Pictures and the Picturegoer (15/Jan/1916) - A New Screen Star

The following is a transcription of a historic journal article and may contain occasional errors.

A New Screen Star.

The Holmfirth Producing Company are fortunate in having discovered a leading lady with such personality and charm as Queenie Thomas.

Although success has come her way thus early, Miss Thomas is quite modest about her work, and is her own most severe critic. In Won by Losing, the latest production of the Holmfirth Company, her performance in the dual roles of the two principal characters. "Daphne Graham" and "Pollie Crafton," is most praiseworthy. The subtle distinction between two natures possessing a physical likeness is stamped out with a clearness and precision really admirable, and justifies the hope that Miss Thomas will soon make a big name for herself on the screen.

Previous to her engagement by the Holmfirth Company. Miss Thomas had been gaining experience in several of the recent productions of our leading manufacturers, and had done some good work in The Vengeance of Allah, Infelice, A Pair of Spectacles, and John Halifax, Gentleman. In White Star she made the most of her opportunities, but when the chance of really big work was offered in Won by Losing she took it with both hands and easily surpassed all her previous efforts.

During a recent chat with Miss Thomas she told us that she started her career at the Gaiety Theatre under the management of the late George Edwards, but, preferring work of a more serious nature than musical comedy, she was engaged by James Welch as "Margery" in When Knights Were Bold, and remained with him throughout the various revivals of the play in London.

As is so often the case with those who have been associated with James Welch, Miss Thomas ascribes any success she has attained to the training she received when under his management. His three pet aphorisms she repeated to us with such an earnest realisation of the wealth of wisdom that they contain that they are well worth repeating for the benefit of other young (and older) aspirants for screen-work:—

Don't Act — Be.
Acting is the art of knowing what to leave out.
The greatest actors are those who don't act.