Dinah Sheridan (born Dinah Mec in Hampstead, London on 17 September 1920) is a popular English-born actress who appeared in the film Genevieve (1954). One of her paternal forbears was Eastern European (probably Lithuanian), hence her surname (Mec).
She has been married four times:
The actor Jimmy Hanley (1942-1952); (three children) The business executive Sir John Davis (1954-1965) The actor John Merivale (1986-1990) Aubrey Ison (1992 to date) Her son, Jeremy Hanley, became a successful accountant and Conservative Party politician, and her daughter, Jenny Hanley, became an actress and a co-presenter of the British television series Magpie.
Dinah Sheridan made her film debut in 1937, and has frequently appeared on television. She played Jane Huggett in 1949's The Huggetts Abroad and appeared as Steve in two Paul Temple films.
Her most successful mature roles include the mother in the 1970 film, The Railway Children, and as Angela in the 1980s British sitcom, Don't Wait Up.
In 1983 she made a guest appearance in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who as the Time Lady Flavia in the 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors.
She is not related to British actresses Sally Sheridan (aka Sally Adams) or Nicollette Sheridan.