Dilys Laye

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Dilys Laye (11 March 1934–13 February 2009) was an English actress and screenwriter, best known for comedy roles. She died of cancer aged 74.

Early life

Dilys Laye was born in Muswell Hill, London, the daughter of Edward Laye and his wife Margaret (nee' Hewitt) Her father was a musician who left the family when she was just eight to work as a musician in South Africa and never came back. During World War II Laye and her brother were evacuated to Devon, where they were unhappy and endured physical abuse. Laye returned home to a new stepfather and a mother who was keen to transfer her thwarted ambitions to her daughter. After education at St. Dominic's Covent, Middlesex and training at the Aida Foster School, Laye made her stage debut aged 13 as a boy in a play called The Burning Bush at the New Lindsey Theatre and her film debut a year later as a younger version of Jean Kent in Trottie True.


From 1951, Laye appeared in numerous West End revues, including And So to Bed, Intimacy at 8.30, For Amusement Only and High Spirits. In 1954, she played the first Dulcie in The Boy Friend on Broadway alongside......
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