Noel Dyson



Real name: Noel Dyson
Born: 23 December 1916, Newton Heath, Manchester


  1. Kenneth Edwards
  2. Harry Judge

Children: Three step-children
Died: June 1995

Played: Ida Barlow (9 December 1960 - 11 September 1961)

Noel Dyson was born in Newton Heath, Manchester on 23rd December 1916, the daughter of a cotton broker. She was educated at Roedean School followed by finishing school in Paris. Noel returned to England and enrolled at RADA and she graduated in 1938. She then joined Frinton On Sea Repertory Company before moving to various other companies including Oxford, Birmingham and Windsor. She appeared in the West End and met her first husband Kenneth Edwards, they were married three weeks later. Due to a thyroid problem, Noel was forced to give up acting for a while and she became a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse before performing in Masks and Maids with ENSA.

Noel worked extensively on stage in productions including Dear Miss Phoebe and A Girl Called Jo. In 1948 she made her television debut in the BBC production The Guinea Pig. She went on to become one of the countries most demanded actresses. Noel appeared in several films including Carry On Constable and Carry On Cabby. In December 1960 she was cast as Ida Barlow in Coronation Street and she remained with the series for 78 episodes until her character was killed off under a bus on 11 September 1961.

She the had television parts in shows such as Emergency War 10, The Secret Orchard, Z Cars, The School Mistress, Potter, Virginia Fly Is Drowning, The Odd Man, Joan and Leslie, Main Chance, The Practice, A Matter of Will, Jim'll Fix It, Life and Loves of a She Devil, Cats Eyes, May To December, All In Good Faith, Executive Stress, Bergerac, The Two Ronnies, Star Gardens, Prime Suspect, Waiting For God, Casualty and The Knock. She is best remembered for her role as Nanny in the long running comedy series Father Dear Father. She also had a role as Mrs Champion in the film Champions and played Gran in the 1994 film Supergrass.

Noel lived in an Essex cottage with her second husband Harry Judge and has three step children; Jennifer, Michael and David. She made her final acting appearance alongside Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect 3 and her final television appearance on Wire TV's Soap Show in 1994. She passed away in June 1995 after a long illness of cancer, she was 79 years old.






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