Dame Celia Johnson
) was an English actress
, famous for her role in the 1945
film, Brief Encounter
, opposite Trevor Howard
. She was born in Richmond, Surrey, and trained in acting at RADA
. Her stage début was in Major Barbara
. By 1931
, she was starring as Ophelia
in a New York
production of Hamlet
. She made relatively few films, of which Brief Encounter
is by far the best known. Other films include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
). She generally played a genteel and/or repressed Englishwoman, though she proved in many stage productions to be a talented comedienne.
She was married to Peter Fleming an explorer and writer and brother of Ian Fleming
She was knighted and became a Dame.