Karen Dotrice

Karen Dotrice
Born (1955-11-09) 9 November 1955 (age 66)
OccupationActress
Years active1963–2018
Spouse(s)
(m. 1986; div. 1992)

Edwin "Ned" Nalle
(m. 1994)
Parent(s)Roy Dotrice
Kay Dotrice
RelativesMichele Dotrice (sister)

Karen Dotrice (/dˈtrs/ doh-TREESS;[1] born 9 November 1955) is a British actress. She is known primarily for her role as Jane Banks in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, the feature film adaptation of the Mary Poppins book series. Dotrice was born in Guernsey on the Channel Islands to two stage actors. Her career began on stage, and expanded into film and television, including starring roles as a young girl whose beloved cat magically reappears in Disney's The Three Lives of Thomasina and with Thomasina co-star Matthew Garber as one of two children pining for their parents' attentions in Poppins. She appeared in five television programmes between 1972 and 1978, when she made her only feature film as an adult. Her life as an actress concluded with a short run as Desdemona in the 1981 pre-Broadway production of Othello.

In 1984, Dotrice retired from show business to focus on motherhood – she has three children from two marriages – though she has provided commentary for various Disney projects and has resumed making public appearances, including a cameo in Mary Poppins Returns in 2018. She was named a Disney Legend in 2004.

  1. ^ Mary Poppins Jane Banks Interview. YouTube (Red Carpet News TV official) (video). 24 March 2014. Event occurs at 5:05. Retrieved 18 January 2015.

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