Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Forgotten Radnorian - Curigwen Lewis

I'm sure that everyone in the country over a certain age will remember the actor Andrew Cruickshank, who played Dr Cameron in the long-running BBC television programme Dr Finlay's Casebook. But when he married in 1939 in the little Radnorshire church of Evancoyd, it was his bride Curigwen who was the better know of the two actors, a leading lady with the Royal Shakespeare Company no less.

Curigwen was born in Llandrindod in 1905 and her grand-daughter has provided some illuminating biographical detail about this talented lady and her family here.

Unfortunately the 1911 census for Wales is still not available, although at the time of the 1901 census her parents lived at the Glansevern Arms, Llangurig. One remarkable thing about Miss Lewis, she appeared as Elizabeth Bennett in a BBC television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as early as 1938!

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