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Kate O’Mara

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British leading lady Kate O’Mara had a varied career that encompassed Stage, Film and TV. Despite being classified as something of a Hammer Glamour girl she only appeared in two Hammer movies – The Horror of Frankenstein and The Vampire Lovers (both 1970). She scored her best roles though on TV with strong roles in series such as The Main Chance, The Brothers and Howards’ Way. Along the way she notched up guest appearances in lots of genre classics and became something of a Doctor Who icon as The Rain in a couple of 1980’s stories. O’Mara never made inroads into the US but did played Joan Collinsw sister in a season of Dynasty.

Kate’s birth name was Frances Meredith Carroll (her first screen credit saw her billed as Merrie Carroll) on 10 August 1939 in Leicester. She died 30 March 2014 at the age of 74. Her sister is fellow actress Belinda Carroll.

TV

1956 Home and Away as Annie Knowles
1957: Emergency-Ward 10 as Nurse
1964: No Hiding Place: Hanging by a Thread as Doris Winslow
1965: Hereward the Wake: The Court of Love as Richilda
1965: Gaslight Theatre: The Drunkard or, the Sins of the Parents Shall Be Visited… as Patience / Romp Cartwright
1965: It’s Not Me: It’s Them! Episode 5
1965: Danger Man: A Room in the Basement as Annette
1966: Weavers Green (Series) as ‘Mick’ Armstrong
1966: Court Martial: The Logistics of Survival as Monique Laval
1966: No Hiding Place: The Fit-Up as Carole
1967: The Saint: The Counterfeit Countess as Nadine / Yvette
1967: The Saint: The Fast Women as Teresa Montesino
1967: Z Cars: All They Have to Do Is Spend It (2 episodes) as Kate
1967: Mogul: Mr. Know-How as Kim Hart
1967: Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond (TV Movie) as Moneypenny’s assistant (uncredited)
1967: Adam Adamant Lives!: The Basardi Affair as Sonia Fawzi
1968: The Saint: The Double Take as Annabel II
1968: The Champions: To Trap a Rat as Jane Purcell
1969: Department S: Who Plays the Dummy? as Pietra
1969: The Main Chance (Series) as Julia Main
1969: Z Cars: Foggy Night (2 episodes) as Mae Astell
1969: The Avengers: Stay Tuned as Lisa
1970: The Adventures of Don Quick: People Isn’t Everything as Peleen
1970: Paul Temple: Re-take as Luciana Benedetti
1970: Codename: Opening Gambit as Helen Lingard
1970: Never a Cross Word: When Is a Spy…? as Ellie
1972: The Pathfinders: Fog as Section Officer Anne Denby
1972: Clouds of Witness (Serial) as Cynthia Tarrant
1972: Jason King: A Kiss for a Beautiful Killer as Delphi
1972: The Persuaders!: Read and Destroy as Heidi Schulman
1972: ITV Sunday Night Theatre: A Man About a Dog as Storm Riordan
1973 Men of Affairs: To Russia With… as Tania Lenz
1973: Spy Trap (Series 3 episodes) as Sharon Lunghi (appeared in The Italian Link, Sale of Work, Sullivan)
1973: The Dick Emery Show Season 12 Episode 9
1974: The Protectors: A Pocketful of Posies as Sara Trent
1975-1976 The Brothers (Series) as Jane Maxwell
1976: Machinegunner (TV Movie) as Pat Livingston
1977: The Two Ronnies (Series) as Lucy Lee
1977: Whodunnit?: No Happy Returns as Lady Gertrude Potter
1978: The Nativity (Play) as Salome
1978: Return of the Saint: Assault Force as Jeanette
1979: The Plank (Short) as ‘It’s Paint’ Woman
1981-1982: Triangle (Series) as Katherine Laker
1986: Dempsey and Makepeace: Guardian Angel as Joyce Hargreaves
1986: Dynasty (Series) as Cassandra ‘Caress’ Morrell
1985-1987 Doctor Who (Series) as The Rani
1989-1990: Howards’ Way (Series) as Laura Wilde
1990: Cluedo: Christmas Past, Christmas Present as Mrs. Peacock
1993: Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time (Short) as The Rani
1995: Absolutely Fabulous: Happy New Year as Jackie Stone
1997: The New Adventures of Robin Hood: Marion to the Rescue as Lady Isabelle
2001: Bad Girls (Series) as Virginia O’Kane
2003: Absolutely Fabulous: Cold Turkey as Jackie Stone
2003: Crossroads (Series) as Lady Alice Fox (2003)
2005: Family Affairs (Series) as Jackie Lawrence
2008: Doctors: Fears, Feats & the Frooms as Rosetta Froom
2012: Benidorm Season 5 Episode 7 as Mrs Simmonds

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1962: Night Creatures as Girl at Inn (uncredited)
1968: Promenade (Short) as Laura
1968: The Limbo Line as Irina Tovskia
1968: Great Catherine as Varinka
1968: Corruption as Val Nolan
1969: The Desperados as Adah
1970: The Horror of Frankenstein as Alys
1970: The Vampire Lovers as The Governess Mme. Perrodot
1974: The Tamarind Seed as Anna Skriabina
1976: Whose Child Am I? as Barbara Martin
1978: An Unknown Friend as Karen Lindén / ‘Judith Russell’ / ‘Berit Lindström’
1992: I Aladdin (Video) as Madam Roly Poly (voice)
1992: I Beauty and the Beast (Video) as Lucinda (voice)
1999: The Road to Ithaca as Despina

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Googie Withers

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The daughter of a British army captain and his Dutch wife, Googie Withers was sent to a convent school in London at the age of eight and then attended the Italia Conti dance and drama school. She had her first stage experience at the age of 13 and while appearing in cabaret two years later was spotted by a film producer and given a small part in The Girl in the Crowd (1934). There then began a string of stage appearances and. from the mid-Thirties, roles as darkly glamorous or seductively bitchy ladies in thrillers and comedies. At the height of her career she left Britain to live in Australia with her husband, the actor John McCallum. but returned to take the occasional film and television role. In the mid Seventies she was notably successful as the governor of a women’s prison in UK television series Within These Walls.

Daughter Joanna McCallum is also an actress. Googie’s real name was Georgette Lizette and her stage name Googie dates back to the childhood nickname given to her by her nanny.

Born 12 March 1917 in Karachi, in British India and Died 15 July 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

Googie Withers Within These Walls

TV
1953: BBC Sunday Night Theatre: The Public Prosecutor as Theresia Cabarrus
1954: BBC Sunday Night Theatre: The Deep Blue Sea as Hester Collier
1955: Rheingold Theatre: The Dark Lake as Laura
1958: Television World Theatre: Amphitryon as Alkmena
1971: Seasons of the Year: Court Circular Spring 1877 as Lady Rudge
1972: Thirty-Minute Theatre: Knightsbridge as Muriel Stokes
1972: ITV Sunday Night Theatre: Last Year’s Confetti as Rosalind Shpeherd
1972: Boney: Boney and the Reaper as Jane Loftus
1973: Boney: Boney Hunts a Murderess as Diana Thompson
1974: The Cherry Orchard
1974-1975: Within These Walls (Series) as Faye Boswell
1986: Screen Two: Time After Time as Leda Klein
1986: Screen Two: Hotel du Lac as Mrs Pusey
1987: Screen Two: Northanger Abbey as Mrs Allen
1988: Great Performances: Melba as Lady Armstrong
1989: Ending Up as Marigold

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1935: The Girl in the Crowd as Sally
1935: The Love Test as Minnie
1935: Windfall as Dodie
1935: Her Last Affaire as Effie
1935: Dark World as Annie
1936: All at Sea as Daphne Tomkins
1936: She Knew What She Wanted as Dora
1936: Crown v. Stevens as Ella Levine
1936: Crime Over London as Miss Dupres
1936: Accused as Ninette Duval
1937: Action For Slander as Mary
1937: Pearls Bring Tears as Doreen
1937: The Green Cockatoo (uncredited role)
1937: Gaiety Girls as Miki
1938: Paid in Error as Jean Mason
1938: If I Were Boss as Pat
1938: Strange Boarders as Elsie
1938: Convict 99 as Lottie
1938: Queen of Crime as Lady Moya
1938: The Lady Vanishes as Blanche
1938: You’re The Doctor as Helen Firmstone
1939: Murder in the Night as Lola Matthews
1939: Trouble Brewing as Mary Brown
1939: The Amazing Mr Forrest as Alice Forrest
1940: She Couldn’t Say No as Dora
1940: Haunted Honeymoon as Polly
1940: Bulldog Sees It Through as Toots
1941: Jeannie as Laundry Girl
1942: Back-Room Boy as Bobbie
1942: One of Our Aircraft Is Missing as Jo de Vries
1943: The Silver Fleet as Helene van Leyden
1944: On Approval as Helen Hale
1944: They Came To A City as Alice
1945: Dead of Night as Joan Cortland
1945: Pink String and Sealing Wax as Pearl Bond
1947: The Many Loves of Joanna Godden as Joanna Godden
1947: It Always Rains on Sunday as Rose Sandigate
1948: Miranda as Clare Martin
1949: Once Upon A Dream as Carol Gilbert
1950: Night and the City as Helen Nosseross
1950: Traveller’s Joy as Bumble Pemlham
1951: White Corridors as Dr Sophie Dean
1951: Bikini Baby as Susan Foster (Googie was uncredited, appearing as an actress in a clip within the movie)
1951: The Magic Box as Sitter in Bath Studio
1952: Derby Day as Betty Molly
1954: Devil on Horseback as Mrs Cadell
1956: Port of Escape ass Anne Stirling
1971: Nickel Queen as Meg Blake
1994: Country Life
1996: Shine

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Robert Shaw

Raised in Scotland and Cornwall, Robert Shaw was drawn to acting from an early age. Shaw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and in 1949 debuted onstage at the Shakespeare Memorial Theater at Stratford-on-Avon. From 1951 he appeared in (mostly) British films as a character actor, frequently playing heavies.

He attained international fame after appearing in From Russia with Love (1963), the second James Bond movie. His portrayal of a remorseless killer from S.P.E.C.T.R.E. gave Bond a true nemesis — and provided audiences with one of the most thrilling “train-fights” in film history. In 1967 Shaw received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons (1966), which went on to capture Best Picture. In the mid 70s he suddenly became a highly paid star after his appearances in several blockbuster movies, including 1973’s The Sting (where he again played the heavy — this time opposite Paul Newman and Robert Redford), 1975’s Jaws (as the shark-killer Quint) and 1977’s The Deep (opposite a scantily-clad Jacqueline Bisset).

He wrote several novels, including “The Man in the Glass Booth” (1967), which was later adapted into a play, and in 1975 made into a film. His novel “The Hiding Place” (1959) was the source material for the screen comedy Situation Hopeless — But Not Serious (1965).

Shaw was born in West Houghton, England, on August 29, 1927. He died of a heart attack at age 51 in Ireland.

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Actress Gillian Wray scored her biggest roles in 1968 Gazette and it’s even more popular spin-off Hadleigh. She had guest roles in quite a few shows during the 1960’s but dropped out of acting in the early 1970’s. She has been married for many years to fellow actor Tim Preece.

TV

1964: Crossroads (Series) as Eleanor Chase
1965: A Slight Case Of… Opium
1965: Meet The Wife: The Pain as The Nurse
1966: Hugh and I: Night Life
1966: Hugh and I: With a Pinch of Salt
1966: Armchair Theatre: Barrett Keller – His Mark as Susie
1966: Public Eye: You Can Keep The Medal as Heather
1967: The Dick Emery Show Season 6 Episode 1
1967: No Hiding Place: New Faces for Old as Nurse O’Day
1967: Champion House: The Suggestion Box as Elaine
1967: Z Cars: It’s Easy Once You Know How Parts 1 and 2 as Dot Mitchell
1968: Softly Softly: Identity Unknown as Peggy Williams
1968: Vendetta: The Innocent Man as Anna Maria Reill
1968: Gazette (Series) as Susan Jackson
1969: Hadleigh (Series) as Susan Jackson
1971: Public Eye: John VII Verse 24 as Jane Holland
1991: The Chief Season 2 Episode 5 as Joan Kingsley
1993: The Chief Season 3 Episode 2 as Clerk

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