Image courtesy of BFI Stills, Posters and Designs
b. 16th December 1887 (Port Augusta, Australia)
d. 21 July 1973, Kensingston, London.

Née Elma Kate Victoria Karkeek

Actor, Producer

Married Alexander Howitt Worcester in 1909 (they later divorced) and had two children together Alexander Nicholas Howitt (who acted under the name Alexander Nicholas) and Jessica Yvonne Howitt.

(Selected) References

Motion Picture Studio, 3 December 1921, p. 10. Extensive biography citing Californian birth (contradicted by Janice Healey’s genealogical research), a breakdown which caused her to leave the stage and turn to films.

Motion Picture Studio, 10 December 1921, p. 7. ‘Violet Hopson now announces that she has completed the biggest deal yet attempted by a woman in British film land [selling the rights of her films for the next two years to Butchers] […] Despite her dramatic ability, Miss Hopson also possesses a keen business sense, a combination rarely found in a man, more rarely in a woman’.

Motion Picture Studio, 31 December 1921, p. 11. Violet Hopson’s New Year’s Resolution is ‘to show the British public that a woman’s influence, if exercised in the right direction, can be a tremendous benefit to British films’.

See Posts for Violet Hopson

Watch Miss Violet Hopson Visits Dundee Fire Station (1920) via the Scottish Screen Archive website. This trip was almost certainly organised by Billie Bristow (see Motion Picture Studio, 19 November 1921, p. 8-9).


Janice Healey (SB) (Birth, death and marriage details)

Judith McLaren (SB)

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