Dame Edith Evans was an English actress. She was best known for her work on the stage, but also appeared in films at the beginning and towards the end of her career. Between 1964 and 1968, she was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Evans’s stage career spanned sixty years during which she played more than 100 roles, in classics by Shakespeare, Congreve, Goldsmith, Sheridan and Wilde, and plays by contemporary writers including Bernard Shaw, Enid Bagnold, Christopher Fry and Noel Coward.
She created roles in two of Shaw’s plays: Orinthia in The Apple Cart (1929), and Epifania in The Millionairess (1940) and was in the British premieres of two others: Heartbreak House (1921) and Back to Methuselah (1923).