Betty Marsden

Betty Marsden

About Betty Marsden

Betty Marsden (24 February 1919--18 July 1998) was an English comedy actress. She was born in Liverpool, but spent her early childhood living in near poverty in Somerset. Her music teacher recognised Marsden's talent at the age of six, and became her guardian. Originally from Liverpool, she attended the Italia Conti Stage School and ENSA. In the radio series Beyond Our Ken, she played Fanny Haddock, a takeoff of Fanny Cradock. In the radio series Round the Horne, she played a similar role (Daphne Whitethigh), as well as Lady Counterblast (nee Clissold), Buttercup Gruntfuttock (wife of J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock, personified by Kenneth Williams), Dame Celia Molestrangler, Judy Coolibar, Dame Bella Goatcabin, and others.