Date of Birth : Sep 18th 1894
Active in the classics as well as contemporary material, Compton had the distinction of playing Ophelia opposite two of the most celebrated Hamlets, John Barrymore and John Gielgud. In 1962 she appeared as “Marya” in Sir Laurence Olivier’s production of Uncle Vanya at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Compton’s film work is not as well known or as highly regarded as her stage appearances, but she managed to squeeze many screen roles in more than forty movies between 1914 and 1970. Her most popular performances in films are Odd Man Out (1947), Laughter in Paradise (1951) Orson Welles’ Othello (1952) and The Haunting (1963).
In 1965 she appeared with Michael Hordern in the television play, Land of My Dreams by Clive Exton. One of her last major roles was as Aunt Ann in the BBC’s 1967 television adaptation of The Forsyte Saga.