Norah Gorsen in ‘Geordie’

This young lady was born in Weymouth and started her acting career on stage and then quickly in Television having a leading part in the BBC Production of ‘Little Women’ which ran mid December – in six parts from before Christmas 1950 and through into 1951

She had studied acting at RADA

She played alongside Bill Travers in ‘Geordie’ a few years later in 1955 and it was a very successful Technicolor film, but it seems that she never really capitalised on this


This is a classic story of a small boy who is tired of being small and sends off for a “HE-MAN” mail order course… He then trains and dedicates himself to strength training and eventually grows to become an Olympic champion in the Hammer Throw, one of the Olympic strong man events.

Bill Travers, Norah Gorsen and Alistair Sim star

Those lucky enough to see an original Technicolor print are lucky indeed for the colour cinematography was one of the best things about that film.

The film did well at the Box Office

The above has Bill Travers but not Norah Gorsen

Bill Travers and Norah Gorsen

A year or two after this she had a role in the TV Series of ‘Ivanhoe’ with Roger Moore

She had also appeared on stage in Pantomime along with Donald Wolfit and Pat Kirkwood at the Scala Theatre in 1953, where she played the part of Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’

She later appeared in Dixon of Dock Green playing Gorge Dixon’s daughter

Here she is ABOVE with Jack Warner and Marjorie Fielding

Norah Gorsen in ‘Ivanhoe’

Birth Name: Norah Ethal Gaussen
Date of Birth: 22 November 1931
Place of Birth: Weymouth, Dorset, England
Stage Name: Norah Gorsen

Norah Gorsen was born on November 22, 1931 in Weymouth, Dorset, England as Norah Ethal Gaussen. She studied for the stage at R.A.D.A. and became an actress, known for Geordie (1955), The Great Detective (1953) and Personal Affair (1953).
(1) Ronald G. Lewis, born 11 December 1928, in Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales. Married 1953 in Hampstead, London, and later divorced. He was an actor. He died on 11 January 1982, in Pimlico, London, England.
(2) Michael Henry St. George Ashe, married in 1960, and later divorced. She had a son with her second hsuband
(3) Russell Taylor, married in 1965 in Chelsea, London.

Although I cannot be sure, I have seen a report that she died in the South of France in April this year, 2020 aged 88 years.

This is not reported on the imdb site though

Norah Gorsen’s son by her second marriage – in fact her only child – was James – some details as follows :-

Extract from England and Wales Birth Registration Index
Name: Thomas J. S. Ashe
Birth Registered: Oct-Dec 1960 at Southwark, London, England
Mother’s Maiden Name: Gaussen

Born 55 years ago (5 August 1960).

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