Beatrix Lehmann was a daughter of British journalist and publisher Rudolph Chambers Lehmann, and the younger sister of the writers John Lehmann and Rosamond Lehmann. She trained at RADA and made her professional acting debut as Peggy in a 1924 production of The Way of the World. She became one of the leading actresses of the London stage and also appeared in films and on television, including in the Doctor Who series. Her last appearance on the stage was in T.S. Eliot's The Family Reunion in 1979. She also wrote short stories and two novels, one of which was Rumour of Heaven (1934). In 1946, she became director and producer of the Arts Council Midland Theatre Company.