Felicity Dahl

Felicity Ann d'Abreu (born 12 December 1938) is a British film producer who married the children's author Roald Dahl in 1983. She was previously married to Charles Reginald Hugh Crosland. The quietly spoken Dahl gave a rare interview in November 2008 to publicise the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize and reflect on her years with the late author.[1]

Felicity Dahl
Felicity Ann d'Abreu

(1938-12-12) 12 December 1938 (age 82)
Other namesLissy, Felicity Ann Dahl
OccupationFilm producer
Charles Reginald Hugh Crosland
(m. 1959; div. 1971)

(m. 1983; died 1990)

Early lifeEdit

In December 1938, Dahl was born in Llandaff, a district in the north of Cardiff, in Wales. It was coincidentally the birthplace of her future husband Roald Dahl in 1916.


Film productionEdit

Dahl served as producer of the 1996 film Matilda and was executive producer of the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Her three preferred choices for the role of Willy Wonka in the film were Eddie Izzard, David Walliams and Dustin Hoffman, but she heartily approved of the casting of Johnny Depp.

Charity workEdit

Dahl founded the Roald Dahl Foundation in 1991 which helped young people with brain, blood and literacy problems.[2] This organisation became Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity in 2010, focusing on supporting seriously ill children. She is co-president and an active supporter even after retiring as a trustee in the mid 2010s. She also founded the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre to carry on the literary legacy, creativity and imagination of Roald Dahl's work.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1959, Dahl married Charles Reginald Hugh Crosland. They had three children together. In 1971, Dahl divorced Crosland.

Dahl met Roald Dahl while she was working as a set designer on an advert for Maxim coffee with the author's then wife, American actress Patricia Neal. Soon after the pair were introduced, they began an 11-year relationship before they eventually wed in 1983, at Brixton Town Hall in South London.[2] Dahl gave up her job and moved into Gipsy House, in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, which had been Roald Dahl's home since 1954. They remained married until Dahl's death at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in 1990.

In 1991, Dahl posthumously published Memories with Food at Gipsy House, a collection of anecdotes and recipes that she had written with her late husband.

On 14 September 2009 the first blue plaque in Roald Dahl's honour was unveiled at a sweet shop in Llandaff. Dahl was present for the unveiling.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Matilda Producer Feature film
2005 Imagine Herself 1 episode
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Executive producer Feature film
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Special thanks
2011 BBC Breakfast Herself 1 episode
2019 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon Special thanks Feature film
2020 Chicken Run 2


  • Memories with Food at Gipsy House, Viking Press, 1991, ISBN 978-0670834624.


  1. ^ Day, Elizabeth (2008-11-09). "My years with Roald. Felicity Dahl talks to Elizabeth Day". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2019-05-16..
  2. ^ a b McCarthy, James (2008-11-12). "We thought we could keep our affair secret, says Roald Dahl's second wife". walesonline. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  3. ^ "Blue plaque marks Dahl sweet shop". 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2019-05-16.

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