Margaret Lockwood: Life Story and Gorgeous Photos of Britain’s Most Popular Actress of the 1940s

Margaret Lockwood was a famous British actress and the leading lady of the late 1940s. She was known for her stunning looks, artistry and versatility. In addition to her role in a wide variety of films, she was a vibrant brunette with a beauty spot on her left cheek.

Stage career

Lockwood began training for the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts at the age of twelve and made her stage debut in 1928 with the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The following year, she appeared at the Scala Theatre in the pantomime in the drama ‘The Babes in the Wood’. In the 1930s, she appeared in a variety of stage plays and made her name.

Acting career

Margaret Lockwood made her screen debut in the drama picture ‘Lorna Doone’ in 1934. With the drama picture ‘Bank Holiday,’ she created a reputation for herself. This film was a success, launching Lockwood’s career, and Gaumont extended her contract from three to six years.

In 1938, she gave her best performance in the movie ‘Bank Holiday’; the film launched Lockwood’s career. She called it “My first really big Picture”. Gaumont extended her contract from three to six years.

Among her best performances was that in 1938, when Alfred Hitchcock cast her in ‘The Lady Vanishes (1938)’, opposite Michael Redgrave, then a relative newcomer to Hollywood. A first-time star, she gave an intelligent, convincing performance as the curious girl who confronts an elderly lady (May Whitty) who seems to vanish into thin air on a train journey.

In June 1939, Lockwood returned to the United Kingdom. She was supposed to make cinema adaptations of ‘Rob Roy’ and ‘The Blue Lagoon’, but both projects were shelved due to the outbreak of World War II.

Lockwood had the most significant success of her career to date with the title role in ‘The Wicked Lady (1945)’. The film was the most successful at the British box office in 1946, and she won the first prize for most popular British film actress at the Daily Mail National Film Awards. During the 1940s, she starred in some blockbusters, including “Hungry Hills,” “The White Unicorn,” “Cardboard Cavalier,” and others.

Television career

In the postwar years, Lockwood’s popularity fell out of favor. In 1948, she made her television debut in the role of Eliza Doolittle in the series ‘Eliza Doolittle’. She starred in the Royalty (1957–1958) television series and was a regular on TV anthology shows. Lockwood also appeared in several other television shows. In the 1969 television production “Justice is a Woman,” she played barrister Julia Stanford. This was the inspiration for the three-season (39 episodes) Yorkshire Television series Justice, which aired from 1971 to 1974.

In 1980, she made her final professional appearance as Queen Alexandra in Royce Ryton’s theatrical play “Motherdear.”

Personal life

Lockwood married Rupert Leon in 1937, and the marriage lasted for 13 years. The couple had a daughter, Julia Lockwood. She lived her final years in seclusion in Kingston upon Thames, London.

Margaret Lockwood death

Lockwood died from cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 73 in London. Her body was cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium. She was survived by her daughter, the actress Julia Lockwood.

Below are some glamorous photos of young Margaret Lockwood from her early life and career.

#1 Margaret Lockwood with Michael Redgrave in the movie ‘The Lady Vanishes’, 1938.

#3 Margaret Lockwood with Arthur Tracy in the movie ‘Interval For Romance’, 1940

#4 Margaret Lockwood with a tiger baby in the London zoo, 1940.

#5 Margaret Lockwood with her baby, Margaret Julia Leon, at their Hampshire home, 1943.

#7 Margaret Lockwood with Jack Livesey in the play ‘Family Affairs’ at The Ambassadors Theatre, 1934.

#8 Margaret Lockwood in the movie ‘Interval for Romance’, 1937.

#10 Margaret Lockwood with John Loder in the film ‘Owd Bob’, 1938.

#11 Margaret Lockwood as she appears in ‘The Lady Vanishes’, 1938.

#13 Margaret Lockwood with hands under his chin, 1940.

#15 Margaret Lockwood with Rex Harrison in the movie ‘Night Train to Munich’, 1940.

#16 Margaret Lockwood as a prisoner-of-war with Paul Henreid in the movie ‘Gestapo’, 1940.

#17 Margaret Lockwood in the movie ‘Gestapo’, aka ‘Night Train to Munich’, 1940.

#18 Margaret Lockwood with Douglas Fairbanks in the movie ‘Rulers of the Sea’, 1939.

#19 Margaret Lockwood dressed in character as Anna Bomasch, during the shooting of a scene from the war thriller film ‘Night Train to Munich’, 1940.

#21 Margaret Lockwoodduring the shooting of a scene from the war thriller film ‘Night Train to Munich’, 1940.

#22 Margaret Lockwood outside Buckingham Palace with three American Servicemen, 1943.

#23 Margaret Lockwood at the BBC Broadcast programme ‘Yankee Doodle Doo’, 1943.

#24 Margaret Lockwood acting with her daughter Julia in the film ‘The White Unicorn’. Great Britain, 1947

#26 Margaret Lockwood as she signs the “Roll of Fame” watched by Henry Edwards, 1947.

#28 Margaret Lockwood is fitted for her costume in the film ‘The Wicked Lady’, August 1946.

#29 Margaret Lockwood signs a six-year contract with Rank studio head J. Arthur Rank at his London office, 19th June 1946.

#30 Margaret Lockwood with J Arthur Rank on the set of ‘Hungry Hill’, 1946.

#31 Margaret Lockwood plays a murderess who takes her own life, swallowing poison, in the film ‘Bedelia’, 1946.

#32 Phyllis Calvert and Margaret Lockwood putting finishing touches to their costumes before re-enacting their roles in “Man in Grey”.

#33 Margaret Lockwood in the movie ‘Bedelia’, 1946.

#34 Margaret Lockwood in a scene from the GFD film ‘Bedelia’, 1946.

#35 Margaret Lockwood with Ian Hunter and Barry K Barnes in the movie ‘Bedelia’, 1946.

#36 Margaret Lockwood with Ian Hunter in the movie ‘Bedelia’, 1946.

#37 Margaret Lockwood with James Mason, in a dramatic scene from “The Wicked Lady”, 1945.

#40 Margaret Lockwood undergoes a costume fitting during the remaking of ‘The Wicked Lady’, 1945.

#41 Margaret Lockwood with Michael Rennie in the movie ‘The Wicked Lady’, 1945.

#43 Margaret Lockwood with her Silver Star award for Best British actress of 1946

#46 Margaret Lockwood arrives for the premiere of White Unicorn, waring white furs, 1947.

#47 Margaret Lockwood with Griffith Jones in the movie ‘Look Before you love’, 1948.

#48 Margaret Lockwood leaves the Parade Cinema in Dennistoun, 1948.

#49 Margaret Lockwood icks her arm after getting a pie in the face during the making of her first slapstick film ‘Cardboard Cavalier’, 1948.

#51 Margaret Lockwood arrives for a premiere sporting a pin curl hairstyle, 1947.

#52 Margaret Lockwood at the Empire Theatre, London, for the Royal Command Film Performance of ‘Scott of the Antarctic’, 1948.

#53 Margaret Lockwood holding a parasol and singing in the film Laughing Anne, 1948.

#54 Margaret Lockwood threatening someone with a bottle in the film Laughing Anne, 1948.

#57 Margaret Lockwood a leading lady one of the cinema’s most popular villianesses of the 1940’s

#58 Margaret Lockwood acting in the film ‘Madness of the Heart’, 1949.

#59 Margaret Lockwood reaching Denham Film Studios on board her convertible, 1949.

#60 Margaret Lockwood acting in the film ‘Cardboard Cavalier’, 1949.

#61 Margaret Lockwood with d Sid Field as a Cromwellian barrow-boy, in a scene from the film “Cardboard Cavalier”, 1949.

#62 Margaret Lockwood with Paul Dupuis n the film ‘Madness of the Heart’, 1949.

#63 Margaret Lockwood is pictured reading the newspapers as she enjoys breakfast in bed, 1950

#65 Margaret Lockwood wearing a new gown for the Royal Command Performance, 1950.

#66 Margaret Lockwood in the film “Highly Dangerous”, 1950.

#67 Margaret Lockwood acting in the film ‘Highly Dangerous’, 1950.

#68 Margaret Lockwood with Billy De Wolfe and Sid Field, 1950.

#70 Margaret Lockwood, wearing a gown made by Norman Hartnell, 1950.

#71 Margaret Lockwood wearing period fashion to the Theatrical Garden Party at the Chelsea Royal Hospital, 1951.

#72 Margaret Lockwood from the movie ‘Trents Last Case’, 1952.

#74 Margaret Lockwood in ‘Trouble in the Glen’, 1954.

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