London: British actress Googie Withers, best known for her appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film 'The Lady Vanishes', has died aged 94.

The actress, real name Georgette Lizette Withers, passed away at her home in Sydney but the cause of death was not disclosed, reported a news channel.

Born on March 12, 1917, in Karachi, then part of British India, Withers was given her lifetime nickname 'Googie' by her Indian nanny.

Her family moved back to Britain where Withers began acting at age 12. She was a dancer in a West End production in London when she was offered work in 1935 as a film extra in 'The Girl in the Crowd'.

Soon after starting work, director Michael Powell fired one of the female leads and Withers stepped into the role.

Withers appeared in dozens of films in the 1930s and '40s, but was best known for her role as Blanche in 'The Lady Vanishes' playing opposite Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. She was dubbed by the English press as "the best bad girl in British films."

She appeared in many other films, including 'It Always Rains On Sunday' (1947), in which she sheltered a killer on the run, played by John McCallum, an Australian actor she married in 1948.

In the 1950s, she acted on the British stage before moving to Australia with her husband in 1958. The couple co-starred in 10 popular films together, and Withers had occasional theatrical roles on Broadway and in England through the 1980s.

When she was 85 in 2002, Withers shared the stage in London's West End with her husband and Vanessa Redgrave in Oscar Wilde's 'Lady Windermere's Fan'.

McCallum died last year at 91. Survivors include three children.

(Agencies)