. Nicholas 1941
No Score Yet A Yank in the RAF Mrs. Fitzhugh 1941
86% Stranger on the Third Floor Mrs. Kane 1940
No Score Yet Anne of Windy Poplars Hester Pringle 1940
80% Waterloo Bridge Mrs. Clark 1940
No Score Yet Irene Princess Minetti 1940
No Score Yet Vigil in the Night Matron East 1940
No Score Yet We Are Not Alone Mrs. Raymond 1939
No Score Yet The Star Maker Voice Teacher 1939
No Score Yet Crackerjack Annie 1938
No Score Yet The Return of Peter Grimm Mrs. Batholomew 1935
77% Werewolf of London Mrs. Whack 1935
No Score Yet Vanessa, Her Love Story Winifred Trent 1935
93% Anna Karenina Mme. Karatasoff 1935
No Score Yet The Mystery of Edwin Drood Miss Twinkleton 1935
No Score Yet The Painted Veil Lady Coldchester 1934
No Score Yet We Live Again Aunt Maria 1934
No Score Yet Jane Eyre Grace 1934
No Score Yet Sadie McKee Woman in Subway 1934
100% The House of Rothschild Woman Guest 1934
No Score Yet Four Frightened People Mrs. Ainger's mother 1934
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Mrs. Field 1934
No Score Yet Torch Singer (Broadway Singer) Martha Alden 1933
75% Alice in Wonderland Governess 1933
No Score Yet White Woman Mrs. Chisholm 1933
100% Love Me Tonight Aunt 1932
No Score Yet Are You Listening? Mrs. Peters 1932
No Score Yet Impatient Maiden Nurse Lovett 1932
No Score Yet The Road to Singapore Mrs. Everard 1931
No Score Yet Waterloo Bridge Mrs. Hoble 1931
No Score Yet The Millionaire Mrs. Andrews (uncredited) 1931


Mrs. Bundy says: I hardly think a few birds are going to bring about the end of the world.

Melanie Daniels says: These weren't a few birds.