Mona Washbourne

Mona Washbourne

Highest Rated: 100% The Collector (1965)

Lowest Rated: 64% The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

Birthday: Nov 27, 1903

Birthplace: Not Available

Mona Washbourne was trained as a concert pianist at the Birmingham School of Music. After performing in the "Modern Follies Concert Party" of 1924, she found acting, singing and clowning more to her liking. She launched her musical-comedy career in the touring musical revue Fol De Rols, remaining in this line of work until switching to straight dramatic acting in the 1937 West End production of Mourning Becomes Electra. In 1948, Washbourne inaugurated her film career, contributing sparkling characterizations to such films as Doctor in the House (1954), The Good Companions (1957), Billy Liar (1963) and My Fair Lady (1964, as Henry Higgins's housekeeper Mrs. Pearce). She played her patented dithering, doddering mannerisms opposite two humorless "psychos" in the space of a single year when she appeared in Night Must Fall (1964) and The Collector (1965). She went on to essay several distinct characterizations in O Lucky Man (1973), and to win the British Film Academy Award for her portrayal of the "lion mother" in Stevie (1978). Having appeared in experimental television broadcasts as early as 1929, Mona Washbourne returned to the small screen to close out her career as Nanny Hawkins in Brideshead Revisited (1982).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet It's Great To Be Young! Actor 2011
67% Stevie Aunt 1981
No Score Yet Therese Raquin Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Blue Bird Grandmother 1976
No Score Yet The Driver's Seat Mrs. Helen Fiedke 1975
No Score Yet Mr. Quilp (Old Curiosity Shop) Mrs. Jarley 1975
78% O Lucky Man! Sister Hallett/Usher/Neighbor 1973
No Score Yet Home Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Games Mrs. Hayes 1970
No Score Yet Fragment of Fear Mrs. Gray 1970
64% The Bed Sitting Room Mother 1969
95% If.... Matron 1968
No Score Yet Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter Mrs. Brown 1968
100% The Collector Aunt Annie 1965
No Score Yet The Third Day Catherine Parsons 1965
95% My Fair Lady Mrs. Pearce 1964
No Score Yet One Way Pendulum Aunt Mildred 1964
No Score Yet Night Must Fall Mrs. Bramson 1964
100% Billy Liar Alice Fisher 1963
75% The Brides of Dracula Frau Lang 1960
No Score Yet Cry From the Streets Mrs. Daniels 1958
No Score Yet The Good Companions Mrs. Joe 1957
No Score Yet Stranger in Town Agnes Smith 1957
No Score Yet Cast a Dark Shadow Monica Bare 1957
83% Doctor in the House Actor 1955
No Score Yet Lost (Tears for Simon) Actor 1955
No Score Yet John and Julie Miss Rendlesham 1955
No Score Yet The Gambler and the Lady Miss Minter 1952
No Score Yet Maytime in Mayfair Lady Leveson 1949
No Score Yet Winslow Boy Miss Barnes 1949
No Score Yet Cast a Dark Shadow (Angel) Monca Bare 1948


80% Brideshead Revisited
Nanny Hawkins


Mrs. Pearce says: Oh I do hope you find her, Mr Pickering. Mr. Higgins will miss her.

Col. Pickering says: Mr. Higgins will miss her, eh? Blast Mr. Higgins! I'll miss her!

Mrs. Pearce says: But where shall I put her?

Prof. Henry Higgins says: Well.. Put her in the dustbin.