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Lisa Daniely

After starting her career in a starring cinema role, the actress Lisa Daniely went on to play crucial parts in two television series and write a one-woman show that she presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

British by birth, she was educated in Paris, where she trained at the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt, formerly the Theatre des Nations, which the legendary French actress took over towards the end of the 19th century.

Daniely made her cinema debut in Lilli Marlene (1951), a character at the heart of a wartime love song popular with soldiers from both Britain and Germany. She also starred in the sequel, The Wedding of Lilli Marlene, in 1953.

The previous year, Daniely had been seen in Hindle Wakes, in which she portrayed a Lancashire mill girl. In Stranger in the House (1967), adapted from a George Simenon novel, she appeared alongside James Mason.

On television, she appeared as the sister of the eponymous character in HG Wells’ The Invisible Man (1958-59), was cast in The Space Pirates episodes of Doctor Who (1969) and, with Jeremy Brett, was seen in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984-85).

Daniely’s one-woman show told the story of Theroigne de Mericourt, an avid supporter of the French Revolution, who spent the last 20 years of her life in a mental hospital. Daniely was working on turning the script into a novel when she died.

Late in life, she had taken up singing and had tried to come to terms with the internet, which she found both fascinating and infuriating.

Lisa Daniely, born Elizabeth Bodington on June 4, 1929, died on January 24, aged 84.

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