Dinah Sheridan has died at the age of 92.
‘I’m afraid we shall have to play at being poor for a while,’ says that most English of film stars to Jenny Agutter in ‘The Railway Children’. Her husband has been imprisoned for treason and the family gives up its comfortable existence in London to move to a more impoverished but enriching life beside a railway track in the countryside. Edith Nesbitt’s novel was well on its way to obscurity when the character actor Lionel Jeffries turned it into Britain’s most beloved Christmas film, shot at Oakworth Railway Station in Yorkshire.
Sheridan also starred as the long-suffering wife of John Gregson in ‘Genevieve’, and was nearly upstaged by the titular antique car and by Kay Kendall in a scene where she drunkenly decides to play the trumpet. She was the most gracious of stars, possessing a delicate strength of the kind that has entirely vanished from screens.