Jessie Matthews

1907 - 1981

Actor and dancer Jessie Matthews made her stage debut at the age of 12 and began appearing in films a few years later.

She was a huge star on both sides of the Atlantic, with four decades of experience behind her by the time she took over the title role of Mrs Dale in the long-running BBC radio soap opera Mrs Dale's Diary. A year after the final episode was broadcast, Matthews was awarded an OBE.