Jill Balcon (Day-Lewis)

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Jill
Family name: 
Balcon (Day-Lewis)
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Interview Number: 
414
Interview Date(s): 
2 Aug 1997
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Duration (mins): 
180

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Daughter of producer Sir Michael Balcon, wife of the poet Cecil Day-Lewis, and mother of actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Tamasin Day-Lewis, RADA-trained Jill Balcon (born in London on 30 January 1925) worked in repertory and as a BBC announcer before entering films as Madeleine Bray in Nicholas Nickleby (d. Alberto Cavalcanti, 1947). She scrapped memorably with Jean Kent in Good-Time Girl (d. David Macdonald, 1947), but after three more small roles was away from films until two '90s appearances for Derek Jarman - in Edward II (1991) and Wittgenstein(1993) - and as Lady Bracknell in the play-within-the-film in An Ideal Husband (UK/US, d. Oliver Parker, 1999).

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film