Sister of actor Stuart Robertson.
She was awarded the DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1969 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
She made her stage debut in 1917 at age 12, but was not seen again until 1925 in the musical revue "Bubbly."
She produced three films in the 1950s (Dangerous Youth (1957), Wonderful Things (1958), and The Heart of a Man (1959)), all starring British actor Frankie Vaughan.
For seven straight years after WWII, she was voted top favorite English actress.
She was recorded in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for her 2,062 consecutive performances in the stage play "Charlie Girl" which ran from 1965 to 1971.
London (By Cable)-Wednesday, November 15, 1939: Statement of affairs of Imperator Films, in voluntary liquidation, lists $692, 985 owing to unsecured creditors, among whom are Herbert Wilcox ($136,165) and Anna Neagle ($127,885.) Both Wilcox and Miss Neagle have cabled from Hollywood expressing the wish that their claims be set aside until other creditors have been paid. Herbert Wilcox Productions, also in voluntary liquidation, lists debts to unsecured creditors of $310,125.
Great-aunt of Nicholas Hoult.
Neagle played many historical characters including Nell Gwynn, Queen Victoria, 18th Century British actress Peg Woffington, aviatrix Amy Johnson, nurse Edith Cavell, French Resistance heroine Odette Celine, and Florence Nightengale.
She played Nell Gwyn in both Nell Gwyn (1934) and Let's Make Up (1954).
She had two roles in common with Fay Compton: (1) Neagle played Queen Victoria in Victoria the Great (1937) and Queen of Destiny (1938) while Compton played her in The Prime Minister (1941) and Journey to the Unknown: Poor Butterfly (1969) and (2) Compton played Florence Nightingale in Wrath of Jealousy (1936) while Neagle played her in The Lady with a Lamp (1951).
Although she played Errol Flynn's daughter in Let's Make Up (1954), she was almost five years his senior in real life.
Although she played Mary Morris's daughter in Victoria the Great (1937), she was eleven years Morris' senior in real life.
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1952 King's New Year Honours List for her services to drama.
'Neagle' was her mother's maiden name.
For the circus film 'The Three Maxims (1936) she did some of the trapeze work herself.
She won many awards and honours including International Top Box Office Star 1949, International Top Box Office Actress 1948, 1950, 1951, British Top Box Office Actress !941, !947, 1952, . Her Films also won a number of top awards. Victoria the Great won the Venice Film Festival Gold Cup of All Nations in 1937, The Daily Mail National Film Award was awarded in 1949 to Spring in Park Lane and in 1952 to Odette.
Played Queen Victoria 3 times in 'Victoria the Great', '60 Glorious Years' and in a dream sequence in 'Lilacs in the Spring'.
The film Victoria the Great, in which she played Victoria was awarded the Venice Film Festival Gold Cup of All Nations. in 1937.
She won the Daily Mail National Film Award for'Spring in Park Lane'.