Joan Kemp-Welch
Born(1906-09-23)23 September 1906
Died5 July 1999(1999-07-05) (aged 92)
London, England
Other namesGlory Vincent Green
Years active1926 - 1981

Joan Kemp-Welch (23 September 1906 – 5 July 1999) was a British stage and film actress, who later went on to become a television director.[1] After making her stage debut in 1926 at the Q Theatre, Kemp-Welch made her film debut in 1933 and appeared in fifteen films over the next decade largely in supporting or minor roles.[2] Occasionally she played more substantial parts as in Hard Steel and They Flew Alone (both 1942).

Post-Second World War, she moved into television working as both a producer and director of television plays and episodes of television series.[2] In 1959 she was one of the winners at the Society of Film and Television Arts Television Awards. She also won the Prix Italia for her TV version of Harold Pinter's The Lover in 1963; and in the same year was the first woman to receive the Desmond Davis BAFTA for creative work in television.[3][4] In 1964 she directed A Midsummer Night's Dream for ITV's Play of the Week.[5] The same year she directed four Noël Coward adaptations for A Choice of Coward.[6] Other work included directing episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs and Armchair Theatre.[7]

Selected filmography


Year Title Role Notes
1933 The Veteran of Waterloo Norah Brewster
1935 Once a Thief Alice
1936 The Avenging Hand Madame Ambrosia
1936 All In
1937 London Melody Maid
1937 School for Husbands Maid
1937 The Girl in the Taxi Suzanne Dupont
1938 The Citadel Nurse Assisting at Childbirth Uncredited
1938 Busman's Honeymoon Aggie Twitterton
1941 'Pimpernel' Smith School-Teacher
1941 Jeannie Jeannie's sister
1942 Hard Steel Janet Mortimer
1942 They Flew Alone Mrs. Johnson
1942 Talk About Jacqueline Uncredited
1943 Rhythm Serenade Minor Role (final film role)



  1. ^ "Joan Kemp-Welch". BFI. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: Joan Kemp-Welch". The Independent. 30 July 1999. Archived from the original on 9 June 2022.
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Kemp-Welch, Joan (1906-1999) Biography".
  4. ^ "BAFTA Awards".
  5. ^ Rothwell p.104
  6. ^ "A Choice of Coward No. 1 Present Laughter (1964)". BFI. Archived from the original on 7 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Joan Kemp-Welch - Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  8. ^ "All God's Chillun Got Wings (1959)". BFI. Archived from the original on 19 July 2023. Retrieved 17 November 2020.