Zara Nutley (born Zahrah Mary Chassib Jaber, 19 August 1924 – 9 October 2016), was a British actress of stage and television. She is best known for her roles in two television comedy series, Mind Your Language (as college principal Miss Courtney) and Never the Twain (as Aunt Eleanor).
Nutley was born in Cornwall in 1924, the daughter of Stanley Jaber and Gladys Gregory, who married in 1923.
Early in her career she was involved in amateur stage productions and subsequently repertory theatre. In the 1950s she studied and later taught at the Florence Moore Drama Studio in Hove, Sussex. Prior to 1977, she was variously billed as Zahrah, Zarah, or Zara Jaber.
In the television sitcom Mind Your Language (1977–1979; briefly rebooted 1986), Nutley played Dolores Courtney, the principal of an adult education college. Her character was scripted as a stern, authoritarian feminist and spinster who was detested and feared by the staff and students at the school. Her other regular television role was the final three seasons of Never the Twain (1981–1991), in which she played Donald Sinden's Aunt Eleanor.
Nutley died aged 92 in Uckfield, East Sussex, on 9 October 2016.