English rose Dinah Sheridan, 92, dies at home

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The actress Dinah Sheridan, who starred in The Railway Children, has died. The 92-year-old Sheridan, who also starred in Genevieve, died peacefully at her home in Northwood, Middlesex, yesterday surrounded by her family, her agent, Gareth Owen, said.

The actress, the mother of actress Jenny Hanley and Sir Jeremy Hanley, was considered the quintessential English rose because of her elegance and quiet beauty.

She was born Dinah Nadyejda Ginsburg in Hampstead in 1920 to a Russian father and German mother who were photographers to the Royal Family. Her first stage role came at the age of 12 and she subsequently went on tour as Wendy in Peter Pan, which starred Charles Laughton as Captain Hook.