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In the play Spider's Web, Clarissa Hailsham-Brown is the second wife of Henry Hailsham-Brown. She lives with her husband and stepdaughter at Copplestone Court in Kent.

Clarissa is very playful, and creates games to entertain her guests.


  • The role was written specially for the Margaret Lockwood, on the request of the actress. She played the part in the original West End production in 1954.
  • Margaret Lockwood reprised the role in a 1955 television adaptation.
  • In the 1960 adaptation, slightly renamed The Spider's Web, Clarissa was played by Glynis Johns.
  • BBC adapted the play for television in 1982. This time Penelope Keith played the role of Clarissa Hailsham-Brown.