Irene Handl

Bryant & May: The Hidden Homages

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Mystery authors can be tricksters; some of us like to hide puzzles, jokes and references inside our books – we can’t resist it. Musicians do it all the time, and I’ve been doing it for years in the Bryant & May books. The most obvious joke is the names of the detectives, which were taken […]

British Character Actors No.7: Irene Handl

‘Allo ducks!’ Not much of a catchphrase, really, but you can hear her say it. Irene Handl played charladies and spinsters, and was never young; she didn’t take to the stage until she was 36. The daughter of a wealthy Austrian banker and an aristocraric Frenchwoman, born in Maida Vale, she wasn’t common at all, […]