Athene Seyler, CBE (31 May 1889 12 September 1990) was an English actress. Although better known as a stage actress, she first appeared on the stage in 1909 and made her film debut in 1921, and became known for playing slightly dotty old ladies. Her film and television career lasted into the 1960s, and included roles in The Citadel, Night of the Demon and The Avengers. She was also a regular cast member in screen adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. Although the silent film, Pickwick (1921) is missing she played the elderly fiance in The Pickwick Papers (1952). Although she pretty much retired from acting after 1970, she continued making public appearances until well into the 1980s, memorably as a guest of Terry Wogan on his eponymous BBC chat show. Athene Seyler was President of RADA from 1950, and a member of the Theatrical Ladies Guild. She also wrote The Art of Comedy. She married James Bury Sterndale-Bennett (1889 1941), a grandson of the composer Sir William Sterndale Bennett, and later lived with Nicholas (Beau) Hannen. She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1959.