Helen Haye
Helen Haye in 1914
Helen Hay

(1874-08-28)28 August 1874
Died1 September 1957(1957-09-01) (aged 83)
Years active1898–1957
Spouse(s)Ernest Attenborough

Helen Haye (born Helen Hay, 28 August 1874 – 1 September 1957) was a British stage and film actress.[1]


Hay began acting on the stage in 1898 and debuted in London in 1911 as Gertrude in Hamlet.[2] In 1927 she starred in John Van Druten's Chance Acquaintance at the Criterion Theatre.


Her film career began in 1916 with Honour in Pawn. She often worked with director Alexander Korda. One of her final film appearances was in Laurence Olivier's Richard III (1955), as the Duchess of York.[3]

Haye died four days after her 83rd birthday in London.[1]

Selected filmography

Helen Haye in 1922
Helen Haye in 1922


  1. ^ a b Helen Haye, British Actress, Dies at 83; Performer 59 Years Taught Top Players. New York Times. 3 September 1957
  2. ^ "Helen Haye - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  3. ^ "Helen Haye". BFI.