Elvi Hale
Patricia Elvira Hake

(1931-01-29) January 29, 1931 (age 91)
Essex, England
Years active1957–1992
(m. 1957⁠–⁠1958)
(m. 1961; died 1998)

Patricia Elvira Hake (born 29 January 1931[1]) is a British retired actress. She played Anne of Cleves in The Six Wives of Henry VIII, broadcast in 1970.


Raised in Romford, Essex and educated at Reed's School. She was discovered by Sir Laurence Olivier, who saw her perform at the Old Vic School.[2] Elvi played Heather, the love interest of Leslie Phillips (as Sub-Lieutenant Pouter) in the film version of The Navy Lark (1959), a role normally played by Heather Chasen in the radio series.

Hale was nominated for a BAFTA award for most promising film newcomer for her performance in Wendy Toye's True as a Turtle (1957).[3] She portrayed the fourth of Henry VIII's wives, Anne of Cleves, in the BBC's six-part drama serial The Six Wives of Henry VIII first broadcast in 1970. She completely retired from all film and television work in 1990.[citation needed]

Personal life

She was married to actor Mike Morgan until his death in 1958. She married character actor George Murcell in 1961; he died in 1998, aged 73.[4]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ Maxford, Howard (17 December 2018). Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-7007-2.
  2. ^ "Olivier Saw Her First ..." The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia, New South Wales, Sydney. 21 March 1957. p. 22. Retrieved 31 January 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "BAFTA Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  4. ^ British Film Institute profile of Elvi Hale
  5. ^ Ellen Baskin (1996). Serials on British Television, 1950-1994. Scolar Press. p. 107.