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May 06, 2013


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Does Theresa sell autographed photos? I would love to obtain one. Does she have contact info?

As far as I know, she doesn't.

Since the second voice is supposed to be Mrs. Cratchit's I suspect it's the voice of Hermione Baddeley, not Theresa Derrington's.

I have watched this film SO many times over the past 50 years, and I fall in love with Fred's maid every time I see her. She is SO beautiful (and played her part so well), that I am amazed she didn't go on to be a major actress of her day! I am not at all surprised to see so many people making the comments above.
Thank you, Theresa. This is a truly wonderful film, and you were the icing on the cake!

And a very big THANK YOU to you, Gina, for finding Theresa!!

The scene, for me, has been a tear-jerker on many occasions, becAuse it shows the timid maid becoming the confident reassurer of the once-confident protagonist now needing that support. So many positive messages about life can be gleaned by this simple, silent but ever-so-powerful short scene.

I love this version of the Christmas CarolI. I was also interested in this character. Please keep me posted on Ms Derrington. Best wishes

Thank you, Theresa Derrington Cozens-Hardy! What tour de force performances in a 'seconds' of screen time.

What makes a good film in to a great film? The details, the scene between Scrooge and the maid seems like a throw away scene, but it adds so much to the flow of the movie. It is perfection!!

Another Xmas has come and gone, but a Xmas Carol still reigns--best ever !! I must have watched it a hundred times as I have the DVD. Alastair Sim and Theresa are great and add so much to the movie.
My best wishes to Theresa and her family, she must be proud that so many people fell in love with her.
Love from British Columbia Canada

I knew Trip very well as her family all came to stay at Blakeney in Norfolk every summer from their home in Birmingham. How they squeezed the 7 of them into a tiny cottage I don’t know. I was very friendly with all her children and they often added me to their family for trips out. I met her again after she remarried and again a few years ago when she was leaving Norfolk to live nearer her daughter Sophie. All the years I knew her she never changed. Always a lovely smile and genuinely interested in what I was doing.

Pat, how lovely! Thanks for sharing your reminiscences with us!

Well a little late to the party, but I’m happy to see I’m not the only one who was taken by this young lady and her unspoken encouragement to Scrooge. And even though I’m now 53 she remains the young adorable maid who I kinda had a crush on. She might be the only living member of the cast.

Mike from Cincinnati,OH USA

At the beginning of the film, Tiny Tim is looking at toys in a toystore window. For less than 10 seconds there is a maid/window arranger. She looks very similar to Theresa Derrington.

This has been our favorite version of A Christmas Carol for years, and following this year’s watch my husband did some research and found this information. Her face is so sweet...and to words just expression. She certainly did have the look, and you can still see it in the more recent photo shared. 2020 has been a difficult year for all, and this continues to bring joy. Merry Christmas!


Are you able to update us on Theresa's doings, well-being?

Such a treasure - both her, and your success at tracking her down.

Thank you for sharing this story. Although I never watched this version of The Christmas Carol, I look forward to finding it and watching it now. I grew up watching the 1938 version and always look out for that one. I love old movies and I often wonder about many of the actors that had that one small scene but did it so well. I love it when you find a story about them and hear that they went on to live a happy life and are still enjoying it! Thanks again for enlightens us on one of many wonderful people who sometimes get forgotten about.

Is she still alive in 2021? Any way to get in touch with her?

Jim, as far as I know, she is. I can pass along a message to her family members if you'd like.

Gina and All:

I am sad to have just learned that Teresa passed away in February.

I inadvertently stumbled upon an online announcement by her grandson.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear it, Velicia. Thank you for letting us know.

This is such a cool thing to have happened.

I just watched Scrooge over Xmas again with my family (it's the one tradition that has lasted 3 generations now) and was struck by how graceful the maid was in first somewhat nervously taking Scrooge's outer clothes, then sweetly encouraging him to open the door. I never thought to look for her name, but the thought stayed with me enough to look up the film then run across this post! So awesome. I am glad that she is well, she must be well into her 80s and may she live to 100.

Exidy, thanks for your comment. I'm sorry to let you know that Teresa Derrington passed away earlier this year. Here's the tribute I wrote for her.

Thanks for the most interesting post. I’ve watched this movie every Christmas for decades and love the whole thing every time. A question; you say in your original post that Teresa was asked to do some voice-over work for one of Scrooge’s children — but did you mean one of the Cratchits’ children?

Leigh, you're absolutely right, and I can't believe I never noticed that. :-D I'll make the correction. Thank you!

In response to Fred J. Hardy's post, I have watched the scene again when Tiny Tim is peering through the toy store window and I believe the store clerk is, I fact, Teresa. I had to rewind and pause a few times but I'm sure it is her.

I tried to find out about her last year and failed. I'm glad I kept looking. Mystery solved!

This is fantastic i also have wondered this... Donyou now if her other sisters acted as i always thought she played weena in the original Time Machine

It is 2022 and I have just discovered who Fred's maid is and what she did for Ebenezer
helping him through the door into his new life. Beautiful detail that has kept me smiling like Teresa since I first watched this wonderful film 65 years ago.
Thankyou for finding her name
and her life's story.
From Ray an old actor now in my 86th year who really
appreciated her appearance
in Scrooge. Teriffic Teresa.

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