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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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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.

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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

FILM
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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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.

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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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Hadleigh Bow to the Lady Jane Merrow

British actress Jane Merrow was somewhat prolific in the 1960’s making guest appearances in pretty much every classic ITC genre show going. Leading roles were fewer but she did play Lorna Doone in a popular 1963 serialised version and had a major role in the second season of Hadleigh as James Hadlegh’s love interest. Following Hadleigh Jane spent many years working in the US, once again making guest appearances in many classic shows.

By the late 1990’s though Jane had moved into writing and producing, mostly in short film.

Jane was a serious consideration to take over as female lead in The Avengers after Diana Rigg left the show, the role ultimately went to Linda Thorson.

Was Co-Executive Producer of 1998 TV Movie The Cater Street Hangman.

Jane was born Jane Meirowsky on 26 August 1941 in London, England.

TV

1961: Deadline Midnight: An Eye For Detail as Dilys Jones
1962: Oliver Twist Episode 1 as Oliver’s mother
1962: Compact: Pet’s Corner as Anna
1962: This Year Next Year (Play) as Joyce
1962: Man of the World: Blaze of Glory as Nurse
1962: BBC Sunday Night Play: A Suitable Case For Treatment as Jean Skelton
1962: Harpers West One Season 2 Episode 10 as Ruth Leigh
1962: Call Oxbridge 2000 Season 2 Episode 2 as Joan Price
1963: The Birth of a Private Man (Play) as Frances Waring
1963: The Plane Makers: Point of Contact as Sue Collins
1963: About Religion: The Night Before the Execution as Girl
1963: Jane Eyre Episode 5 as Rosamund Oliver
1963: Festival: I Want to Go Home as Susan
1963: 24 Hour Call: The Confession as Moira Singleton
1963: The Human Jungle: Fine Feathers as Mrs Penelope “Penny” Branch / Brenda
1963: Corrigan Blake: Love Bird as Mary
1963: Lorna Doone (Serial) as Lorna Doone
1964: Festival: Justin Thyme as Giselle
1964: Love Story: The End of the Line as Jane Cleveland
1964: Detective: The Hungry Spider as Eve Gill
1964: Danger Man: A Date With Doris as Juana Romero
1965: Gideon’s Way: Gang War as Lollo Romano
1965: Story Parade: The World That Summer as Erika Hakker
1965: Theatre 625: The World of George Orwell – 1984 as Julia
1965: Danger Man: A Room in the Basement as Susan Turnbull
1965: The Saint: The Happy Suicide as Lois Norroy
1965: Danger Man: The Man Who Wouldn’t Talk as Lydia Greshnova
1966: The Baron: Red Horse, Red Rider as Savannah Olmira
1966: The Saint: The Angel’s Eye as Mabel
1966: Mystery and Imagination: Carmilla as Carmilla
1967: The Prisoner: The Schizoid Man as Alison / Number 24
1967: The Avengers: Mission… Highly Improbable as Susan
1967: Man in a Suitcase: The Bridge as Annabelle Fenchurch
1968: NET Playhouse: 1984 as Julia
1968: BBC Play of the Month: Hay Fever as Sorel Bliss
1969: Strange Report: Report 1553 – Racist A Most Dangerous Proposal as Jill Crowley
1969: Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased): Who Killed Cock Robin? as Sandra Joyce
1970: UFO: The Responsibility Seat as Josephine Fraser
1970: Mission: Impossible: Lover’s Knot as Lady Cora Weston
1971: Hadleigh (Series) as Anne Hepton
1971: Bearcats!: Conqueror’s Gold as Samantha Burke
1971: Alias Smith and Jones: The Reformation of Harry Briscoe as Sister Isabel
1972: The Hound of the Baskervilles (TV Movie) as Beryl Stapleton
1972: Mannix: The Sound of Murder as Clarissa Colbourn
1972: Love American Style: Love and the Happy Medium as Miranda / Jeannie Zambini
1973: Mannix: Carol Lockwood, Past Tense as Leona Kellaway
1973: Emergency!: The Professor as Lady Rossman
1973: The Horror at 37,000 Feet (TV Movie) as Sheila O’Neill
1973: Love American Style: Love and the Golden Memory as Pamela
1973: The Magician: Man on Fire as Carol Spain
1973: Cannon: Murder by the Numbers as Gretchen Calloway
1974: Police Woman: Requiem for Bored Wives as Linda
1974: Barnaby Jones: Web of Deceit as Hilary Padgett
1974: The Six Million Dollar Man: Doomsday, and Counting as Irina Leonova
1976: Once An Eagle (Mini-Series) as Hallie
1977: The Six Million Dollar Man: Death Probe Parts 1 and 2 as Irina Leonova
1977: Van Der Valk: Diane as Diane LeClere
1978: The Eddie Capra Mysteries: Murder Plays a Dead Hand
1978:This Is Your Life: Michael Croft as Herself (Light Entertainment show)
1981: The Incredible Hulk: Bring Me The Head of the Hulk as Dr Jane Cabot
1981: Unit 4 (TV Movie) as Liz Phillips
1981: The Patricia Neal Story (TV Movie) as Val Eaton
1981: The Greatest American Hero: The Beast in the Black as Betty
1982: Romance Theatre: Escape to Love as Magda
1982: Hart to Hart: Rich and Hartless as Margaret Chumley
1983: Magnum, P.I.: Letter To A Duchess as Vivien Brock Jones, Lady Wilkerson, Duchess of Whit
1984: Rituals (Pilot that never aired) as Dabney
1985: St Elsewhere: Tears of a Clown
1986: Airwolf: Break-In at Santa Paula as Mrs Eleanor Haines
1986: MacGyver: A Prisoner of Conscience as Dr Natalia Petrovitsch
1993: Lovejoy: Taking the Pledge as Stella
1996: Accused (Series) as Carol
1997: Sharpe: Sharpe’s Waterloo as Duchess of Richmond
2008: Drama Trails: Cold Feet to A Touch of Frost as Herself (Documentary)

FILM

1961: Why Bother to Knock as Girl in Gallery (Uncredited)
1962: The Phantom of the Opera as Chorus Girl (Uncredited)
1962: Young and Willing as Mary Parker
1964: The System as Nicola
1965: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die as Alice Taylor
1967: Island of the Burning Damned as Angela Roberts
1968: Assignment K as Martine
1968: The Lion in Winter as Alais
1970: Adam’s Woman as Bess
1971: Hands of the Ripper as Laura
1974: A Time For Love
1975: Diagnosis: Murder as Mary Dawson
1981: The Appointment as Dianna
2008: Bereavement (Short) as Jane
2008: Blinded (Video short)
2009: The Long Twilight of Stella Hunt
2010: Beware of What You Wish For (Video short) as Mrs White (also writer)
2011: The Tell-Tale Heart (Video Short) (Writer and Producer only)
2013: The Yellow Wallpaper (short) as Woman (also Writer and Producer)
2014: The Damned Thing (Short) (Co-Writer and Producer only)
2015: Cougar (Short) (Also Writer)
2016: Almosting It as Gladys
2017: Light (Short) as Interrogator

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